Maynard Johnson joins 100,000-Pin Club at USBC Open Championships


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    Three more bowlers celebrate milestones at 2014 event; Jeff Grego tops singles standings at National Bowling Stadium; Three bowlers roll perfect games at 2014 Open Championships

    2014USBCOCMaynardJohnson.jpgMaynard Johnson (pictured) of Crystal, Minn., became the 15th member of the 100,000-Pin Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships during his singles event April 13 at the National Bowling Stadium.

    The 83-year-old right-hander entered the 2014 tournament with a career pinfall of 98,753 and needed 1,247 pins to reach the milestone in his 61st USBC Open Championships appearance. At the 2013 event, also held at the NBS, Johnson became the 17th bowler in tournament history to reach 60 years of participation.

    After starting this year's tournament with a 468 series in team, Johnson added a 470 doubles set. He then started singles strong and delivered a nine-count in the seventh frame of his second game to etch his name in the record books once again.

    He finished singles with a 559 series for a 1,497 all-events total, bringing his career pinfall to 100,250, a 184.6 average. Johnson was presented with the coveted Open Championships crystal pin to commemorate the milestone.

    USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris sits atop the career pinfall list with 123,770 pins, toppled over the span of a record-tying 71 Open Championships.

    "It means a lot," said Johnson, who made his Open Championships debut at the 1951 event in St. Paul, Minn.

    "It's been a long battle, but I've enjoyed coming every year. I didn't know exactly what I needed, but I bowled so poorly in team and doubles that I knew I'd be embarrassed if I didn't make it. I had a decent first game and figured that put me over the top. It's something I wanted to do, and it made me happy that I finally did it."


    Three more bowlers celebrate milestones at 2014 event

    2014USBCOCJohnMolnar.jpg2014USBCOCMacSegar.jpgJohn Molnar (left), 80, of Livonia, Mich., and Mac Segar (right), 80, of Osprey, Fla., joined the elite 50-Year Club at the USBC Open Championships on April 11 and April 15, respectively, while Jim Bigelbach of St. Paul, Minn., celebrated 55 years on the championship lanes.

    Both Molnar and Segar started their tournament careers at the 1960 event in Toledo, Ohio. Each received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate the milestone.

    Bigelbach, an 82-year-old right-hander, became the 52nd bowler to celebrate 55 years of Open Championships competition, and he received a plaque, chevron and custom watch. He rolled scores of 508 in doubles, 479 in singles and 468 in team for 1,455.


    Indiana bowler tops singles standings at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCJeffGrego.jpgJeff Grego of Fort Wayne, Ind., posted games of 231, 288 and 279 for a 798 singles total April 12 at the National Bowling Stadium to move past Derek Magno of Cicero, N.Y., who previously held the Regular Singles lead with 788.

    Grego, a 36-year-old right-hander, added sets of 698 in doubles and 686 in team for a career-best, 2,182, all-events total, which is third overall. Grego and Bill Kazmierski of Pinconning, Mich., are in 10th place in Regular Doubles with 1,341.


    Three bowlers roll perfect games at 2014 Open Championships

    2014USBCOCJohnLitzelfelner.jpgJohn Litzelfelner of Jackson, Mo., Brian Davis Sr., of Peoria, Ill., and Chris Walden of Blacklick, Ohio, rolled perfect games at the National Bowling Stadium on April 11, April 12 and April 14, respectively. There have been eight 300s at the 2014 event.

    Litzelfelner's (left) 300 came in the final game of his team event after games of 187 and 200 for a 687 series, the best of his 14 tournament appearances. The 34-year-old right-hander added 548 in doubles and 539 in singles for a 1,774 all-events total.

    2014USBCOCBrianDavis.jpgDavis (right) connected on 12 consecutive shots in his first game of singles for the seventh perfect game of this year's event at the National Bowling Stadium. It was the second 300 on the 40-foot Sport Bowling-certified doubles and singles oil pattern.

    2014USBCOCChrisWalden.jpgThe 40-year-old right-hander added games of 257 and 202 for a 759 total, his first 700 series in nine Open Championships appearances. His 695 in doubles and 621 in team gave him a 2,075 all-events total, also a career-best.

    Walden (left), a 26-year-old right-hander making his fourth tournament appearance, had games of 174, 300 and 233 for a 707 team series and added 698 in doubles and 675 in singles for a 2,080 all-events effort, which is just outside of the top 10.


    A look ahead

    The next live stream broadcast from the Open Championships will take place April 21 at 10 a.m. Eastern as 2013 Team All-Events winner, Junior Team USA Support 1 of Mansfield, Texas, hits the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium for doubles and singles.

    The team includes Steve Novak, Anthony LaCaze, Jeff Mersch, Matthew Tuckfield and Erik Vermilyea. The team posted a 10,247 total last year.

    All live stream broadcasts from the 2014 Open Championships are sponsored by Track and can be watched at


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    2014 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Motion Plus Lanes (Jeff Nimke, Chris Pierson, Chad Maas, Chad Kloss, Dave Beres), Greenfield, Wis., 3,561. 2, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 3, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 4, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 3,403. 5, Before The 1st Frame 1, Rocky Mount, N.C., 3,385. 6, Cambridge 2, Arlington, Texas, 3,366. 7, Before The 1st Frame 4, Rocky Mount, N.C., 3,345. 8, Storm Products Inc., Brigham City, Utah, 3,341. 9, Oregon Bowlers Association 1, Cornelius, Ore., 3,319. 10, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 3,316.

    1, Joe Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis./Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 1,378. 2, Tim Janz/Andy Bunkoske, Beaver Dam, Wis., 1,370. 3, Clay Herrbach, Montgomery, Fla./P.J. Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,363. 4, Brandyn Cox/Jimmy Cox, Petersburg, Va., 1,360. 5, T.J. Mento/Art Alexander III, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,352. 6, Anthony Wysinger, Peoria, Ill./Eddie Flanigan, Peoria Heights, Ill., 1,346. 7, Steve Slifka, Phoenix/Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,344. 8, Ryan Losli, Hillsboro, Ore./Tim Myers, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,343. 9, Kathy Tribbey, Cornelius, Ore./Wade Rees, Spokane Valley, Wash., 1,342. 10, Bill Kazmierski, Pinconning, Mich./Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,341.

    1, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 2, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 3, Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 4, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 5, Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., 782. 6, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 772. 7, Damon Stalkfleet, Muscatine, Iowa, 767. 8, Michael Walker II, Weedsport, N.Y., 766. 9, Steven Taylor, Deer Creek, Ill., 763. 10, Brian Davis Sr., Peoria, Ill., 759.

    1, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 2, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 3, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 4, Art Alexander III, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 2,132. 5, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 2,129. 6, Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., 2,128. 7, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 2,118. 8, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,107. 9, Chris Pierson, Waukesha, Wis., 2,104. 10, Jody Williams, Alexandria, Ohio, 2,085.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 3, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 4, Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 9,995. 5, Lakeview Lanes, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 9,851. 6, Towne & Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,756. 7, Mid-City Lanes, Staatsburg, N.Y., 9,699. 8, Northern Lanes, Sanford, Mich., 9,685. 9, Precision Pro Shop, Lake Worth, Fla., 9,682. 10, Southern Storm, Ocala, Fla., 9,649.


    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, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 3, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 4, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 5, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 6, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,657. 7, Hughes Farms 2, Parsons, Kan., 2,653. 8, Burnside Lobster Farms, New Effington, S.D., 2,650. 9, Hughes Farms 1, Parsons, Kan., 2,639. 10, Falkos 23, Aurora, Ill., 2,622.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 3, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., 1,149. 4, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 5, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 6, Eric Ohlrogge/Dave Essler, Alexandria, Minn., 1,130. 7, Rose Weinrich/Wayne Weinrich, Foxfield, Colo., 1,118. 8, Gary Miskovic, Naperville, Ill./Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,113. 9, Eric Leigh, Libby, Mont./Jeff Drake, Troy, Mont., 1,107. 10, Alan Miller, Eunice, N.M./Hugo Naegele, Hobbs, N.M., 1,104.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628. 3, Frank D'Alessio, Germantown, Wis., 618. 4, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 5, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 6, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 610. 7, Stanley Higashihara, Honolulu, 603. 8, Allan Wendt, Frazee, Minn., 602. 9, Brian Luosa, Waukegan, Ill., 600. 10, Rana Bogan, Kensington, Md., 599.

    1, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 2(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734. 4, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,698. 5, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 1,692. 6, Jed Lye, Benson, Minn., 1,687. 7, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,682. 8, Chris Gauf, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,679. 9, Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 1,673. 10, Alan Sibley, Muskegon, Mich., 1,668.