Hard work pays off for Nebraska bowler at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas (Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006)

    2006USBCOpenDavidWilliams.jpg David Williams Jr. of Omaha, Neb., has been working extra hard on his game lately, and it showed as he moved into sixth place in Regular Singles at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    A 10-year member of the Professional Bowlers Association, Williams has been preparing for the upcoming PBA Regional Players Championship and PBA Tour Trials and fired games of 267, 279 and 237 for 783 series at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Wednesday night. Dave Barker of Springfield, Ill., leads with 793.

    Williams added 648 in doubles and 577 in team for a 2,008 all-events total in just his second Open Championships appearance.

    "I felt like I really played the lanes in the wrong place during team," said Williams, a salesman for Performance Chrysler. "So before ever throwing a shot today, I decided to play the gutter. But I had to be confident that my reaction from the outside was going to be good."

    From here, the 40-year-old right-hander is headed straight to Indiana to continue his jam-packed bowling schedule. He will compete in the RPC from May 26-29, immediately followed by the Tour Trials scheduled for May 30-June 4. He will attempt to claim one of the 10 Denny's PBA Tour exemptions up for grabs at the 45-game Tour Trials.

    "I've been practicing pretty hard for the last month to prepare for the Tour Trials," Williams said. "I had to make sure my equipment felt right and that I was making good shots before going up against the best. I guess all of that practice is paying off already based on my performance here."

    Subs help Washington team into top 10 at USBC Open Championships

    2006USBCOpenWadesProShop.jpg With its team members representing opposite corners of the country, Wade's Pro Shop of Forks, Wash., moved into 10th place in Classified Team at the Open Championships on Wednesday.

    The group posted games of 883, 907 and 942 for a 2,732 total at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall. Torkelson Construction of Clarion, Iowa leads with 2,878.

    Tom Rinehart led the way with 683 and was followed by Josh Fagan (652), Michael Rosendahl (535), Ernie Penn (442) and Pam Rinehart (420).

    Tom Rinehart of Lady Lake, Fla., originally was scheduled to bowl with some friends from home, but when they canceled the reservation, he turned to the sub board on USBCopen.com to find some new teammates in a hurry.

    "I went online and posted on the sub board that my wife and I were looking for a team to bowl with," Rinehart said. "It wasn't long before we got a call to join this team from Washington, and actually, I was born and raised in Seattle, which isn't too far from where they're from. So even though I didn't know the guys, it felt a little like home."

    2005kegelLogo.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2006 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Texas State Aquarium, Majestic Ventures Yacht Charters, Inc., USS Lexington Museum and Texas Treasure Casino Cruises.

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls:


    1, Browning Pontiac (Steve Fehr, George Gohagan III, Ken Jessee, Jon Murph, Ken Abner), Cincinnati, 3,496. 2, Bowlers Universe 1, Rockford, Ill., 3,472. 3, Brunswick Shox, Wichita, Kan., 3,436. 4, The Benik Corporation, Silverdale, Wash., 3,402. 5, Bowling Dynamics Inc., Phoenix, 3,400. 6, Trophy King Pro Shop, Davenport, Iowa, 3,394. 7, Red Carpet Waukesha, Waukesha, Wis., 3,387. 8, Fran's Pro Shop 3, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,382. 9, True Amateur Tournament 1, Upland, Calif., 3,372. 10, Chilton Billiard Supply, Wichita, Kan., 3,365.

    1, Pat McGainey Jr., Baltimore/Brian Bennett, Lewes, Del., 1,496. 2, Paul Zuehlke, Oshkosh, Wis./Jon Schure, Ripon, Wis., 1,461. 3, Kevin Adam/Jacques Jacobson, Reading, Pa., 1,447. 4, Shane Keefauver, Canton, Ill./Doug Manhart, Bloomington, Ill., 1,432. 5, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M./John Weltzien, Wellington, Fla., 1,425. 6, Scott Terzo/Mark McClain, Rochester, N.Y., 1,421. 7, Aaron Pawloski, Volcano, Calif./Bobby Huckaby, Santa Cruz, Calif., 1,420. 8, Ryan Lever, New Berlin, Wis./Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., 1.412. 9, Kevin Taber, Toledo, Ohio/Jay Young, Pemberville, Ohio, 1,406. 10, Jason Peterson, Waterloo, Iowa/David Bartlett, Hudson, Ill., 1,404.

    1, Dave Barker, Springfield Ill., 793. 2, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 792. 3, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 4 (tie), Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., and Jeff Carter, Springfield Ill., 788. 6, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 783. 7, Ernest Goedicke, Brigham City, Utah, 774. 8, Mike Danielson, Vancouver, Wash., 773. 9, (tie), Marcia Kamrowski, Pleasantview, Utah, and Joe Spoonmore, Sandwich, Ill., 772.

    1, Dave Mitchell, Farmington, Minn., 2,189. 2, Kelly Ray, Arlington, Texas, 2,179. 3, Shane Keefauver, Canton, Ill., 2,171. 4, Rob Schuh, Neenah, Wis., 2,161. 5, Mitch Sacks, Mundelein, Ill., 2,156. 6, David Cirigliano, Phoenix, 2,154. 7, Sam Lantto, Eden Prairie, Minn., 2,147. 8, Mike Sopper, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,141. 9, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 2,131. 10 (tie), Kevin Tabron, Wichita, Kan., and Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 2,130.

    Team All-Events
    1, Linds Lakers 1 (Sam Lantto, Gary Green, Charles Vashaw, Todd Savoy, John Eiss), Minneapolis, 9,940. 2, MoRich Ball Company, Milwaukee, 9,893. 3, Bowling Dynamics Inc., Phoenix, 9,866. 4, Montgomery Industries Inc., Braintree, Mass., 9,851. 5, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 9,849. 6, Warrior Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa, 9,837. 7, Browning Pontiac, Cincinnati, 9,829. 8, Ebonite HQ 1, Hopkinsville, Ky., 9,816. 9, On Track/Custom Thumb A, Brooklyn Center, Minn., 9,799. 10, Chilton Billiard Supply, Wichita, Kan., 9,793.


    1, Torkelson Construction (Greg Schipull, Roger Haupt, Troy Schultz, Dustin Elston, Eric Douglass), Clarion, Iowa, 2,878. 2, Suburban Lanes, Meade, Kan., 2,851. 3, Sportsman Bowling Club 3, Cerritos, Calif., 2,807. 4, Grogan's Dairy Queen, Dyersburg, Tenn., 2,789. 5, D&R Golf, New Iberia, La., 2,750. 6, Sparta Pro Shop, Sparta, Mich., 2,745. 7, Hole in the Wall 2, Newton, Iowa, 2,744. 8, Sandhills Rollers 2, Aberdeen, N.C., 2,735. 9, Dixie Bowl Lanes 2, Meridian, Miss., 2,734. 10, Wade's Pro Shop, Forks, Wash., 2,732.

    1, Robert Tukker, Mount Prospect, Ill./David Clauss, Chicago, 1,248. 2, Richard Cockerhan, Davison, Mich./Ron Caldwell, North Branch, Mich., 1,234. 3, Kevin Mitchell, Millbrae, Calif./Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 1,214. 4, Jared Gould, Jamestown, N.Y./Harvey Osterstuck, Perrysburg, N.Y., 1,212. 5, Kirby Lomax, Gainesville, Ga./Samuel Murray, Toccoa, Ga., 1,211. 6, Ron Hester/Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,209. 7 (tie), Larry Sorenson/Virgil Taylor, Streator, Ill., Tim Anderson, Dawson, Minn./Rob Bennett, Montevideo, Minn., and Glynn Arceneaux, Lafayette, La./Rob Clark, Duson, La., 1,198. 10 (tie), Steve Montana, Fallon, Nev./John Montana, Waddell, Ariz., Frank Adams, Honolulu/Roxanne Adams-Coffin, and Rayjann Patao/Raymann Patao, Baldwin Park, Calif., 1,195.

    1 (tie), Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., and Ted Skrzynecki Jr., Ida, Mich., 679. 3 (tie), Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., and Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 675. 5, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 665. 6, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 7, Frederick Green, Waterford Township, Mich., 660. 8, Chris Case, Knoxville, Tenn., 657. 9, Greg Hidalgo, Austin, Texas, 655. 10 (tie), Daryl Leal, Augusta, Ga., and Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 654.

    1, Kirby Lomax, Gainesville, Ga., 1,861. 2, John Millet Jr., Greenland, N.H., 1,851. 3, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 1,824. 4, John Murray, Pompano Beach, Fla., 1,802. 5, Jeffery Schrupp, Lester Prairie, Minn., 1,800. 6, Keith Braun, Celina, Ohio, 1,797. 7, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 8, Michael Licko, Carol Stream, Ill., 1,787. 9, James McLendon, Charlotte, N.C., 1,781. 10 (tie), Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., and Steve Benoit, Salem, Ala., 1,774.