Coaches provide tips for success at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (Feb. 17 - June 30, 2007)

    2007USBCOCLogo.jpg As a United States Bowling Congress Gold level coach and a past winner at the USBC Open Championships, Bill Zuben of Largo, Fla., has a unique combination of proven success both on and off the lanes.

    The 60-year-old pro shop owner has logged more than four decades in the bowling industry and always enjoys an opportunity to share some insight about what it takes to prepare for an event like the Open Championships.

    2007USBCOCBillZuben.jpg "Once bowlers reach a certain skill level, it's the mental game that really makes a difference," said Zuben (pictured), who teamed with Barry Warshafsky of Boston to win the Classic Doubles title in 1971. "If you already have a solid physical game, then having the ability to concentrate, stay focused and keep a positive attitude will really improve your game."

    Although Zuben spends plenty of time dishing out advice to fellow bowlers, he also has learned the value of being able to step out of that role when he has his bowling shoes on.

    In his 27th Open Championships appearance this week, Zuben added a 1,726 all-events total to his resume with 601 in team, 596 in singles and 529 in doubles at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "I try to surround myself with teammates who have a variety of strengths and years of experience," said Zuben, who was named the 1999 United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year for bowling. "When I'm out on the lanes coaching is like wearing a watch. I know what time it is, but I don't need to go around telling everyone. However, if someone asks me what time it is I'm happy to let them know."

    Bob Maki, USBC's Director of Coaching, also has a few tips to help bowlers prepare for the Open Championships.

    The first is to have a variety of equipment that will provide the different reactions that might be necessary on unfamiliar lane conditions.

    Maki's second tip is to look for a bowling center capable of putting out the Open Championships lane pattern. Although it may play differently because of the oil, machine and lane surface, at least the bowlers can get a basic idea of what to expect and an opportunity to bowl on something other than the house shot.

    Finally, Maki recommends that bowlers schedule time to stop by the Stadium to find someone on an earlier squad who throws the ball similar to them and is having some success on the lanes. That way, they'll have a better idea of what strategy might be the most effective.

    "It's important to prepare for an event like the Open Championships and understand that the environment and conditions are going to be a lot different than league or other tournaments," said Maki, who will make his 24th Open Championships appearance this year. "Equipment and practice are always two key factors in a successful tournament experience."

    Presenting sponsors for the 2007 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Sands Regency Casino and Hotel, official brackets sponsor and supporting sponsors Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa and Harrah's Casino and Hotel.

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls:


    1, Tom's Rhinoplasty (Dick Lankford, Eric Arnold, Jason Hale, Michael Miller, Matt Smith), Newton, Iowa, 3,203. 2, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 3,167. 3, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,118. 4, Hi Score North Starz 1, Minneapolis, 3,112. 5, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 3,108. 6, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 3,084. 7 (tie), Lawn Lanes 1, Burbank, Ill., and S & D Products 2, Itasca, Ill., 3,062. 9, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,052. 10, Clone Huskers, Greenfield, Wis., 3,050.

    1, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis./Richard Volhard, Rothschild, Wis., 1,467. 2, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis./Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 1,463. 3, Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis./Jay Heinzelman, Madison, Wis., 1,408. 4, Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga./Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 1,386. 5, Jake Monto, Walbridge, Ohio/Nick Stone, Toledo, Ohio, 1,367. 6, John Gaines/Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 1,355. 7, Adam Cardwell, St. Paul, Minn./Chet Rogers, Clackamas, Ore., 1,351. 8, Kevin Miller/Randy Cisco, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,341. 9, Terry Hamman, Bellvue, Wash./Lawrence Brown, Charlotte, Mich., 1,340. 10, Jeff Smith, Little Falls, Minn./Greg McCullough, Fargo, N.D., 1,331.

    1, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 2, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 739. 3, David Johnson, Fallon, Nev., 729. 4 (tie), Ed Oakes, Winter Park, Fla., and Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 726. 6, Arthur Parker, Fort Wayne, Ind., 723. 7 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa and Butch Luther, Franksville, Wis., 715. 9, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 714. 10, Brian Budge, Maple Grove, Minn., 712.

    1, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114. 2, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis., 2,106. 3, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 2,075. 4 (tie), Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis., and John Pretari, Wyandotte, Mich., 2,058. 6, Roger Tramp, Deland, Fla., 2,047. 7, Chris Glaz, Elmwood, Ill., 2,031. 8, Don Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio, 2,026. 9, Arthur Parker, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,016. 10, Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 2,015.

    Team All-Events
    1, Tom's Rhinoplasty (Dick Lankford, Eric Arnold, Jason Hale, Michael Miller, Matt Smith), Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 2, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,619. 3, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 9,554. 4, Clone Huskers, Greenfield, Wis., 9,536. 5, Waynedale Bakery, Fort Wayne, Ind., 9,477. 6, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,273. 7, Town N Country Lanes, Saline, Mich., 9,262. 8, Bowler Depot 2-W. Covina, Highland, Calif., 9,236. 9, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,172. 10, Lawn Lanes 1, Burbank, Ill., 9,159.


    1, Galaxy-Dew's Crew (Dalton Kennedy, James Baker, Michael Eubanks, David Whitfield, Bob Poole), Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 2, H & J Chevrolet, Kerman, Calif., 2,696. 3, Steel City Strikers, Rostraver, Pa., 2,675. 4, Coral Lanes, Miller, S.D., 2,671. 5, R&S Stevens Seed, Clarion, Iowa, 2,651. 6, Plattsburg Bowl, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,648. 7, Suburban Lanes, Meade, Kan., 2,638. 8, McGinnis Plumbing, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,615. 9, Zee Lanes Teams 1, Frazee, Minn., 2,611. 10, Sego Electric, Clarion, Iowa, 2,599.

    1, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 2, Jonathan Carter, Seven Springs, N.C./Freddie Marshall, Kinston, N.C., 1,173. 3, Ralph Johnson/Dave Dahl, Ada, Minn., 1,170. 4, Mike Lovelace/Neil Zink, Fargo, N.D., 1,154. 5, Troy Drath, Altura, Minn./Alan Schroeder, Mount Vernon, S.D., 1,153. 6, Jack Raymond, Sandy, Utah/Wayne Inman, Salt Lake City, 1,151. 7, Tate Ziglar/Michael Odom, Lexington, N.C., 1,147. 8, Joel Olson/Cory Forcht, Greenfield, Iowa, 1,142. 9, Salvatore Dellutri, Davie, Fla./Samantha Sica, Hollywood, Fla., 1,138. 10, Holly Fish/Arnold Kelly, Cleveland, Tenn., 1,135.

    1, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 664. 2, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 660. 3, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650. 4, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 635. 5, Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, 631. 6, Ted Spiliopoulos, Chicago, 622. 7, Anthony Coples, Kinston, N.C., 619. 8, Cory Schmidtman, Watervliet, Mich., 614. 9, Tommy Nelson, Southaven, Miss., 612. 10, Dewayne Majors, Harmony, Pa., 609.

    1, Michael Tieden, Blaine, Minn., 1,809. 2, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 1,770. 3, Mike Godfrey, Meade, Kan., 1,762. 4, Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, 1,751. 5, Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,750. 6, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,725. 7, Martin Rovella, Hollister, Calif., 1,723. 8, Bernie Schmitt, Big Lake, Minn., 1,722. 9, Harold Schroeder, Gibbon, Minn., 1,720. 10, Don Aasland, Bend, Ore., 1,719.