Iowa man rolls seventh 300 at 2006 USBC Open Championships

    03/03/06

    United States

    Bowling Alley: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas

    2006USBCOpenRichardBarlett.jpg With his wife and son cheering him on, Rick Barlett of Davenport, Iowa, shot the seventh perfect game of the 2006 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Wednesday at the American Bank Center Exhibit Hall.

    Barlett's 300 game was the fourth in as many days at the Open Championships, which opened it's 143-day run on Feb. 11, and concludes July 3.

    "This is one of the best experiences I've ever had," said Barlett, who made his seventh Open Championships appearance. "I went to a shinier, less aggressive ball and moved in deeper after having a pretty bad second game. There was a real dry line around the second arrow, so I just tried to bump off it and it worked out perfectly."

    Unlike most athletes, Barlett, who is left-handed, does not rely on his dominant hand when he's out on the lanes throwing strikes. Throwing the ball with his right hand, the 31-year-old had games of 209 and 158 before stringing together 12 consecutive strikes to finish team event with a 667 series.

    "I'm naturally left-handed," said Barlett, who added 624 in singles and 576 in doubles for an 1,867 all-events total. "But it turns out that I'm pretty uncoordinated with that hand, so I learned to do everything else, including bowling, with my right hand. Needless to say, I'm happy with the result."

    Janette_Piesczynski_2703.jpg On Thursday, Heath Hawkins of Toledo, Ohio, used games of 245, 251 and 267 to move into a tie for third place in Regular Singles with 763. Hawkins added 543 in team and 499 in doubles to finish with 1,805 all-events. Janette Piesczynski (pictured) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who tossed the first perfect game of this year's event, leads Regular Singles with 789.

    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, Shox U, Wichita, Kan., 3,243. 5, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Fargo, N.D., 3,242. 6, Ray's Pro Shop, Sacramento, Calif., 3,229. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Fargo, N.D., 3,127. 8, Team 8 Ball, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,126. 9, Team 11834, Waterville, Minn., 3,117. 10, Macanudos, Duluth, Ga., 3,110.

    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 (tie) Randy Watson, Liberty, Mo., and Heath Hawkins, Toledo, Ohio, 763. 5 (tie), Joe Conrad, Melrose Park, Ill., and Dan Lyman Jr., Chicago, 761. 7, Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 750. 8, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 748. 9, Jim Carter, Keller, Texas, 745. 10, Lyndon Harrison, Lincoln, Calif., 742.

    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, Aaron Koch, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,046.

    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, 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.