Oregon team moves into lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Led by 2003 United States Bowling Congress Masters champion Bryon Smith, Lava Lanes of Medford, Ore., posted the fourth-highest team game of the 2007 USBC Open Championships and moved into the top spot in Regular Team on Tuesday.

    Smith, a long-time member of the Professional Bowlers Association, made his first-career appearance at the Open Championships and struck 10 times in the final game, including his last four shots, to help the group to a 3,405 team total with games of 1,193, 1,151 and 1,061. Barney's 1 of Rogersville, Mo., previously held the lead with 3,368.

    "To be in position to have to come through and strike like that was a great feeling," said Smith, whose full-time spot on the Denny's PBA Tour (through the 2004-05 season) made him ineligible for the Open Championships until this year. "I definitely miss the competition and the friends I made out on the Tour, but I love being at home now too. And since I don't bowl competitively that often anymore, I really like it when I get an opportunity to step up and show that I've still got it."

    The National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., always will be a special place for Smith because that is where he defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. to claim the coveted Masters title in 2003.

    This time around, Smith posted games of 213, 278 and 259 to lead Lava Lanes with a 750 series. He was followed by Brian Tinsley (718), 18-year-old Open Championships rookie Jake Drier (670), Wynn Malikowski (649) and Guy Sutherlin (618).

    "I've always been really comfortable at the Stadium, and I've bowled well here in the past, but I didn't exactly know what to expect since I've never bowled in this event before," Smith said. "Just coming into this building is fun for me, and having that added confidence coming into a place that can be a little intimidating for some guys is nice too."

    Already the proven leader of the squad on the lanes, Smith also took on the role of emotional leader. He helped keep his team calm until the nervousness subsided and the early flurry of strikes left everyone comfortable and relaxed.

    "We came in with a strategy and were able to play fairly close to the same part of the lane, which helped create a nice shot for us," said Smith, who now spends his days as a bowling proprietor and plans to open a second bowling center soon. We all threw really good shots the first game and took advantage of some breaks, and after that I just told the guys to take it one shot at a time. I'm lucky to bowl with such a good group of guys, and they bowled great tonight. It was a lot of fun, and to bowl this well and take the lead feels incredible."

    Lava Lanes returned to the Stadium on Wednesday morning for doubles and singles and finished with a 9,583 Team All-Events total, which is 20th. Browning Pontiac of Eminence, Ky., leads with 10,071.

    Smith led Lava Lanes with 2,065 and was followed by Drier (2,015), Tinsley (1,947), Sutherlin (1,829) and Malikowski (1,727).

    Arkansas bowler adds name to record books at USBC Open Championships

    Using a trusty, 12-year-old urethane bowling ball, Mike Mowrey of North Little Rock, Ark., rolled the 23rd perfect game of the 2007 USBC Open Championships and nearly became the second bowler in tournament history to roll back-to-back 300s on the tournament lanes.

    After a disappointing 185 opening game Tuesday night at the National Bowling Stadium, the 44-year-old left-hander made a quick, two-board adjustment and rattled off 21 consecutive strikes before the run came to an end. He finished team with 300 and 279 for a 764 series.

    "I was lined up fairly well the first game, but I split a few times and missed a spare, which didn't help," said Mowrey, who made his sixth Open Championships appearance. "I made the right adjustment and started striking, but the nervousness and the pressure of having to make a good shot with everyone watching is so much different than at home or other tournaments. I didn't think I threw the 12th shot that well, but I was throwing the ball I am most comfortable with. It got off my hand cleanly and I threw it where I wanted to. I was just hoping it would carry."

    At the 2006 Open Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, Mowrey also started a game with eight consecutive strikes, and although he didn't shoot 300, he drew on that experience when he found himself in the same position Tuesday.

    "After I got the ninth strike in the second game, I thought I had a pretty good shot at finishing it off," Mowrey said. "And when I got the ninth one on the right lane in the third game, I really thought I had a chance at it again because I was going to finish on my good lane. I just got a little slow and didn't strike, but to be honest, I don't know if I could've thrown two more shots because I would've been too nervous."

    Three more strikes would've added Mowrey's name to the tournament record books next to Ron Bahr of Topeka, Kan., who rolled back-to-back 300 games on the way to an 837 series and the 2003 Regular Singles title.

    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, Lava Lanes (Brian Tinsley, Guy Sutherlin, Wynn Malikowski, Jake Drier, Bryon Smith), Medford Ore., 3,405. 2, Barney's 1, Rogersville, Mo., 3,368. 3, Browning Pontiac, Eminence, Ky., 3,358. 4, Ansara Restaurant Group 1, Detroit, 3,352. 5, Forgey Sports Medicine, Vancouver, Wash., 3,308. 6, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,287. 7, S & B Pro Shop 1, Troy, Mich., 3,280. 8, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 9 (tie), Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., and Bowlers Universe 1, Rockford, Ill., 3,259.

    1, Jeffrey Butler, Garfield, N.J./Jonathan Masur, West Orange, N.J., 1,544. 2, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis./Richard Volhard, Rothschild, Wis., 1,467. 3, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis./Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 1,463. 4, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky./Vernon Peterson, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,439. 5, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa./Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,437. 6, David Ewald, Macomb, Mich./Nicholas Wissinger, Utica, Mich., 1,434. 7, Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y./Mark Hugo, Windsor Locks, Conn., 1,430. 8, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 9, Ron Woodruff, Emporia, Kan./Michael Doud, Wichita, Kan., 1,417. 10, Charles Hall Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill./Mike Thomka, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,416.

    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, David Wilk, Upland, Calif., 804. 3, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 793. 4, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 5, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 787. 6 (tie), Chad Gutzman, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Robert Daugherty, Dayton, Ohio, 783. 8 (tie), Kurt Fay, Hudsonville, Mich., Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., and Matt McNiel, Chanhassen, Minn. 782.

    1, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,198. 2, Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,174. 3, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,164. 4, Mark London, Palatine, Ill., 2,148. 5, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 2,141. 6, Jerry Rich Jr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio, 2,136. 7, Mike Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,134. 8, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 9, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 10, Jerry Brunette, Rochester, N.Y., 2,115.

    Team All-Events
    1, Browning Pontiac (Steve Fehr, George Gohagan III, Ken Jessee, Jon Murph, Ken Abner), Eminence, Ky., 10,071. 2, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 10,040. 3, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 4, S & B Pro Shop 2, Troy, Mich., 9,762. 5, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 9,755. 6, Fiji Water, Rochester, N.Y., 9,751. 7, The BRD House 1, Dayton, Ohio, 9,723. 8, Lakeview Lanes, Fulton, N.Y., 9,676. 9, West Lanes, Atchison, Kan., 9,668. 10, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654.


    1, Roberts Repair (Dave Schmidt, Jerry Roberts, Rich Bucheit, Rick Rambo, Felix Salinas Jr.), Pontiac, Ill., 2,845. 2, Pfeifer Printing, Champlin, Minn., 2,820. 3, E Montana Flatlanders, Forsyth, Mont., 2,813. 4, All of Them, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,793. 5, Moeller Plastering, St. George, Utah, 2,747. 6, Winkeljohn Printing, Celina, Ohio, 2,743. 7, Huikko's Bowling Center 1, Buffalo, Minn., 2,737. 8, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 9, Doug's Auto Service, Beach Park, Ill., 2,722. 10, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719.

    1, Anthonius Magturo, Derwood, Md./Howard Jones Jr., Damascus, Md., 1,235. 2, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 3, Felix Fines/Paul Magaoay Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1,230. 4, Larry Rupley, Valley Springs, Calif./Jose Noriega, San Antonio, 1,218. 5, Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev./James Ridgley, Sparks, Nev., 1,194. 6, Todd Christensen, Moncks Corner, S.C./Daniel Vassar Sr., Tonasket, Wash., 1,190. 7, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 8, Wade McCoy/Deana Rogers, Forks, Wash., 1,184. 9, Matt Mischznko/Clinton Taylor, Troy, Mont., 1,183. 10 (tie), Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, and Gary Noteboom, New Holland, S.D./Eric Noteboom, Valentine, Neb., 1,181.

    1, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 673. 2, Matt Klenke, Coldwater, Ohio, 671. 3, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 664. 4, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 660. 5, Victor Martinez, Plainfield, Ill., 658. 6, Tim Frank, Hastings, Neb., 656. 7, Jim Shara, Endicott, N.Y., 654. 8, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 653. 9, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo., 652. 10 (tie), Robert Stephens, San Francisco and Fred Defries, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 650.

    1, Jim Shara, Endicott, N.Y., 1,837. 2, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,836. 3, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 1,824. 4, Michael Tieden, Blaine, Minn., 1,809. 5, Kris Moore, Morristown, Tenn., 1,808. 6 (tie), Van Vasquez, Longmont, Colo., and Bob Chung, Alameda, Calif., 1,795. 8, Leroy Hayes, Cambridge, Neb., 1,794. 9, Frank Kostik, Ruffs Dale, Pa., 1,789. 10, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 1,779.