Nevada bowler adds to legacy at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Glen Olson of Boulder City, Nev., added to his legacy at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships when he made his 50th tournament appearance Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    The 80-year-old right-hander became the 93rd bowler in USBC Open Championships history to reach the golden milestone and is among elite company as one of only eight bowlers in 104 years of tournament competition with 50 or more years of participation and multiple titles on the championship lanes.

    But despite all of his success, having the opportunity to bowl with his family is what has keeps Olson coming back every year.

    "I've been looking forward to this day, and I was more excited and nervous than I have been for a while," said Olson, who was awarded a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate the occasion and shared the moment with his wife, Shirley, and sons Alan, Michael and Kevin. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd still be bowling after this long, and now the tournament is even more special because it gets my whole family together."

    Olson was 24 years old when he made his tournament debut at the 1951 event in St. Paul, Minn., and his 711 in doubles that year made him the youngest person to roll a 700 series on the tournament lanes.

    Throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Olson was a regular at the top of the tournament leaderboard, and in 1965, he captured the first of his three Open Championships titles as a member of the Hamm's Beer team that claimed the Team All-Events crown with the help of a second-place team finish.

    Five years later, he captained the same squad to the Regular Team title, a feat they would match in 1972, making them the first five-person team to claim the coveted title two times.

    "Bowling today isn't the same as it was when I was young," Olson said. "But I am forever honored to be a part of the history of the Open Championships."

    In his latest effort, Olson posted 532 in singles, 483 in team and 466 in doubles for a 1,481 all-events total and increased his lifetime pinfall to 84,976 for a half-century average of 187.5.

    And while there are some bowlers who approach the 50-year mark and see it as time for retirement from the game, Olson has other plans. Despite his age, he still loves the time he spends on the lanes.

    "I will be back at the Open Championships next year and again after that for as long as I can," Olson said. "I feel good when I'm out there and don't have any major health problems, so I'm even considering bowling in more than one league next season because I want my scores to improve again."

    Indiana bowler races into third place at USBC Open Championships

    Good coaches should practice what they preach, and Craig LeMond of Jasper, Ind., did just that on his way to third place in Regular Singles at the USBC Open Championships on Sunday.

    LeMond's coaching knowledge helped keep him calm as he struck at least 10 times in each game of singles at the National Bowling Stadium. The 26-year-old right-hander posted scores of 279, 257 and 259 for a 795 series. Chip Aki of Nicholasville, Ky., leads with 814.

    "I rely on some of my own experiences when I'm coaching the team," said LeMond, who owns one Professional Bowlers Association Midwest Region title. "I try to teach them the importance of staying calm and focused when they're out on the lanes because I know just how valuable that can be."

    LeMond's coaching efforts began six years ago when he helped start the bowling club at Jasper High School as a way to boost the youth program membership at his father's bowling center. Now LeMond coaches the girls team, while his father, Paul, works with the boys.

    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, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 795. 4, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 793. 5, Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 792. 6, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 787. 7 (tie), Chad Gutzman, Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Robert Daugherty, Dayton, Ohio, 783. 9 (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, Jeff Scantland/Cindy Scantland, Cookeville, Tenn., 1,188, 9, Michael DiPaolo, Eighty Four, Pa./Donald Hughes, West Newton, Pa., 1,186. 10, Wade McCoy/Deana Rogers, Forks, Wash., 1,184.

    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.