Four bowlers reach 50 years at USBC Open Championships


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    2012USBCOCWayneVanWey.jpgLongevity was the theme at the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this week as four bowlers took their places in history as members of the tournament's elite 50-Year Club.

    Wayne Vanwey of Springfield, Ohio, George Barnes of Buffalo, N.Y., and Bill Hohensee of Lexington, Ky., added their names to the list May 12, while David Stackhouse of Ashland, Ohio, made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the Baton Rouge River Center on May 13.

    This year, 13 bowlers have celebrated 50 years of participation, bringing the all-time total to 155.

    Vanwey (pictured left), 81, made his USBC Open Championships debut at the 1961 event in Detroit, competing at the legendary Cobo Hall. He has been a pillar in his local bowling community for more than five decades, including time as an Open Championships team captain and ambassador for the event.

    He only competed in the team event this year, rolling a 414 series. He has knocked down 78,718 pins in his Open Championships career for a 177.2 average.

    2012USBCOCGeorgeBarnes.jpg2012USBCOCBillHohensee.jpgBarnes (left) and Hohensee (right) have been Open Championships teammates for more than 40 years, so it is only fitting their names will be side by side in the record books.

    Barnes, 75, had 575 in singles, 547 in doubles and 502 in team for a 1,624 all-events total. He noted that even after 50 years, there's nothing like marching down Center Aisle at the Open Championships.

    "My first year (1961) was really exciting, and walking down Center Aisle was something special," said Barnes, who has knocked down 84,138 pins for a career average of 186.9. "Walking down tonight was fantastic, too. Words can't explain how I feel, especially with my wife being here. She hasn't been to too many, but she was here today."

    Hohensee, 69, made his tournament debut at the 1963 event in Buffalo, his hometown at the time. The left-hander capped his 50th-consecutive year with 456 in team, 453 in singles and 431 in doubles for a 1,340 all-events total. He has knocked down 86,768 pins for an average of 192.8.

    2012USBCOCDavidStackhouse.jpgStackhouse (right) is the last of 50-Year Club's Class of 2012. The 77-year-old right-hander closed his 50th year with 440 in singles, 422 in doubles and 419 in team for a 1,281 all-events total. In 50 tournaments, he has knocked down 74,676 pins for a career average of 170.4.

    "Well, I was pretty happy with just reaching 50 years," said Stackhouse, who bowls league at Luray Lanes in Ashland. "I never realized what it meant to me until they pulled that curtain open and I walked down Center Aisle. I thought that was very impressive. When I looked out through the aisle, I saw my wife grinning at me, and I was in awe of it all."


    A look ahead

    2011USBCOCBrandonTarabekChadReiffer.jpgThis week, the defending Regular Doubles and Regular Team champions will put their titles on the line at the 2012 USBC Championships, and the action will be broadcast live on as part of the extensive live streaming schedule from the tournament lanes.

    Brandon Tarabek (745) and Chad Reiffer (752) took home the 2011 doubles title with a 1,497 total and will hit the lanes for doubles and singles at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on May 17. Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., and Charles Vashaw of Deephaven, Minn., lead Regular Doubles this year with 1,489.

    2011USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1.jpgTurbo 2-N-1 Grips 1of Madison, Wis. (pictured right), rolled the highest team game in history (1,281) on the way to the 2011 team title with a 3,473 total. It is the same group that won the Regular Doubles and Team All-Events titles when the tournament made its first visit to Baton Rouge in 2005.

    Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr. and Mike Shady will hit the lanes at the Baton Rouge River Center looking for back-to-back Regular Team titles at 9:30 p.m. EDT on May 18. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis., leads this year with 3,401.

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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, Ted Kays, Killbuck, Ohio/Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,406.

    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, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2,099. 9, Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 2,089. 10, Terry Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,087.

    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.