Classified teams shake up leaderboard at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Roberts Repair of Pontiac, Ill., made a run at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships record book before settling into the Classified Team lead Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    The group posted games of 1,002, 922 and 921 for a 2,845 total, but fell short of the all-time high of 2,974 set by Lewis Marine Supply of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in 1991. Flirtin' With Disaster 1 of Tallassee, Fla., is second all-time with 2,957, followed by Pro World Pro Shop of Milwaukee, with 2,934.

    Felix Salinas Jr. led the way for Roberts Repair with 659 and was followed by Rich Buchheit (610), Rick Rambo (585), Jerry Roberts (513) and Dave Schmidt (478). Galaxy-Dew's Crew of Kinston, N.C., previously held the lead with 2,737.

    "Everything started going our way in the first game, so we just tried to keep the momentum on our side," said Schmidt, a 62-year-old right-hander who helped his team to a 12th place finish in 2003. "But we didn't actually realize how close we were to the lead until it was almost over."

    The successful effort was a result of teamwork, and each bowler contributed in his own unique way.

    "We all have a specific role on this team," Schmidt said. "I'm the captain, Jerry is our sponsor and Felix is our spirit leader and keeps everyone motivated. We all seem to do our best when we work together that way."

    Bowling on the same squad Sunday, Sportsman Bowling Club 3 of Cerritos, Calif., also cracked the top five in Classified Team, moving into fourth place with games of 899, 915 and 890 for a 2,704 total.

    Tyrone Donatto led the way with 586 and was followed by Shipley White (576), Jerry Boudreaux (547), Sam Jones (511) and James Jones (484).

    The group of seniors kept a positive attitude and used their years of experience to get close to the top.

    "We're comfortable with each other because we've been bowling together for decades, but we're also competitive, and that motivates us to bowl well," said Boudreaux, whose team finished third last year in Corpus Christi, Texas. "It seems like the older we get, the more enthusiasm we have, and we really take a lot of pride in our bowling."

    Kansas bowler fires fifth perfect game of USBC Open Championships

    With some much-needed downtime on the horizon, Kelly Bonta of Wichita, Kan., wanted to leave the 2007 Open Championships on a high note and did exactly that when he fired a 300 game at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday.

    Only a few days away from season-ending knee surgery, Bonta made the most of his 20th career appearance at the Open Championships. After opening his singles set with 186, the 41-year-old right-hander put together 12 consecutive strikes for the fifth perfect game of this year's event and added 217 for a 703 series.

    "I was absolutely a nervous wreck," said Bonta, who posted 627 in doubles and 603 in team for a 1,933 all-events total. "As the game went on I could feel that I was getting close to doing something I've never done before. Not that it's my first 300, but it is my first at this tournament, and that means so much more."

    Teaming up with Andy Patterson of Tyler, Texas, Bonta also found success at the nearby USBC/Storm Bowlers Journal Championships. The pair rolled themselves into a three way tie for the lead in Open Doubles alongside Scott Vanderlick of Sacramento, Calif., and William Dhanis of Citrus Heights, Calif., and Dan White of Agawam, Mass., and Bill Webb of Enfield, Conn., who all share the top spot with 1,816.

    Bonta took advantage of the Dual Entry feature at the Bowlers Journal and his four-game total also counted toward singles. He put together games of 254, 208, 251 and 247 and moved into fourth place in Open Singles with 960. Vanderlick leads with 1,025.

    "Every time I enter a tournament, I go in with the mindset of trying to win it, so I attacked both events the same way this week," said Bonta, the Bowlers Journal Singles in 2001. "They are both large-scale and prestigious events, and I'm proud to say that I'm a champion at the Bowlers Journal. Now, the next step is to finally win an eagle at the Open Championships."

    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, Ebonite & Friends, Roseville, Calif., 3,130. 8, Team Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,125. 9, Mark Weller Pro Shop, Coldwater, Mich., 3,123. 10, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 3,118.

    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, Justin Smith, Bluffton, S.C., 774. 5, Michael Barron, Monroe, Mich., 770. 6, Greg Brooks, Sturtevant, Wis., 758. 7, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 751. 8, David Gift, Blandon, Pa., 748. 9, Rob Bolte, Verona, Pa., 746. 10, Daniel Falconi, Mexico City, 745.

    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, Ebonite & Friends, Roseville, Calif., 9,553. 8, Clone Huskers, Greenfield, Wis., 9,536. 9, Waynedale Bakery, Fort Wayne, Ind., 9,477. 10, Vic Telemarketing 3, Westfield, Mass., 9,451.


    1, Roberts Repair (Dave Schmidt, Jerry Roberts, Rich Bucheit, Rick Rambo, Felix Salinas Jr.), Pontiac, Ill., 2,845. 2, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 3, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 4, Sportsman Bowling Club 3, Cerritos, Calif., 2,704. 5, H & J Chevrolet, Kerman, Calif., 2,696. 6, HGNB 1, Romeoville, Ill., 2,686. 7, Steel City Strikers, Rostraver, Pa., 2,675. 8, Marlleacres Dairy, Orland, Ill., 2,673. 9, Coral Lanes, Miller, S.D., 2,671. 10, Washington Volunteers, Everett, Wash., 2,664.

    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, Mike Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,729. 9, Shane Nash, Boonville, Mo., 1,726. 10, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,725.