Two bowlers reach 50 years at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    2012USBCOCVernDenaultGordyBaer.jpgVern Denault of Bradley, Ill., and Gordy Baer of Tinley Park, Ill. (pictured l-r), have bowled with or against each other since just after high school, and they now share a spot in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships record books as the 150th and 151st bowlers to reach 50 years of tournament participation.

    Denault was the first to make the milestone march down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center on May 7. He has only missed two events since his USBC Open Championships debut in Detroit in 1961. In his career, he has traveled to 33 cities across 22 states.

    The 74-year-old right-hander finished the memorable 2012 event with 573 in team, 565 in doubles and 505 in singles for a 1,643 all-events total. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 85,329 pins for a career average of 189.62.

    Baer, a 72-year-old right-hander, got his start at the Open Championships at the 1959 event in St. Louis. He has enjoyed many successes on the championship lanes. In 1973, he led his team to the Team All-Events title and found the winner's circle again with Regular Team and Team All-Events titles in 1979.

    The USBC Hall of Famer's next goal is to become a member of the 100,000-Pin Club at the Open Championships. He entered the 2012 event with a career pinfall of 89,694 and added a 535 series in team. He is scheduled to bowl doubles and singles at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on May 8.

    Denault and Baer each received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate their milestones.


    Fero Williams takes lead at Bowlers Journal Championships

    2012USBCOCFeroWilliams.jpgFormer Team USA member Fero Williams of Falls Church, Va., moved into the top spot in Open Singles and on the Dual Entry standings this week at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC.

    The 31-year-old right-hander fired games 223, 246, 262 and 274 for a 1,005 total. Pete Thomas of Oklahoma City previously held the lead with 941.

    The Bowlers Journal Championships is running alongside the USBC Open Championships for the 66th year and is being held at Baton Rouge's Metro Bowl. The event features singles and doubles competition and introduced a 199 & Under Handicap Singles option this year.


    Pennsylvania bowler rolls 300 game at Baton Rouge River Center

    2012USBCOCRobertStaub.jpgRobert Staub Jr. of Hanover, Pa., rolled the 17th perfect game of the 2012 USBC Open Championships during doubles May 8.

    The 42-year-old left-hander added games of 173 and 190 for a 663 series and teamed with Ronald Loss of Paulden, Ariz., for a 1,191 doubles total. Staub rounded out his fifth tournament appearance with 534 in team and 517 in singles for a 1,714 all-events total.


    A look ahead

    This week, Rodney Baird of Meadville, Pa., will become the 47th bowler in USBC Open Championships history to reach 55 years of participation, while four bowlers - Wayne Vanwey of Springfield, Ohio (May 12 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern), George Barnes of Buffalo, N.Y., and Bill Hohensee of Lexington, Ky. (May 12 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern) and David Stackhouse of Ashland, Ohio (May 13 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern) - will join the tournament's 50-Year Club.

    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, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 3,278. 6, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,277. 7, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, N.D., 3,247. 8, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 3,244. 9, Frans Pro Shop 1, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,239. 10, ND Storm 1, Mandan, N.D., 3,227.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn./Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 1,489. 2, Roger Blanchard/Jimmy Zimmerman, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,464. 3, Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y./Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 1,453. 4, Thomas Corbett, Minneapolis/Gary Green, Houlton, Wis., 1,439. 5, Chad Newman, Grapevine, Texas/Michael Warren, Dallas, 1,436. 6, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash./Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 1,429. 7, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C./Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 1,420. 8, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn./Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 1,419. 9, Scott Erickson, Oregon, Wis./Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,410. 10, Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif./Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., 1,401.

    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(tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y., 756. 10(tie), Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif., and Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn., 755.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 2,202. 2, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 2,170. 3, Derek Eoff, Madison, Wis., 2,167. 4, Nick Wissinger, Clinton Township, Mich., 2,152. 5, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 2,121. 6, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,111. 7, Brian Diede, Huron, S.D., 2,105. 8, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 2,089. 9, Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,087. 10, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 2,082.

    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, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 9,801. 5, Fran's Pro Shop 1, Waterloo, Iowa, 9,795, 6, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 9,770. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,744. 8, POHL POSITION, W. Henrietta, N.Y., 9,741. 9, Five Horsemen, Racine, Wis., 9,731. 10, Legend of Dung Ho, Cerritos, Calif., 9,666.


    2012 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Nite Owls (David Dean, Winston Ware, Leon Clark, Michael Hicks, John Sperry), Madison Heights, Va., 2,707. 2, Frazee 2, Vergas, Minn., 2,678. 3, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,670. 4, K Lines 2, Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 5, Lani Ohana, Honolulu, 2,650. 6, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,639. 7, Donnas Lounge 2, Sheffield, Iowa, 2,631. 8, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,614. 9, Paradise Lanes, Walden, Colo., 2,607. 10, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,604.

    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, Jerry Roberts, Primghar, Iowa, 637. 4, Rick Richter, Primghar, Iowa, 634. 5, Travis Simplot, Oregon, Wis., 622. 6(tie), Ken Brewster, Goshen, Ind., and Randy Irvin, Cortez, Colo., 621. 8(tie), Randy Witters, New Weston, Ohio, and Mark Herring, Seymour, Mo., 619. 10, Bruce Thibodeau, Buffalo, Minn., 617.

    1, Aaron Lam, Columbia, Mo., 1,763. 2, Dennis Poepping, Alexandria, Minn., 1,746. 3, Paul Schrubbe, Horicon, Wis., 1,742. 4, Harry Arnold, Falls City, Neb., 1,741. 5, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,739. 6, Jerry Roberts, Chino Valley, Ariz., 1,721. 7, Terry Turner, Shoreline, Wash., 1,699. 8, William Rowald, Roscoe, Ill., 1,698. 9, Darwin Noah, Sidney, Mich., 1,693. 10, Randy Witters, New Weston, Ohio, 1,688.