Bowlers honor fallen teammate at USBC Open Championships

    06/03/07

    United States

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

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    For Paul Enright of Henderson, Nev., and Ken Simard of Greenville, S.C., the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships will be remembered for its ups and downs, both on and off the lanes.

    In the months leading up to their appearances at this year's event, Enright was forced to rearrange his team's roster on more than one occasion, but none was more difficult than when he learned his close friend and teammate, Joel Reyes, a 32-year-old left-hander from Chula Vista, Calif., had suffered a heart attack and passed away just a two weeks before he was scheduled to make his seventh USBC Open Championships appearance.

    Enright met with his other bowlers and considered skipping the trip altogether, but after some consideration, they decided to field their team at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., in Reyes' honor.

    "We all thought about not bowling, knowing how difficult it would be without Joel," said Enright, a district sales manager for Ebonite International. "But we came to the conclusion that he wouldn't have wanted us to miss the tournament. So to honor him, we all threw our first practice balls left-handed, and I'm proud to say I struck."

    As a result of the final lineup shuffle, Enright picked up Simard, a rising star who won the 2006-07 Professional Bowlers Association South Region points race to earn a full-time exemption on the Denny's PBA Tour for the upcoming season.

    With his new full-time job just around the corner, Simard knows this year will be his last Open Championships appearance for a while, since his exempt status will keep him off the tournament lanes for a minimum of two years.

    "I was really pumped up and ready to bowl, so there were a lot of different emotions to deal with when we first got to the lanes," said Simard, who made his fourth Open Championships appearance. "Eventually we all calmed down and remembered that we were here with a job to do, and it was time to start throwing strikes."

    Simard led Sunset Lanes/Ebonite of Henderson, Nev., with 666 and was followed by Scott Monteleone (654), Rick Benard (585), Paul Renteria (583) and Enright (572) for a 3,060 team total Friday.

    "Even though we feel like we got off to a slow start, this entire tournament is really all about Joel's memory," Enright said. "He was such a great guy and a talented bowler. The greatest thing would be for us to bowl our best in doubles and singles and have someone win an eagle in his honor."

    Benard added 659 in singles and 615 in doubles Saturday for a 1,859 all-events total, while Enright had 633 in doubles and 618 in singles for 1,823, and Simard posted 689 in doubles and 529 in singles for 1,884. Renteria and Monteleone don't bowl doubles and singles until Saturday night.

    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, 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.

    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, 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.

    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, 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.


    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, 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.

    Doubles
    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.

    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, 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.

    All-Events
    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.