Chris Murray rolls fourth 800 series at 2014 USBC Open Championships


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    California bowler moves into second place in Regular Singles; two bowlers roll perfect games at National Bowling Stadium; 60-Year Club welcomes two new members

    2014USBCOCChrisMurray.jpgChris Murray (pictured left) of San Jose, Calif., fired the fourth 800 series of the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 42-year-old right-hander struggled to string strikes in doubles but found success after getting the right ball in his hands. He rolled games of 268, 266 and 268 to finish his 11th USBC Open Championships appearance April 30 with an 802 series, which is second in Regular Singles this year at the National Bowling Stadium.

    2014USBCOCLouisJenkins.jpgLouis Jenkins Jr. (right) of Warr Acres, Okla., leads with 826.

    "I made the wrong ball choice and adjustments," said Murray, who added 592 in doubles and 578 in team for a career-best 1,972 all-events score.

    "I tried to play with something a little more angular to kick out the 10 and got in trouble. Once I switched to something a little smoother, I got myself in the right place and executed well."


    Two bowlers roll perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

    2014USBCOCGaryGreen.jpgTwo-time USBC Open Championships titlist Gary Green of Houlton, Wis., rolled the 13th perfect game of the 2014 event, while Larry Case Jr. of Jamestown, N.Y., matched the effort several minutes later on the same May 3 team squad.

    Green (left), a 56-year-old right-hander, started his 2014 event with games of 236 and 215 before lining up 12 consecutive strikes for a 751 series.

    2014USBCOCLarryCase.jpgCase (right), a 50-year-old right-hander, had games of 168 and 194 before making a move left to find the perfect look to cap off his 662 series.

    Green finished the 2014 event with 672 in doubles and 635 in singles for a 2,058 all-events total, and Case added 631 in singles and 599 in doubles for 1,892.

    There also were two 299s and a pair of 298 games this week at the National Bowling Stadium.


    60-Year Club welcomes two new members

    2014USBCOCClintonZavakos.jpgClinton Zavakos of Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., and Frank Clay of Crystal Lake, Ill., now are among the elite after celebrating 60 years of USBC Open Championships participation this week.

    Both bowlers competed for the first time at the 1955 event in Fort Wayne, Ind., and have been to every tournament since.

    Zavakos (left), a 78-year-old right-hander, made his milestone march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium on May 1, becoming the 18th bowler in 111 years of Open Championships competition to surpass the six-decade mark.

    2014USBCOCFrankClay.jpg Clay (right), an 83-year-old right-hander, added his name to the list May 2.

    Zavakos and Clay now will turn their attention to another milestone that certainly is within reach - the 100,000-Pin Club, which welcomed two new members this year to bring the total to 15.

    After rolling sets of 488 in team, 453 in doubles and 451 in singles this year at the NBS for a 1,392 total, Zavakos is just 941 pins away from reaching the pinfall milestone. Clay had 481 in team, 477 in singles and 454 in doubles for a 1,412 total and is 1,748 pins away.


    A look ahead

    2014USBCOCLogo_small.jpgDennis Lecher, 70, of Pewaukee, Wis., will become the 173rd bowler in USBC Open Championships history to make 50 tournament appearances when he marches down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium on May 6.

    He will be the ninth of 10 bowlers scheduled to celebrate five decades of tournament participation this year.

    The next live stream broadcast from the Open Championships will take place May 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern as lifetime average leader Gail Myers Jr., of Monroe, Wis., hits the lanes at the NBS for doubles and singles.

    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), Cudahy, Wis., 3,561. 2, Donovan's Bunch, Painted Post, N.Y., 3,551. 3, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 4, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 5, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 6, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479. 7, Fusion Realtors, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,443. 8, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,434. 9, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 3,403. 10, S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,401.

    1, Carl Poelzer/Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465. 2, Steve Harman/Nicholas Hoagland, Indianapolis, 1,439. 3, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 4, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 5, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398. 6, Heath Haug, DeForest, Wis./Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 1,396. 7, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn./Chad Nelson, Owatonna, Minn., 1,381. 8(tie), Joe Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis./Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., and Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich./Robert Wiley, Victor, N.Y., 1,378. 10, Ray Smarsh, Matawan, N.J./Rusty Thomsen, South Amboy, N.J., 1,373.

    1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2, Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., 802. 3, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 4, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 5, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 6, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 7(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 9, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 10(tie), Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 782.

    1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 4, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 5, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 6, Robert Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,172. 7, Carl Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 2,155. 8, Dave Williams, Omaha, Neb., 2,152. 9, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn., 2,151. 10, Ryan Burr, Owatonna, Minn., 2,138.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 3, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 4, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 5, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 6, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 7, Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 9,995. 8, Backhaul Direct - Lumper, Indianapolis, 9,966. 9,, Naugatuck, Conn., 9,921. 10, Big O Tires, Oakley, Calif., 9,868.


    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, Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,806. 3, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 4, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 5, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 6, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 7, Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,662. 8, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,657. 9, Hughes Farms 2, Parsons, Kan., 2,653. 10, Burnside Lobster Farms, New Effington, S.D., 2,650.

    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, Bob Stevens, Tonasket, Wash./Gary Lewis, Omak, Wash., 1,119. 8, Rose Weinrich/Wayne Weinrich, Foxfield, Colo., 1,118. 9, Cindy Stratton/Donald Stratton, Kennesaw, Ga., 1,115. 10, Gary Miskovic, Naperville, Ill./Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,113.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 3(tie), Trey Kolbo, Gothenburg, Neb., and Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628. 5, Mark Knippers, Baker, La., 624. 6, Frank D'Alessio, Germantown, Wis., 618. 7, Kent Delaney, Webster, S.D., 616. 8, Jerry Kemper, Fargo, N.D., 612. 9, Pete Bender, Ellensburg, Wash., 611. 10, Routha Church, Port Allen, La., 610.

    1, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 2, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 1,773. 3, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 4, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 5, David Williams, Mandan, N.D., 1,743. 6(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734. 8, Perry Rynders, Hudson, Wis., 1,702. 9, Ron Bartz, Elgin, N.D., 1,699. 10, Greg Mickelson, Frazee, Minn., 1,698.