Hall of Famer Bob Hart joins 100,000-Pin Club at USBC Open Championships


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    Minnesota bowler rolls perfect game at National Bowling Stadium; Father and son take Regular Doubles lead

    2014USBCOCBeverlyandBobHart.jpgUnited States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Bob Hart (pictured left with wife Beverly) of Suwanee, Ga., became the 14th bowler in 111 years of USBC Open Championships history to join the tournament's elite 100,000-Pin Club.

    The 76-year-old right-hander entered the event just 472 pins shy of the milestone and solidified his place in the records books with a ringing 10 pin in the fifth frame of his third team game at the National Bowling Stadium on April 1.

    2014USBCOCBobHart100000PinClub.jpgDozens of friends, fans and family members, including his wife Beverly, watched in person, while hundreds more tuned in live on BowlTV. USBC Managing Director of Tournaments Brian Lewis (center) and Open Championships Tournament Manager Duane Hagen (right) were on-hand to present Hart with the coveted crystal pin to commemorate the accomplishment.

    Hart is a three-time titlist at the Open Championships, winning Regular Doubles, Regular All-Events and Team All-Events in 1974, and continued success earned him a spot in the USBC Hall of Fame in 1994.

    Recent health issues made the months leading up to his 58th tournament appearance a little more challenging, but Hart worked hard to make sure he didn't miss his annual march down Center Aisle. Now, he's one step closer to the top of the career pinfall list, occupied by late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris, who knocked down 123,770 pins in a record-tying 71 events.

    "You don't even realize how much this means until it's about to happen," said Hart, whose Open Championships career began at the 1954 tournament in Seattle. "You could really feel the electricity in the building, and that's what this sport is all about. I feel honored, but very humbled at the same time. What an amazing experience."

    Hart finished his team event with games of 192, 192 and 177 for a 561 total, increasing his career pinfall to 100,089. He'll return to the lanes for six games of doubles and singles April 2 at 2 p.m. EDT.




    Minnesota bowler rolls perfect game at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCTomOjanen.jpgTom Ojanen (pictured) of Duluth, Minn., stole the spotlight on a high-scoring squad March 29 as he rolled the third perfect game of the 2014 USBC Open Championships.

    The 34-year-old right-hander had games of 165, 216 and 300 for a 681 series at the National Bowling Stadium and helped Country Lanes North 1 of Otsego, Minn., into the top 10 in Regular Team with a 3,213 total. Storm Products Inc. of Brigham City, Utah, leads with 3,341.

    Three more teams from the same 46-team squad, and two later that night, cracked the top 10.

    2014USBCOCMidCityLanes.jpgMid-City Lanes of Staatsburg, N.Y. (pictured right), led by Professional Bowlers Association standouts Steve and Dave Ferraro, was the highest of the bunch with a shot at the lead heading into the final frame, but the group came up just short, moving into third place with 3,316.

    Steve, a two-time PBA50 Tour champion, led the way with a 695 series. Dave, a nine-time PBA Tour winner and No. 36 on the list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History, was close behind with 690 and was followed by John Ferraro (660), David Meyer (647) and Michael Zarnick (624).


    Father and son take Regular Doubles lead

    2014USBCOCJimmyCoxBrandynCox.jpgBrandyn Cox (r.) of Petersburg, Va., shook off the nerves of his first USBC Open Championships and struck under pressure to end his tournament debut at the top of the standings.

    2014USBCOCTimMyersRyanLosli.jpgThe 20-year-old right-hander teamed with his father, Jimmy Cox (l.), to take the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,360 total at the National Bowling Stadium on March 31. Both bowlers needed at least the first strike in the final frame to move past Ryan Losli of Hillsboro, Ore., and Tim Myers (right, r-l) of Milwaukie, Ore., who previously held the lead with 1,343.

    Brandyn led the doubles effort with games of 235, 257 and 217 for a 709 series, while Jimmy, a 41-year-old right-hander, contributed 234, 220 and 197 for a 651 set.


    A look ahead

    Anthony Malone of Erie, Pa., is scheduled to make his 65th USBC Open Championships appearance April 4 at 6 p.m. EDT.

    2010USBCOCBillLillard.jpgA recent injury means Malone might only be in Reno as a spectator, but if he makes the ceremonial march down Center Aisle, he'll become the eighth bowler to reach 65 years.

    On April 7 at 6 p.m. Eastern, active pinfall leader Bill Lillard Sr. (pictured) of Houston will make his 67th consecutive visit to the Open Championships and look to inch closer to career pinfall leader Joe Norris. Lillard enters the 2014 event at 121,434, just 2,336 pins behind Norris.

    The next live stream broadcast from the Open Championships will take place April 5 at 2 p.m. EDT as Wisconsin's Red Carpet Lanes visits the NBS. The group includes former Professional Bowlers Association exempt players Dave Beres and Chad Kloss and former Junior Team USA member Chris Pierson.


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Storm Products Inc. (Dave Symes, Chris Sand, Ernest Goedicke, Lindsay Boomershine, Tyler Jensen), Brigham City, Utah, 3,341. 2, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 3,319. 3, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 3,316. 4, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,311. 5, Strike It Rich Pro Shop 1, Tafton, Pa., 3,305. 6, Dan Nadeau's Pro Shop, Grand Junction, Colo., 3,280. 7, Country Lanes North 2, Ostego, Minn., 3,276. 8, Fusion Realty, Clive, Iowa, 3,253. 9, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,237. 10, Coach's Corner 1, Lafayette, Colo., 3,236.

    1, Brandyn Cox/Jimmy Cox, Petersburg, Va., 1,360. 2, Ryan Losli, Hillsboro, Ore./Tim Myers, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,343. 3, Kathy Tribbey, Cornelius, Ore./Wade Rees, Spokane Valley, Wash., 1,342. 4, Kenneth Schwartz/Andrew Glass, Racine, Wis., 1,322. 5, Kyle McNally/Justin McNally, Joliet, Ill., 1,321. 6, Dillon Meyer/Russ Meyer, Fargo, N.D., 1,318. 7, Jason Aikens, West Branch, Mich./Darris Wiltse, Las Vegas, 1,316. 8(tie), Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore./Nick West, Gladstone, Ore., and Jason Stetina, Pittston, Pa./Matt Freiberg, Las Vegas, 1,311. 10, Jodey Rees, Renton, Wash./Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., 1,305.

    1, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 2, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 772. 3, Damon Stalkfleet, Muscatine, Iowa, 767. 4, Dave Gajewski, Oak Creek, Wis., 754. 5, Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore., 749. 6, Wilbur Betts, Millmont, Pa., 745. 7, Larry Brande, Lake Worth, Fla., 742. 8, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 741. 9, Terry Krawec, St. Catharines, Ontario, 739. 10, Chris Stenger, Bloomington, Ill., 734.

    1, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,076. 2, Chris Sand, Brigham City, Utah, 2,069. 3, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 2,064. 4, Dillon Meyer, Fargo, N.D., 2,061. 5, Jason Rasinske, Dimondale, Mich., 2,054. 6, Ben Hafeman, Wausau, Wis., 2,053. 7, Dave Gajewski, Oak Creek, Wis., 2,032. 8, Matt Freiberg, Las Vegas, 2,019. 9, Justin Gibbons, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2,018. 10(tie), Joe Lipan, Sheridan, Ore., and Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 2,016.

    Team All-Events
    1, Towne & Country Lanes 1 (Matt Zagar, Robert Milbrath, Dave Gajewski, Tony Buss, Jerry Riemer), Hartland, Wis., 9,756. 2, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 9,699. 3, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 9,682. 4, Strike It Rich Pro Shop, Tafton, Pa., 9,612. 5, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 9,529. 6, Oregon Bowlers Association 3, Cornelius, Ore., 9,479. 7, Houges 3, Oshkosh, Wis., 9,462. 8, K&K Bowling Services 1, Las Vegas, 9,436. 9, Out of Wood Pro Shop, Enfield, Conn., 9,416. 10, Storm Products Inc., Brigham City, Utah, 9,401.


    2014 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., 2,843. 2, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 3, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 4, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 5, Hughes Farms 2, Parsons, Kan., 2,653. 6, Hughes Farms 1, Parsons, Kan., 2,639. 7, Falkos 23, Aurora, Ill., 2,622. 8, Minnesota Select Sires 2, Fergus Falls, Minn., 2,618. 9, Blue Dog Blazers, Webster, S.D., 2,607. 10, Manly Drug, Grundy Center, Iowa, 2,586.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 3, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 4, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 5, Gary Miskovic, Naperville, Ill./Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,113. 6(tie), Robert Kaytor/Jerry Rechtzigel, Glencoe, Minn., and Clinton Dougherty, Palm Bay, Fla./James Naylor III, Melbourne, Fla., 1,101. 8(tie), Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D./Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., and Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn./Jed Lye, Benson, Minn., 1,097. 10, Darren Tripp/Lana Tripp, Malad City, Idaho, 1,096.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 3, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 4, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 610. 5, Stanley Higashihara, Honolulu, 603. 6, Allan Wendt, Frazee, Minn., 602. 7, Rana Bogan, Kensington, Md., 599. 8(tie), Del Stewart, Grand Junction, Colo., and Ken Ewalt, Grenville, S.D., 595. 10, Douglas Giles, Kearney, Neb., 593.

    1, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 2, William Hawkins, Houston, 1,734. 3, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,698. 4, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 1,692. 5, Jed Lye, Benson, Minn., 1,687. 6, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,682. 7, Alan Sibley, Muskegon, Mich., 1,668. 8, Clinton Dougherty, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,667. 9, Bruce Hatcher, Kearney, Neb., 1,662. 10(tie), Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D. and Tom Lee, Benson, Minn., 1,661.