New doubles leaders emerge at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Three more bowlers roll perfect games; Ohio bowler reaches 65 years of participation

    2013USBCOCBrianBurkhardtRickGatlin.jpgBrian Burkhardt of St. Louis and Rick Gatlin of Eureka, Mo. (pictured l-r), claimed the Regular Doubles lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with a 1,440 total May 21 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    Burkhardt, a 39-year-old right-hander, picked up the 3-4-6-7 split in the ninth frame, and Gatlin closed with seven strikes to lift the pair past Alex Aguiar of Dartmouth, Mass., and Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., who previously held the lead with 1,422.

    Burkhardt and Gatlin have bowled doubles together all but once during their 11-year careers at the USBC Open Championships. Gatlin led the way this year with a 736 series, while Burkhardt contributed 704.

    As doubles came to a close, Gatlin had no idea how close they were to taking the lead. He simply was focused on shooting his first 700 on the championship lanes.

    "We broke the lanes down perfectly, and I had a good shot as long as I stayed down and rolled the ball," said Gatlin, a 52-year-old right-hander and two-time state champion in Missouri. "I really didn't know what we needed, and they wouldn't tell me. I just knew we were close to 1,400, and I really wanted to get there."

    Gatlin added 720 in singles and 614 in team for a career-best all-events total of 2,070, edging out Burkhardt, who had 710 in singles and 650 in team for 2,064, also a career-high.


    Three more bowlers roll perfect games

    2013USBCOCMarcHeninger_small.jpg2013USBCOCAndrewColon_small.jpgMarc Heninger (left) of Grandview, Mo., Andrew Colon (right) of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Brian Waugh of Glendale, Ariz., each achieved perfection at the National Bowling Stadium this week.

    Heninger, a 27-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 224, 300 and 247 for a 771 series May 21. Colon, a 24-year-old right-hander started his team event May 24 with 237 and 236 before stringing 12 consecutive strikes for a 773 set.

    2013USBCOCBrianWaugh_small.jpgWaugh (left), a 40-year-old right-hander, tossed his 300 game in singles May 25 after games of 231 and 214 for a 745 series.

    There have been 23 perfect games at the 2013 USBC Open Championships.


    Ohio bowler reaches 65 years of participation

    2013USBCOCJuddHall.jpgJudd Hall (pictured) of Carrollton, Ohio, bowled in his first USBC Open Championships when he was 13 years old, and much of his life has revolved around his annual trip to the world's largest participatory sporting event.

    The 78-year-old right-hander added his name to the most elite list at the Open Championships as he became the seventh bowler in tournament history to reach 65 years of tournament participation.

    2013USBCOCJimmySchroeder.jpgHall made his first Open Championships appearance at the 1949 event in Atlantic City, N.J., and has been to every tournament since. USBC Hall of Famer Jimmy Schroeder (right) of Tonawanda, N.Y., also reached the 65-year mark this year.

    Late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris of San Diego, and the late Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., share the event's participation record with 71 appearances.

    Sylvester Thiel of Lake City, Minn., is the active participation leader with 68 years, and USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. of Houston (66) and the late Les Berry of Wooster, Ohio (66), are the only other members of the exclusive club.

    Hall rolled a 464 series this year to bring his career pinfall to 89,727. Norris also tops the career pinfall list with 123,770.


    A look ahead

    2011PBASKennyParks_small.jpg2012PBASBobLearn_small.jpgPBA50 Tour stars Kenny Parks (l.) and Bob Learn Jr. (r.) will be the next featured presentation on BowlTV when they hit the lanes at the USBC Open Championships on May 29 at 6 p.m. EDT for their team event.

    On May 31 at 2 p.m. EDT, BowlTV will have the defending Scratch Team champion at the USBC Women's Championships, Coefficient of Friction of Palo Alto, Calif., live from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.


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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,, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 6, Team Pabst, Verona, Wis., 3,450. 7(tie), S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., and, Portland, Ore., 3,439. 9,, Naugatuck, Conn., 3,438. 10, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,436.

    1, Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis/Rick Gatlin, Eureka, Mo., 1,440. 2, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,422. 3(tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 5(tie), Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn./Glenn Hood, Ellington, Conn., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio/Marc Massie, Alexandria, Ky., 1,399. 7, Marc Scherlis, San Diego/Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,397. 8, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 9, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 10, Dave Woffington, Lancaster, Pa./Jerred Poff, York, Pa., 1,387.

    1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 787. 3, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 783. 4, Aaron Jones, Palos Hills, Ill., 778. 5, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 6(tie), Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., and Rick Minier, Houston, 771. 8(tie), Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., and Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 769. 10, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 767.

    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, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,166. 5, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 6(tie), Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., and Andrew Colon, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,153. 8, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 9, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,141. 10, Dean Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,140.

    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,, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 10, Team, 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, Rushmeier Homes, Spanaway, Wash., 2,652. 8, Moeller Plastering, Woodland, Wash., 2,643. 9, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,642. 10, NEFF, Mammoth, Wyo., 2,635.

    1, Jose Rivera, New Sharon, Iowa/Ronnie Licht, Montezuma, Iowa, 1,209. 2, Dick Shroyer, Florence, S.C./Paul Locklair, Effingham, S.C., 1,160. 3, Bruce Mercer/Anita Mercer, Vermont, Ill., 1,159. 4(tie), Tom Musante, San Mateo, Calif./Ryan Riewer, Fargo, N.D., and Wayne Sakai/Glen Yagi, Lodi, Calif., 1,150. 6, Robert Biederstadt/Walter Williamson, Bellingham, Wash., 1,141. 7, Todd Austin, Cedar Springs, Mich./David Lane, Sparta, Mich., 1,140. 8, Raymond Cummings, Miramar, Fla./Rudolph Levarity, Miami, 1,139. 9, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn./John Kolstad, Bedford, Texas, 1,135. 10(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.

    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, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 637. 6, Russell Hirayasu, Kailua, Hawaii, 632. 7, James Kennedy, Plattsburg, Mo., 631. 8(tie), Johnny Anderson, Richfield, Utah, and Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 627. 10, John Schrader, Enid, Okla., 625.

    1, LeRoy Krein, Mandan, N.D., 1,762. 2, Mitch Soeffker, Gaylord, Minn., 1,746. 3, Tyler Stockeland, Hannaford, N.D., 1,717. 4, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 1,707. 5(tie), Keith Gerger, Albany, Ore., and Jose Rivera, New Sharon, Iowa, 1,706. 7, Fawn Worthen, Las Vegas, 1,700. 8, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 1,698. 9, Vic Norbury, Gresham, Ore., 1,696. 10, Marcus Drew, Dillon, Mont., 1,693.