Wisconsin team now second at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Kentucky bowler makes run at top spot in Classified Singles

    2012USBCOCBowlingfordumdums.jpgBowlingfordumdums of Oak Creek, Wis. (pictured), started with games of 1,096 and 1,169 and had the top spot in Regular Team in sight with one frame to go at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., on June 22.

    The group managed just three strikes in its final frame, however, and fell short, finishing with 1,111 and a 3,376 total, which is second overall. Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 of La Crosse, Wis. (below right), has held the lead since March 5 with 3,401.

    2012USBCOCNicholasJsProShop1.jpgGreg Thomas led the charge with a 754 series and was followed by Bob Davidson (718), 2004 Team All-Events champion Don Yoshihara (687), Anthony Oliva (627) and Jason Williams (590).

    While the group didn't take the lead, Davidson was exceptionally proud of the team's effort.

    "It feels good," Davidson said. "We finished fifth in Albuquerque (N.M.) in 2008, and that was great, and now we're trying to get a win. Our communication was really good, and I think our game plan worked well for both teams. I'm really proud of how we did. We all worked well together."


    Kentucky bowler makes run at top spot in Classified Singles

    2012USBCOCAdamAtherton.jpgAdam Atherton of Independence, Ky., struggled in team and doubles at the USBC Open Championships this week but came up big in singles, shooting a 646 series June 23 to move into second place in Classified Singles.

    2012USBCOCJoelFee.jpgThe 38-year-old right-hander tossed games of 220, 197 and 229 at the Baton Rouge River Center for the highest set of his 12-year Open Championships career. Joel Fee (right) of Pella, Iowa, leads with 655.

    Atherton had 467 in doubles and 455 in team for a 1,568 all-events total. Ed Swietek of Sarasota, Fla., leads Classified All-Events with 1,797.

    To be eligible for the Classified Division, a bowler must have an entering average of 180 or below.


    A look ahead

    2012IBCMissyParkin_small.jpgThe final live stream broadcast of the 2012 USBC Open Championships will take place July 2 at 12:40 p.m. Eastern as 2011 USBC Queens champion Missy Parkin (pictured left) takes to the lanes at the Baton Rouge River Center for doubles and singles.

    It will mark the 20th broadcast of this year's tournament. Previous broadcasts are archived at youtube.com/BowlTV.

    2010USBCOCLesZikes_small.jpgLater on July 2, six-time champion Les Zikes (right) of Palatine, Ill., will add another milestone to his resume as he becomes the 16th bowler in Open Championships history to make 60 tournament appearances. He will make his milestone march down Center Aisle at 8:30 p.m.

    The 77-year-old USBC Hall of Famer is the only bowler to win titles in three consecutive years. He is a 1962 and '63 Regular Team champion, a Regular All-Events and Team All-Events winner in 1964, the 1975 Classic Singles champion and a 1977 Classic Team titlist. He is one of 13 members of the event's 100,000-Pin Club.

    The 2012 tournament kicked off on Feb. 11 and will conclude July 10.

    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, Bowlingfordumdums, Oak Creek, Wis., 3,376. 3, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 3,344. 4, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,319. 5, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 3,316. 6, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 3,278. 7, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,277. 8, Badger Pro Shop 1, Madison, Wis., 3,266. 9, The Locker Guy 1, Mankato, N.D., 3,247. 10, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 3,244.

    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, Wayne Copper/Dave Cooper, Pensacola, Fla., 1,418.

    1, Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 800. 2(tie), Andrew Kleutgen, Wild Rose, Wis., and Dustin Knipp, Mansfield, Ohio, 785. 4, Will Smith, Albany, Ore., 782. 5, Mark Blasius, Terrell, Texas, 779. 6, Heath Hartgrove, Columbus, Ohio, 775. 7, Ryan Whitney, Lewisville, Texas, 773. 8(tie), John Ferretti, Erie, Pa., and Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 771. 10, Robert Hanson, Tacoma, Wash., 765.

    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, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,095. 10(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, Little Bears Pro Shop 1, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 9,781. 7, Clone Huskers, Madison, Wis., 9,770. 8, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,744. 9, POHL POSITION, W. Henrietta, N.Y., 9,741. 10, Five Horsemen, Racine, Wis., 9,731.


    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, HGNB 4, Chicago, 2,617.

    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, Adam Atherton, Independence, Ky., 646. 3, Brian Mason, Baldwin, Ga., 642. 4, Dennis Hanson, Harbor Beach, Mich., 640. 5, Jerry Roberts, Primghar, Iowa, 637. 6, Rick Richter, Primghar, Iowa, 634. 7, Douglas Hines, St. David's Island, Bermuda, 625. 8, Travis Simplot, Oregon, Wis., 622. 9(tie), Ken Brewster, Goshen, Ind., and Randy Irvin, Cortez, Colo., 621.

    1, Ed Swietek, Sarasota, Fla., 1,797. 2, Mark Knippers, Baker, La., 1,789 3, Aaron Lam, Columbia, Mo., 1,763. 4, Dennis Poepping, Alexandria, Minn., 1,746. 5, Paul Schrubbe, Horicon, Wis., 1,742. 6, Harry Arnold, Falls City, Neb., 1,741. 7, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,739. 8, Darrin Remiticado, Stockton, Calif., 1,735. 9(tie) John Davis, Oxford, Ala., and Jerry Roberts, Chino Valley, Ariz., 1,721.