110th USBC Open Championships will feature two lane conditions

    11/09/12

    USBC News

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., USA (March 1 - June 30, 2013)

    2013USBCOCLogo.jpg For the first time in 110 years of tournament history, the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will feature two lane conditions - one oil pattern for team competition and another for doubles and singles.

    A new daily schedule will be introduced at the 2013 event to allow for the lanes to be oiled before every squad. The change creates the opportunity to use two different lane conditions.

    "We've worked hard to find a way to have fresh oil for every squad because it gives everyone an equal starting point, and having two lane conditions really will test the bowlers' versatility," said Brian Lewis, USBC's Managing Director of Tournaments.

    "The Open Championships is the premier event for USBC members, and it's our goal to provide an environment that reflects that."

    In order to make fresh oil for every squad possible, six bowlers will be on each pair of lanes for doubles and singles, compared to four in the past.

    To keep the pace of play steady, all six games of doubles and singles will be contested on the same pair of lanes. In the past, competitors would bowl doubles then flip to an adjacent pair for singles.

    Team squads will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day, and Doubles/Singles squads will take place at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The tournament will be held at the one-of-a-kind National Bowling Stadium from March 1 until June 30.