Arizona bowler perfect again at USBC Open Championships

    05/13/07

    United States

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

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    During his 22-year career at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, David Cirigliano of Phoenix has enjoyed a handful of top 20 finishes, with a number of those successes coming at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    On Saturday, the 41-year-old right-hander continued his prosperity in Reno and added his name to the tournament record books as the second bowler to own two 300 games at the one-of-a-kind Stadium, which first opened its doors in 1995. It was the 19th perfect game of this year's event, and 103rd in five trips to the Stadium.

    Philip Horowitz of West Bloomfield, Mich., was the first to be perfect twice at the Stadium (1998 and 2004), while earlier this year, Todd Thompson of Reno nearly matched the feat, but fell one pin short with 299. There are only 16 people overall with two 300s in USBC Open Championships competition.

    "I just have a good feeling when I'm here, and I'm usually a little more confident because I've bowled well at the Stadium in the past," said Cirigliano, who rolled a perfect game and finished third in singles and fourth in doubles at the Stadium in 1998. "It feels great to accomplish something like this once, and doing it twice makes it even more special. It will be an honor to be recognized for this in the future."

    Cirigliano, who is the president of Bowling Dynamics and has two pro shops in the Phoenix area, sandwiched his 300 between games of 239 and 177 for a 716 series and teamed up with Kelly Urrea of Mesa, Ariz., to move into a tie for 10th place in Regular Doubles with 1,411.

    Not to be outdone, their teammates Vernon Peterson of Winter Haven, Fla., and Vinnie Atria of Louisville, Ky., posted a 1,439 doubles effort and moved into fourth place. Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., took the lead earlier in the week with a tournament-record 1,544.

    "The doubles pair was nice because the people who bowled before us all played outside and developed a little bit of a track area," said Peterson, the 1996 U.S. Amateur champion. "All four of us just played in the same area, and the track gave us a little room to the right. We are able to line up off of each other, and we communicate really well on the lanes, so we typically bowl well together as a team."

    At the 2006 Open Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, the group finished third in Team All-Events and fifth in Regular Team, and despite a few nagging injuries this year, the players again made their marks among more than 81,000 competitors.

    Peterson led the group and just missed the top 10 with a 2,098, all-events total, while Urrea added 2,084 and was followed by Atria (2,005) and Cirigliano (1,985). Frank Ellenburg of Chandler, Ariz., helped the squad to a 3,029 team effort, but a knee injury kept him from competing in doubles and singles Saturday. Browning Pontiac of Eminence, Ky., leads Team All-Events with 10,071.

    "We struggled a little bit last night at the beginning of the team event, plus Frank was injured, but we still bowled well together," Peterson said. "We didn't know if Frank was even going to be able to finish, but he showed a lot of guts and was there until the end. That's how much this means to us."

    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:

    REGULAR DIVISION


    Team
    1, Barney's 1, Rogersville, Mo., (Tony Yarbrough, Ron Dixon, Chuck Gardner, Stan Garner, Joe Firpo), 3,368. 2, Browning Pontiac, Eminence, Ky., 3,358. 3, Forgey Sports Medicine, Vancouver, Wash., 3,308. 4, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,287. 5, S & B Pro Shop 1, Troy, Mich., 3,280. 6, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 7, Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., 3,259. 8, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 3,249. 9, One Part Bacon, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 3,240. 10, Rick Starbuck's Pro Shop, Dayton, Ohio, 3,233.

    Doubles
    1, Jeffrey Butler, Garfield, N.J./Jonathan Masur, West Orange, N.J., 1,544. 2, Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis./Richard Volhard, Rothschild, Wis., 1,467. 3, Ken Duffield, Madison, Wis./Chris Pounders, Sun Prairie, Wis., 1,463. 4, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky./Vernon Peterson, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,439. 5, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa./Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 1,437. 6, David Ewald, Macomb, Mich./Nicholas Wissinger, Utica, Mich., 1,434. 7, Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y./Mark Hugo, Windsor Locks, Conn., 1,430. 8, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 9, Charles Hall Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill./Mike Thomka, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,416. 10 (tie), Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill./Craig Brown, Elgin, Ill., and David Cirligliano, Phoenix/Kelly Urrea, Mesa, Ariz., 1,411.

    Singles
    1, Chip Aki, Nicholasville, Ky., 814. 2, David Wilk, Upland, Calif., 804. 3, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 793. 4, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 5, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 787. 6 (tie), Chad Gutzman, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Robert Daugherty, Dayton, Ohio, 783. 8 (tie), Kurt Fay, Hudsonville, Mich., Harry Banks Jr., Coal City, Ill., and Matt McNiel, Chanhassen, Minn. 782.

    All-Events
    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, Mike 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.


    CLASSIFIED DIVISION


    Team
    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.

    Doubles
    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, Todd Christensen, Moncks Corner, S.C./Daniel Vassar Sr., Tonasket, Wash., 1,190. 5, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 6, Matt Mischznko/Clinton Taylor, Troy, Mont., 1,183. 7 (tie), Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, and Gary Noteboom, New Holland, S.D./Eric Noteboom, Valentine, Neb., 1,181. 9, Joe Galloway, Interlachen, Fla./Eddie Dubeck, Palatka, Fla., 1,180. 10, John Bassi/Michael Malgrat, Key West, Fla., 1,174.

    Singles
    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.

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