New Yorker is new leader at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    With a little bit of luck on his side, Jim Shara of Endicott, N.Y., moved into the top spot in Classified All-Events at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Thursday.

    On the way to the top of the leaderboard, the 37-year-old right-hander opened his 2007 campaign with 567 in team, but steadily improved with 616 in doubles and games of 215, 225 and 214 for a 654 series and seventh place in Classified Singles at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    Shara needed every pin along the way, as his 1,837 all-events total was just one pin better than previous leader, Larry Harvanko of Minneapolis.

    "The lane conditions just felt easier for me this year," said Shara, who made his 11th consecutive USBC Open Championships appearance. "I guess a lot depends on what everyone bowls on at home, but this seemed really similar to what I'm used to. I definitely feel that I was lucky that way."

    A family man, Shara has scaled back his time on the lanes this year to just once each week, but he was able to give himself a mental edge by studying the tournament leaderboard before taking to the lanes.

    "I knew exactly what I needed for the lead after doubles," said Shara, a funeral director for Nichols Funeral Home. "I didn't really feel the pressure, though, because I was confident in where I was throwing the ball. It would be fantastic if my score holds up and I win an eagle."

    The Classified Division is open to bowlers who average 180 or less.

    Indiana Bowler shoots 299 at USBC Open Championships

    Brian Kirk of Whiting, Ind., put on a show at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday when he started singles with 11 consecutives strikes, before leaving an 8-pin, and came within one pin of the 21st perfect game of this year's USBC Open Championships.

    Kirk, who made his 11th consecutive Open Championships appearance, followed up the 299 with 210 and 236 for a 745 set and added 642 in team and 566 in doubles for a 1,953 all-events total.

    "I was a lot more nervous than I have been while going for 300 at home, but having been there once helped me keep my cool and not let my emotions get the best of me," said Kirk, who started a game with 10 straight strikes at the 2000 event in Albuquerque, N.M. "I've bowled this tournament 11 times so I know what it's about and what to expect, but it's all so different when you're in a position like that. I tried to zone everything out and focus on the lanes, but that's hard to do when you're shaking like a leaf."

    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 Cirigliano, 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, Jerry Rich Jr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio, 2,136. 6, Mike Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,134. 7, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 8, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 9, Jerry Brunette, Rochester, N.Y., 2,115. 10, Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,114.

    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, Doug's Auto Service, Beach Park, Ill., 2,722. 8, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719. 9, Eagle's, Albany, Ore., 2,714. 10, Bermuda Onions 4, Warwick, Bermuda, 2,712.

    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, Jim Shara, Endicott, N.Y., 654. 8, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 653. 9, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo., 652. 10, Robert Stephens, San Francisco, 650.

    1, Jim Shara, Endicott, N.Y., 1,837. 2, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn., 1,836. 3, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 1,824. 4, Michael Tieden, Blaine, Minn., 1,809. 5 (tie), Van Vasquez, Longmont, Colo., and Bob Chung, Alameda, Calif., 1,795. 7, Leroy Hayes, Cambridge, Neb., 1,794. 8, Frank Kostik, Ruffs Dale, Pa., 1,789. 9, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 1,779. 10, Judd Turner, Warner Robbins, Ga., 1,778.