Perfect game worth the wait for Oregon bowler at USBC Open Championships

    03/01/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenGregNewtson.jpg Greg Newtson of Medford, Ore., hasn't had the best luck while traveling to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships (formerly the American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament), but he wouldn't have it any other way.

    While Newtson and his Team 8 Ball teammates waited through a timely delay on their way to Corpus Christi, Texas, this week, they joked about their trip to the 2000 event when they endured plane problems and a similar delay, but left Albuquerque, N.M., with the Regular Team title and the second highest team total in the 103-year history of the tournament with 3,513.

    Although Team 8 Ball of Klamath Falls, Ore., didn't take the lead Monday, they did shoot the highest team game in this year's tournament (1,145) and finished with 3,126. Newtson led the way games of 217, 300 and 249 for a 766 series, putting his name in the record books as the fifth bowler to record a perfect game in this year's Open Championships.

    "I was nervous," said Newtson, a 37-year-old left-hander. "For as many 300s as I have, I wanted to shoot it and I knew I had the shot to shoot it. I was just trying to make sure I concentrated on hitting my mark and throwing a good shot. It's been a long time since I've been that nervous while shooting a 300."

    On the same squad, Steve Cook's Bowling Supply of Sacramento, Calif., led by former Professional Bowlers Association standout Steve Cook, fired the third 3,300 at the Open Championships since 2002, finishing with 3,318. The group was just one pin shy of Champions Bowling, which leads with 3,319. Team 8 Ball's companion team, Team 11725 also made a run at the lead, posting a 3,292 to move into third place.

    "We had a really difficult time getting here," Newtson said. "But in the end, it just felt really good to get through all of the travel problems and tournament problems I've had the last year or two and just come out and enjoy the Open Championships and bowl well."

    Being back on the Open Championships lanes was particularly sweet for Newtson, whose 2005 tournament experience was soured when a train derailed just outside the Baton Rouge River Center during the first game of his team event, shutting the tournament down for nearly 17 hours. Because he was scheduled to be on a flight back to Oregon, he never got to finish bowling in the event.

    "Even back in college before I really started bowling in it, I knew that the ABC Tournament was a special thing, and I've liked being a part of it since," said Newtson, who made his ninth tournament appearance this year and added 708 in singles and 620 in doubles to move into fifth place in Regular All-Events with 2,094. "It's something I always look forward to, and missing last year was frustrating, but weird things happen and there just wasn't anything anyone could do about it."

    2006USBCOpenChampionsBowling.jpg Also on Monday, Regular Team-leading Champions Bowling moved into the top spot in Team All-Events with 9,784.

    Robby Porter led the way with 2,089, followed by Tennelle Milligan (2,031), Doug Wilcox (1,987), Jim Milligan (1,857) and Robby Callan (1,820). Hewitt's Hurlers of Reno, Nev., previously held the top spot with 9,686.

    Porter's total landed him in fifth place in Regular All-Events, while Milligan finished close behind in seventh. Dave Hewitt of Fremont, Calif., leads Regular All-Events with 2,130.

    "We picked up most of our pins in team event," said Porter, a 33-year-old banker. "If we could do it again, we might just make the move a little sooner. We all started playing outside and then ended up moving in to fifth arrow after the lane condition changed."

    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, Champions Bowling (Jason Milligan, Doug Wilcox, Tennelle Milligan, Robby Callan, Robby Porter), Sacramento, Calif., 3,319. 2, Steve Cook's Bowling Supply, Sacramento, Calif., 3,318. 3, Team 11725, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,292. 4, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 3,242. 5, Ray's Pro Shop, Sacramento, Calif., 3,229. 6, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 3,127. 7, Team 8 Ball, Klamath Falls, 3,126. 8, Team 11834, Waterville, Minn., 3,117. 9, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 3,110. 10, Valley Lanes & Rec Center 2, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,104.

    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, Mike Moore, Greensboro, N.C./Elmore James, Burlington, N.C., 1,345. 10, Jeremy Redmon, Lockport, Ill./Scott Gillenwater, New Lenox, Ill., 1,342.

    Singles
    1, Janette Piesczynski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 789. 2, Dave Hewitt, Fremont, Calif., 788. 3, Randy Watson, Liberty, Mo., 761. 4 (tie), Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., and Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 761. 6, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 7, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 8, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 9, Lyndon Harrison, Lincoln, Calif., 742. 10, Jordan Schroeder, Ottawa, Ohio, 732.

    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, Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 2,095. 5, Greg Newtson, Medford, Ore., 2,094. 6, Robby Porter, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 2,089. 7, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 2,086. 8, Lyndon Harrison, Lincoln, Calif., 2,063. 9, Robert Nielsen, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,061. 10, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,031.

    Team All-Events
    1, Champions Bowling (Jason Milligan, Doug Wilcox, Tennelle Milligan, Robby Callan, Robby Porter), Sacramento, Calif., 9,784. 2, Hewitt's Hurlers, Reno, Nev., 9,686. 3, Team 11725, Klamath Falls, Ore., 9,603. 4, Steve Cook's Bowling Supply, Sacramento, Calif., 9,479. 5, Maguire Tile 2, Lowell, Mich., 9,358. 6, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 9,354. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 9,330. 8, Oxford Motel, Reno, Nev., 9,293. 9, Columbia Action-Packed, South Barrington, Ill., 9,253. 10, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 9,252.


    CLASSIFIED DIVISION

    Team
    1, Suburban Lanes (Gary Mead, Rodney Blehm, Mike Godfrey, Shane Vanderpool, Dale Vanderpool), Meade, Kan., 2,851. 2, Sandhills Rollers 2, Aberdeen, N.C., 2,735. 3, Double D Statuary, Odem, Texas, 2,699. 4, Rainbow Rollers, McAllen, Texas, 2,697. 5, The Wacouns, Waco, Texas, 2,687. 6, Puppy Trails Kennel, Monroe, La., 2,672. 7, Lavallee Machine, Southbridge, Mass., 2,671. 8, Bayview Bar and Grill 1, Isle, Minn., 2,668. 9, Mitchell Surgical, Mitchell, S.D., 2,659. 10, Sorcerers 1, San Antonio, 2,653.

    Doubles
    1, Kevin Mitchell, Millbrae, Calif./Robert Stephens, San Francisco, Calif., 1,214. 2, Ron Hester/Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,209. 3, Fernando Cahue, Orland Park, Ill./Art Schmitt, Palos Park, Ill., 1,185. 4, Steve Wade, Waco, Texas/Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,162. 5, Jeremy Hartpence/Steve Wedige, Lincoln, Neb., 1,156. 6, Christopher Koecher, Portland, Texas/John Hammersmith, Horton, Kan., 1,147. 7, Radi Cohanim, Beverly Hills, Calif./Matthew Risch, North Hollywood, Calif., 1,144. 8, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Caleb Baer, Princeton, Minn., 1,138. 9, Curt Hoffman, Benedict, Neb./Kevin Hoffman, Bradshaw, Neb., 1,123. 10, Chris Milligan, Mansfield, Texas/Ellen Chapman, Denton, Texas, 1,122.

    Singles
    1, Steve Jacoby, Gowen, Mich., 679. 2, Darlene Baker, Mahomet, Ill., 675. 3, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 665. 4, Aaron Biagioni, Ottawa, Ill., 661. 5, Tate Ziglar, Lexington, N.C., 654. 6, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 637. 7, Lazarus, Aiken, Sioux Falls, S.D., 632. 8, Suzanne Guzik, Cedar Creek, Texas, 628. 9, Michael Bergstrom, El Campo, Texas, 624. 10, Wayne Mayon, Morgan City, La., 619.

    All-Events
    1, Billy Haferkamp, Clifton, Texas, 1,788. 2, Rand Syverson, Onamia, Minn., 1,774. 3, Ken Varner, Lexington, N.C., 1,766. 4, Tate Zigler, Lexington, N.C., 1,765. 5, Ron Hester, Lexington, N.C., 1,764. 6, Lonnie Trevino, McAllen, Texas, 1,748. 7, Gerald Blair Jr., Southbridge, Mass., 1,740. 8, Frank Goff Jr., Kingsville, Texas, 1,735. 9, Jim Breitenbach, Riverhead, N.Y., 1,729. 10, Robert Cerny, Wharton, Texas, 1,728.