North Dakota duo all Smyles after claiming top spot at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Propelled by the highest series by a Classified bowler at this year's United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, the father and son tandem of Frank Smyle of Reeder, N.D., and Jesse Smyle of Bowman, N.D., moved into the top spot in Classified Doubles on Wednesday.

    Jesse, a 36-year-old right-hander, led the pair with games of 194, 268 and 236 for a 698 series, and while the event started uneventfully, he opened the second game with nine consecutive strikes before his nerves got the best of him and his 10th shot fell into the right channel. Frank added 181, 227 and 181 for a 589 series and a 1,287 total. Anthonius Magturo of Derwood, Md., and Howard Jones Jr. of Damascus, Md., previously held the lead with 1,235.

    "I didn't feel too nervous at first because I thought I was throwing the ball well," said Jesse, who made his fifth USBC Open Championships appearance alongside his father. "In the 10th frame, though, my knees were knocking, and I think it was the most pressure I've ever felt. I just didn't want to make a mistake, but I missed right and dumped it in the gutter of all things."

    At 57 years old, Frank doesn't have the energy he once did and sat out the team event for the second straight year. The extra rest proved to be just what he needed as he added 604 in singles. Jesse added 564 in singles and 472 in team for a career-high 1,734 all-events total.

    "I'm starting to get up in age with 60 right around the corner," said Frank, a coal miner who made his eighth Open Championships appearance. "I feel like six games are enough for me these days, and if I would have bowled team event, I don't think doubles would have gone so well today."

    Also cracking the top 10 Wednesday was Brandon Davidson of Mesquite, Texas, who made his way to seventh place in Classified Singles with 228, 223 and 203 for a 654 set. Lenny Boogaard of Osakis, Minn., leads with 673.

    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, Lava Lanes (Brian Tinsley, Guy Sutherlin, Wynn Malikowski, Jake Drier, Bryon Smith), Medford, Ore., 3,405. 2, Barney's 1, Rogersville, Mo., 3,368. 3, Browning Pontiac, Eminence, Ky., 3,358. 4, Ansara Restaurant Group 1, Detroit, 3,352. 5, Forgey Sports Medicine, Vancouver, Wash., 3,308. 6, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,287. 7, S & B Pro Shop 1, Troy, Mich., 3,280. 8, Smith Barney 1, Madison, Wis., 3,261. 9 (tie), Wichita Bowling Supply, Wichita, Kan., and Bowlers Universe 1, Rockford, Ill., 3,259.

    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.

    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, Frank Smyle, Reeder, N.D./Jesse Smyle, Bowman, N.D., 1,287. 2, Anthonius Magturo, Derwood, Md./Howard Jones Jr., Damascus, Md., 1,235. 3, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 4, Felix Fines/Paul Magaoay Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1,230. 5, Larry Rupley, Valley Springs, Calif./Jose Noriega, San Antonio, 1,218. 6, Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev./James Ridgley, Sparks, Nev., 1,194. 7, Todd Christensen, Moncks Corner, S.C./Daniel Vassar Sr., Tonasket, Wash., 1,190. 8, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 9, Wade McCoy/Deana Rogers, Forks, Wash., 1,184. 10, Matt Mischznko/Clinton Taylor, Troy, Mont., 1,183.

    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 (tie), Jim Shara, Endicott, N.Y., and Brandon Davidson, Mesquite, Texas, 654. 9, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 653. 10, Don Manhalter, Sterling, Colo., 652.

    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, Kris Moore, Morristown, Tenn., 1,808. 6 (tie), Van Vasquez, Longmont, Colo., and Bob Chung, Alameda, Calif., 1,795. 8, Leroy Hayes, Cambridge, Neb., 1,794. 9, Frank Kostik, Ruffs Dale, Pa., 1,789. 10, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 1,779.