Illinois bowler shoots 299 at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    2007USBCOCCamdenRokita.jpg Camden Rokita of Springfield, Ill., has bowled 300 games before, but no matter how many times he's achieved the feat, none of those experiences could have prepared him for being on the brink of perfection at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    The 32-year-old right-hander started his second game of doubles with 11 consecutive strikes and nearly recorded the fifth perfect game of this year's event Wednesday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., but a solid 9-pin on his final shot ended his run at perfection and left him with the third 299 of the year.

    "I was really shaking out there, but when the ball hit the pocket, I was sure I had it," said Rokita, who made his seventh USBC Open Championships appearance. "But that's just how this game is sometimes. You won't throw strikes on every shot."

    Although he didn't shoot 300, Rokita did attain one of the main goals he sets for himself each year at the Open Championships as he eclipsed the 2,000 all-events mark for the first time in his tournament career.

    After shooting 617 in team Tuesday, Rokita regrouped and returned to shoot 715 in singles and 713 in doubles for a 2,045 total. Former Professional Women's Bowling Association star Dede Davidson of Buellton, Calif., leads Regular All-Events with 2,118.

    "My goal for this year's tournament was to go over 2,000 in all-events for the first time in my career," said Rokita, a computer technician at Horace Mann Insurance. "I knew I couldn't get there without a big finish, so it's all thanks to my 278 in the third game of singles."

    As a member of the Professional Bowlers Association, Rokita has seen difficult lane conditions before and relied on his experience and adjustment-making skills to be successful at the Open Championships.

    "I found out from the first game of team that I had to slow my ball down and move left to give it time to hook," said Rokita, who is in the USBC record books for having the third-highest season average in a singles league with 247.2 during the 2004-05 season. "Once I figured that out, I still had to make good shots because the lanes are not forgiving, but that's exactly what you should expect here."

    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 (tie), Tom Holland, Dayton, Minn./Ronald Mead, Rogers, Minn., and Charles Meyer/Dave Schneider, Alexandria, Minn., 1,156. 8, Mike Lovelace/Neil Zink, Fargo, N.D., 1,154. 9, Troy Drath, Altura, Minn./Alan Schroeder, Mount Vernon, S.D., 1,153. 10, Heath Shaffer, Haysville, Kan./Ron Ast, Hutchinson, Kan., 1,152.

    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 (tie), Marvin Clark, Aransas Pass, Texas, and Duane Silseth, Fargo, N.D., 1,751. 7, Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,750. 8, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,725. 9, Martin Rovella, Hollister, Calif., 1,723. 10 (tie), Bernie Schmitt, Big Lake, Minn., and Jerry Stratman, Shelby, Mont., 1,722.