Sonnenfeld succeeds at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    2007USBCOpenJeremySonnenfeld.jpg A decade ago, Jeremy Sonnenfeld of Sioux Falls, S.D., became one of the most recognizable names in bowling when he rolled the first certified 900 series in the history of the United States Bowling Congress. The attention he garnered helped him become an ambassador for the sport and took him all over the world.

    These days, Sonnenfeld still bowls as much as he can, but he also has settled into a new role as co-owner of Sport Bowl in Sioux Falls. This week, though, he was at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., hoping to add a second USBC Open Championships title to his resume.

    "It's everybody's goal to win an eagle, and it's nice to be able to look up and see the word champion next to your name on the scoreboard," said Sonnenfeld, who helped Team USA Support 2 to the Team All-Events title in 2001. "Seeing that up there makes you proud because it means that for one year you were the best in the country, and it's fun to come back every year and try to make another run at it."

    After a slow start in team Friday, Sonnenfeld finished strong for a 655 series and helped Team USA Support 5 of Omaha, Neb., into sixth place in Regular Team with 3,148. On Saturday, the 30-year-old right-hander picked up right where he left off and added 751 in singles and 696 in doubles for a 2,102 total. The effort helped him into fourth place in Regular Singles and fifth place in Regular All-Events, and he also led his team into second place in Team All-Events with 9,755.

    Daniel Falconi added 1,993 for Team USA Support 5 and was followed by 2003 Regular Doubles champion Derek Sapp (1,953), Roberto Silva (1,942) and USBC Chief Officer- National Governing Body, also a member of the 2001 Team All-Events champions, Kevin Dornberger (1,765).

    The five bowled as part of a 10-team group that comes out in support of Team USA, a program that Dornberger oversees.

    "On the squad we bowl, everybody knows each other, so bowling with our friends and the other people we bowl with every year makes it fun and helps us stay a little more relaxed," said Sonnenfeld, a two-time member of Team USA and a two-time collegiate national champion. "You always want to go out and do your best, but of course there's going to be a little added pressure when you're a champion and people are watching."

    Even though the atmosphere tends to be more laid back when he bowls, Sonnenfeld doesn't lose sight of why he returns to the Open Championships and the prestige that comes with a tournament title. He practices in the weeks leading up to the event so he'll be at his best, and he knows that filling frames is the best way to Open Championships success.

    "You know that you need to make and repeat good shots to score here, so it's a good idea to practice for a couple of weeks before you come so you'll be as sharp as you can be," Sonnenfeld said. "And spare shooting is so important because even if things aren't going so well, filling frames will keep you from having a disastrous game. In the end, though, you're bowling against 80,000 other bowlers, so you want to do the best you can and let the pins fall where they may. You can always go back and dwell on the little things, but to leave in the top 10 in any event is all you can ask for."He

    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, Village Bowl 1, Mitchell, S.D., 3,175. 5, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 3,167. 6, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 3,148. 7, Team Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,125. 8, Mark Weller Pro Shop, Coldwater, Mich., 3,123. 9, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,118. 10, Hi Score North Starz 1, Minneapolis, 3,112.

    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, Mike Kruse/Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,383. 8, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill./Paul Nicholas, Romeoville, Ill., 1,371. 9, Jake Monto, Walbridge, Ohio/Nick Stone, Toledo, Ohio, 1,367. 10 (tie), Jeffrey Chambers/Josh Weatherall, Lockport, N.Y., and Larry Eide, Sioux Falls, S.D./James Eide, Harrisburg, S.D., 1,365.

    1, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 2, Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 3, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 4, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls,S.D., 751. 5, Daniel Falconi, Mexico City, 745. 6, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 739. 7, Charles Hagstrom, Sioux City, Iowa, 733. 8, Dewey Whitecotton, Hayden, Colo., 730. 9, David Johnson, Fallon, Nev., 729. 10 (tie), Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., and Dave Downard, Auburndale, Fla., 727.

    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, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls,S.D., 2,102. 6, Bill Webb, Enfield, Conn., 2,095. 7, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 2,089. 8, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 2,075. 9, Harry Banks Jr. Coal City, Ill., 2,066. 10, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,064.

    Team All-Events
    1, Tom's Rhinoplasty (Dick Lankford, Eric Arnold, Jason Hale, Michael Miller, Matt Smith), Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 2, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 9,755. 3, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654. 4, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,619. 5, Village Bowl 1, Mitchell, S.D., 9,562. 6, Team U S A, St. Louis, Mo., 9,554. 7, Clone Huskers, Greenfield, Wis., 9,536. 8, Waynedale Bakery, Fort Wayne, Ind., 9,477. 9, Vic Telemarketing 3, Westfield, Mass., 9,451. 10, Joliet Town/Country Lanes 2, Joliet, Ill., 9,422.


    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, Washington Volunteers, Everett, Wash., 2,664. 7, R&S Stevens Seed, Clarion, Iowa, 2,651. 8, Plattsburg Bowl, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,648. 9, Suburban Lanes, Meade, Kan., 2,638. 10 (tie), Melody Farms Dairy 3, Lincoln Park, Mich., and Ainokea 2, Honolulu, and Alibi Lounge, Shelby, Mont., 2,624.

    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, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo. 4, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650. 5, Joseph Paussa, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 649. 6, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 635. 7, Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, 631. 8, Jerry Stratman, Shelby, Mont., 628. 9, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 627. 10, Ted Spiliopoulos, Chicago, 622.

    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 (tie), Bernie Schmitt, Big Lake, Minn., and Jerry Stratman, Shelby, Mont., 1,722.