Three-time titlist leads team into top spot in All Events at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Jones joins 50-Year Club; Hanson rolls the ninth 300 game

    2012USBCOCLodgeLanesToo.jpgThree-time champion John Gaines led Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,744 total at the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on April 4. Five Horsemen of Racine, Wis., previously held the lead with 9,731.

    Gaines, a back-to-back Team All-Events winner in 1997 and 1998 as well as the 1998 Regular Singles champion, set the pace for Lodge Lanes Too with a 1,994 all-events total at the Baton Rouge River Center.

    The 45-year-old right-hander was joined by 1987 Team All-Events champion Mitch Jabczenski (1,961), 2004 Regular Singles and All-Events winner John Janawicz (1,940), recent Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Scott Newell (1,930) and former Team USA member Vernon Peterson (1,919).

    L-R Jabczenski, Gaines, Newell, Peterson and Janawicz.

    2012USBCOCNicholasJsProShop2.jpgLodge Lanes Too also is fourth in Regular Team with 3,196, while its companion team,, is tied for seventh with 3,154. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis. (right), leads with 3,401.

    "A lot of information was exchanged between doubles and singles, and Jeff Ussery from our companion team was spot on with what he told us about the pair they were on, which is the main reason we got off to such a strong start in singles," said Gaines, who made his 24th USBC Open Championships appearance.

    "I don't know if what we got is enough, but we did what we could. All five guys shot 1,900, and that's a pretty solid effort. You can't win unless you leave with the lead, and we did that."


    Jones joins 50-Year Club at USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCDickJones.jpgDick Jones (pictured) of Brigantine, N.J., became the 146th bowler in USBC Open Championships history to reach 50 years of participation. The 70-year-old right-hander began his Open Championships journey in 1961 when the tournament was held at the legendary Cobo Hall in Detroit.

    He made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 3 and was joined in Baton Rouge by his wife, Rosemary, his sister Betty Ann and his best friend Johnny, who also competed this year.

    Jones, who rolled a 300 game at the 1993 event in Tulsa, Okla., only competed in the team event this year and posted games of 174, 180 and 150 for a 504 series. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 78,953 pins for a career average of 192.


    Washington State bowler fires 300 game at USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCRobertHanson.jpg2012USBCOCHenryTeetzIII.jpgRobert Hanson (left) of Tacoma, Wash., rolled the ninth 300 game of the 2012 USBC Open Championships on April 6.

    Although it has taken him 19 tries during a nearly three-decade span, he's finally able to cross one of the items off his Open Championships bucket list. The other thing he set out to accomplish when he made his tournament debut in 1984 was to win an eagle, which will have to wait another year.

    The 53-year-old right-hander started his singles set with games of 227 and 238 before firing 12 consecutive strikes for a 300 game and 765 series, which is good for fourth place in Regular Singles. Henry Teetz III (above right) of West Allis, Wis., leads with 800.

    Hanson closed his 2012 campaign with 684 in doubles and 607 in team for a career-high all-events total of 2,056 and is 10th overall. Ryan Whitney of Lewisville, Texas, leads Regular All-Events with 2,170.


    A look ahead

    There are two live stream broadcasts scheduled from the USBC Open Championships this week.

    On April 12 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, S&B Pro Shop 1 will hit the lanes in front of the live stream cameras. The group features four Open Championships titlists, including Bill Orlikowski (1999 Team All-Events), Kerry Kreft (1999 Team All-Events and 2004 Regular Team) and Mark Moore and Dave Ewald (2004 Regular Team). Nick Wissinger rounds out the squad.

    On April 16 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, defending Regular Singles and Regular All-Events champion Matt Weggen and his team will compete. Weggen returns to the Open Championships after a historic run last year at the National Bowling Stadium, where he rolled an 806 series in doubles and 826 in singles to become the first bowler in history to record back-to-back 800 series.

    Also this week, Doug Swords of Greenacres, Fla., is scheduled to become the 147th bowler in history to celebrate 50 years of tournament competition (April 14-15).

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    2012 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 (Nick Heilman, Matt Mysliwiec, Greg Pizl, Trevor Yonan, Andy Mills), La Crosse, Wis., 3,401. 2, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 3,227. 3, Nicholas J's Pro Shop, La Crosse, Wis., 3,204. 4, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 3,196. 5, Jr. Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,170. 6, Ray Cyr's Pro Shop, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 3,168. 7(tie), Bud Light Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Wis., and, Orlando, Fla., 3,154. 9, Strike FX Pro Shop 1, Newport, R.I., 3,151. 10, Bob's Custom Decks, Romeoville, Ill., 3,144.

    1, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash./Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 1,429. 2, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C./Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 1,420. 3, Paul Marmolejo, Rialto, Calif./Alex Marmolejo, Alta Loma, Calif., 1,398. 4, Steven Zimmer, Louisville, Ky./T.J. Schmidt, Osceola, Ind., 1,397. 5(tie), Patrick Smart/Rick Meneley, Santa Maria, Calif., and Gary Schmit, Grand Prairie, Texas/Steve Schmit, Random Lake, Wis., 1,368. 7(tie), David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Jeffrey Mersch, Orlando, Fla./Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 1,363. 9, Robert Raymond/Jay Nephew, Oakland Park, Fla., 1,360. 10(tie), Jeremy Crist, Bemus Point, N.Y./Jeff Wadsworth, Lakewood, N.Y., and Kevin Haynie/Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,347.

    1, Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 800. 2, Andrew Kleutgen, Wild Rose, Wis., 785. 3, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 773. 4, Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 765. 5, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 763. 6, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 755. 7, Robert Baldwin, State College, Pa., 751. 8(tie), Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, Kevin Reinhardt, Schaumburg, Ill., and Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D., 742.

    1, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 2,170. 2, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 2,121. 3, Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,087. 4, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 2,082. 5, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,080. 6, Steven Zimmer, Lousiville, Ky., 2,079. 7, Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, 2,078. 8, Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 2,062. 9, Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D., 2,057. 10, Bob Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 2,056.

    Team All-Events
    1, Lodge Lanes Too (Mitch Jabczenski, John Gaines, Scott Newell, Vernon Peterson, John Janawicz), Orlando, Fla., 9,744. 2, Five Horsemen, Racine, Wis., 9,731. 3, Legend of Dung Ho, Cerritos, Calif., 9,666. 4, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,632. 5, Ray Cyr's Pro Shop, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 9,521. 6, Young and Reckless, Shepherdsville, Ky., 9,507. 7, Jr. Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 9,505. 8, Jr. Team USA Support 2, Mansfield, Texas, 9,487. 9, Meczynskis 1, Buffalo, N.Y., 9,376. 10, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 9,366.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Frazee 2 (Greg Mickelson, Jon Smith, Bill King, Mark Bylander, Mark Kemper), Vergas, Minn., 2,678. 2, K Lines 2, Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 3, Lani Ohana, Honolulu, 2,650. 4, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,639. 5, Donnas Lounge 2, Sheffield, Iowa, 2,631. 6, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,614. 7, Paradise Lanes, Walden, Colo., 2,607. 8, Burnside Taxidermy, New Effington, S.D., 2,594. 9(tie), Easy Five, Palmyra, Neb., and Ford Health Services, Chappell, Neb., 2,588.

    1, Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D./Tim Luken, Gettysburg, S.D., 1,231. 2, Daniel Broussard, Broussard, La./Rob Clark, Rayne, La., 1,196. 3, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn./Larry Sorenson, West Union, Minn., 1,187. 4, Jewell Ownbey/Forrest Ownbey, Newport, Wash., 1,182. 5, Jeremy Skelenar/Bobby Turner, Kearney, Neb., 1,177. 6, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Dale Helgevold, Osceola, Iowa, 1,170. 7, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn./Norman Skarphol, Madelia, Minn., 1,163. 8, Kristine Kreuser, Wayne, Ill./Keith White, Gurnee, Ill, 1,153. 9,Gerald Hardy/Eunice, La./Harold Fils, Lafayette, La., 1,150. 10, Brian Engleman, Hawarden, Iowa/Chad Vlotho, Ireton, Iowa, 1,146.

    1, Joel Fee, Pella, Iowa, 655. 2, Dennis Hanson, Harbor Beach, Mich., 640. 3, Rick Richter, Primghar, Iowa, 634. 4, Ken Brewster, Goshen, Ind., 621. 5, Dustin Space, Minden, Neb., 613. 6, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 607. 7(tie), Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., Dennis Friest, Radcliffe, Iowa, and Shane Hartman, Walden, Colo., 605. 10, Dondi Pratt, Eufaula, Okla. 598.

    1, Dennis Poepping, Alexandria, Minn., 1,746. 2, Paul Schrubbe, Horicon, Wis., 1,742. 3, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,739. 4, Terry Turner, Shoreline, Wash., 1699. 5, Daniel Broussard, Broussard, La., 1,684. 6, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1683. 7, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676. 8, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,673. 9, Shane Hartman, Walden Colo., 1,666. 10, Jeremy Skelnar, Kearney, Neb., 1,665.