Hall of Famer celebrates 60 years at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    2012 tournament ends its 151-day run Tuesday, July 10

    2012USBCOCLesZikes.jpg United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Les Zikes of Palatine, Ill., has a rich legacy at the USBC Open Championships, and he added to it July 2 when he became the 16th bowler in history to reach 60 years of tournament participation.

    The 77-year-old right-hander was joined at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., by his family and friends as he added another line to his extensive resume. His entourage included his wife, Mary Cay, and son, Lyle. Zikes received a plaque, chevron and gold money clip to commemorate the milestone (pictured).

    Zikes made his first USBC Open Championships appearance at the 1950 event in Columbus, Ohio. In 1962, he won the first of his six titles (Regular Team). He added another team win in 1963 and all-events and Team All-Events titles in 1964 to become the only bowler in tournament history with victories in three consecutive years.

    He won the Classic Singles title in 1974 and a Classic Team title in 1977 and is one of 13 bowlers with six or more championships, and he continues reaching for more milestones.

    In 2010, he became the 13th member of the elite 100,000-Pin Club, and now sits ninth on the all-time pinfall list with 104,525, which includes this year's 1,480 all-events total. Late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris tops the list with 123,770.

    "The day was great," said Zikes, who bowls league at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights, Ill. "I was looking forward to it. I had no idea the presentation was going to be that much of a presentation. I really enjoyed that. Plus, it was nice to have my family here.

    "It was fun, too. The standing ovation I received tonight was indescribable. I've had some occasions like that in international competition, but these bowlers appreciate it, and they were sincere about it. People came up to congratulate me, and that's a good feeling. I appreciate others who appreciate that I got to this point."


    A look ahead

    The final team squad of the 2012 USBC Open Championships will take the lanes at the Baton Rouge River Center at 9:30 p.m. Eastern on July 9. Doubles and singles will continue throughout the day July 10, with the final squad hitting the lanes at 5:50 p.m. Eastern.

    The 2012 tournament kicked off on Feb. 11, and its 151-day run is the second-longest in 109 years of tournament history behind the 2009 event in Las Vegas (154 days).

    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.com, 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, Rick Fuller, Springfield, Ohio, 2,116. 7, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,111. 8, Brian Diede, Huron, S.D., 2,105. 9, Kent Wagner, Bradenton, Fla., 2,099. 10, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,095.

    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.