New strategy helps North Carolina bowler achieve perfection at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, USA - Feb. 14 through June 28, 2004

    2007USBCOCMikeMoore.jpg Mike Moore of Greensboro, N.C., considers himself a goal-oriented person both on and off the lanes, and the 30-year-old right-hander achieved a major goal Sunday when he rolled a perfect game at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    After opening his seventh USBC Open Championships appearance with a 200 game, Moore rattled off 15 consecutive strikes, which included the 21st perfect game of this year's event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. He finished with 228 for a 728 series and helped Country Club Lanes Pro Shop of Burlington, N.C., to a 3,119 team total, which is tied for 60th. Barney's 1 of Rogersville, Mo., leads with 3,368.

    "I haven't shot 300 all year, so before we came out to the tournament, I told my wife it would be nice to do it here," Moore said. "It feels amazing, and to be honest, I'm still at a loss for words. I've been coming to the tournament for a few years, and I've had a couple of chances before, but it just never happened. I got the chance again tonight, and I really wanted to finish it off."

    During his career at the Open Championships, Moore's average in team (191.6) is nearly 16 pins less than his doubles mark (207.3) and 28 pins less than singles (219.7), but this year's success in team came as part of a new strategy.

    "Normally, I'll bring some equipment from home and see what the lanes are like during team, and then I'll drill up a new ball for doubles and singles based on what I see," said Moore, who is in the Greensboro Hall of Fame. "This year, I decided to drill a new ball before team, and it made all the difference. It's been a consistent year for me, but I haven't really had any high numbers. I just wanted this weekend to go well, and this is a great start."

    Although he was a little jet-lagged from flying across the country Sunday morning, Moore thinks being tired helped keep him slow and focused. He also attributes his success to preparation and confidence gained from regular participation in PBA Experience leagues and tournaments on USBC Sport Bowling lane conditions.

    "I feel like I've got my arsenal set up the way I need to, and I'm sharp because I practice a lot and bowl on tough shots whenever possible," Moore said. "I've been bowling all my life, and I'd love to add an Open Championships title to my record. I like to think I have the ability to win something like this, and shooting 300 tonight is definitely going to help my confidence."

    Kansas bowlers nearly perfect at USBC Open Championships

    Bowling right next to each other during doubles at the USBC Open Championships, Michael Doud of Wichita, Kan., and Tony Ramirez of Atchison, Kan., each made a run a perfection Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium, but both fell just short after 11 consecutive strikes.

    Doud struck first with two solid strikes in the 10th frame, but his final shot sailed well right of the headpin and left him with an unusual washout and a 295 game. He sandwiched the near-perfect effort between games of 187 and 210 for a 692 series and teamed up with Ron Woodruff of Emporia, Kan., who shot 725, to move into ninth place in Regular Doubles with 1,417. Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., lead with 1,544.

    "I was pretty nervous, but I looked at my mark and saw it up until I let go of the ball, and I just made a bad shot," said Doud, who made his fourth consecutive Open Championships appearance and finished with a 1,957 all-events total, nearly two hundred pins better than his previous high of 1,768. "I hit flush on the first two shots in the 10th and just wanted to keep the ball to the right because I have a tendency to pull it in that situation. It just went farther right than I wanted it to."

    Doud's career-best all-events total also helped West Lanes of Atchison, Kan., into ninth place in Team All-Events with 9,668. Doud was joined by Woodruff (1,961), Don Fowler (1,948), Rick Thurber (1,930) and Mark Martin (1,872).

    "Our ultimate goal each year is to win an eagle in team, and doubles is our second focus," said Doud, who helped the group to a 14th place finish in Regular Team in 2006. "We've done well in team during the last couple of years, and to have some success in doubles and singles this year was really nice too."

    Ramirez, who vacated the spot now occupied by Doud because he was unsatisfied with his own performance after nine consecutive tournament appearances from 1996 until 2004, returned this year as a last minute substitute and had the best year of his career.

    The 41-year-old right-hander opened his second game of doubles with 11 consecutive strikes, and although he was a little more relaxed because most of the attention to that point had been on Doud, he got nervous on his final shot and went high, leaving the 3-10 for 298. He started doubles with 204 and finished with 194 for a 696 series and added 609 in singles and 588 in team for a 1,893 total.

    "I got up in the 10th and tried to make good shots, but I was shaking so bad on the last ball that I was just hoping to let go of it," Ramirez said. "This is a much bigger stage than at home, so I was more nervous. You always want to bowl well here, and shooting 300 or 800 is always a goal."

    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, Ron Woodruff, Emporia, Kan./Michael Doud, Wichita, Kan., 1,417. 10, Charles Hall Jr., Elk Grove Village, Ill./Mike Thomka, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,416.

    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, West Lanes, Atchison, Kan., 9,668. 10, Vic Telemarketing 2, Westfield, Mass., 9,654.


    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, E Montana Flatlanders, Forsyth, Mont., 2,813. 4, All of Them, Warner Robins, Ga., 2,793. 5, Moeller Plastering, St. George, Utah, 2,747. 6, Winkeljohn Printing, Celina, Ohio, 2,743. 7, Huikko's Bowling Center 1, Buffalo, Minn., 2,737. 8, Galaxy-Dew's Crew, Kinston, N.C., 2,737. 9, Doug's Auto Service, Beach Park, Ill., 2,722. 10, Lake County Rollers 1, Clarissa, Minn., 2,719.

    1, Anthonius Magturo, Derwood, Md./Howard Jones Jr., Damascus, Md., 1,235. 2, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 3, Felix Fines/Paul Magaoay Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1,230. 4, Larry Rupley, Valley Springs, Calif./Jose Noriega, San Antonio, 1,218. 5, Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev./James Ridgley, Sparks, Nev., 1,194. 6, Todd Christensen, Moncks Corner, S.C./Daniel Vassar Sr., Tonasket, Wash., 1,190. 7, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 8, Wade McCoy/Deana Rogers, Forks, Wash., 1,184. 9, Matt Mischznko/Clinton Taylor, Troy, Mont., 1,183. 10 (tie), Frank Goff Jr./Issac Vidaurri, Kingsville, Texas, and Gary Noteboom, New Holland, S.D./Eric Noteboom, Valentine, Neb., 1,181.

    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 (tie), Robert Stephens, San Francisco and Fred Defries, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 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.