Detroit team lands in third at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Although everything seemed to go wrong for Ansara Restaurant Group 1 of Detroit on the way to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this week, nearly everything went right on the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    With help from five-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Harry Sullins of Chesterfield, Mich., the team overcame a little jet lag and moved into third place in Regular Team with games of 1,068, 1,093 and 1,191 for a 3,352 total Saturday. Barney's 1 of Rogersville, Mo., leads with 3,368.

    Eddie Grace III led the way for Ansara Restaurant Group 1 with 728 and was followed by Ken Wyatt (685), Sullins (664), Nunzio Marino (663) and Ryan Wilson (612).

    The group was scheduled to bowl team Thursday afternoon, but Sullins was the only member of the squad in Reno and ready to bowl. The rest of the players were stuck in Michigan after their original flight got canceled, and they didn't arrive in Reno until nearly midnight Thursday.

    Because they missed their scheduled team event, but were in town in time for their allotted doubles and singles squad, they bowled as planned and were able to find an open spot to bowl team Saturday, a shuffle that only happens under special circumstances and worked out for the best this time.

    "We all kind of found each other in the hotel lobby Friday morning, and although the guys looked a little tired, everyone had a pretty good outlook for doubles and singles," said Sullins, who also owns 12 PBA regional titles and is a member of three halls of fame in Michigan. "Usually, we like to get in early and get some rest or get used to the environment and the time change, but even though the plans changed this time, it all worked out. Or maybe we were just too tired to even realize what we were doing. A lot of this experience each year is about memories and stories, and now this will be one of them."

    Despite a 156 start in team, Sullins was able to use more than 20 years of professional experience and knowledge to remain calm and bounce back with 270 and 238, while sticking with the team's original strategy to all play the same part of the lane to help dictate the breakdown and transition during the three games.

    "I felt bad after the first game because I had a split and a couple of missed spares, and even though I didn't have a very good reaction, my team told me to stick with the plan," Sullins said. "After a little bit of transition, carrydown and a ball change, everything fell into place for me. We didn't finish out the last game as strongly as we would've liked, especially with as many strikes as we had for the first nine frames, but any time you can shoot a number that high and leave in the top five is a great accomplishment. Everyone stepped up to give us a chance, and that's all you can ask for."

    Bowling on the same squad Saturday, All of Them of Warner Robins, Ga., moved into third place in Classified Team with 2,793. Roberts Repair of Pontiac, Ill., leads with 2,845.

    Judd Turner led All of Them with 623 and was followed by Melanie Hildenbrand (613), Tracy Hildenbrand (600), Thomas Wilkins (559) and Carolyn Hildenbrand (398). Turner added 614 in doubles and 541 in singles Sunday and moved into ninth place in Classified All-Events with 1,778. Larry Harvanko of Minneapolis leads with 1,836.

    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, 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, Ansara Restaurant Group 1, Detroit, 3,352. 4, Forgey Sports Medicine, Vancouver, Wash., 3,308. 5, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,287. 6, S & B Pro Shop 1, Troy, Mich., 3,280. 7, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 8, Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., 3,259. 9, MoRich Enterprises, Ocala, Fla., 3,249. 10, One Part Bacon, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 3,240.

    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.

    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.

    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.


    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, All of Them, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,793. 4, Moeller Plastering, St. George, Utah, 2,747. 5, Winkeljohn Printing, Celina, Ohio, 2,743. 6, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 7, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 8, Eagle's, Albany, Ore., 2,714. 9, The Insurance Center 1, Valentine, Neb., 2,711. 10, Boone's Bunch, Mission Hills, Calif., 2,710.

    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.

    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 (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, Judd Turner, Warner Robbins, Ga., 1,778. 10, Anthony Kastle, Wilmington, N.C., 1,776.