Wisconsin bowlers shoot 300 at USBC Open Championships

    02/26/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenLogo.jpg Jay Heinzelman of Evansville, Wis., and Ken Duffield Jr. of Madison, Wis., proved that the lanes at the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships are playable from multiple angles, as they posted the second and third perfect games of this year's event Friday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    The pair traveled to Corpus Christi together as part of a two-team group and the then bowled perfect games on the same pair of lanes.

    Heinzelman, who played a tight line down the gutter, posted games of 193 and 227 before shooting 300 to close out his doubles event with 720. Heinzelman paired up with Brian Hoffman of Mount Horeb, Wis., who added 644 and helped the duo into sixth place in Regular Doubles with 1,364. Jeff Phillips and Joe Baker of Springfield, Mo., lead with 1,399.

    "After the seventh or eighth strike, I was trying not to think about 300," said Heinzelman, a 33-year-old meteorologist. "I wanted to stick with my pre-shot routine, take a few deep breaths and hit my mark. Thankfully, I was able to do that and was fortunate with all of my carry."

    Duffield chose to attack the lanes from a deep inside line using an unorthodox thumbless release, and he achieved perfection in the opening game of singles, adding 225 and 189 to finish with 714.

    "It's unbelievable to shoot 300 in an event like this," the 36-year-old right hander said. "I started out playing the gutter in team, but then I moved in because they were hooking too much outside."

    Duffield has been bowling well as of late, and his hot streak couldn't have come at a better time. Aside from his Open Championships performance, he also is leading Singles Division 1 at the Madison Bowling Association City Tournament after shooting 799, which included a 299 game. He also rolled a 300 game during the team event. That event is scheduled to conclude this weekend.

    Heinzelman added 643 in team and 571 in singles for a 1,934 all-events total, helping Ten Pin Alley 2 of Madison, Wis., to a 9,202 team total, which is now sixth in Team All-Events. Duffield's 1,945 all-events effort included a 616 in doubles and 615 in team and helped Team Dirty of Madison, Wis., to a 9,145 team all-events score, which ranks seventh.

    "I actually had this ball drilled up for a specific purpose - to throw inside on deeper lines," Heinzelman said. "But today it was working well from the outside and I'm grateful for it."

    Janette Piesczynski of Cheektowaga, N.Y., had the first 300 of the 2006 tournament, also making her the second woman in the history of the event to roll a perfect game. In Reno, Nev., in 2001, Kristine Kropf of Antioch, Calif., became the first woman in tournament history to achieve perfection.


    Illinois bowlers moves into third in regular singles

    On Saturday morning, Joe Conrad of Melrose Park, Ill., put together games of 248, 237 and 276 to move into third place in Regular Singles with 761. Conrad added 637 in doubles and 583 in team, but just missed the top 10 in Regular All-Events, finishing with 1,981.

    Piesczynski leads Regular Singles with 789, while Dave Hewitt of Fremont, Calif., leads Regular All-Events with 2,130.

    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, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 3,052. 4, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 3,046. 5 (tie), Rip The Rack, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Allied Traffic Equipment, Murrieta, Calif., 3,043. 7, Old Settlers, Racine, Wis., 3,032. 8, Maguire Tile 2, Lowell, Mich., 3,023. 9, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 3,016. 10 (tie), Gene's Pro Shop, Petaluma, Calif., and Salem Bowl, St. Charles, Mo., 2,993.

    Doubles
    1, Joe Baker, Billings, Mo./Jeff Phillips, Springfield, Mo., 1,399. 2, Dana Criswell/Gary Ekman, Fremont, Calif., 1,381. 3, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif./Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., 1,376. 4, Wes Godwin, Monroe, N.C./John May, Iron Station, N.C., 1,372. 5, Bruce Beach, Ottawa, Ohio/Todd Basinger, Bluffton, Ohio, 1,371. 6, Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis./Brian Hoffman, Mount Horeb, Wis., 1,364. 7, Travis Crittendon, Grand Rapids, Mich./Mike Smith Jr., Lowell, Mich., 1,355. 8, Matt Mariano, Hubbard, Ohio/Robert Alexander, Greenville, Pa., 1,348. 9, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342. 10, Don Boyed, Columbus Grove, Ohio/Phil Austin, Lima, Ohio, 1,331.

    Singles
    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 788. 3, Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., 761. 4, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 5, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 6, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 7, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 731. 8, Norm Loescher, Russel Township, Ohio, 720. 9 (tie), Wade Shromoff, Andover, Minn., Randy Russell, Monroe, Ga., Bruce Harner, Azusa, Calif., and Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, Calif., 717.

    All-Events
    1, Dave Hewitt, Fremont,Calif., 2,130. 2, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 2,117. 3, Leonard Ruiz, Diamond Bar, Calif., 2,105. 4, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 5, Ricky Corona, Yorba Linda, Calif., 2,029. 6, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 2,027. 7, Jason Polreis, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,014. 8, Mike Smith Jr., Lowell, Mich., 2,003. 9, Jerry Anderson, Dupo, Ill., 1,999. 10, Matt Stock, Omro, Wis., 1,994.

    Team All-Events
    1, Hewitt's Hurlers (Curtis Cole, Dana Criswell, Dave Wijtman, Gary Ekman, Dave Hewitt), Reno, Nev., 9,686. 2, Maguire Tile 2, Lowell, Mich., 9,358. 3, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 9,354. 4, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 9,293. 5, Beltoya's Pro Shop, Racine, Wis., 9,241. 6, Ten Pin Alley 2, Madison, Wis., 9,202. 7, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,145. 8, R L R L R, Irving, Texas, 9,141. 9, Team Vise Az, Tuscon, Ariz., 9,140. 10, Bowlers Depot-West Covina, LaVerne, Calif., 9,128.

    CLASSIFIED DIVISION

    Team
    1, Suburban Lanes (Gary Mead, Rodney Blehm, Mike Godfrey, Shane Vanderpool, Dale Vanderpool), Meade, Kan., 2,851. 2, Double D Statuary, Odem, Texas, 2,699. 3, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 4, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 5, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 6, Sorcerers 1, San Antonio, 2,653. 7, No Weak Links, Gaffney, S.C., 2,642. 8, Fun Bunch, El Campo, Texas, 2,622. 9, Thomae Lumber 2, Laurel, Mont., 2,616. 10, Otte's Propane Inc., Morse Bluff, Neb., 2,614.

    Doubles
    1, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 2, Jeremy Hartpence/Steve Wedige, Lincoln, Neb., 1,156. 3, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas/John Hammersmith, Horton, Kan., 1147. 4, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn/Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 5, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 6, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122. 7, Joseph Jellots, Starkville, Miss./Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,120. 8 (tie), Craig Kenyon, Hardin, Mont./Leroy Melville, Hardin, Mont. and Mark Rippen II, China Spring, Texas/Prentice Cross, Waco, Texas, 1,118. 10, Lisa Pounds, Shawnee Mission, Kan./Wayne Greenlee, Overland Park, Kan., 1,116.

    Singles
    1, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 679. 2, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 675. 3, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 4, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 637. 5, Lazarus, Aiken, Sioux Falls, S.D., 632. 6, Suzanne Guzik, Cedar Creek, Texas, 628. 7, Michael Bergstrom, El Campo, Texas, 624. 8, Wayne Mayon, Morgan City, La., 619. 9, Tom Kim, Fairfax Station, Va., 613. 10, Al Hack, Tinley Park, Ill., 612.

    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, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas, 1,691. 7, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 1,686. 8, Nekia Hayes, Belleville, Mich., 1,677. 9, Adam Losh, St. Louis, 1,676. 10, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 1,675.