Wisconsin team among top three at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    Most teams at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships post their final scores after two consecutive days of competition, but Bowlingfordumdums.com of Milwaukee waited almost six weeks to make its move into third place in Team All-Events with a 9,978 total.

    The group took to the tournament lanes for its team event on May 5, with the majority returning for doubles and singles competition the following day, but Jerry Casebolt of Pritchett, Colo., wasn't scheduled to return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., until this week.

    "This team was put together this year specifically to be competitive and have a chance at winning an eagle," said Casebolt, who made his 12th USBC Open Championships appearance. "But I've bowled doubles and singles with my friends from back home since the first time I bowled in this tournament, so I'll always wait until they come out here."

    Despite a lot of busy days as the tournament director at the nearby USBC/Storm Bowlers Journal Championships, Casebolt found time to practice and stay sharp for the run at the top spot in Team All-Events, which is held by 2006 Regular Team champion Browning Pontiac of Eminence, Ky., with 10,071.

    Due to the unusual timing, Casebolt returned to the Stadium on Friday knowing exactly what he would need to catapult his team into the lead, but just tried to put the numbers aside and focus on making good shots.

    The 38-year-old right-hander, who found success at the Stadium in 2004 with an ninth-place finish in Regular All-Events, handled the pressure well and posted 729 in doubles and 662 in singles to finish with a 2,064 all-events total.

    Mike Gaither led the way for Bowlingfordumdums.com with 2,134, which is seventh in Regular All-Events, and was followed by Casebolt, Bob Davidson (2,045), Greg Thomas (1,881) and Craig Auerbach, a member of the 2004 Team All-Events champions, with 1,854.

    "I knew that I had to shoot a big number today, but it wasn't out of reach," Casebolt said. "I'm a little disappointed with the way it ended. I had a good look and made the right move, but I just couldn't get the right motion with the right balance of speed and softness."

    Team All-Events includes nine-game totals for all five team members.

    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, Eric Cox/Steven Smith, San Diego, 1,427. 9, Darren Jones, Waldorf, Md./William Blaney III, Indian Head, Md., 1,424. 10, Ron Woodruff, Emporia, Kan./Michael Doud, Wichita, Kan., 1,417.

    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, Bowlingfordumdums.com, Milwaukee, 9,978. 4, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 9,764. 5, S & B Pro Shop 2, Troy, Mich., 9,762. 6, Team USA Support 5, Omaha, Neb., 9,755. 7, Fiji Water, Rochester, N.Y., 9,751. 8, The BRD House 1, Dayton, Ohio, 9,723. 9, Lakeview Lanes, Fulton, N.Y., 9,676. 10, West Lanes, Atchison, Kan., 9,668.


    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, Henry Mancini/Joe Mancini, Las Vegas, 1,257. 3, Anthonius Magturo, Derwood, Md./Howard Jones Jr., Damascus, Md., 1,235. 4, Larry Harvanko, Champlin, Minn./Brett Pfeifer, Minneapolis, 1,232. 5, Felix Fines/Paul Magaoay Jr., Sacramento, Calif., 1,230. 6, Jeffery Rose, Wichita, Kan./Jason Pohl, Austin, Texas, 1,227. 7, Larry Rupley, Valley Springs, Calif./Jose Noriega, San Antonio, 1,218. 8, Wayne Thomas/Gary Finnell, Big Bear Lake, Calif., 1,199. 9, Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev./James Ridgley, Sparks, Nev., 1,194. 10, Mary Larman/Cynthia Kilton, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1,193.

    1, Lenny Boogaard, Osakis, Minn., 673. 2, Orlando Samonte, Virginia Beach, Va., 672. 3, Matt Klenke, Coldwater, Ohio, 671. 4, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 664. 5, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 660. 6, Victor Martinez, Plainfield, Ill., 658. 7, Tim Frank, Hastings, Neb., 656. 8 (tie), Jim Shara, Endicott, N.Y., and Brandon Davidson, Mesquite, Texas, 654. 10, Todd Guidry, Lafayette, La., 653.

    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, Orlando Samonte, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,788.