109th United States Bowling Congress Open Championships underway


    United States

    Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., USA (Feb. 11 - July 10, 2012)

    2012USBCOCEdSeligaProShop.jpgThe 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships has started in Baton Rouge, La., and the first of more than 60,000 bowlers have left their marks on the 109th edition of the tournament.

    Ed Seliga of Kenosha, Wis., turned in a memorable performance and left the Baton Rouge River Center as the leader in every Regular Division event. He and his Seliga's Pro Shop teammates (pictured left) still own the top spot in Team (3,042), Singles (719), All-Events (1,969) and Team All-Events (9,020).

    The 52-year-old right-hander tuned in to see the event's lane condition unveiled on the 2012 USBC Open Championships Kickoff Special live on BOWL.com, so he was able to develop a game plan.

    He and his teammates also were among the first to visit USBC Silver coach Bill Hall on the tournament's Showcase Lanes. All five team members spent an hour with Hall practicing on the same lane surface and lane condition they would face on the Open Championships lanes.

    2012USBCOCEdSeliga.jpg"Bill Hall and the Showcase Lanes were a great addition to the tournament, and the session really helped us get a better idea of what we needed to do," said Seliga (right), whose pro shop is at Kenosha's Guttormsen's Recreation Center.

    "It was very informative. We talked about how to play the lanes as well as shot making and technique. We couldn't prepare much before we came here, so being able to do this on-site was great."

    The four Showcase Lanes are located on the second floor of the River Center but are available by appointment only. Bowlers can book a session with Hall or simply sign up to practice for an hour. Those who register for the new VIP package receive a one-hour session with Hall. Go to BOWL.com for details.


    Live stream schedule set for 2012 Open Championships

    Live streaming again will be part of the event coverage from the tournament lanes at the USBC Open Championships. Broadcasts from this year's 151-day tournament can be viewed on BOWL.com or YouTube.com/BowlTV.

    On March 1 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, former Professional Bowlers Association standouts Adam Colton, Rick Sajek, Steve Wilson, Paul Koehler and Mark Booke will be featured.

    Later broadcasts will include all of the defending Regular Division champions, USBC Hall of Famer and active pinfall leader Bill Lillard Sr., three-time Open Championships titlist John Gaines and many more.

    2012USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Sponsors for the 2012 USBC Open Championships include Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno. Other sponsors include the Belle of Baton Rouge, official brackets sponsor; Kegel, official lane maintenance provider; Humana, official registration sponsor; Bud Light and Budweiser, official beer sponsors; The Advocate, official publication sponsor; Brunswick, official lane provider; US Steltronic, official scoring system; Storm Bowling Products and Nationwide Insurance.


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    2012 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Seliga's Pro Shop (Scott Hartnell, Derek Hartnell, Steve Stone, Gary Wolf, Ed Seliga), Kenosha, Wis., 3,042. 2, Booost 2, Auburn, Ga., 2,839. 3, Old Settlers, Franksville, Wis., 2,824. 4, Fun in the Shade, Springfield, La., 2,787. 5, No Weak Links, Gaffney, S.C., 2,769. 6, Bowlers Pro Shop 4, Walker, La., 2,736. 7, Team Altima, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,732. 8, Bud Lites, Eufaula, Okla., 2,721. 9, RLRLR, Carrolton, Texas, 2,720. 10(tie), Traditions Sports Bar and Grill, Stuart, Iowa, and River Rats, Winona, Minn., 2,717.

    1, Danny Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga./Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 1,343. 2, Tim Maiseroulle, Buford, Ga./Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,294. 3, Brandon Broadway/Bradley Broadway, Sumner, Texas, 1,285. 4, Chris Galovits, West Allis, Wis./Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 1,284. 5, Howard Reed, East Helena, Mont./Michael Reed, Clancy, Mont., 1,237. 6, Kirk Buffington, Fulton, Mo./Jessica Silver, Mexico, Mo., 1,232. 7(tie), Brian Odom, Moselle, Miss./David Hughes, Petal, Miss., and Ed Ilano, Auburn, Ga./Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,199. 9, Wesley Davis, Norman, Okla./Keith Held, Henderson, Nev., 1,197. 10, Mike Carrette, Great Falls, Mont./Shawn Jacobs, Helena, Mont., 1,196.

    1, Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 719. 2, Carlton King, Canton, Ga., 700. 3, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 695. 4, Greg Fakler, Milwaukee, 692. 5, Patrick Bright, Paris, Texas 674. 6(tie), Benjamin Witt, Roseville, Minn., and Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga., 663. 8, Butch Luther, Franksville, Wis., 660. 9, Alesia Washington, Hiram, Ga., 657. 10(tie), Michael Baham, Denham Springs, La., and Scott Dale, Columbus, Ohio, 654.

    1, Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 1,969. 2, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,952. 3, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,944. 4, Patrick Bright, Paris, Texas, 1910. 5, Danny Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,892. 6, John Glowczewski, Winona, Minn., 1,879. 7, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan., 1,873. 8, Bob Smolka, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1,859. 9, Brandon Broadway, Sumner, Texas, 1,856. 10, Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga., 1,849.

    Team All-Events
    1, Seliga's Pro Shop (Scott Hartnell, Derek Hartnell, Steve Stone, Gary Wolf, Ed Seliga), Kenosha, Wis., 9,020. 2, Booost 2, Auburn, Ga., 8,866. 3(tie), Team Altima, Kennesaw, Ga., and River Rats 2, Winona, Minn., 8,464. 5, Booost 1, Flowery Branch, Ga., 8,463. 6, Sleeping Giant Lanes, Clancy, Mont. 8,383. 7, Fun in the Shade, Springfield, La., 8,371. 8, Old Settlers, Franksville, Wis., 8,366. 9, River Rats, Winona, Minn., 8,345. 10, RLRLR, Carrollton, Texas, 8,338.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Country Boys, Stickney, S.D., 2,553. 2, Sheps Cleaners, Starkville, Miss., 2,510. 3, Hilo Local Style 2, Pahoa, Hawaii, 2,504. 4, Golden Eagle Dist. 1, Bowling Green, Mo., 2,498. 5, T Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,489. 6, Hot Shots, Moorehead, Minn., 2,463. 7, I Brought My Friends 1, Baton Rouge, La., 2,452. 8, Jokers Five, Buford, Ga., 2,445. 9, 4 Kings One Queen, Hattiesburg, Miss., 2,411. 10, Lucky Strikes, Cleveland, Tenn., 2,399.

    1, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,231. 2, Justin Montgomery/Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,080. 3, Marie Martin, Dickinson, N.D./Terry Otto, Carrington, N.D., 1,079. 4, Darin Ford, White Plains, Md./Kelvin Gunn, Upper Marlboro, Md., 1,064. 5, Tom Mensik, Morse Bluff, Neb./Jerry Kruger, North Bend Neb., 1,062. 6, Stan Keeney, Casey, Ill./Susan Waltz, Paris, Ill., 1,056. 7, Julie Wahman/Gregg Wahman, Dexter, Iowa, 1,052. 8, Ron Cosentino, Westerville, Ohio/John Carlson, Lewis Center, Ohio, 1,044. 9, Woodson Faerber/David Faerber, Baton Rouge, La., 1,042. 10, Frank Buzalsky, Amidon, N.D./Ron Kraulik, Bowman, N.D., 1,038.

    1, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., 605. 2, Dondi Pratt, Eufaula, Okla. 598. 3, Tony Wheaton, Port Washington, Wis., 591. 4, Bridget Riley, Baton Rouge, La., 579. 5, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 577. 6, Dustin Christiansen, Pierce, Neb., 575. 7, Chris Tophinke, Bowling Green, Mo., 573. 8, Ken Howard, Aurora, Colo., 569. 9, Dick Rauschenberger, Tumbling Shoals, Ark., 561. 10, Rene Perz, Austin, Texas, 558.

    1, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676. 2, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,673. 3, Bridget Riley, Baton Rouge, La., 1,654. 4, Mike Robertson, Harrison, Ark., 1,638. 5, Terry Wibstad, Jamestown, N.D., 1,637. 6, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., 1,634. 7, Rodney Boswell, Lyon, Miss., 1,624. 8, Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,621. 9, Bruce Spurlin, Gaffney, S.C., 1,620. 10, Rick Wiskur, West Fargo, N.D., 1,608.