USBC Open Championships

United States

04/23/10

Defending All-Events champion falls short at USBC Open Championships

Final numbers are in for 2010 USBC Open Championships

2010USBCOCRonVokes_small.jpgUnder the watchful eyes of many spectators at the National Bowling Stadium, Ron Vokes (pictured) of Racine, Wis., attempted to become the first bowler in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history to claim back-to-back Regular All-Events titles. Although Vokes fell short in his quest to repeat, he posted the second-highest all-events total of his 25-year tournament career. The 50-year-old right-hander shot 673 in singles, 673 in doubles and 614 in team for a 1,960 total Wednesday.

United States

04/18/10

Pennsylvania bowler joins 100,000-pin club at USBC Open Championships

2010USBCOCAnthonyMalone_small.jpgAfter 60 years and 537 games at the USBC Open Championships, Anthony Malone of Erie, Pa., left the tournament lanes last year 10 pins shy of adding his name to the short list of bowlers who have knocked down 100,000 pins at the storied event. The determined 83-year-old anxiously waited a year for his second chance at the milestone and needed just two frames to become the 13th member of the elite club at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday.

United States

04/10/10

Hall of Famer joins elite club at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCLesZikes_small.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., has a bowling resume filled with accomplishments at the USBC Open Championships, and he added another milestone to his legacy at the National Bowling Stadium on Thursday night. The 75-year-old right-hander entered the 2010 USBC Open Championships needing just 272 pins to become the newest member of the tournament's elite 100,000-Pin Club, and he got there in the seventh frame of his second team game.

United States

04/08/10

Ohio bowler records sixth perfect game of 2010 USBC Open Championships

New Mexico bowlers celebrate 35 years together

2010USBCOCMarkFrazier_small.jpgMost bowlers dream of achieving perfection at the USBC Open Championships, but after a 133 start to singles, things were far from perfect for Mark Frazier of Lorain, Ohio, at the National Bowling Stadium on Tuesday. With a few adjustments and a ball change, the 36-year-old right-hander turned his dismal start into a dream come true as he closed out his 10th USBC Open Championships appearance with games of 253 and 300 or a 686 series. Frazier's 300 was the sixth of this year's event.

United States

04/06/10

Former Junior Team USA members take Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

Rob Gotchall tosses the fifth perfect game of this year's event

2010USBCOCErikVermilyeaJeffreyMersch_small.jpgErik Vermilyea of Mansfield, Texas, and Jeffrey Mersch (pictured l-r) of Orlando, Fla., are former Junior Team USA teammates and have bowled doubles together at the USBC Open Championships for five of the last six years. This year, everything came together for them again as they turned in their best effort yet and took the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,507 total at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday. Rob Gotchall tossed the fifth perfect game of this year's event.

United States

04/03/10

Former team champions take lead at USBC Open Championships

Bowlers Edge Pro Shop shoots the highest team score ever at National Bowling Stadium

2010USBCOCBowlersEdgeProShop_small.jpgSeven years after claiming the Regular Team title at the USBC Open Championships, Bowlers Edge Pro Shop (pictured) of Neenah, Wis., is back on top at the storied event. With two new faces, the group cruised into the lead with games of 1,050, 1,115 and 1,243 for a 3,408 total, the highest team score in six trips to the National Bowling Stadium, which opened its doors in 1995. The previous high was 3,405, posted by Lava Lanes of Medford, Ore., on the way to the Regular Team title in 2007.

United States

04/01/10

Son of Hall of Famer Don Johnson shoots emotional 800 series at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCJimmyJohnson_small.jpgPBAHallofFamerDonJohnson_small.jpgJimmy Johnson (l.) of Pataskala, Ohio, son of USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Don Johnson (r.) stepped onto the approach at the National Bowling Stadium knowing he needed one more strike for the second 800 series of the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. At that moment, he felt an indescribable sensation and delivered a perfect shot to secure another spot in tournament history. He finished with games of 267, 290 and 247 for an 804 series. 

United States

03/31/10

Wisconsin team raises bar at USBC Open Championships

Red Carpet Lanes takes a 522-pin lead in Regular Team All-Events

2010USBCOCRedCarpetLanes_small.jpgAfter moving into second place in Regular Team with a 3,250 total Sunday night, Red Carpet Lanes (pictured) of Greenfield, Wis. returned to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nrevada, and averaged nearly 230 as a team to take the Team All-Events lead in the 107th United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with 10,131 on Monday. Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis., previously held the lead with 9,609.

United States

03/30/10

Wisconsin team makes run at lead at USBC Open Championships

2010USBCOCRedCarpetLanes_small.jpg2010USBCOCLindsLimited_small.jpgWith all eyes on Linds Limited of Milwaukee (r.), the defending Regular Team and Team All-Events champion, Red Carpet Lanes of Greenfield, Wis. (l.), nearly took the team lead at the 2010 USBC Open Championships. A 3,250 total places the team second behind Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis., which leads with 3,298.

United States

03/29/10

Florida duo takes Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships

Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1settles into top spot in Team All-Events

2010USBCOCTomMiltonDavidTaylor_small.jpg2010USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1_small.jpgFive-time PBA national champion Tom Milton of St. Petersburg, Fla., was stringing strikes at the USBC Open Championships and teamed up with David Taylor (l-r) of Seminole, Fla., to take the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,498 total on Sunday. Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 (r.) of Madison, Wis., moved into the Team All-Events lead with a 9,609 total.

United States

03/28/10

Wisconsin team rallies, takes lead at USBC Open Championships

2010USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1_small.jpgMore than 2,000 viewers tuned in to see Jeff Richgels of Oregon, Wis., and his Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 teammates take the Regular Team lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Friday night. Live streaming has become a regular feature from top-tier bowling events this year, and bowling fans across the globe looked on as the group got off to a slow start with a 967 game, but bounced back with 1,170 and 1,161 for a 3,298 total at the National Bowling Stadium.

United States

03/27/10

Michigan bowler shoots 833 to take the lead in two events at 2010 USBC Open Championships

Minnesota bowler celebrates 65 years at Open Championships

2010USBCOCTerrenceSyring_small.jpg2010USBCOCSylvesterThiel_small.jpgTerrence Syring (l.) of Bay City, Mich., had games of 276, 258 and 299 for an 833 singles series at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday to take the lead in Regular Singles and Regular All-Events in the USBC Open Championships. Sylvester Thiel (r.) of Lake City, Minn., added to his personal legacy on Thursday night when he moved into a new category in the record books as he became the fourth bowler in tournament history to compete for the 65th time.

United States

03/24/10

Perseverance pays off at USBC Open Championships

Hall of Famer Bill Lillard makes his 63rd consecutive championships appearance

2010USBCOCRandallMontoya_small.jpg2010USBCOCAlanJohnson_small.jpgTraveling thousands of miles to compete at the USBC Open Championships and not bowling as well as you're capable of can be disappointing, but putting it behind you and turning in a career-best performance the next day can be unforgettable. During team Sunday, Randall Montoya (l.) and Alan Johnson (r.) each posted the lowest sets they've ever bowled on the tournament lanes, but made the right adjustments and found a way to strike during doubles and singles on Monday.

United States

03/23/10

Team USA member continues success at National Bowling Stadium

Indiana bowler rolls fourth perfect game of 2010 USBC Open Championships

2010USBCOCShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg2010USBCOCBrianNicodemus_small.jpgTeam USA member Shannon Pluhowsky (l.) of Phoenix has enjoyed many successes at the National Bowling Stadium, so it's no surprise to see her name atop the leaderboard at the 2010 USBC Open Championships. Pluhowsky took a step toward adding another piece of hardware to her trophy case when she moved into the Regular All-Events lead with a 2,083 total Sunday night. Brian Nicodemus (r.) of Akron, Ind., rolled the fourth perfect game of 2010 event.

United States

03/22/10

Wisconsin bowlers win four-team battle at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCRobBaileysProShop1_small.jpgThere have been a lot of memorable moments at the National Bowling Stadium since it opened its doors in 1995, and those in attendance Saturday night were treated to an exciting show as four teams battled for the lead at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.In the end, it was Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1 (pictured) of Sun Prairie, Wis., pulling into the top spot with games of 1,122, 974 and 1,106 for a 3,202 total. 

United States

03/21/10

First-timer capitalizes on second chance at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCJasonSchwartz_small.jpgWhen Jason Schwartz (pictured left) of Belvidere, Ill., found himself on the verge of perfection at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Saturday, his nerves got the best of him and he fell short in his bid for the third 300 of this year's event. Two games later, the 21-year-old right-hander got a second chance at a perfect game and took full advantage of the opportunity, capping off his USBC Open Championships debut with a milestone achievement.

United States

03/19/10

Reno Bighorns compete at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCRenoBighorns_small.jpgThe Reno Bighorns basketball team may be preparing for a pair of games this weekend, but head coach Jay Humphries and four of his players (pictured) were able to take some time away from the hardwood to compete at the USBC Open Championships on Thursday. The players have bowled at the National Bowling Stadium for team-building activities before, but never have experienced the pressure of USBC Open Championships competition.

United States

03/17/10

Florida bowler rolls second perfect game of 2010 USBC Open Championships

2010USBCOCPorterAngel_small.jpgPorter Angel IV of Orlando, Fla., could not have picked a better time to roll the first perfect game of his bowling career. The 27-year-old right-hander tossed 12 consecutive strikes on bowling's biggest stage and recorded the second 300 of the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Tuesday. After a disappointing 488 performance in team Monday, Angel spent part of the evening practicing at a nearby bowling center and returned to the National Bowling Stadium on Tuesday with a little extra confidence.

United States

03/16/10

USBC Hall of Famer Don Ellis reaches 60 years at Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCDonEllis_small.jpgWhen USBC Hall of Famer Don Ellis of Sugar Land, Texas, made his 60th appearance at the USBC Open Championships on Sunday, he was surrounded by friends, family and hundreds of fellow bowlers. Ellis, a member of the tournament's elite 100,000-Pin Club, became the 13th bowler to reach the 60-year plateau. The 81-year-old right-hander missed four tournaments shortly after his debut, but has been to every event since 1955. In 60 appearances, he has knocked down 107,452 pins and ranks sixth on the all-time pinfall list.

United States

03/16/10

Two bowlers reach 50 years at USBC Open Championships

National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

2010USBCOCNormCummingsHalKaminski_small.jpgWhen Reno's Norm Cummings (l.) thought about his 50th appearance at the USBC Open Championships, he wanted to make it unlike any 50-year celebration he's seen as a bowler or tournament employee. The 72-year-old right-hander decided to assemble a dream team of longevity to help him celebrate the milestone. Cummings shared the spotlight with former Open Championships tournament director Hal Kaminski (r.) of Hubertus, Wis., who also competed for the 50th time.

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