Two bowlers shoot 11th and 12th perfect games at USBC Open Championships


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    2012USBCOCSteveHarms.jpgSteve Harms of West Valley City, Utah, and Matt Smith of Altoona, Iowa, rolled the 11th and 12th perfect games of the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    Harms (pictured left), a 46-year-old left-hander, tossed his 300 at the Baton Rouge River Center on April 19 to become the 23rd bowler in 109 years of USBC Open Championships competition with two perfect games on the tournament lanes. His first came at the 2011 event in Reno, Nev., and he is the fifth person to accomplish the feat in consecutive years.

    Harms finished with games of 190, 259 and 300 for a 749 series and teamed with Thomas E. Lightcap of Roy, Utah, for a 1,315 doubles total. Hugh Miller of Mercer Island, Wash., and Adam Barta of Girard, Ohio, lead Regular Doubles with 1,429.

    "Last year's was really special because in the state of Utah, shooting 300 at Nationals solidifies you a little more as a competitive bowler," said Harms, who made his 16th Open Championships appearance and added 583 in singles and 565 in team for a 1,897 all-events total.

    2012USBCOCMattSmith.jpg"This one was special because of the convention-center setting. It's not an established bowling center like the Stadium, so it's a little bit tougher. It's definitely a great feeling."

    Smith's 300 came in his second game of singles April 24 on the way to a 756 set, which is eighth in Regular Singles. Henry Teetz III of West Allis, Wis., leads with 800.

    Smith (right), a 36-year-old right-hander making his 13th tournament appearance, added 663 in team and 631 in doubles for a 2,050 all-events total to help Fran's Pro Shop 1 of Waterloo, Iowa, into fourth place in Team All-Events with a 9,795 total.

    Gordon Kilpatrick added a 1,989 all-events effort for Fran's Pro Shop 1 and was joined by Kurt Krull (1,979), Joseph Engelkes (1,889) and Ronald Tragord (1,888). The group also moved into eighth place in Regular Team with a 3,239 effort April 23.


    Leaders hold steady at USBC Open Championships

    2012USBCOCDerekEoff.jpgIt was a week of close calls at the USBC Open Championships, but the top spots on the Regular Division leaderboard remain unchanged.

    Former Team USA member and 2008 QubicaAMF World Cup champion Derek Eoff (pictured left) of Madison, Wis., made a run at the top spot in Regular All-Events, but came up three pins short, settling into second place with a 2,167 total. Ryan Whitney of Lewisville, Texas, leads with 2,170.

    Eoff started with a 779 set, the highest individual series in the team event this year, and added 704 in singles and 684 in doubles. He helped Clone Huskers into fifth place in Team All-Events with 9,770 and seventh place in Regular Team with 3,244. S&B Pro Shop 1 of Clinton Township, Mich., and Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis., lead with 9,954 and 3,401, respectively.

    Eoff was joined by his former University of Nebraska teammates Tim Behrendt (2,027), Daniel White (1,943), Adam Cardwell (1,895) and Rick Volhard (1,738).

    2012USBCOCCareerAthletescom.jpg"I've been bowling with the same guys for a few years now," said Eoff, who also was the 2008 USBC Team USA Trials champion. "We had a game plan as a team this year, which we hadn't committed to in the past. Our score this year really reflects that. We work well with each other, and that goes for doubles and singles, too. We still consider that part of our teamwork as we help each other stay ahead of the moves and with the right ball."

    Another group of former collegiate standouts fell just short of the Regular Team lead.

    Former Team USA member and Wichita State University star John Szczerbinski of Wichita, Kan., led (right) into second place with games of 1,138, 1,098 and 1,108 for a 3,344 total April 22. He posted a 710 series and was followed by Jesse Buss (702), A.J. Demond (690), Chris Drewes (634) and Casey Slaughter (608).


    A look ahead

    This week, Gerald Cole Sr. of Taylor, Mich., and David Finlay of Shawnee Mission, Kan., will become the 148th and 149th bowlers to make 50 appearances at the USBC Open Championships.

    Cole will make his milestone march down Center Aisle on April 27 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern, while Finlay is scheduled to join the 50-Year Club on April 28 at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

    This week's live stream broadcast from the River Center, at 9:30 p.m. EDT on April 28, will feature familiar names from the collegiate and Professional Bowlers Association ranks.

    The featured two-team group includes Brian Waliczek, Billy Murphy, Cory Simmons, April Ellis and Elizabeth Sienicki. Also, 12-time Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky and USBC Hall of Famer Linda Kelly will be bowling one pair to the right, and another couple of pairs down will be 2007 Regular All-Events champion Mike Rose Jr.

    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,, Wichita, Kan., 3,344. 3, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,319. 4, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 3,316. 5, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,277. 6, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, N.D., 3,247. 7, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 3,244. 8, Frans Pro Shop 1, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,239. 9, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 3,227. 10, Nicholas J's Pro Shop, La Crosse, Wis., 3,204.

    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, Paul Lynn Fleming, Keller, Texas/Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,371. 10, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas/Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 1,369.

    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, John Ferretti, Erie, Pa., 771. 6, Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 765. 7, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 763. 8, Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 756. 9, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., 755. 10(tie), Robert Hackleman, Evansville, Wyo., and Robert Baldwin, State College, Pa., 751.

    1, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 2,170. 2, Derek Eoff, Madison, Wis., 2,167. 3, Nick Wissinger, Clinton Township, Mich., 2,152. 4, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 2,121. 5, Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,087. 6, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 2,082. 7, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 2,080. 8, Steven Zimmer, Lousiville, Ky., 2,079. 9, Michael Tucker, Las Vegas, 2,078. 10, David Langer, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 2,070.

    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, Fran's Pro Shop 1, Waterloo, Iowa, 9,795, 5, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 9,770. 6, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,744. 7, Five Horsemen, Racine, Wis., 9,731. 8, Legend of Dung Ho, Cerritos, Calif., 9,666. 9, Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,632. 10, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 9,573.


    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, Don Driver, Howard, Colo./Dave Culp, Salida, Colo., 1,180. 7, Jeremy Skelenar/Bobby Turner, Kearney, Neb., 1,177. 8, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Dale Helgevold, Osceola, Iowa, 1,170. 9, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn./Norman Skarphol, Madelia, Minn., 1,163. 10, Kristine Kreuser, Wayne, Ill./Keith White, Gurnee, Ill, 1,153.

    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, Randy Witters, New Weston, Ohio, 619. 6, Gordon Tunison, New York, 614. 7, Dustin Space, Minden, Neb., 613. 8, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 607. 9(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, Randy Witters, New Weston, Ohio, 1,688. 8, Daniel Broussard, Broussard, La., 1,684. 9, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1683. 10, Mike Raburn, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,676.