S&B Pro Shop 1 back on top at USBC Open Championships


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    2012USBCOCNickWissinger.jpgNick Wissinger (pictured left) turned in a career-best performance to help S&B Pro Shop 1 of Clinton Township, Mich., into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,954 total at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on April 13. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., previously held the lead with 9,744.

    Wissinger, a 44-year-old right-hander, started his 2012 USBC Open Championships campaign with a 169 game but averaged more than 247 for his remaining eight games at the Baton Rouge River Center.

    He is the first bowler this year to roll three consecutive 700 series - 721 in doubles, 716 in singles and 715 in team - for a 2,152 all-events total. He is second behind Ryan Whitney of Lewisville, Texas, who leads Regular All-Events with 2,170.

    2012USBCOCSBProShop1.jpg"In team, we decided to stay out farther, and I just didn't have a good reaction," said Wissinger, who made his 24th Open Championships appearance. "I finally decided to make a jump inside, and there it was. Of course I wish I would've made the adjustment and moved sooner, but anytime you shoot 2,100 here, you have to feel pretty good."

    Dave Ewald added a 2,049 all-events total for S&B Pro Shop 1 (right) and was followed by Bill Orlikowski (2,038), Kerry Kreft (1,900) and Mark Moore (1,815).

    S&B Pro Shop 1 also is in third place in Regular Team with a 3,277 total. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis., leads with 3,401.


    Swords joins 50-Year Club at USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCDougSwords.jpgDoug Swords (left) of Greenacres, Fla., became the 147th bowler in history to make 50 appearances at the USBC Open Championships.

    The 77-year-old right-hander, originally from Detroit, made his Open Championships debut at the Motor City's Cobo Hall in 1961. Five decades later, he was surrounded by his friends and family as he made his ceremonial walk down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 14. He was joined in Baton Rouge by his wife, Beverly, and son, Dale, who in flew in as a surprise.

    Swords closed out his 50th year with 542 in singles, 497 in doubles and 437 in team for a 1,476 all-events total. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 84,992 pins for a career average of 188.8.


    Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe fires 300 game

    2012USBCOCShannonOKeefe.jpgTeam USA member Shannon O'Keefe (pictured) rolled the 10th perfect game of the 2012 USBC Open Championships and helped Cambridge 1 of Arlington, Texas to the highest team game this year at the Baton Rouge River Center.

    O'Keefe, the eighth woman to shoot 300 at the Open Championships, ended her team event with 19 consecutive strikes for games of 217, 238 and 300 for a 755 series. The effort helped Cambridge 1 into second place in Regular Team on games of 979, 1,103 and 1,237 for a 3,319 total.

    The 33-year-old right-hander made her fourth tournament appearance and shared the lanes with her husband, Team USA assistant coach Bryan O'Keefe (632), Ron Nelson Jr. (679), Bill Webb (637) and Chris Viale (616). The group also is third in Team All-Events with 9,817.


    2011 Regular Singles and All-Events champion won't repeat

    2012USBCOCMattWeggen.jpgMatt Weggen (left) of Muscatine, Iowa, made history last year when he became the only bowler in 109 years of USBC Open Championships competition to roll back-to-back 800 series. The feat earned him the 2011 Regular Singles and Regular All-Events titles, and he was back on the tournament lanes this week to put those titles on the line.

    The 32-year-old right-hander shot 619 in singles, 592 in team and 553 in doubles for a 1,764 all-events total and will not become the first bowler to successfully defend an individual title. Henry Teetz III of West Allis, Wis., leads Regular Singles this year with 800, while Ryan Whitney of Lewisville, Texas, leads Regular All-Events with 2,170.


    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, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 (Nick Heilman, Matt Mysliwiec, Greg Pizl, Trevor Yonan, Andy Mills), La Crosse, Wis., 3,401. 2, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,319. 3, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,277. 4, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, N.D., 3,247. 5, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 3,227. 6, Nicholas J's Pro Shop, La Crosse, Wis., 3,204. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 3,196. 8, Jr. Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,170. 9, Ray Cyr's Pro Shop, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 3,168. 10(tie), Bud Light Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Wis., and Hammerbowling.com, Orlando, Fla., 3,154.

    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, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn./Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 1,419. 4, Paul Marmolejo, Rialto, Calif./Alex Marmolejo, Alta Loma, Calif., 1,398. 5(tie), Steven Zimmer, Louisville, Ky./T.J. Schmidt, Osceola, Ind., and Mike Lewellen, Gering, Neb./Garrett Maxey, Greeley, Colo., 1,397. 7, Nick Wissinger, Clinton Township, Mich./Dave Ewald, Macomb, Mich., 1,389. 8, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill./Bryan O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,386. 9, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas/Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 1,369. 10(tie), Patrick Smart/Rick Meneley, Santa Maria, Calif., and Gary Schmit, Grand Prairie, Texas/Steve Schmit, Random Lake, Wis., 1,368.

    1, Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 800. 2(tie), Andrew Kleutgen, Wild Rose, Wis., and Dustin Knipp, Mansfield, Ohio, 785. 4, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 773. 5, Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 765. 6, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 763. 7, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 755. 8(tie), Robert Hackleman, Evansville, Wyo., and Robert Baldwin, State College, Pa., 751. 10, Dan Bock. Albert Lea, Minn., 749.

    1, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 2,170. 2, Nick Wissinger, Clinton Township, Mich., 2,152. 3, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 2,121. 4, Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,087. 5, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 2,082. 6, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,080. 7, Steven Zimmer, Lousiville, Ky., 2,079. 8, Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, 2,078. 9, David Langer, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 2,070. 10, Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 2,066.

    Team All-Events
    1, S&B Pro Shop 1 (Bill Orlikowski, Nick Wissinger, Mark Moore, Kerry Kreft, Dave Ewald), Clinton Township, Mich., 9,954. 2, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, Minn., 9,925. 3, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,817. 4, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,744. 5, Five Horsemen, Racine, Wis., 9,731. 6, Legend of Dung Ho, Cerritos, Calif., 9,666. 7, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,632. 8, Ray Cyr's Pro Shop, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 9,521. 9, Young and Reckless, Shepherdsville, Ky., 9,507. 10, Jr. Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 9,505.


    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, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,670. 3, K Lines 2, Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 4, Lani Ohana, Honolulu, 2,650. 5, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,639. 6, Donnas Lounge 2, Sheffield, Iowa, 2,631. 7, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,614. 8, Paradise Lanes, Walden, Colo., 2,607. 9, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,604. 10, Burnside Taxidermy, New Effington, S.D., 2,594.

    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, Kathy Barthel, Jacksonville, Ala./Thomas Gaskins, Bessemer, Ala., 1,184. 5, Jewell Ownbey/Forrest Ownbey, Newport, Wash., 1,182. 6, Jeremy Skelenar/Bobby Turner, Kearney, Neb., 1,177. 7, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Dale Helgevold, Osceola, Iowa, 1,170. 8, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn./Norman Skarphol, Madelia, Minn., 1,163. 9, Kristine Kreuser, Wayne, Ill./Keith White, Gurnee, Ill, 1,153. 10 ,Gerald Hardy/Eunice, La./Harold Fils, Lafayette, La., 1,150.

    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, Gordon Tunison, New York, 614. 6, Dustin Space, Minden, Neb., 613. 7, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 607. 8(tie), Randy Tennant, Onida, S.D., Dennis Friest, Radcliffe, Iowa, and Shane Hartman, Walden, Colo., 605.

    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, William Rowald, Roscoe, Ill., 1,698. 6, Darwin Noah, Sidney, Mich., 1,693. 7, Daniel Broussard, Broussard, La., 1,684. 8, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1683. 9, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676. 10, Ken Valenzuela, Brighton, Colo., 1,673.