Janette Piesczynski becomes second woman to achieve perfection in USBC Open Championships history


    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    Janette_Piesczynski_2703.jpg Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., made history Sunday night when she rolled the first perfect game of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    Piesczynski opened her singles event with 12 consecutive strikes, making her just the second woman in the 103-year history of the Open Championships (formerly the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament) to achieve perfection. Kristine Kropf of Antioch, Calif., became the first woman to roll a perfect game in tournament history in Reno, Nev., in 2001.

    This was the fourth tournament appearance for Piesczynski, who bowled for the first time in 1999. The first year women were allowed to compete in the Open Championships was in Mobile, Ala., in 1994.

    Piesczynski followed up the 300 game with 233 and 256 to take the lead in Regular Singles with 789, the highest series ever posted by a woman in Open Championships history. Piesczynski added 602 in team and 597 in doubles to move into third place in Regular All-Events with 1,988. Jim Carter of Keller, Texas, leads Regular All-Events with 2,117, and was the previous singles leader with 745.

    "We all know the history of the ABC (now the USBC) and the prestige of this tournament, so to shoot the first 300 in the USBC Open Championships is really exciting," said Piesczynski, the 1997 U.S. Amateur champion and a member of Team USA in 1998, '99 and 2000. "This is an accomplishment I'll always have with me, and something I am very happy to finally achieve."

    Set back by a back surgery a few years ago, Piesczynski doesn't bowl as much as she'd like to, but it definitely didn't show Sunday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    "Because of the back surgery, I have to watch myself a little bit and I am a little more tentative as far as what I do and what I bowl in," said Piesczynski, who is also scheduled to compete in the upcoming USBC Women's Championships and then the USBC Queens in June. "I am definitely looking forward to bowling some more tournaments, but I just need to be careful."

    Presenting sponsors for the 2006 USBC Open Championships are Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Texas State Aquarium, Majestic Ventures Yacht Charters, Inc., USS Lexington Museum and Texas Treasure Casino Cruises.

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls:


    1, Macanudos (Dan Smith, Lisa Wagner, Ed Ilano, Randy Russell, Chad Pierce), Duluth, Ga., 3,110. 2 (tie), Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Allied Traffic Equipment, Murrieta, Calif., 3,043. 4, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 3,016. 5 (tie), Gene's Pro Shop, Petaluma, Calif., and Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 2,993. 7, A-Z Rental, Pekin, Ill., 2,964. 8, Miracle Workers Inc., Toledo, Ohio, 2,952. 9, Enterprise Park Lanes 1, Springfield, Mo., 2,948. 10, San Carlos Bowl, Redwood City, Calif., 2,941.

    1, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo./Jeff Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 1,399. 2, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342. 3, Eric Johns, Niagra Falls, N.Y./Chris Jufer, North Tonowanda, N.Y., 1,306. 4, Howard Babbitt Jr., Millerton, N.Y./Barney Tuttle, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 1,303. 5, Roy Turner, Stoutsville, Mo./Jeff Schaeffer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,298. 6, Darin Wilson, Grand Prairie, Texas/Kurt Gengelbach, Carrollton, Texas, 1,290. 7, Steven Vance, Duluth, Ga./Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 1,282. 8, David Johnson, Fallon, Nev./Kenny McPartlin, Reno, Nev., 1,276. 9, James Kent Jr., Olathe, Kan./Rachel Kent, Olathe, Kan., 1,270. 10, Henry Dykeman, Pawling, N.Y./Gregory Babbitt, Millbrook, N.Y., 1,265.

    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 3, Norm Loescher, Russel Township, Ohio, 720. 4 (tie), Wade Shromoff, Andover, Minn., and Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 717. 6, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 709. 7, Jeremy Evans, Houston, 705. 8, Jeremy Wilcher, Carthage, Miss., 702. 9 (tie) Joe Natoli, Milwaukee, Wis., and Chris Osborne, Northfield, Ohio, 699.

    1, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 2,117. 2, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 3, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,988. 4, Billy Rohde, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,987. 5, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo., 1,985. 6, Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 1,950. 7, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill., 1,943. 8, Steve Ludwig, Salem, Ill., 1,937. 9, Chad Pierce, Flowery Branch, Ga., 1,919. 10, Barney Tuttle, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 1,914.

    Team All-Events
    1, Macanudos (Dan Smith, Lisa Wagner, Ed Ilano, Randy Russell, Chad Pierce), Duluth, Ga., 9,354. 2, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 9,141. 3, Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 9,120. 4, Rolling Thunder 1, Lawrenceville, Ga., 9,082. 5, Shuffle Master Gaming, Gilbert, Ariz., 9,008. 6, Snooka's Superstars, Valparaiso, Ind., 8,982. 7, Enterprise Park Lanes 2, Springfield, Mo., 8,904. 8, Big Daddy, Atlanta, 8,845. 9, Dykemans Farm, Pawling, N.Y., 8,817. 10, Enterprise Park Lanes 1, Springfield, Mo., 8,728.


    1, Double D Statuary, Odem, Texas, 2,699. 2, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 3, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 4, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 5, Sorcerers 1, San Antonio, 2,653. 6, No Weak Links, Gaffney, S.C., 2,642. 7, Fun Bunch, El Campo, Texas, 2,622. 8, Thomae Lumber 2, Laurel, Mont., 2,616. 9, Faribault Foods, Cokato, Minn., 2,609. 10, Fac Pac, Wichita, Kan., 2,588.

    1, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 2, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn/Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 3, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 4, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122. 5, Joseph Jellots, Starkville, Miss./Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,120. 6 (tie), Craig Kenyon, Hardin, Mont./Leroy Melville, Hardin, Mont. and Mark Rippen II, China Spring, Texas/Prentice Cross, Waco, Texas, 1,118. 8, Lisa Pounds, Shawnee Mission, Kan./Wayne Greenlee, Overland Park, Kan., 1,116. 9, Dennis India, Barrington, Ill./Kenneth Bania, Algonquin, Ill., 1,113. 10, Jim Grinage/Lindsey Calahan, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1,112.

    1, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 675. 2, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 3, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 637. 4, Suzanne Guzik, Cedar Creek, Texas, 628. 5, Michael Bergstrom, El Campo, Texas, 624. 6, Wayne Mayon, Morgan City, La., 619. 7, Ken Uffelman, Billings, Mont., 604. 8, Lisa Soliz, Corpus Christi, Texas, 594. 9, Todd Langel, Rudyard, Mont., 593. 10 (tie), Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., and Mark Hardeman, Lafayette, La., 592.

    1, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 2, Lonnie Trevino, McAllen, Texas, 1,748. 3, Frank Goff Jr., Kingsville, Texas, 1,735. 4, Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,729. 5, Robert Cerny, Wharton, Texas, 1,728. 6, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 1,675. 7, John Moore, Houston, 1,664. 8, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 1,661. 9, Prentice Cross, Waco, Texas, 1,654. 10, Todd Langel, Rudyard, Mont., 1,652.