Ohio's Dean Billings shoots 300 for first 800 series of 2013 USBC Open Championships


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    Three more bowlers roll perfect games; three bowlers celebrate 50 years of participation; USBC Open and Women's Championships on the move; USBC Hall of Famer Jimmy Schroeder to become the sixth bowler to compete in 65 tournaments

    2013USBCOCDeanBillings.jpgDean Billings (pictured left) of Rootstown, Ohio, struck on 22 of his last 23 shots May 8 to lock up the first 800 series of the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 49-year-old right-hander rolled games of 224, 289 and 300 for an 813 series at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and helped Ace Mitchell of Kent, Ohio, to games of 1,030, 1,149 and 1,237 for a 3,416 team total, which is just outside the top 10 in Regular Team. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., leads with a record score of 3,538.

    There have been 45 scores of 3,400 or better in 110 years of USBC Open Championships competition, with a record 12 coming this year.

    Billings' perfect game was the 13th of the 2013 event and the second of his 26-year Open Championships career, making him just the 27th bowler in tournament history with two. He is the 32nd bowler with both a 300 game and 800 series.

    "I was really just focused on getting as many pins as I could for my team," said Billings, who rolled a 300 game in the team event at the 2000 tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. "I learned during my days as a PBA member that anytime you find the shot like that, you have to exploit it and get every pin you can."

    Billings also made a run at the Regular All-Events lead. He added 754 in singles and 647 in doubles for a 2,214 total. He's second behind Team USA member John Szczerbinski, who leads with 2,228.


    Three more bowlers roll perfect games

    2013USBCOCKevinBittner.jpgKevin Bittner of Saginaw, Mich., Daniel Healy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Dave Woffington Jr. of Lancaster, Pa., became the 14th, 15th and 16th competitors to string 12 consecutive strikes at the 2013 USBC Open Championships.

    2013USBCOCDanielHealy.jpgBittner and Healy achieved perfection during team competition May 10, while Woffington added his name to the list in doubles May 14.

    Bittner (left), a 52-year-old right-hander, sandwiched 12 consecutive strikes between games of 207 and 212 for a 719 series.

    2013USBCOCDaveWoffington.jpgHealy (right), a 20-year-old right-hander, also found perfection in his second game, adding 220 and 232 for a 752 series.

    Healy added 637 in singles and 560 in doubles for a 1,949 all-events total, and Bittner had 560 in doubles and 551 in singles for 1,830.

    Woffington (left), a 29-year-old right-hander and first-time participant, had 692 in doubles, 638 in singles and 633 in team for a 1,963 all-events effort.


    Three bowlers celebrate 50 years of participation

    2013USBCOCJerryRich.jpgJerry Rich Sr. of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, John Kerpan of Waukegan, Ill., and Clifford Thompson of Waterford, Mich., added their names to the USBC Open Championships record books as they celebrated 50 years of competition on the tournament lanes.

    2013USBCOCJohnKerpan.jpgRich (left) made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium on May 11, becoming the 161st bowler to join the elite club. He finished his 2013 campaign with 508 in team, 452 in singles and 434 in doubles for a 1,394 all-events total.

    2013USBCOCCliffordThompson.jpgKerpan (right) celebrated his 50th appearance May 13. He shot 631 in singles, 585 in doubles and 557 in team for a 1,773 total.

    Thompson (left), the eighth of nine bowlers scheduled to compete for the 50th time this year, added his name to the elite list May 14.

    Each bowler received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to recognize the achievement.


    USBC Open and Women's Championships on the move

    20130501SouthPointArena_small.jpgSouth Point Hotel and Casino, USBC, Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently announced an agreement to host several annual USBC events, including the Open Championships and Women's Championships, both citywide, and inside a new, $30 million bowling tournament facility at South Point.

    The agreement solidified the location schedule for both major USBC Championship Tournaments. Here's a look:

    USBC Open Championships
    2014 - Reno, Nev.
    2015 - El Paso, Texas
    2016 - Reno, Nev.
    2017 - Las Vegas
    2018 - Syracuse, N.Y.
    2019 - Las Vegas
    2020 - Reno, Nev.
    2021 - Las Vegas
    2022 - Reno, Nev.
    2023 - Las Vegas
    2024 - Reno, Nev.
    2025 - Baton Rouge, La.

    USBC Women's Championships
    2014 - Reno, Nev. (convention center)
    2015 - Reno, Nev. (NBS)
    2016 - Las Vegas
    2017 - Baton Rouge, La.
    2018 - Reno, Nev.
    2019 - Wichita, Kan.
    2020 - Las Vegas
    2021 - Mobile, Ala.
    2022 - Las Vegas
    2023 - Reno, Nev.
    2024 - TBD
    2025 - Reno, Nev.


    A look ahead

    Gail Myers.jpgLive stream coverage from the USBC Open and Women's Championships resumes this week with two broadcasts.

    On May 17 at 10 p.m. EDT, lifetime average leader (minimum 20 years) Gail Myers Jr. (left) of Monroe, Wis., will lead his team onto the lanes at the NBS.

    2008OCJimmySchroeder_small.jpg He will be joined by five-time Open Championships titlist and USBC Hall of Famer Jeff Richgels, Steve Richter, Marc McDowell and Mike Shady. The group claimed the 2005 Team All-Events and 2011 Regular Team titles.

    USBC Hall of Famer Jimmy Schroeder (right) of Tonawanda, N.Y., will become just the sixth bowler to compete in 65 tournaments. He'll make his 65th consecutive Open Championships appearance May 18-19. The 1976 Classic Singles champion also is one of 13 members of the tournament's 100,000-Pin Club.


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    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, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 6, Team Pabst, Verona, Wis., 3,450. 7, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,439. 8, Buddiesproshop.com, Naugatuck, Conn., 3,438. 9, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,436. 10, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420.

    1, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,422. 2(tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 4, Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn./Glenn Hood, Ellington, Conn., 1,399. 5, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 6, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 7, Dave Woffington, Lancaster, Pa./Jerred Poff, York, Pa., 1,387. 8, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio/Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 1,373. 9, Donald Robinson/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,370. 10, Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev./Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 1,367.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 787. 3, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 4, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 5, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 6, Don Breeden, Clive, Iowa, 760. 7(tie), Alan Pittman, Clarkston, Mich., and Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., 759. 9, Josh Keller, Alexandria, Va., 758. 10, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 756.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,214. 3, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 4, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 5, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 6, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 7, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 2,139. 8, Christopher Hill, Franklin, Wis., 2,133. 9, Rick Miller, Lincoln, Neb., 2,130. 10(tie), Mark Buffa, Montreal, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,124.

    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, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,953. 9, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 10, Team NABRankings.com, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,906.


    2013 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Schmitt Reddi Mix 2 (Ray Green, Ron Morgan, Dan Palmer, Kent Stoker, Randy Taylor), Bennett, Colo., 2,763. 2, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,720. 3, Aztec 2, Lacey, Wash., 2,707. 4, It Was The Water, Lacey, Wash., 2,687. 5, The Inexplicables, Conetoe, N.C., 2,662. 6, Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, 2,659. 7, Moeller Plastering, Woodland, Wash., 2,643. 8, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642. 9, NEFF, Mammoth, Wyo., 2,635. 10, High Five, Belen, N.M., 2,632.

    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, Kathleen Sukon/Darrell Sukon, El Paso, Texas, 1,133.

    1, George Atkinson Jr, Henderson, Nev., 663. 2, Wayne Laszczak, Bartlett, Ill., 658. 3, Dan Delong, Emerald, Wis., 641. 4, Ryan Peterson, Story City, Iowa, 640. 5, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 6(tie), Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, and Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 627. 8, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625. 9, Joe Post, Celina, Ohio, 618. 10, Steve Maczynski, Reed City, Mich., 614.

    1, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 2, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 3, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 4, Keith Gerger, Albany, Ore., 1,706. 5, Fawn Worthen, Las Vegas, 1,700. 6, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 7, Vic Norbury, Gresham, Ore., 1,696. 8, Marcus Drew, Dillon, Mont., 1,693. 9, Roger Munson, Belmond, Iowa, 1,692. 10, Holly Lamountain, North Oxford, Mass., 1,681.