Defending champion doesn't repeat but looks forward to next USBC Open Championships

    02/21/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas - Feb. 11 - July 3, 2006

    2005ABCTDavidAdam.jpg David Adam of Maryland Heights, Mo., could hardly describe the feeling of being introduced as a United States Bowling Congress Open Championships titlist for the first time. And it's something he will never forget.

    Adam, who won the 2005 Regular Singles title with a 791 effort, was the first defending champion to make the trip to the 2006 USBC Open Championships (formerly the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament).

    Although he was unable to become the first repeat singles winner in the 103-year history of the event, shooting 628 at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall on Sunday, Adam can still say he has accomplished something that only 102 other bowlers have achieved.

    Janette_Piesczynski_2703.jpg Janette Pieczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who bowled just hours before Adam, took the lead in Regular Singles with 789, the highest series ever posted by a woman at the Open Championships. The series also included the first perfect game of the 2006 event, which was just the second 300-game rolled by a woman in the history of the tournament.

    "When I got in and heard what Janette accomplished, I thought it was amazing," Adam said. "Some of the women bowlers are really awesome and should have more opportunities to bowl at the highest level. I knew it would take a big score to win, and I'd love to see her score hold up. Even though I didn't bowl as well as I would've liked, the whole experience this year was still a thrill of a lifetime."

    Adam shot 607 Saturday night to help Rip The Rack of Maryland Heights, Mo., shoot 3,043, which currently ranks tied for third. He added 624 in doubles Sunday before making his run at Pieczynski.

    "I didn't know they were going to have me walk out separately from everybody Saturday, and that was really neat, but the best part was when I finally looked up at the scoreboard and saw the eagle next to my name," said Adam, who was escorted down the center aisle and introduced to the crowd before bowling team event.

    "Going into singles, I didn't put any extra pressure on myself. I knew I was going to need a big number to win, just like last year, so I was thinking about fine tuning my shot to where I could have the best opportunity to score real high." After decades of tournament experience, including a Midwest High School championship in 1986, a National Junior College Championship with Vincennes University in 1989 and his win at the Open Championships, Adam was well prepared and focused on his game.

    Adam's 1,859 all-events total helped Rip The Rack into fifth place in Team All-Events with 9,115 and sparked the thought of winning another eagle as part of a team someday.

    "I'd love to win an eagle with one of my teammates, either doubles or team," Adam said. "I've bowled with the same group of guys for 10 years now, and I wish they could all experience the same things that I have."

    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:

    REGULAR DIVISION

    Team
    1, Macanudos (Dan Smith, Lisa Wagner, Ed Ilano, Randy Russell, Chad Pierce), Duluth, Ga., 3,110. 2, Valley Lanes & Rec Center 2, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,104. 3 (tie), Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Allied Traffic Equipment, Murrieta, Calif., 3,043. 5, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 3,016. 6 (tie), Gene's Pro Shop, Petaluma, Calif., and Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 2,993. 8, A-Z Rental, Pekin, Ill., 2,964. 9, Miracle Workers Inc., Toledo, Ohio, 2,952. 10, Enterprise Park Lanes 1, Springfield, Mo., 2,948.

    Doubles
    1, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo./Jeff Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 1,399. 2, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342. 3, Chico Aguon,Clarksville, Tenn./Kevin Jones, Oak Grove, Kent., 1,308. 4, Eric Johns, Niagra Falls, N.Y./Chris Jufer, North Tonowanda, N.Y., 1,306. 5, Howard Babbitt Jr., Millerton, N.Y./Barney Tuttle, Rhinebeck, N.Y., 1,303. 6, Roy Turner, Stoutsville, Mo./Jeff Schaeffer, St. Charles, Mo., 1,298. 7, Darin Wilson, Grand Prairie, Texas/Kurt Gengelbach, Carrollton, Texas, 1,290. 8, Matt Boling Sr., Spring, Texas/Anthony Sheranko, Magnolia, Texas, 1,287. 8, Steven Vance, Duluth, Ga./Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., and Michael Kross, Aurora, Ill./Christine Scherbert, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,282.

    Singles
    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 3, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 4, Norm Loescher, Russel Township, Ohio, 720. 5 (tie), Wade Shromoff, Andover, Minn., and Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 717. 7, Michelle Fillers, Clarksville, Tenn., 711. 8, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 709. 9, Jeremy Evans, Houston, 705. 10, Jeremy Wilcher, Carthage, Miss., 702.

    All-Events
    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, Ronald Krippelcz, St. Louis, Mo., 1,970. 7, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,953. 8, Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., 1,950. 9, Jesse Darnell, Murray, Kent., 1,945. 10, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill., 1,943.

    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, Gene's Pro Shop, Petaluma, Calif., 9,127. 4, Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 9,120. 5, Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., 9,115. 6, Rolling Thunder 1, Lawrenceville, Ga., 9,082. 7, Shuffle Master Gaming, Gilbert, Ariz., 9,008. 8, Snooka's Superstars, Valparaiso, Ind., 8,982. 9, Enterprise Park Lanes 2, Springfield, Mo., 8,904. 10, Big Daddy, Atlanta, 8,845.

    CLASSIFIED DIVISION

    Team
    1, Double D Statuary (Donna Reyckert, David Reyckert, Juan Leal, Frank Lemon, Carlos Budd), 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.

    Doubles
    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.

    Singles
    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, Al Hack, Tinley Park, Ill., 612. 8, Ken Uffelman, Billings, Mont., 604. 9, Robert Hollan, Ingleside, Texas, 598. 10, Michael Whitlock, Pflugerville, Texas, 595.

    All-Events
    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.