Texas family has strong showing at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    In October, Ron Boroff of Mansfield, Texas, joined his son Ryan and daughter Catie in making history when they all made the semifinals and finished in the top 20 at a Professional Bowlers Association Southwest Region event.

    It was the first time a father, son and daughter had accomplished the feat, and this weekend the trio traveled to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., hoping to make headlines at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    Although there won't be a USBC Open Championships eagle perched on their living room mantle, Team Boroff did have another strong showing on the lanes and even made a run at the Regular Team lead before moving into fifth place with 3,125 on Sunday. Vic Telemarketing 2 of Westfield, Mass., leads with 3,218.

    "We've been bowling together as a family ever since we were kids," Ryan said. "We bowl in some of the same leagues and tournaments, and we always try to outscore each other even if we're on the same team."

    Ryan started two of the three games with at least eight consecutive strikes on the way to a 736 series, while Catie had 639 and Ron added 620. Jared Cobb, one of Catie's teammates at West Texas A & M University, contributed 606 and Anita Boroff, the family's mother, had 524.

    On Monday, Ron added 715 in singles and 687 in doubles to finish with a 2,022 all-events total and grab the family bragging rights. Ryan had 1,892 and was followed closely by Catie with 1,848. Anita rounded out the family effort with 1,435.

    "We are a very competitive family, especially when we're out on the lanes," said Ron, who made his sixth Open Championships appearance. "But to win a title would mean so much more to any one of us because that eagle would come with the family bragging rights, at least until next year."

    But even though Team Boroff will have to wait a year for another crack at joining the Open Championships elite, the group already is in the USBC record book as one of only five families with a mother, father, son and daughter who all own perfect games.

    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, Team Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,125. 6, Mark Weller Pro Shop, Coldwater, Mich., 3,123. 7, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,118. 8, Hi Score North Starz 1, Minneapolis, 3,112. 9, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 3,108. 10, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 3,084.

    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, Robert Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,104. 5, Bill Webb, Enfield, Conn., 2,095. 6, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,089. 7, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 2,075. 8, Harry Banks Jr. Coal City, Ill., 2,066. 9, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,064. 10 (tie), Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis., and John Pretari, Wyandotte, Mich., 2,058.

    Team All-Events
    1, Tom's Rhinoplasty (Dick Lankford, Eric Arnold, Jason Hale, Michael Miller, Matt Smith), Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 2, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654. 3, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,619. 4, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 9,554. 5, Clone Huskers, Greenfield, Wis., 9,536. 6, Waynedale Bakery, Fort Wayne, Ind., 9,477. 7, Vic Telemarketing 3, Westfield, Mass., 9,451. 8, Joliet Town/Country Lanes 2, Joliet, Ill., 9,422. 9, Ricardo's, Columbus, Ohio, 9,330. 10, Divine Builders 1, Carmichael, Calif., 9,293.


    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, Matthew Russell, Plainfield, Ill., 618. 9, Cory Schmidtman, Watervliet, Mich., 614. 10, Tommy Nelson, Southaven, Miss., 612.

    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.