Indiana Team rolls highest game in USBC Open Championships history


    United States

    Team Turbo Grips of Fort Wayne fire 1,318 to become the first team to surpass the 1,300 mark in the 111-year history of the event; group's Doubles and Singles performance will be featured live on BowlTV Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT

    2014USBCOCTeamTurboGrips.jpg Team Turbo Grips of Fort Wayne, Ind. (pictured), rallied back from a disappointing opening game at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships by rolling the first 1,300 team game in the 111-year history of the event.

    Led by Terry Rohrer's 298, Team Turbo Grips fired 1,318 at the National Bowling Stadium to surpass the 1,299 posted by of Naugatuck, Conn., on May 2.

    Rohrer, who rolled a 300 at the 2009 USBC Open Championships, was joined in the record-effort by George Palumbo (268), Kent Wagner (266), 2010 Team All-Events champion JR Raymond (258) and defending Regular Singles champion Zeke Bayt (228).

    2014USBCOCMotionPlusLanes.jpgTeam Turbo Grips also moved into sixth place in Regular Team on Friday, adding games of 1,009 and 1,184 for a 3,511 series. Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis. (right), leads with 3,561. Raymond led the way for Team Turbo Grips with a 743 set and was followed by Palumbo (716), Rohrer (706), Bayt (674) and Wagner (672).

    "We didn't have a very good first game," said Bayt, who made his third Open Championships appearance. "A couple of us struggled with ball reaction, and then we found it. These guys bowled phenomenal. They said they didn't know what was going on, but I remembered someone shot 1,299, and that no one had ever shot 1,300. I looked up in the eighth frame and saw we still had a shot at 1,300."

    The team gave Rohrer the chance to secure the record with a strike on his first ball in the 10th frame, and he delivered. Although he fell short of becoming the 29th bowler in tournament history to have multiple perfect games on the championship lanes, Rohrer was surprised by the record and elated by his team's effort.

    "I didn't realize what our team was shooting and didn't put the numbers together," said Rohrer, who made his 14th tournament appearance. "After I finished, they said we had set the record. We talked, had a plan in place and all worked together, and that was part of the magic today."

    The group will return to the lanes for doubles and singles Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT, and their performance will be featured live on BowlTV as Bayt puts his singles title on the line.


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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, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,527. 4, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 5, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 6, Team Turbo Grips, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,511. 7, The 1, Oregon, Wis., 3,502. 8, Storm Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,501. 9, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 10, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495.

    1, Carl Poelzer/Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465. 2, Angela Chirpich/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,445. 3, Steve Harman/Nicholas Hoagland, Indianapolis, 1,439. 4, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,425. 5, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 6, Joshua Schmehl, Seaford, Del./Casey Irvin, Selbyville, Del., 1,423. 7, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 8, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398. 9, John Kempf/Cody Sonnemann, Menomonee Falls, Wis., 1,397. 10, Heath Haug, DeForest, Wis./Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 1,396.

    1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2(tie), Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., and Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 802. 4, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 5, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 6, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 7, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 8(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 10, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783.

    1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226. 4, Ben Canfield, San Diego, 2,209. 5, Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208. 6, Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,196. 7, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 8, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 9, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 10, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 2,178.

    Team All-Events
    1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 10,205. 3, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 4, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144. 5, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 6, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 10,109. 8, Higgy's Crew, Westerville, Ohio, 10,106. 9, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 10, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061.


    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, Yeah Spare II, Sacramento, Calif., 2,795. 4, Kenn's Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,755. 5, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 6, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 7, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 8, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 9, Buffalo Bowl 1, Buffalo, Wyo., 2,677. 10(tie), Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, and Plymouth Club, Jonesboro, Ind., 2,676.

    1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Cory Baltunado/Rogelio Baltunado, Waipahu, Hawaii, 1,196. 3, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 4, Don Allen, Eugene, Ore./Todd Vrooman, Tualatin, Ore., 1,165. 5, Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159. 6, Stacey Smith, Tomball, Texas/Stephen Kubis, Houston, 1,157. 7, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 8(tie), Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., and Bernie Adkins, Venus, Texas/Brenda Bassett, Cedar Hill, Texas, 1,149. 10, Catina Hansen/Darlene Hunter, Goldsboro, N.C., 1,148.

    1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Peter Colangelo , DeLand, Fla., 662. 3, Jacob Ramos, Kapolei, Hawaii, 659. 4, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 5, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 6, Christopher Young, Oakland, Calif., 635. 7, Howard Almond, Chesterfield, Va., 634. 8, Tim Despain, Redwood City, Calif., 633. 9, Alonzo Pikes, Chicago, 631. 10, Brian Hall, Tracy, Calif., 630.

    1, Trevor Silva, Davis, Calif., 1,855. 2, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 3, Adam Martin, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,784. 4, Steve Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 1,774. 5, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 1,773. 6, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 7, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 8, David Williams, Mandan, N.D., 1,743. 9, Tony Gannan, Chillicothe, Mo., 1,735. 10(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734.