Team Canada's Mark Buffa achieves perfection at USBC Open Championships


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    Five live stream broadcasts from Reno this week

    2013USBCOCMarkBuffa.jpgMark Buffa (pictured left) of Montreal rolled the 12th perfect game of the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and helped Leaf Lovers of Justin, Texas, into third place in Regular Team with a 3,509 total, the fifth-highest team set in tournament history, on April 27.

    Buffa sandwiched his 300 between games of 259 and 225 for a 784 series at the National Bowling Stadium, which included a string of 21 consecutive strikes. The 30-year-old right-hander helped Leaf Lovers to opening games of 1,136 and 1,217, and they stepped up in their final frame with a shot at the lead, before falling just short with 1,156.

    Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., leads this year with a record score of 3,538.

    2013USBCOCLeafLovers.jpg"We were using this to prepare for the World Championships in August," said Buffa, who made his second USBC Open Championships appearance. "Francois (Lavoie) is the newest member of the team, so this was a good way for us to learn how to communicate, and we did that extremely well today. We had a game plan coming out and executed it well."

    Leaf Lovers (pictured right) returned to the NBS on April 28 and moved into fourth place in Team All-Events with a 10,108 total. Buffa led the way with a 2,124 all-events effort and was followed by former Professional Bowlers Association exempt player Patrick Girard (2,099), David Simard (2,075), George Lambert IV (1,924) and Francois Lavoie (1,886).

    Junior Team USA Support 1 of Mansfield, Texas, leads with 10,247.

    The members of Leaf Lovers will represent Team Canada at the 2013 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Championships this summer in Las Vegas.


    A look ahead

    2013USBCOCTerrellOwens.jpg2012USBCOCMattMcNielCharlesVashaw.jpgThere will be five live stream broadcasts from Reno this week, highlighted by an exciting doubleheader May 1-2 featuring former National Football League star Terrell Owens (left) during his team event (10 p.m. EDT on May 1) and defending Regular Doubles and Regular All-Events champion Matt McNiel (pictured right with Charles Vashaw, right) for doubles and singles (May 2 at 1:30 a.m. Eastern).

    2012USWODCLeanneHulsenberg.jpg2002USBCQKimTerrell.jpgUSBC Hall of Famers Leanne Hulsenberg (left) and Kim Terrell-Kearney (right) will be shown live from the USBC Women's Championships at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center on May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT, 1993 Regular Singles champion Dan Bock will be featured from the National Bowling Stadium on May 3 at 10 p.m. EDT and USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard will be shown May 4 at 9 p.m. EDT from the RSCC.

    Two participants will reach 50 years of participation at the Open Championships this week. Bob Brissette of Petersburg, Mich., and Robert Costew of Clinton Township, Mich., will make their ceremonial marches down Center Aisle on May 2 at 6 p.m. EDT and May 3 at 6 p.m. EDT, respectively.


    2013 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Lodge Lanes Too (Mitch Jabczenski, John Gaines, Scott Newell, Vernon Peterson, John Janawicz), Orlando, Fla., 3,538. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,521. 3, Leaf Lovers, Justin, Texas, 3,509. 4, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 5,, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 6, Team Pabst, Verona, Wis., 3,450. 7, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,439. 8, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420. 9, Sun Valley Lanes, Lincoln, Neb., 3,402. 10, Blue Ball Rebellion, Wichita, Kansas, 3,375.

    1(tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 3, Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn./Glenn Hood, Ellington, Conn., 1,399. 4, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 5, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 6, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio/Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 1,373. 7, Donald Robinson/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,370. 8(tie), Curtiss Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366. 10, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 3, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 4, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 5, Alan Pittman, Clarkston, Mich., 759. 6, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 756. 7, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 8, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 754. 9, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 751. 10(tie), Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, and Gordon Kilpatrick, Waterloo, Iowa, 748.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 3, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 4, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 5, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 6, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 2,139. 7(tie), Mark Buffa, Montreal, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,124. 9, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kansas, 2,110. 10, Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 2,107.

    Team All-Events
    1, Junior Team USA Support 1(Matthew Tuckfield, Steve Novak, Anthony LaCaze, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Mansfield, Texas, 10,247. 2, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 10,204. 3, Backhaul Direct - Lumper, Indianapolis, 10,111. 4, Leaf Lovers, Justin, Texas, 10,108. 5, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 6, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 7, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 8,, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 9, Team, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,906. 10, Brunswick Five Horseman, Racine, Wis., 9,841.


    2013 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Scotty's 1 (Tom Lee, Dave Fremling, John Fremling, Dan Fremling, Jon Lee), Alexandria, Minn., 2,720. 2, Aztec 2, Lacey, Wash., 2,707. 3, The Inexplicables, Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 4, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642. 5, NEFF, Mammoth, Wyo., 2,635. 6, High Five, Belen, N.M., 2,632. 7, Concordia Strikers, Jewell, Kan., 2,623. 8(tie), Central City Travelers, Central City, Neb., and Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,616. 10, Burnside Taxidermy, New Effington, S.D., 2,614.

    1(tie), Tom Musante, San Mateo, Calif./Ryan Riewer, Fargo, N.D., and Wayne Sakai/Glen Yagi, Lodi, Calif., 1,150. 3, Robert Biederstadt/Walter Williamson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,141. 4, Todd Austin, Cedar Springs, Mich./David Lane, Sparta, Mich., 1,140. 5, Raymond Cummings, Miramar, Fla./Rudolph Levarity, Miami, 1,139. 6, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn./John Kolstad, Bedford, Texas, 1,135. 7, (tie), Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill./Richard Janicke, Lena, Ill., Glenn Smoot, Fay, Okla./Bob Wion, Fairview, Okla., and Arden Schuft, Gaylord, Minn./Glenn Koch, Glencoe, Minn., 1,134. 10, Barbara Allen, Fountain Hills, Ariz./Ellouise Sammetinger, Phoenix, 1,128.

    1, George Atkinson Jr., Henderson, Nev., 663. 2, Dan Delong, Emerald, Wis., 641. 3, Ryan Peterson, Story City, Iowa, 640. 4, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 5, Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, 627. 6, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625. 7, Joe Post, Celina, Ohio, 618. 8, Jeff Mallory, Weaverville, Calif., 613. 9, Rick Larson, McHenry, Ill., 611. 10, Ben Dowler, Palm Harbor, Fla., 609.

    1, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 2, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 3, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 4, Fawn Worthen, Las Vegas, 1,700. 5, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 6, Marcus Drew, Dillon, Mont., 1,693. 7, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1,692. 8, Sam Hauter, Van Wert, Ohio, 1,677. 9, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 1,676. 10, Ronnie Roberts, Olympia, Wash., 1,673.