New Yorker soars into All Events lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    During his eight-year career at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Mike Rose Jr. of West Henrietta, N.Y., has been consistent overall, but considerably better during singles. He proved that to be true again this year at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    The 36-year-old right-hander entered this year's event averaging 220 in singles, compared to 208 in doubles and 205 in team, and rolled games of 280, 259 and 248 for a 787 singles series Sunday. He catapulted himself into fourth place in Regular Singles and into the top spot in Regular All-Events with 2,198. Ken Abner of Cincinnati previously held the all-events lead with 2,174, while Chip Aki of Nicholasville, Ky., leads singles with 814.

    "All I've ever wanted was to win an eagle, and now I have a chance," said Rose, who had 724 in doubles and 687 in team. "I come in every year and try to bowl my best. I've been practicing a lot and working on some things, and they all seemed to pan out today. This is truly a dream come true for me."

    After a 206 start in team Saturday, Rose switched balls, moved further inside on the lane and never looked back. His next lowest game was a 232 effort in his doubles finale, which ended with a 7-10 split in the final frame.

    "I was a little disappointed with the way doubles ended for me, but my teammates helped keep me focused, and I was able to get lined up really quickly at the start of singles," Rose said. "I started with a big game, so I knew I had a shot at singles and possibly all-events. My teammates were really supportive and that helped keep me relaxed."

    And while Rose was making his run at the lead, there were a couple of other bowlers right on his heels.

    Mike Gaither of Grain Valley, Mo., had 742 in singles, 720 in doubles and 672 in team, but settled into fifth place in Regular All-Events with 2,134. He also teamed up with Bob Davidson of Mountlake Terrace, Wash., to move into a tie for ninth place in Regular Doubles with 1,408. Derek Eoff of Greenfield, Wis., and Richard Volhard of Rothschild, Wis., lead with 1,467.

    Rose's hometown friend Jerry Brunette Jr. of Rochester, N.Y., also took a shot at the lead with 721 in team, 670 in doubles and 724 in singles before landing in eighth place in Regular All-Events with 2,115.

    "Seeing the guys around me striking definitely helped me focus because I knew I had to keep striking too," Rose said. "Usually my goal is to shoot at least 1,950, but the eagle is always in the back of my mind."

    In order to stay sharp, Rose competes in weekend tournaments and participates in a challenging USBC Sport Bowling league, which he said is so tough, that it made the Open Championships condition seem a little bit easier.

    Rose's efforts also helped Fiji Water of Rochester, N.Y., into sixth place in Team All-Events with a 9,751 total for 45 games. Team All-Events combines all nine games for all five players. Regular Team leader Browning Pontiac of Eminence, Ky., also leads Team All-Events with 10,071.

    Ken Muscato, who had the fourth-highest league average in the nation during the 2005-06 season (250), added 1,917 for Fiji Water on Sunday and was joined by Jay Nephew (1,964), Scott Terzo (1,862) and Mark McClain (1,810).

    With this year's Open Championships just past the halfway point of its 135-day run, Rose will have to wait another 56 days to see if he can hold on for the win.

    "The wait is going to be brutal, and I'm sure I will be checking the Internet all the time," Rose said. "It will be taxing on the brain, but I feel good about it. I posted a big number, and I'm really excited. The money and the awards don't matter to me. The eagle is all I've ever wanted, and I hope I can hang on."

    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, One Part Bacon, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 3,240. 9, Rick Starbuck's Pro Shop, Dayton, Ohio, 3,233. 10, Hall's Ultimate Pro Shop, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,224.

    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 (tie), Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis./Jay Heinzelman, Madison, Wis., and Mike Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo./Bob Davidson, Mountlake Terrace, Wash., 1,408.

    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 793. 3, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 4, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 787. 5 (tie), Chad Gutzman, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Robert Daugherty, Dayton, Ohio, 783. 7 (tie), Kurt Fay, Hudsonville, Mich., and Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., 782. 9 (tie), Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, and James Coats, Upland, Calif., 780.

    1, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,198. 2, Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,174. 3, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,164. 4, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 2,141. 5, Mike Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,134. 6, Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 7, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 8, Jerry Brunette, Rochester, N.Y., 2,115. 9, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114. 10 (tie), Douglas Stone, Troy, Ohio and Robert Wacker, Harker Heights, Texas, 2,107.

    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, Fiji Water, Rochester, N.Y., 9,751. 7, The BRD House 1, Dayton, Ohio, 9,723. 8, Lakeview Lanes, Fulton, N.Y., 9,676. 9, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654. 10, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 9,652.


    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, Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev./James Ridgley, Sparks, Nev., 1,194. 4, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 5 (tie), Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, and Gary Noteboom, New Holland, S.D./Eric Noteboom, Valentine, Neb., 1,181. 7, Joe Galloway, Interlachen, Fla./Eddie Dubeck, Palatka, Fla., 1,180. 8, John Bassi/Michael Malgrat, Key West, Fla., 1,174. 9, Jonathan Carter, Seven Springs, N.C./Freddie Marshall, Kinston, N.C., 1,173. 10, Ralph Johnson/Dave Dahl, Ada, Minn., 1,170.

    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.