Iowa bowler continues success at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)

    2010USBCOCMattSmithJasonHale.jpgMatt Smith (pictured left) of Altoona, Iowa, has performed consistently during his United States Bowling Congress Open Championships career, and he excelled again in 2010, taking the lead in Regular Doubles and Regular All-Events at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday.

    The 34-year-old right-hander started his 2010 tournament campaign slowly with a 609 series in team, but averaged 244 during doubles and singles on the way to a 2,073 all-events total, the second-highest of his 11-year career on the championship lanes.

    During doubles, Smith struck 25 times on the way to games of 234, 277 and 231 for a 742 series, his highest at the USBC Open Championships, and partnered with Jason Hale (right) of Des Moines, Iowa, for a 1,411 doubles total. Hale contributed games of 203, 248 and 218 for a 669 series as the pair passed Richard Voakes Jr. of Oshkosh, Wis., and Troy Schaefer of Neenah, Wis., who previously held the Regular Doubles lead with 1,326.

    Communication was the key for Smith and Hale, who bowled doubles together at the Open Championships for the first time. Because their styles are similar, they were able to team up in deciphering the lane condition and making adjustments.

    "We had to regroup from the night before," said Smith, who bowls regularly at Premiere Lanes in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. "Jason and I talked ahead of time about what we wanted to do. We play a similar shot, and were really able to feed off each other. Once we got rolling, we had a great time with it."

    Smith continued striking in singles and rolled games of 231, 245 and 246 for a 722 series, which currently is third in Regular Singles. Smith's all-events effort topped William Banks of Laurel Hill, N.C., who previously held the lead with 1,986. Larry Thompson Jr. of Spring, Texas, leads singles with 742.

    Smith credits confidence and spare shooting for his stellar tournament career. Entering the 2010 event, his average for 90 games was 214.4. He's also enjoyed prior success at the National Bowling Stadium, which included a 2,015 all-events total in 2007. Smith's best all-events performance came at the 2006 tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he finished 39th with 2,093.

    "You've got to have confidence, and you have to come in knowing you can bowl well," Smith said. "The lanes are always a little tough, so you have to make good, clean shots and cover spares. You need to have all of the confidence in the world coming in, because it really helps you calm down and be aggressive."

    Hale added 549 in singles and 457 in team for a 1,675 all-events total.

    2010USBCOCBowlersJunction.jpgThe Team All-Events lead also changed hands Sunday as the members of Bowlers Junction (pictured) of Hemet, Calif., combined to shoot 9,214. Super Bowl-Appleton of Kaukauna, Wis., previously held the lead with 9,165.

    Bowlers Junction started the weekend by moving into second place in Regular Team with a 3,080 total Saturday, just one pin behind Central Saw and Mower of Racine, Wis., and continued striking Sunday night.

    Brian Carmichael led the group with a 1,946 all-events total and was joined by Zack Jellsey (1,865), Jeff Lewen Jr. (1,839), Joel Ricketts (1,806) and Evan Tolson (1,758).

    Ricketts, the team captain, attributed their success to their plan about how they were going to break the lanes down and how well they handled their spares.

    "We had a good plan in team, and played together really well both days," said Ricketts, a 28-year-old right-hander competing in his sixth Open Championships. "As a bonus, we picked up the baby split (3-10) as a team extremely well. Usually, I would guess we make it less than 10 percent of the time, but tonight, we went 11 out of 14. That's a pretty big feat for us."

    The 2010 event also was the first time the group competed together at the Open Championships.

    "Brian and I had bowled the tournament together previously, so this year we decided to bring a few guys from back home," Ricketts said. "We've bowled a lot back home and are comfortable together."

    2010USBCOCLogo_small.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2010 USBC Open Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado and Silver Legacy Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Sands Regency Casino Hotel, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, US Steltronic, official scoring system, and supporting sponsors Storm Bowling Products, UPS, Nationwide Insurance, Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, Harrah's Reno Casino and Hotel and Peppermill Hotel Casino.


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    107th USBC Open Championships

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Feb. 20 - July 5, 2010)


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls


    1, Central Saw and Mower (Scott Salinas, Joseph Crocco Jr., Eric Mertins, Dustin Vasey, Mike Vasey), Racine, Wis., 3,081. 2, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 3,080. 3, Pandorum, Buford, Ga., 3,063. 4, CMS Concrete 2, Nashua, N.H., 3,049. 5, Pita Uno, Shakopee, Minn., 3,023. 6, Hot Printing 1, Holland, Ohio, 3,021. 7, Super Bowl-Appleton, Kaukauna, Wis., 3,016. 8, On Track Pro Shop 1, Lockport, Ill., 3,008. 9, Team Hammer, Canton, Ohio, 2,996. 10, Nicholas J's Pro Shop, La Crosse, Wis., 2,990.

    1, Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 1,411. 2, Richard Voakes Jr., Oshkosh, Wis./Troy Schaefer, Neenah, Wis., 1,326. 3, Mitch Bakies, Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Mark Wolford, West Liberty, Ohio, 1,323. 4, David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,313. 5, Shawn Mariani/Ryan Mapes, Havre, Mont., 1,301. 6, Jim Larsen, Racine, Wis./Butch Luther, Franksville, Wis., 1,294. 7, Brian Hoffman, Verona, Wis./Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis., 1,289. 8 (tie), Steve Stone, Kenosha, Wis./Gary Wolf, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Craig Diver/Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 1,267. 10, William Owens, Kill Buck, N.Y./Justin Feldman, Bradford, Pa., 1,265.

    1, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 2, Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., 729. 3, Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 722. 4, Steve Blanchet, Lawrence, Mass., 715. 5, John Pickard, Clio, Mich., 709. 6 (tie), Scott Culp, Lima, N.Y. and Darin Belsito, Oakwood, Ga., 705. 8, John Pretari, Flat Rock, Mich., 704. 9, Donald Genalo, Perrysburg, Ohio, 703. 10, Jeff Kersey, Plainfield, Ill., 700.

    1, Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 2,073. 2, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,986. 3, Jay Heinzelman, Evansville, Wis., 1,963. 4, Nick Heilman, La Crosse, Wis., 1,957. 5 (tie), Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, and Edward Pawlowski, Toledo, Ohio, 1,955. 7, Jeff Kersey, Plainfield, Ill., 1,952. 8, John Pretari, Flat Rock, Mich., 1,951. 9, Kyle Blaese, Kaukauna, Wis., 1,948. 10, Brian Carmichael, Riverside, Calif., 1,946.

    Team All-Events
    1, Bowlers Junction (Joel Ricketts, Evan Tolson, Jeff Lewen Jr., Brian Carmichael, Zack Jellsey), Hemet, Calif., 9,214. 2, Super Bowl-Appleton, Kaukauna, Wis., 9,165. 3, Hot Printing 1, Holland, Ohio, 9,135. 4, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,060. 5, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 9,017. 6, Tom's Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 8,989. 7, Central Lanes, Bradford, Pa., 8,962. 8, Big Dogs 2, Lee's Summit, Mo., 8,857. 9, Pandorum, Buford, Ga., 8,852. 10 (tie), Macanudos, Auburn, Ga., and CMS Concrete 2, Nashua, N.H., 8,809.



    1, EWI/NPS/Denny's (Lawanda Scott, Lynette Crowther, Derek Arnold, Kelliann Frank, Phillip Savelli), Mentor, Ohio, 2,699. 2, Whitlow Furnace, Scobey, Mont., 2,602. 3, Who U Wit, Hayward, Calif., 2,578. 4, Stuart Bowl 3, Stuart, Iowa, 2,573. 5, Minnow's Marine, Havre, Mont., 2,558. 6, 3 Jokers & 2 Queens, Buford, Ga., 2,536. 7, The Greenkeeper, Omaha, Neb., 2,535. 8, Nelson Auction Co. 2, Ellendale, Minn., 2,531. 9, Stuart Bowl Pro Shop, Stuart, Iowa, 2,519. 10, Golden Gate Bowling Club 3, San Francisco, 2,516.

    1, Holly Ventura, Harwood Heights, Ill./Bob Zurek, River Grove, Ill., 1,149. 2, Scott Werner, Overland Park, Kan./Mark Klyn, Pella, Iowa, 1,145. 3, Terry Henkle, Garrison, Iowa/Larry Albers, Van Horne, Iowa, 1,139. 4, Kevin Jenkins/George Haney, Incline Village, Nev., 1,138. 5, Jerry Bormann, Moorhead, Minn./Linda Hirchert, West Fargo, N.D., 1,131. 6, Howard Pohlmann, Keystone, Iowa/Josh Gordon, Marion, Iowa, 1,120. 7, Christine and Stephen Stewart, South Elgin, Ill., 1,098. 8, Jacob Boettger, Dow City, Iowa/James Harms, Denison, Iowa, 1,097. 9, Donald Sperlich, Armour, S.D./Allen Werkmeister, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,096. 10, Charles Zanto, Malta, Mont./Barry Zanto, Havre, Mont., 1,090.

    1, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 644. 2, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 618. 3, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 605. 4, Patrick Mcdermand, Villa Park, Ill., 595. 5 (tie), Julie Wahman, Dexter, Iowa, and Alexander Gum, Redwood City, Calif., 591. 7, Jeff Lakey, West Richland, Wash., 589. 8, Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill., 587. 9, Charles Carpenter, Waukegan, Ill., 584. 10, Victor Elarde, Naperville, Ill., 583.

    1, Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,766. 2, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 1,702. 3, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 1,701. 4, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 1,690. 5, Gena Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,689. 6, Jay Lere, Moorhead, Minn., 1,687. 7, Nick Petri Jr., Bolivar, Mo., 1,679. 8, Chris Shiroma, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,673. 9, Stuart Wolkoff, Grand Beach, Mich., 1,661. 10, Bret Preeshl, Gildford, Mont., 1,655.