Texas bowler rolls 300 game at USBC Open Championships

    06/04/07

    United States

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

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    With a combination of luck, experience and a key adjustment, Waymon Young of Keller, Texas, rolled the 22nd perfect game of the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Sunday.

    After moving to a deeper line late in his first game of singles, the 59-year-old right-hander struck on 19 of his next 20 shots and finished with games of 175, 300 and 168 for 643, his second-highest singles set in 14 trips to the USBC Open Championships.

    "I've been coming to this tournament for 14 years, and my goal is always to just bowl my average or better with the understanding that the conditions are a lot tougher than they are at home," said Young, whose highest singles series was 654 at the 2000 event in Albuquerque, N.M. "It was a lifelong dream to shoot 300 here, and toward the end, I kept reminding myself that I've done it before, so I could do it again. Honestly, I just wanted to come out of the ball and not embarrass myself."

    Young's perfect game almost didn't come to fruition, though, as his 11th shot sailed wide of his target. He was able to catch a break for a strike, and then regrouped and capitalized on the break with a solid final effort.

    "The 11th one got away from me, and there's no other way to describe it," Young said. "I think nerves took over at that point, and I let the ball float on me. I have no idea how it struck, and when I saw that last pin fall, I was amazed. After that, I just tried to catch my breath. I sat for a minute and calmed down and then got up there and treated the last shot like I was getting up there for the first time."

    Each year, Young bowls in the Open Championships during the first weekend in June, which gives him ample time to solicit information and thoughts from other local bowlers who already have made the trip to the tournament. He also keeps an eye on the USBCopen.com discussion forum to see what bowlers from around the country can offer about their experiences.

    Already equipped with information, Young also makes it a point visit the tournament's on-site pro shop area each year, so he can purchase new equipment drilled by someone who has been around the event and the lane conditions for more than 100 days. Both strategies proved to be contributing factors in his success at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Sunday.

    Young added 573 in team and 558 in doubles for a 1,774 all-events total.

    "We always come to the tournament late so we can have a chance to talk to a lot of the bowlers who have already come through," Young said. "I'm just thrilled with the 300 and my overall performance. I think I'm still in shock, but it feels great. A 300 here is something you always strive for, but I didn't know if I'd ever make it, especially since I'm getting to that age where they don't come that often. Plus, anytime I can bowl 640 or better in a tournament like this is a thrill too."

    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.