Defending Champions return to USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    With a record doubles score already posted at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Bobby Stives of El Paso, Texas, and Paul Yoder of Albuquerque, N.M., knew they would have an uphill battle if they were going to defend their Regular Doubles title.

    The two marched down Center Aisle and were recognized as champions for the first time Wednesday before their team event, and they returned to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Thursday hoping to repeat the success they found a year ago in Corpus Christi, Texas, when they claimed the crown with a 1,497 effort.

    "We really just wanted to have a good showing and not embarrass ourselves," said Yoder, who made his eighth Open Championships appearance. "What happened last year was somewhat surprising, and we didn't want to come to Reno with the unrealistic expectation of repeating. It definitely felt like there was more pressure this time, and I know I was a little nervous at first."

    Yoder finished doubles with 619 and Stives added 583 for a 1,202 total, so there won't be a second title for the pair. Jonathan Masur of West Orange, N.J., and Jeffrey Butler of Garfield, N.J., lead with 1,544.

    Stives saved his best performance for last and posted 735 in singles, which included 11 consecutive strikes and a 290 in his final game. He added 627 in team for a 1,945 all-events total. Yoder posted 695 in singles and 620 in team for 1,934.

    "This is something we looked forward to for an entire year, and now the experience is over," said Stives, who made his seventh appearance at the Open Championships. "It was nice to finish the tournament on such a high note, but I don't think either one of us can be completely satisfied with our performance."

    Two bowlers roll perfect games at USBC Open Championships

    Stepping away from the lanes proved to be just the right move for Jeff Shulo of Omaha, Neb., who didn't throw a bowling ball in the three weeks leading up to his ninth appearance at the USBC Open Championships.

    The 27-year-old right-hander made his return to the lanes this week at the National Bowling Stadium and rolled the 24th perfect game of this year's Open Championships. The 300 was preceded by games of 255 and 208 and rounded out a 763 set and 1,365 doubles effort with Ryan Cary of Omaha, which is tied for 44th.

    "Because of my job, I really try to take some time off from bowling in the summer," said Shulo, who manages Mockingbird Lanes in Omaha and finished this year's event with 605 in singles and 579 in team for a career-best 1,947 all-events total. "I sometimes tell myself I should be practicing to get ready for the tournament, but actually finding the motivation to do it is another story."

    Friday's perfect game came from Wayne Perry of Fernandina Beach, Fla., who had the opportunity to bowl alongside his father at the Open Championships for the first time, and he gave him an early Father's Day present when he rolled the 25th perfect game of the year.

    Although he didn't bowl as well as he would've liked in doubles with his father, Perry opened singles with 13 consecutive strikes Friday at the Stadium and finished with games of 300, 224 and 192 for a 716 series.

    "There was an opening on my dad's group, and I was excited about the chance to bowl with him in this tournament for the first time," said Perry, who made his third Open Championships appearance and added 541 in team and 504 in doubles for a 1,761 all-events total. "Shooting 300 here was a lot more nerve-wracking than at home because here you're on center stage, but I just tried to go through my routine and breathe to stay calm. This is a great accomplishment, and I'm glad my dad was here to see it."

    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.

    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.