Former PWBA star fires 299, takes all-events lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Four years removed from a professional career that spanned nearly 20 years and many pages of the Professional Women's Bowling Association record book, Dede Davidson of Buellton, Calif., is back in the spotlight, this time breaking records at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    Dede_Davidson_1515.jpg Making her first USBC Open Championships appearance, the nine-time PWBA titlist posted nine games of 200 or better on the way to a 2,118 total and the top spot in Regular All-Events at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday. Former Professional Bowlers Association standout Mike Miller of Rio Rancho, N.M., previously held the lead with 2,114.

    Only a stubborn 6-pin stood between Davidson and the fourth perfect game by a woman in tournament history, but the 299 capped off a 727 singles effort and helped her to the highest all-events total ever by a woman at the Open Championships. She added 705 in team and 686 in doubles to pass fellow PWBA alumna Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who shot 2,117 last year in Corpus Christi, Texas.

    If her all-events score holds up until the tournament concludes on July 1, Davidson would join former PWBA star Wendy Macpherson as the only women to claim Regular Division titles.

    "This has been an amazing experience, and to bowl this well my first time out is even better," said Davidson, who bowled as a substitute in place of a friend who had back surgery. "I don't bowl much anymore, so to be leading right now is an incredible feeling. I still enjoy being able to compete when I can, and this is better than I ever could've expected."

    Since the PWBA closed its doors in 2003, the left-handed Davidson only bowls one night each week, plus the occasional tournament, but practiced a few times on this year's Open Championships lane condition at a local bowling center before making the trip to Reno.

    "Those practice sessions really helped because I was able to get a feel for the pattern, and it helped me decide what balls to bring," said Davidson, who owns the PWBA records for 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48 and 56 games and earned the Triple Crown with wins at the USBC Queens, U.S. Open and Sam's Town Invitational. "I still love this sport and have a passion for it, but I have a job I love and bowling isn't the most important thing anymore. It was really difficult for me when the Tour ended, but things are good now. I definitely chose the right sport and enjoyed a lot of success, and those are memories that no one can take away."

    Former champion back on top at Open Championships

    In 2001, Harry Banks Jr. of Coal City, Ill., helped Joliet Town and Country Lanes to a share of the Regular Team title at the USBC Open Championships, and this week he returned to Reno, Nev., and found individual success at the National Bowling Stadium.

    The 45-year-old right-hander posted games of 236, 257 and 289 to move into the Regular Singles lead with 782. Greg Brooks of Sturtevant, Wis., previously held the lead with 758.

    After shooting 568 in team Thursday, Banks returned Friday with a new outlook and started the day with 716 in doubles. His 2,066 nine-game total was good enough for fifth place in Regular All-Events and helped Joliet Town and Country Lanes 2 into sixth place in Team All-Events with 9,422.

    "Last night I didn't bowl very well, and I was disappointed," said Banks, whose 2001 team shot 3,273 and shared the Regular Team title with K J Excavating of Toledo, Ohio. "I bowled defensively and struggled, but today I came out and bowled aggressively and said that either I was going to bowl well, or I wasn't. It was as simple as that, and I didn't really worry about the score or the leaderboard."

    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, Warrior Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,191. 3, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 3,167. 4, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,118. 5, Hi Score North Starz 1, Minneapolis, 3,112. 6, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 3,108. 7, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 3,084. 8 (tie), Lawn Lanes 1, Burbank, Ill., and S & D Products 2, Itasca, Ill., 3,062. 10, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 3,056.

    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, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill./Paul Nicholas, Romeoville, Ill., 1,371. 6, Jake Monto, Walbridge, Ohio/Nick Stone, Toledo, Ohio, 1,367. 7, Thomas Hinz, Joliet, Ill./Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 1,359. 8, John Gaines/Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 1,355. 9, Adam Cardwell, St. Paul, Minn./Chet Rogers, Clackamas, Ore., 1,351. 10, Blaine Morton/Robert Soto, Waianae, Hawaii, 1,342.

    1, Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 2, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 3, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 739. 4, David Johnson, Fallon, Nev., 729. 5, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 727. 6 (tie), Ed Oakes, Winter Park, Fla., and Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 726. 8 (tie), Robert Flaws, Orland Park, Ill. and Arthur Parker, Fort Wayne, Ind., 723. 10 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa and Butch Luther, Franksville, Wis., 715.

    1, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 2, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114. 3, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis., 2,106. 4, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 2,075. 5, Harry Banks Jr. Coal City, Ill., 2,066. 6 (tie), Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis., and John Pretari, Wyandotte, Mich., 2,058. 8, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 2,049. 9, Roger Tramp, Deland, Fla., 2,047. 10, Chris Glaz, Elmwood, Ill., 2,031.

    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, Joliet Town/Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., 9,422. 7, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,273. 8, Town N Country Lanes, Saline, Mich., 9,262. 9, Bowler Depot 2-W. Covina, Highland, Calif., 9,236. 10, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,172.


    1, Galaxy-Dew's Crew (Dalton Kennedy, James Baker, Michael Eubanks, David Whitfield, Bob Poole), Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 2, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 3, H & J Chevrolet, Kerman, Calif., 2,696. 4, Steel City Strikers, Rostraver, Pa., 2,675. 5, Coral Lanes, Miller, S.D., 2,671. 6, R&S Stevens Seed, Clarion, Iowa, 2,651. 7, Plattsburg Bowl, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,648. 8, Suburban Lanes, Meade, Kan., 2,638. 9, Melody Farms Dairy 3, Lincoln Park, Mich., 2,624. 10, McGinnis Plumbing, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,615.

    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.