Illinois bowler cracks top five at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    During the past few seasons, Mark London of Palatine, Ill., has been a regular on the United States Bowling Congress Sport Bowling national average list, and this weekend he used that experience to find success at the USBC Open Championships.

    Using everything he's learned on the lanes, the 44-year-old right-hander got off to a promising start at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., with games of 233, 279 and 278 for a 790 series in team and added 682 in doubles and 676 in singles for a 2,148 all-events total. Mike Rose Jr., of West Henrietta, N.Y., leads with 2,198.

    "I had thought about playing the gutter again, but the way the group ahead of us broke down the shot, I didn't think it would be a wise decision," said London, whose previous career-best at the Open Championships was 2,035, which he posted last year in Corpus Christi, Texas. "Once I got onto the lanes, I only wanted to get my approach right, watch my ball reaction and make moves off of that."

    London also helped Bowlers Universe 4 of Rockford, Ill., into 10th place in Regular Team with 3,251 Friday, and finished this year's event a 10-pin away from becoming the second bowler in tournament history to record 90 clean frames. Jeff Richgels of Madison, Wis., was the first to accomplish the feat en route to the 1997 all-events title.

    After converting three splits along the way, London's lone blemish came just before the end of the night when he missed a 10-pin in the ninth frame of his final game, which ended his streak of 88 consecutive frames without a miss.

    "I was trying to remain calm and put aside all of the numbers that were in my head," said London, who made his 17th Open Championships appearance. "The pace of play was starting to slow and one little slip in concentration was all it took. I know how special 90 clean frames would have been, so this didn't end on the best note for me, but I'm not upset with my performance either."

    London, who was the USBC Sport Bowling national high average leader for the 2005-06 season with 225.29, did attribute a lot of his success to his Sport Bowling experience.

    "To succeed on the difficult Sport Bowling conditions means getting used to not having much mistake room," said London, who also was in the top 10 in average this year with 213. "I feel like I'm at the point now where I can play different parts of the lane and choose that second or third line with a slower speed and less rev rate if I need to."

    Next year, when the Open Championships makes its second visit to Albuquerque, N.M., the event will be Sport certified for the first time.

    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 (tie), Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., and Bowlers Universe 1, Rockford, Ill., 3,259. 10, Bowlers Universe 4, Rockford, Ill., 3,251.

    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, Mark London, Palatine, Ill., 2,148. 5, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y., 2,141. 6, Jerry Rich Jr., Fairport Harbor, Ohio, 2,136. 7, Mike Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,134. 8, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 2,126. 9, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,118. 10, Jerry Brunette, Rochester, N.Y., 2,115.

    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.