First-timer Michael Daniels takes Regular Singles lead at USBC Open Championships


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    2012USBCOCMichaelDaniels.jpgMichael Daniels (pictured left) of Slidell, La., enjoyed a memorable debut on bowling's biggest stage as he cruised into the Regular Singles lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Feb. 23.

    The 47-year-old right-hander achieved the 30 clean frames he was hoping for on the way to games of 210, 267 and 257 for a 734 series at the Baton Rouge River Center. Ed Seliga of Kenosha, Wis., previously held the lead with 719.

    2012USBCOCJoelFee.jpg"Everyone told me to expect a tough shot, so my goal was to come out with three 600 series, and I would be happy with that," said Daniels, who added a 614 series in doubles and 604 in team for a 1,953 all-events total, which is second overall.

    "I also wanted to get a 30 clean, and I failed in my first two attempts, so it was on my mind in singles. I also wanted to get enough for 1,800."

    Two days later, 31-year-old Joel Fee (right) of Pella, Iowa, found his way into the top spot in Classified Singles with games of 234, 236 and 185 for a 655 series.


    USBC, Baton Rouge mayor host charity event

    2012USBCOCBRMayorandExecutives.jpgThe 2012 USBC Open Championships helped raise more than $30,000 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank on Feb. 24.

    After a short day of tournament competition, the venue was opened to more than 350 bowlers and guests for the Mayor's Celebrity Bowling Challenge to Strike Out Hunger. Through lane sponsorship and ticket sales, the special event generated enough money to serve more than 150,000 meals locally.

    Each of the venue's 48 lanes was available for sponsorship by local businesses for $250, and thanks to a very strong bowling community with support from local proprietors and the USBC association, all 48 lanes were filled at $300 per team. There also were raffles and opportunities to buy additional celebrity strikes for $100.

    "We found a way to mesh the USBC event, the city and the bowling community to put on a unique tournament that benefited a great cause," Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden (center) said. "What's most significant is that the food bank has been at almost an historic low, so for all of these folks to come out and help is amazing."


    High school bowlers enjoy USBC Open Championships atmosphere

    2012USBCOCRummelBoys.jpgWith high school bowling continuing to grow in Louisiana, the sport took another step forward when 43 varsity teams from across the state converged on the Baton Rouge River Center for the 2012 Coca-Cola High School Invitational on Feb. 25.

    The photo shows boys champion Archbishop Rummel of Metairie, La.

    "Most of the bowlers were blown away by the facility," said Rick Bourgeois, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association State Commissioner of Bowling, who recently made his 31st Open Championships appearance. "This venue really makes the bowlers want to compete in the Open Championships in the future."

    The Coca-Cola High School Invitational, an all-Baker event, normally kicks off the high school bowling season in Louisiana and actually got its start in the same one-of-a-kind venue in 2005 when the Open Championships visited Baton Rouge for the first time.


    A look ahead

    The first official live stream broadcast from the 2012 USBC Open Championships will take place March 1 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. The broadcast will feature former Professional Bowlers Association standouts Steve Wilson, Rick Sajek, Adam Colton, Paul Koehler and Mark Booke.

    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, FOURINOX, Green Bay, Wis., 2,987. 3, Street Rags, Cottage Grove, Wis., 2,972. 4, Rollin Bayou, Slidell, La., 2931. 5, Team Contreras, Pass Christian, Miss., 2,923. 6, Chucks All Nite Bowl 2, Atlanta, 2,849. 7, Booost 2, Auburn, Ga., 2,839. 8, Tools Toes & Donks, Phoenix, 2,833. 9, David Driscoll and Associates, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,827. 10, Old Settlers, Franksville, Wis., 2,824.

    1, Danny Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga./Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 1,343. 2, Pat Grogan/Bill Holler, Marshall, Texas, 1,295. 3, Tim Maiseroulle, Buford, Ga./Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,294. 4, Brandon Broadway/Bradley Broadway, Sumner, Texas, 1,285. 5, Chris Galovits, West Allis, Wis./Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 1,284. 6, Neil Makison, Boiling Springs, S.C./Chris Garrett, Greenville, S.C., 1,242. 8, Howard Reed, East Helena, Mont./Michael Reed, Clancy, Mont., 1,237. 9(tie), Kirk Buffington, Fulton, Mo./Jessica Silver, Mexico, Mo., and Saul Romero/Tom Cauchy, Katy, Texas, 1,232.

    1, Michael Daniels, Slidell, La., 734. 2, Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 719. 3, Carlton King, Canton, Ga., 700. 4, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 695. 5, Greg Fakler, Milwaukee, 692. 6, Patrick Bright, Paris, Texas 674. 7, James Craig Carpenter, Slidell, La., 669. 8(tie), Benjamin Witt, Roseville, Minn., and Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga., 663. 10, John Evans, Phoenix, 661.

    1, Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 1,969. 2, Michael Daniels, Slidell, La., 1,953. 3, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,952. 4, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,944. 5, Patrick Bright, Paris, Texas, 1910. 6, Ken Schneider Jr., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 1,901. 7, Danny Smith, Lawrenceville, Ga., 1,892. 8, Robert Hydrick Jr., Piedmont, S.C., 1,881. 9, John Glowczewski, Winona, Minn., 1,879. 10, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan., 1,873.

    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, Rollin Bayou, Slidell, La., 8,779. 4, Team Contreras, Pass Christian, Miss., 8,705. 5, Tools Toes & Donks, Phoenix, 8,625. 7(tie), Team Altima, Kennesaw, Ga., and River Rats 2, Winona, Minn., 8,464. 9, Booost 1, Flowery Branch, Ga., 8,463. 10(tie), FOURINOX, Green Bay, Wis., and Times Square Entertainment, Katy, Texas, 8,423.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Country Boys (Todd Clark, Perry Titze, Lloyd VanGenderen, Lyle Bruinsma, Richard Larsch), Stickney, S.D., 2,553. 2(tie), Seek & Destroy, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Sheps Cleaners, Starkville, Miss., 2,510. 4, Hilo Local Style 2, Pahoa, Hawaii, 2,504. 5, Golden Eagle Dist. 1, Bowling Green, Mo., 2,498. 6, Game Gear Gold, Bentonville, Ark., 2,495. 7, T Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,489. 8, Madd Dawgs 2, Lafayette, La., 2,482. 9, Hot Shots, Moorehead, Minn., 2,463. 10, Cajun Dawgs 2, Lafayette, La., 2,459.

    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, Keke Bourque, St. Martinville, La./Joseph Bourque, Lafayette, La., 1,073. 5, Shamim Merchant/Richard Lopez, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1,066. 6, Darin Ford, White Plains, Md./Kelvin Gunn, Upper Marlboro, Md., 1,064. 7, Tom Mensik, Morse Bluff, Neb./Jerry Kruger, North Bend Neb., 1,062. 8(tie), Stan Keeney, Casey, Ill./Susan Waltz, Paris, Ill., and Eddie Underwood III, West Monroe, La./Anthony Masters, Monroe, La., 1,056. 10, Jon Scott Broussard, Lafayette, La./Gary Landry, Erath, La., 1,053.

    1, Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, 655. 2, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., 605. 3, Dondi Pratt, Eufaula, Okla. 598. 4, Bob Dorn, Little Falls, Minn., 597. 5, Tony Wheaton, Port Washington, Wis., 591. 6, Bryan Green, Springdale, Ark., 587. 7(tie), Bruce Welle, Pierz, Minn., and Anthony Masters, Monroe, La., 581. 9, Bridget Riley, Baton Rouge, La., 579. 10, Ceasar Erese, Goose Creek, S.C., 578.

    1, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676. 2, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,673. 3, Bridget Riley, Baton Rouge, La., 1,654. 4(tie), Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, and Anthony Masters, Monroe, La., 1,649. 6, Mike Robertson, Harrison, Ark., 1,638. 7, Terry Wibstad, Jamestown, N.D., 1,637. 8, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., 1,634. 9, Bob Dorn, Little Falls, Minn., 1,631. 10, Eddie Shelton, Columbus, Miss., 1,626.