2012 USBC Open Championships nearing finish


    United States

    Tournament will conclude its 151-day run on July 10

    2012USBCOCLogo.jpg This week, the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will enter the final month of its near-record 151-day run at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La.

    The event kicked off on Feb. 11 and will run daily until July 10. Nearly 12,000 five-player teams will make their way to Baton Rouge during that time. Only the 2009 tournament in Las Vegas was longer at 154 days.

    Through 116 days of competition this year, more than 8,600 teams have made the traditional march down Center Aisle and seen their names on the world's largest mobile scoreboard. Competitors have bowled 382,384 games and knocked down a total of 62,986,690 pins (score).

    2012USBCOCHenryTeetzIII.jpgThe 2012 tournament has featured 17 perfect games, five 299s and three 298s, while another 18 bowlers have tossed 11 strikes in a row.

    There also have been two memorable 800 series this year. Henry Teetz III (pictured right) of West Allis, Wis., tossed 10 strikes on his final 11 shots to grab the Regular Singles lead with 800 even, while 2010 Regular All-Events champion Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minn., made history live on BowlTV when he became the first bowler with three career 800s on the championship lanes.

    2012USBCOCMattMcNiel.jpgMcNiel (left), a 26-year-old left-hander, rolled a 300 game and 847 series on the way into the lead in Regular Doubles (1,489 with Charles Vashaw of Deephaven, Minn.) and Regular All-Events 2,202). He also rolled 800s in 2010 (806) and 2011 (822).

    2012USBCOCBillLillard65.jpgIn addition to the high-scoring moments, 13 bowlers became members of the elite 50-Year Club, bringing the all-time total to 155. USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. (right), the tournament's active pinfall leader, celebrated 65 consecutive years, and with a total pinfall of 120,015, inched closer to the top spot on the pinfall list held by late Hall of Famer Joe Norris (123,770).

    2012USBCOCSylvesterThiel.jpgNot long after Lillard's visit, Syl Thiel (left) of Lake City, Minn., took hold of the active participation lead when he competed for the 67th time. Norris and Bill Doehrman each competed in a record 71 tournaments.

    As the tournament winds down, there will be three additional live stream broadcasts from the River Center (June 8, June 15 and July 2), and USBC Hall of Famer Les Zikes, a three-time champion, will become the 16th bowler in history to make 60 tournament appearances.

    The last squad of the 2012 tournament will hit the lanes at 4:50 p.m. on July 10, and this year's champions will be crowned shortly after.


    A look ahead

    The next live stream broadcast from the 2012 USBC Open Championships will feature USBC and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr. and Team USA member Steve Smith, who has collected a handful of international medals. Their team event will be shown live on BowlTV on June 8 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

    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, CareerAthletes.com, 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, Jeff Fehr/Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 1,462. 4, Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y./Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 1,453. 5, Thomas Corbett, Minneapolis/Gary Green, Houlton, Wis., 1,439. 6, Chad Newman, Grapevine, Texas/Michael Warren, Dallas, 1,436. 7, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash./Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 1,429. 8, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C./Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 1,420. 9, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn./Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 1,419. 10, Scott Erickson, Oregon, Wis./Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., 1,410.

    1, Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 800. 2(tie), Andrew Kleutgen, Wild Rose, Wis., and Dustin Knipp, Mansfield, Ohio, 785. 4, Heath Hartgrove, Columbus, Ohio, 775. 5, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 773. 6(tie), John Ferretti, Erie, Pa., and Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 771. 8, Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 765. 9, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 763. 10(tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y., 756.

    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(tie), Chris Gibbons, Madison, Wis., and Tom Adcock, Decatur, Ill., 2,089.

    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, Little Lebowskis, Littleton, Colo., 9,687.


    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, K & K Bowling Services, Saint Joseph, Mo., 2,691. 3, Frazee 2, Vergas, Minn., 2,678. 4, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,670. 5, K Lines 2, Gildford, Mont., 2,658. 6(tie), Lani Ohana, Honolulu, and Cardinal Lanes, Hoisington, Kan., 2,650. 8, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,639. 9, Donnas Lounge 2, Sheffield, Iowa, 2,631. 10, Bluedog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,614.

    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, Jamie Lee Robertson/Chris Marsh, Boonville, Mo., 1,174 9, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Dale Helgevold, Osceola, Iowa, 1,170. 10, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn./Norman Skarphol, Madelia, Minn., 1,163.

    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, Douglas Hines, St. David's Island, Bermuda, 625. 6, Travis Simplot, Oregon, Wis., 622. 7(tie), Ken Brewster, Goshen, Ind., and Randy Irvin, Cortez, Colo., 621. 9(tie), Randy Witters, New Weston, Ohio, and Mark Herring, Seymour, Mo., 619.

    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, Darrin Remiticado, Stockton, Calif., 1,735. 7(tie) John Davis, Oxford, Ala., and Jerry Roberts, Chino Valley, Ariz., 1,721. 9(tie), Devon Dye, Port Hueneme, Calif., and Douglas Hines, St. David's Island, Bermuda, 1,713.