Pennsylvania bowler perfect at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Thomas Fry of Butler, Pa., has had steady success during his 22-year career at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and added a new highlight Monday when he rolled a perfect game at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    The 45-year-old left-hander tossed 12 consecutive strikes during his second game of doubles and sandwiched the 13th 300 of this year's USBC Open Championships between games of 190 and 183 for a 673 set. Fry added 573 in team and 531 in singles for a 1,777 all-events.

    "It's such a great accomplishment for me to shoot 300 here, particularly in this building because I've really struggled here in the past," Fry said. "Even this year, I still struggled outside of that one string, but it was a fantastic feeling just to get it right for that one game."

    It wasn't the first 300 of Fry's bowling career, but it always will be more special than any other because of the recognition and esteem that come with being perfect at the Open Championships.

    "I've bowled 300 before, but this one ranks as the highlight among them," Fry said. "It means so much more because the conditions that we bowl on in this tournament are much tougher than the house shots from back home."

    Even after throwing several strikes to get his perfect game going, Fry still had some doubts about getting the job done.

    "I wasn't throwing the ball that well and wasn't in an area where I felt like I was in a groove," said Fry, who owns one Professional Bowlers Association regional title. "I kept telling myself to take things one frame at a time and just see what happens. By the time I got to the 10th frame, I still felt like it wasn't going to happen. Somehow I kept it together and made a good shot on the last ball."

    During his Open Championships career, which began in 1982, Fry has posted a 200.6 career average for nearly 200 games, record two all-events totals above 2,000, one in the 1900s and nine in the 1800s.

    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, Browning Pontiac (Steve Fehr, George Gohagan III, Ken Jessee, Jon Murph, Ken Abner), Eminence, Ky., 3,358. 2, Forgey Sports Medicine, Vancouver, Wash., 3,308. 3, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,287. 4, S & B Pro Shop 1, Troy, Mich., 3,280. 5, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 6, Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., 3,259. 7, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 3,249. 8, Rick Starbuck's Pro Shop, Dayton, Ohio, 3,233. 9, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 3,218. 10, My Bowling Shop 2, Dallas, 3,212.

    1, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis./Richard Volhard, Rothschild, Wis., 1,467. 2, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis./Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 1,463. 3, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa./Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,437. 4, David Ewald, Macomb, Mich./Nicholas Wissinger, Utica, Mich., 1,434. 5, Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y./Mark Hugo, Windsor Locks, Conn., 1,430. 6, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 7, Charles Hall Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill./Mike Thomka, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,416. 8, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill./Craig Brown, Elgin, Ill., 1,411. 9, Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis./Jay Heinzelman, Madison, Wis., 1,408. 10, James Augustine, Grand Forks, N.D./Ron Zutz, Warren, Minn., 1,402.

    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 793. 3, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 4 (tie), Chad Gutzman, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Robert Daugherty, Dayton, Ohio, 783. 6, Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 7, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 780. 8, Justin Smith, Bluffton, S.C., 774. 9, Ted Pritts, Frisco, Texas, 773. 10, Michael Barron, Monroe, Mich., 770. All-Events
    1, Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,174. 2, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,164. 3, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 4, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 5, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114. 6, Douglas Stone, Troy, Ohio, 2,107. 7, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis., 2,106. 8, Robert Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,104. 9, Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,102. 10, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 2,100.

    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, The BRD House 1, Dayton, Ohio, 9,723. 7, Lakeview Lanes, Fulton, N.Y., 9,676. 8, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654. 9, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 9,652. 10, Choice Staff Personnel, Cincinnati, 9,621.


    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, Moeller Plastering, St. George, Utah, 2,747. 4, Winkeljohn Printing, Celina, Ohio, 2,743. 5, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 6, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 7, Eagle's, Albany, Ore., 2,714. 8, The Insurance Center 1, Valentine, Neb., 2,711. 9, Boone's Bunch, Mission Hills, Calif., 2,710. 10, Sportsman Bowling Club 3, Cerritos, Calif., 2,704.

    1, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 2, Felix Fines/Paul Magaoay Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1,230. 3, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 4 (tie), Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, and Gary Noteboom, New Holland, S.D./Eric Noteboom, Valentine, Neb., 1,181. 6, John Bassi/Michael Malgrat, Key West, Fla., 1,174. 7, Jonathan Carter, Seven Springs, N.C./Freddie Marshall, Kinston, N.C., 1,173. 8, Ralph Johnson/Dave Dahl, Ada, Minn., 1,170. 9 (tie), Dave Engelkes, Arnolds Park, Iowa/Greg Rolling, Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Jeff Wirth/Patrick Peterson, Kearney, Neb., 1,167.

    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, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 653. 8, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo., 652. 9, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650. 10, Joseph Paussa, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 649.

    1, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,836. 2, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 1,824. 3, Michael Tieden, Blaine, Minn., 1,809. 4, Van Vasquez, Longmont, Colo., 1,795. 5, Leroy Hayes, Cambridge, Neb., 1,794. 6, Frank Kostik, Ruffs Dale, Pa., 1,789. 7, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 1,779. 8, Anthony Kastle, Wilmington, N.C., 1,776. 9, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 1,770. 10 (tie), Arthur Lewis, Oakland, Calif., and Mike Godfrey, Meade, Kan., 1,762.