Champions crowned as 102nd ABC Tournament ends

    07/06/05

    102nd American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament

    Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    2005ABCTournamentLogo.jpg Since February, more than 66,000 bowlers made their way to Baton Rouge with the hope of becoming champions at the 102nd American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament, a USBC event.

    When the event concluded its 143-day run at the River Center on Monday, 23 bowlers had a little extra to celebrate on July 4 as they added their names to the record books as the 2005 ABC Tournament champions.

    2005ABCTRichterRichgels.jpg Perhaps the most untouchable score at this year's Tournament belonged to Jeff Richgels of Oregon, Wis., and Steve Richter of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., who teamed up to claim the Regular Doubles title with 1,500 on April 2. Richgels posted a 787 series, which included one of the Tournament's four 298-games, while Richter added 713.

    The pair also helped Smith Barney 1 of Madison, Wis., to the Team All-Events title with 9,698. Richter led the way for Smith Barney 1, finishing second in Regular All-Events with 2,117. Richgels contributed 2,043, followed by Mike Shady (1,969), Gail Myers Jr. (1,805) and Marc McDowell (1,764).

    "When we put our two teams together in 1998 this is exactly what we were hoping for," said Richgels, who also won the Regular All-Events crown in 1997 and was a member of the 1986 Regular Team champions. "The whole goal was to get everyone an eagle, and it feels tremendous. It will definitely be special when we get to Corpus Christi next year and see all of the eagles on the scoreboard."

    2005ABCTScottCraddock.jpg Scott Craddock of Wichita Falls, Texas, edged out Richter in Regular All-Events, shooting 2,131 to take the title. Craddock shot 754 in doubles, 705 in singles and 672 in team. "This isn't something that anyone ever expects, but it's pretty amazing," Craddock said.

    "Ever since I shot the score I've tried not to think about it too much, but to consider the company of the other people who have won is really special. I'm excited, but I'm also humbled right now."



    2005ABCTStrikeForce.jpg KR Strikeforce of Decatur, Ill., grabbed the Regular Team title, putting the top spot out of reach late in the Tournament with 3,302 on June 18. The group opened with 1,158, which tied for the highest team game at this year's event, and then added 1,060 and 1,084 for the win. Their effort was the first 3,300 at the ABC Tournament since 2002 and the highest score since all team squads began bowling on fresh oil in 2003.

    Tom Adcock led the way with 778, the highest individual series bowled in team event this year. Doug Anderson added 676 and was followed by Mike Peters (656), Butch Woollen (606) and Scott Rains (586).

    "I know this is a huge deal, and it is absolutely one of the major accomplishments of my career," Adcock said. "It almost doesn't seem real, and it hasn't sunk in yet. I think everybody's glad the wait is finally over and we're all just happy our score held up."

    2005ABCTDavidAdam.jpg David Adam of Maryland Heights, Mo., used games of 259, 266 and 266 to win Regular Singles with 791. "This is unbelievable," Adam said. "As it came down to the wire I was sweating it out, and I'll admit that I spent a lot of time checking it out on the Internet."

    The 2005 ABC Tournament featured a dozen perfect games, which is the fewest since 1990 when there were just four. There were also four 299s and four 298-games this year.

    The 2006 USBC Open Championships, formerly the ABC Championship Tournament, will be held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, Feb. 11 through July 1, 2006 (unless extended).


    SINGLES

    Top 15 with position, city, state, 3-game total and average
    Final Standings as of July 5, 2005
    1. David Adam, Maryland Heights, MO, 791 (259, 266, 266), 263,67
    2. Clay Rees, Riverton, UT, 781, 260,33
    3. Dennis Kouts, Brookville, OH, 778, 259,33
    4. Everett Bubak III, Sealy, TX, 772, 257,33
    5. Ed McAbee, Lowpoint, IL, 770, 256,67
    6. Gary Mathes, Chilton, WI, 768, 256,00
    7. Blaine Weninger, Abilene, TX, 766, 255,33
    8. Michael Painter, Woodruff, S.C. 764, 254,67
    (tie) Dominick DiReda Jr., Long Branch, NJ, 764, 254,67
    10. Steve Richter, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 761, 253,67
    11. Alan Hewitt, Warrington, PA, 759, 253,00
    (tie) Steve Stalter, Tucson, AZ, 759, 253,00
    13. Kerry Painter, Henderson, NV, 757, 252,33
    14. Michael Popovich, Aliquippa, PA, 756, 252,00
    15. Daniel Williams, Milwaukee, WI, 754, 251,33


    DOUBLES

    Top 15 with position, 6-game total and average
    Final Standings as of July 5, 2005
    1. Jeff Richgels (233, 298, 256)/Steve Richter (213, 243, 257), 1500, 250,00
    2. Tim Modglin/David Buff, 1453, 242,17
    3. Jason Branham/Eric Leuthart, 1427, 237,83
    4. Trea Ward/James Ensminger Jr., 1411, 235,17
    5. Jason Wojnar/Mark Clark, 1408, 234,67
    6. Scott Craddock/Thomas Edwards, 1401, 233,50
    7. Jason Barnhouse/Jack Wallisch, 1391, 231,83
    8. Dave Bille/Tom Groh Jr., 1390, 231,67
    (tie) Chris Hans/Richard Failey Jr., 1390, 231,67
    10. Carl Fietek/Scott Pohl, 1388, 231,33
    11. Brian Waliczek/Bill Kazmierski, 1382, 230,33
    12. Mark Young/Jeff Jensen, 1378, 229,67
    13. Jeremy Sonnenfeld/Kevin Dornberger, 1377, 229,50
    14. Ed Pawlowski/Douglas Rechtine, 1376, 229,33
    15. Vernon Allison/Sam Zebelean Jr., 1374, 229,00


    TEAMS

    Top 15 with position, city, state, 15-game total and average
    Final Standings as of July 5, 2005
    1. KR Strike Force (Tom Adcock 778, Doug Anderson 676, Mike Peters 656, Butch Woollen 606, Scott Rains 586), Decatur, IL, 3302 (1158, 1060, 1084), 220,13
    2. UNVS #2, Husenvll, MI, 3183, 212,20
    3. Brian Brazeau Pro Shop, Milwaukee, WI, 3157, 210,47
    4. Striking Difference, Round Lak, IL, 3149, 209,93
    5. Bogart's II, Mankato, MN, 3146, 209,73
    (tie) Wicksproshop.com, Dallas, TX, 3146, 209,73
    7. Rossi Lanes, Horseheds, NY, 3143, 209,53
    8. Forgey Sports Med # 2, Portland, OR, 3134, 208,93
    9. Dave Olm's Pro Shop, Tampa, FL, 3129, 208,60
    10. Linds Limited, Milwaukee, WI, 3127, 208,47
    11. Rich Lanes #2, Frprt Hrbr, O, 3120, 208,00
    (tie) Team USA Support #3, Columbus, OH, 3120, 208,00
    13. Smith Barney #1, Madison, WI, 3114, 207,60
    14. Striking Results Pro Shop, Oswego, NY, 3110, 207,33
    15. Lind's #2, Appl Vlly, MN, 3103, 206,87


    ALL EVENTS

    Top 15 with position, city, state, 9-game total and average
    Final Standings as of July 5, 2005
    1. Scott Craddock, Wichita Falls, TX, 2131 (672, 754, 705), 236,78
    2. Steve Richter, Sheboygan Falls, WI, 2117, 235,22
    3. Jim Pencak, Parma, OH, 2116, 235,11
    4. Blaine Weninger, Abilene, TX, 2105, 233,89
    5. John Kirker Jr., Taftville, CT, 2103, 233,67
    6. Andy Dole, Lafayette, IN, 2092, 232,44
    7. Cassidy Schaub, Polk, OH, 2082, 231,33
    8. Erik Vermilyea, Maplewood, MN, 2079, 231,00
    9. Ralph Solan, Farr West, UT, 2072, 230,22
    10. Jon Rakoski, Estero, FL, 2069, 229,89
    (tie) Chuck Jagodzinski, Lancaster, NY, 2069, 229,89
    12. Dave Beres, Waukesha, WI, 2068, 229,78
    13. Richard Renollet, Wichita, KS, 2065, 229,44
    14. Tom Adcock, Decatur, IL, 2064, 229,33
    15. Mike Whitten, Bloomingdale, IL, 2063, 229,22


    TEAM ALL EVENTS

    Top 10 with position, team name, city, state, 45-game total and average
    Final Standings as of July 5, 2005
    1. Smith Barney 1 (Steve Richter 2117, Jeff Richgels 2043, Mike Shady 1969, Gail Myers Jr. 1805, Marc McDowell 1764, Madison, Wis., 9698, 215,51
    2. Team USA Support 3, Columbus, OH, 9527, 211,71
    3. Lodge Lanes 1, Belleview, MI, 9493, 210,96
    4. KR Strike Force, Decatur, IL, 9450, 210,00
    5. Top of the Line Pool Service, Clearwater, Fla. 9436, 209,69
    6. ABC Souvenirs, Fall River, KS, 9424, 209,42
    7. Fox Run Lanes, Pewaukee, WI, 9418, 209,29
    8. Brian Brazeau Pro Shop, Milwaukee, WI, 9402, 208,93
    9. Linds 1, Apple Valley, MN, 9390, 208,67
    10. S&B Pro Shop 2, Troy, MI, 9387, 208,60