USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard competes in 60th USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    2007USBCOCBillLillard60thOC.jpg Despite an ailing knee, United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Bill Lillard of Houston made the ceremonial march down Center Aisle as he celebrated his 60th consecutive appearance at the USBC Open Championships.

    The eight-time Open Championships titlist became the ninth bowler in tournament history to reach the plateau, and the milestone was shared by hundreds of bowlers, family and friends.

    "To compete in my 60th tournament was very special," said Lillard, who hasn't missed a year since his debut at the 1948 event in Detroit. "There was a standing ovation in the squad room, but it was an especially great feeling when I got to the lanes and they played the national anthem. I really was moved by the whole experience."

    2007USBCOCBillLillard.jpg The 79-year-old Lillard, who became the first bowler to win four titles in a single year when he won team, doubles, all-events and Team All-Events in 1956, entered this year as the tournament's active career pinfall leader with 110,106 pins, a 200.6 average for 59 years.

    He added 608 in singles, 535 in doubles and 497 in team for a 1,640 all-events effort and raised his career total to 111,746. He trails only the late Joe Norris of San Diego, who tops the list with 123,770 pins. Norris also is tied with Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., with 71 tournament appearances.

    This year, Lillard shared his knowledge and years of experience with teammate and tournament first-timer, Ryan Holland, who used some tips from the legend to stay calm on the lanes. The pair also teamed up for Century Doubles, the unique optional side event that pairs bowlers whose combined age is at least 100.

    "Because it was my first time and Bill's 60th together, this became such a huge and intimidating experience," Holland said. "At the start of the team event I was so nervous I could barely throw the ball. But eventually I settled down and was able to really appreciate how special it all was."

    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, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 4, Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis./Jay Heinzelman, Madison, Wis., 1,408. 5, James Augustine, Grand Forks, N.D./Ron Zutz, Warren, Minn., 1,402. 6, Tim Reinke/Darin Zanke, New Ulm, Minn., 1,393. 7, Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga./Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 1,386. 8, Mike Kruse/Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,383. 9, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill./Paul Nicholas, Romeoville, Ill., 1,371. 10, Jake Monto, Walbridge, Ohio/Nick Stone, Toledo, Ohio, 1,367.

    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 3, Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 4, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 5, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 751. 6, Daniel Falconi, Mexico City, 745. 7, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 739. 8, Charles Hagstrom, Sioux City, Iowa, 733. 9, Dewey Whitecotton, Hayden, Colo., 730. 10, David Johnson, Fallon, Nev., 729.

    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, Jerry Rapp, Grand Island, Neb., 2087. 9, Frederick Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 2,081. 10, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., 2,075.

    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, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,633.

    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., 652. 4, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650. 5, Joseph Paussa, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 649. 6, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 635. 7, Brian Wright, Buckinghamshire, England, 633. 8, Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, 631. 9, Jerry Stratman, Shelby, Mont., 628. 10, Roy Umehira, Honolulu, 627.

    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.