Massachusetts team dials in at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    While bowling together for the fifth time at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, everything finally clicked for Vic Telemarketing 2 of Westfield, Mass.

    The team showed steady improvement with each game at the National Bowling Stadium on Saturday night, and finished with 1,007, 1,064 and 1,147 for 3,218 on the way to the top spot in Regular Team. Tom's Rhinoplasty of Newton, Iowa previously held the lead with 3,203.

    Bryan O'Keefe, whose wife, Shannon, is a three-time member of Team USA, led the way for Vic Telemarketing 2 with 700 and was followed by Bill Webb (685), Chris Viale (629), 1999 USBC Masters winner, Brian Boghosian (609) and Ron Nelson Jr. (595).

    "We have bowled pretty well for the last few years at this tournament, but this time we finally put together three solid games at the right time," said Webb, a 35-year-old right-hander. "Right from the start, the lanes opened up really well for all of us, so later on when they were really hooking, we all just moved inside."

    These five competitors got to know each other while bowling in amateur tournaments around the country, and five years ago they decided to join forces and take on the more than 12,000 teams that compete at the Open Championships, the world's largest participatory sporting event.

    "Every year we come in knowing that if we bowl well, we can win," Webb said. "This team is built on a foundation of talent and experience, and today we got the chance to show everyone what we're capable of doing."

    California bowler takes singles lead at Open Championships

    Staying focused and keeping on top of the transitioning lane conditions proved to be the keys that helped Andrew Udahl of Elk Grove, Calif., unlock the secret to success in singles at the USBC Open Championships on Saturday.

    The 37-year-old right-hander started the event with 11 consecutive strikes before a stubborn 7-pin refused to fall, which left him with 299 and a very promising start. He followed up the near-perfect performance with 257 and 236 for 792 and grabbed the lead in Regular Singles. Harry Banks Jr., of Coal City, Ill., previously held the lead with 782.

    "I tried not to think about shooting 800 or moving into first place after I opened with 299, because I know there's such a long way to go to get there," said Udahl, who made his eighth Open Championships appearance. "Instead, I just focused on making good shots every time and keeping up with the lane condition as it changed."

    Udahl added 638 in doubles and 634 in team for a 2,064 total, which landed him in seventh place in Regular All-Events. Dede Davidson of Buellton, Calif., leads with 2,118.

    Texas bowler rolls fourth perfect game of 2007 event

    Now that he's older and wiser, a little bit of knowledge has gone a long way for Jim Carter of Keller, Texas, who rolled the fourth perfect game of the 2007 USBC Open Championships on Sunday.

    The 40-year-old left-hander has been learning a lot about how to use his bowling balls more effectively and make better adjustments, and his efforts paid off for the second consecutive year as he threw 21 of a possible 24 strikes in his first two games of doubles at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "If you're a serious bowler, shooting an honor score at this tournament is something you always dream about," said Carter, who finished tied for 23rd in Regular All-Events (2,117) and tied for 49th in Regular Singles (745) at the 2006 Open Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas. "The coolest part is going to be walking in every year and seeing my name on the 300 display."

    Carter posted games of 247, 300 and 179 for a 726 doubles effort and teamed up with Kevin McCormick of Carrolton, Texas, for 1,324, which is 21st in Regular Doubles. Carter added 646 in singles and 622 in team for a 1,994 all-events total.

    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, Vic Telemarketing 2 (Brian Boghosian, Ron Nelson Jr., Bill Webb, Bryan O'Keefe, Chris Viale), Westfield, Mass., 3,218. 2, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 3,203. 3, Warrior Lanes, Des Moines, Iowa, 3,191. 4, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 3,167. 5, Mark Weller Pro Shop, Coldwater, Mich., 3,123. 6, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,118. 7, Hi Score North Starz 1, Minneapolis, 3,112. 8, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 3,108. 9, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 3,084. 10 (tie), Lawn Lanes 1, Burbank, Ill., and S & D Products 2, Itasca, Ill., 3,062.

    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, James Augustine, Grand Forks, N.D./Ron Zutz, Warren, Minn., 1,402. 5, Tim Reinke/Darin Zanke, New Ulm, Minn., 1,393. 6, Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga./Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 1,386. 7, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill./Paul Nicholas, Romeoville, Ill., 1,371. 8, Jake Monto, Walbridge, Ohio/Nick Stone, Toledo, Ohio, 1,367. 9, Jeffrey Chambers/Josh Weatherall, Lockport, N.Y., 1,365. 10, Thomas Hinz, Joliet, Ill./Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 1,359.

    1, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 2, Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 3, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 4, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 739. 5, Dewey Whitecotton, Hayden, Colo., 730. 6, David Johnson, Fallon, Nev., 729. 7 (tie), Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., and Dave Downard, Auburndale, Fla., 727. 9 (tie), Ed Oakes, Winter Park, Fla., and Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 726.

    1, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 2, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114. 3, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis., 2,106. 4, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,089. 5, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 2,075. 6, Harry Banks Jr. Coal City, Ill., 2,066. 7, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,064. 8 (tie), Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis., and John Pretari, Wyandotte, Mich., 2,058. 10, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 2,049.

    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, Vic Telemarketing 3, Westfield, Mass., 9,451. 7, Joliet Town/Country Lanes 2, Joliet, Ill., 9,422. 8, Ricardo's, Columbus, Ohio, 9,330. 9, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,273. 10, Town N Country Lanes, Saline, Mich., 9,262.


    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, Frank Goff Jr. and Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, 1,181. 3, Jonathan Carter, Seven Springs, N.C./Freddie Marshall, Kinston, N.C., 1,173. 4, Ralph Johnson/Dave Dahl, Ada, Minn., 1,170. 5, Dave Engelkes, Arnolds Park, Iowa/Greg Rolling, Spirit Lake, Iowa, 1,167. 6, Tom Holland, Dayton, Minn./Ronald Mead, Rogers, Minn., 1,156. 7, Mike Lovelace/Neil Zink, Fargo, N.D., 1,154. 8, Troy Drath, Altura, Minn./Alan Schroeder, Mount Vernon, S.D., 1,153. 9 (tie), Rodney Richardson/Terry Hahn, Laramie, Wyo., and Jack Raymond, Sandy, Utah/Wayne Inman, Salt Lake City, 1,151.

    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, Anthony Kastle, Wilmington, N.C., 1,776. 3, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 1,770. 4, Mike Godfrey, Meade, Kan., 1,762. 5, Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, 1,751. 6, Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,750. 7, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,725. 8, Martin Rovella, Hollister, Calif., 1,723. 9, Bernie Schmitt, Big Lake, Minn., 1,722. 10, Harold Schroeder, Gibbon, Minn., 1,720.