Ryan Zagar moves into top 10 in four events at 2015 USBC Open Championships


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    Final live stream broadcast from El Paso Convention Center will take place July 8 at 7 p.m. Eastern



    Former Junior Team USA member Ryan Zagar (pictured) of Kenosha, Wisconsin, experienced a roller coaster of emotions this week at the El Paso Convention Center, but it all made for an unforgettable debut at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 21-year-old right-hander stepped up with a chance at the lead in Regular Singles on July 5 before falling just short, settling into second place with a 787 series at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. He had games of 255, 266 and 266, but that wasn't enough to catch Ronnie Sparks Jr. of Redford, Michigan, who leads with 793.

    Zagar added sets of 667 in doubles and 650 in team to move into seventh place in Regular All-Events with a 2,104 total. His efforts helped High Five Gear of Wichita, Kansas, into eighth place in Regular Team on July 4 with 3,214 and 10th place in Team All-Events with 9,628.

    Zagar was joined at the El Paso Convention Center by Jesse Buss (1,994), 2013 Regular All-Events champion John Szczerbinski (1,976), Chris Drewes (1,838) and Ryan Abel (1,716).

    Three-time titlist Matt McNiel of Prior Lake, Minnesota, leads Regular All-Events this year with 2,226, while 2013 Team All-Events winner, Junior Team USA Support 1 of Las Vegas, tops the Team All-Events standings with 10,064.

    The week started out in exciting fashion for Zagar, who threw a clutch double to secure the top spot in Open Singles at the Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC.

    Zagar rolled games of 266, 243 and 257 for a 766 series July 3 and moved ahead of Sean Corbett of San Antonio, who previously held the lead with 757. Zagar also competed in doubles during the same set to become eligible for the Dual Entry prize list, and his total surpassed previous leader, Sean Brady of Cincinnati (754).

    Earlier this week, another former Junior Team USA member, Matthew O'Grady of Matawan, New Jersey, moved into fifth place in Regular All-Events.

    The 28-year-old right-hander turned in consistent sets of 730 in doubles, 709 in singles and 694 in team for a 2,133 total at the El Paso Convention Center.


    A look ahead

    2014PBA08ConnorPickford.jpg2015USBCOCLogo.jpgThe final live stream broadcast from the 2015 USBC Open Championships will take place July 8 at 7 p.m. Eastern, as Connor Pickford (right), the runner-up at the 2014 Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship, leads his team onto the lanes at the El Paso Convention Center.

    Pickford rolled a 794 series during his team event at the 2014 Open Championships in Reno, Nevada.

    The 2015 Open Championships marked the event's first trip to El Paso in 112 years of tournament history. The tournament started March 7 and will conclude July 11 after 127 consecutive days of competition.


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    2015 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall; changes highlighted in yellow

    1, Team NABR (Adam Barta, Scott Pohl, Brian Waliczek, Mike Rose Jr., Rob Gotchall), West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,368. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Las Vegas, 3,359. 3, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,297. 4, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 3,280. 5, Fran's Pro Shop-Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,236. 6(tie), Hashtag Team Dole, Cleveland, and Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,231. 8, High Five Gear, Wichita, Kan., 3,214. 9, Bowling With Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 3,211. 10, Throw It Pure Pro Shop, Redding, Calif., 3,199.

    1, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas/Mark Sleeper Jr., Kaufman, Texas, 1,409. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn./Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 1,403. 3, Brent Bowers, Wichita, Kan./Kris Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,395. 4, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y./Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y., 1,384. 5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Brian O'Mara, Rochester, N.Y., 1,376. 6, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 7, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,370. 8, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,358. 9, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 10 Kevin Walter, Fishers, Ind./Nakoma Arvin, Hamilton, Ohio, 1,355.

    1, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 793. 2, Ryan Zagar, Kenosha, Wis., 787. 3, Scott Endersbe, Waite Park, Minn., 785. 4, Chad Oachs, Mankato, Minn., 772. 5, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 771. 6, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 770. 7, Robby Porter, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 768. 8, Cassidy Schaub, Lucas, Ohio, 767. 9(tie), Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., and Andre Parker, South Holland, Ill., 765.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 2,226. 2, Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,181. 3, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 2,152. 4, Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., 2,135. 5, Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 2,133. 6, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 2,118. 7, Ryan Zagar, Kenosha, Wis., 2,104. 8, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 2,100. 9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,088. 10, Erik Vermilyea, Las Vegas, 2,083.

    Team All-Events
    1, Junior Team USA Support 1 (Matthew Tuckfield, Anthony LaCaze, Steve Novak, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Las Vegas, 10,064. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,886. 3, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 9,807. 4, Train Wreck, Castle Rock, Colo., 9,749. 5, The 11thFrame.com 1, Oregon, Wis., 9,738. 6, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 9,710. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,670. 8, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 9,669. 9, KT Tape Bowling, Sanford, Mich., 9,651. 10, High Five Gear, Wichita, Kan., 9,628.


    2015 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall; changes highlighted in yellow

    1, Scotty's 3 (Brady Erdmann, Jed Lye, Marshall Lagred, Tyler Grabow, Alan Iverson), Alexandria, Minn., 2,676. 2, Ken's Old West, Page, Ariz., 2,653. 3(tie), Bermuda Onions 4, St. George, Bermuda, and Scotty's 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,646. 5, Rails Bar and Grill, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,597. 6, Persinger and Company, Selma, Va., 2,574. 7, Cash Gas Company, LLC, Ava, Mo., 2,545. 8, Big K Rollers, Kingsville, Texas, 2,543. 9(tie), T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., and Trinity Clothing, Glendale, Ariz., 2,533.

    1, Vicky Pollard/Jamie Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,162. 2, Mike Heck, Browns Valley, Minn./Darin Ziemer, Fargo, N.D., 1,161. 3, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn./Gary Holtz, Litchfield, Minn., 1,153. 4, Brian Rozman/Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 1,134. 5, Ryan Burmester/David Burmester, Hampton, Iowa, 1,126. 6(tie), Melvin Reynolds/Robert Reynolds, Nevada, Mo., and Bob Lee, Tucson, Ariz./Martin Lee, Magnolia, Texas, 1,118. 8, Courtney Johnston/Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,116. 9, Bruce Huikko, South Haven, Minn./Leslie Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 1,115. 10, Sterling Minke Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Sterling Minke Sr., Englewood, Fla., 1,111.

    1(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., and Patty Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., 642. 3, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 636. 4, Jim Conkle, Pentwater, Mich., 628. 5, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 620. 6, Michael Twomey, El Paso, Texas, 616. 7, Russell Eyerman, Kingwood, Texas, 615. 8(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Jack Berrier, Bascom, Ohio, 610. 10, Hal Krehbiel, McPherson, Kan., 609.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,734. 2(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, and David Martin, Glendale, Ariz., 1,712. 4(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., Tony Gannan, Chillicothe, Md., and Patty Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., 1,706. 7, Peter Eisele, Leigh Acres, Fla., 1,698. 8, Robert Abramson, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,697. 9, Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,689. 10, Shea Branch, Dallas, 1,687.