First-timer capitalizes on second chance at USBC Open Championships

    03/21/10

    United States

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

    2010USBCOCJasonSchwartz.jpgWhen Jason Schwartz (pictured left) of Belvidere, Ill., found himself on the verge of perfection at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships on Saturday, his nerves got the best of him and he fell short in his bid for the third 300 of this year's event.

    Two games later, the 21-year-old right-hander got a second chance at a perfect game and took full advantage of the opportunity, capping off his USBC Open Championships debut with a milestone achievement.

    Schwartz posted games of 228, 182 and 288 for a 698 series in doubles, and although he still was a little disappointed heading into singles, he was able to refocus and regain his stride. After a 152 start, he bounced back with 300 and 213 for 665.

    "I just didn't want to make a fool of myself," said Schwartz about his first shot at 300. "I wanted to get up there and throw the best shot I could throw using everything I've learned since I was 6. Afterwards, I thought to myself, 'this could be my only chance to do it, and I screwed up.' I was kind of angry, but still happy because 288 is still a good game."

    When he started stringing strikes again, Schwartz remembered what he learned earlier and reminded himself to stay down on each shot and not pull it like he did on his 11th ball two games earlier. He calmly delivered the final three strikes and finished his first visit to the Open Championships with a 1,902 all-events total.

    "I knew I had the skill to do somewhat OK, but I just didn't expect it to be this good," said Schwartz, who started with a 539 series in team at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday. "It was amazing. This is the greatest experience I've had so far in my bowling career."

    Over the years, Schwartz has progressed through the USBC ranks, from youth to high school to collegiate bowling. He has honed his skills on Sport Bowling lane conditions and tested them at premier events like the USBC Junior Gold Championships.

    Last weekend, the McKendree University junior helped his team to a runner-up finish at one of four sectional qualifiers (Peoria, Ill.) and earned the school its first-ever berth into the USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships.

    The ITCs will be held April 14-17 at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center in El Paso, Texas, the same venue that will host the USBC Women's Championships from March 27-July 4 and the USBC Queens and Senior Queens from April 23-28.

    2010USBCOCBarryZimmerman_small.jpg2010USBCOCPorterAngel_small.jpg"What a great two weeks," Schwartz said. "I got a chance, because of my parents, to go to college and bowl, and it's just been amazing. I've learned so much from my coach at school, Dennis Knepper, who has helped me a lot, and my dad through all the past years, and it all just came together. It was great."

    Regular Singles leader Barry Zimmerman (left) of Grand Forks, N.D., rolled the first perfect game of the 2010 Open Championships on the way to a 766 singles series, and Porter Angel (right) of Orlando, Fla., tossed the second, which also was the first of his bowling career.

     


    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)

    REGULAR DIVISION


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

     

    Team
    1, Bluebird Lanes (Dennis Campbell, Ron Davis, Michael Dugan, Robert Flaws, Ray Struck), Orland Park, Ill., 3,122. 2, St. Charles Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 3,085. 3, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 3,081. 4, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 3,080. 5, J&J Pro Shop, Mount Crawford, Va., 3,066. 6, Pandorum, Buford, Ga., 3,063. 7 (tie), CMS Concrete 2, Nashua, N.H., and Too Much Hand, Roseville, Calif., 3,049. 9, The Bowlers ER, Des Plaines, Ill., 3,035. 10, J Wood's Flooring, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,030.

    Doubles
    1, Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 1,411. 2, Brian Salapatek, Cortland, Ill./Anthony Jovanovich, DeKalb, Ill., 1,379. 3, Mark Henrichs, Edgar, Wis./Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 1,362. 4, Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D./Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,357. 5, Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif./Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,342. 6, Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis./Leroy Trotterschaude, Park Falls, Wis., 1,335. 7, Richard Voakes Jr., Oshkosh, Wis./Troy Schaefer, Neenah, Wis., 1,326. 8, Mitch Bakies, Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Mark Wolford, West Liberty, Ohio, 1,323. 9, David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,313. 10 (tie), Chad Vendeville, North Richland Hills, Texas/Bruce Milhiem, Otsego, Mich., Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif./Charles Cannon, Green Cove Springs, Fla., and John Bossone, Carroll, Ohio/Carl Cramer Jr., Austintown, Ohio, 1,307.

    Singles
    1, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 766. 2, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 760. 3, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 4, Tony Biondi, Orlando, Fla., 734. 5, Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 731. 6 (tie), Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 729. 8, Ron Davis, Orland Park, Ill., 727. 9 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Alan Leonhardt, Stevens Point, Wis., 722.

    All-Events
    1 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and George Kontos Joliet, Ill., 2,073. 3, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 2,044. 4, Ray Struck, Orland Park, Ill., 2,023. 5, Robert Phillips, North Ridgeville, Ohio, 2,017. 6, Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 2,016. 7, Donald Kruppa, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,995. 8, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 1,994. 9, Lyle Kulmann, Woodruff, Wis., 1,990. 10, Doug Hayes, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,987.

    Team All-Events
    1, Bluebird Lanes (Dennis Campbell, Ron Davis, Michael Dugan, Robert Flaws, Ray Struck), Orland Park, Ill., 9,602. 2, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,341. 3, Team USA, St. Louis, 9,223. 4, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 9,214. 5, South Point Pro Shop, Antioch, Ill., 9,200. 6, Super Bowl-Appleton, Kaukauna, Wis., 9,165. 7, Hot Printing 1, Holland, Ohio, 9,135. 8, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Sartell, Minn., 9,096. 9, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 9,075. 10, Eide Painting, Mitchell, S.D., 9,074.

     


    CLASSIFIED DIVISION


    Team
    1, EWI/NPS/Denny's (Lawanda Scott, Lynette Crowther, Derek Arnold, Kelliann Frank, Phillip Savelli), Mentor, Ohio, 2,699. 2, Roadrunners, Las Cruces, N.M., 2,604. 3, Whitlow Furnace, Scobey, Mont., 2,602. 4, Stevens Seed, Clarion, Iowa, 2,594. 5, Who U Wit, Hayward, Calif., 2,578. 6, Stuart Bowl 3, Stuart, Iowa, 2,573. 7, Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., 2,567. 8, Minnow's Marine, Havre, Mont., 2,558. 9 (tie), Lucky Strike Lanes, Spearfish, S.D., and Daylight Donuts, Hays, Kan., 2,554.

    Doubles
    1, Tyson Sims/Scott Wilcox, Georgetown, Idaho, 1,182. 2, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo./Pete Fitzgibbons, Goodland, Kan., 1,173. 3, Greg Allen/Stacey Bauer, Ogallala, Neb., 1,166. 4, Holly Ventura, Harwood Heights, Ill./Bob Zurek, River Grove, Ill., 1,149. 5, Delmar Brownell/Dale Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 1,148. 6, Scott Werner, Overland Park, Kan./Mark Klyn, Pella, Iowa, 1,145. 7 (tie), Terry Crowther/Monte Gebhardt, Roundup, Mont., and Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., 1,141. 9, Terry Henkle, Garrison, Iowa/Larry Albers, Van Horne, Iowa, 1,139. 10, Kevin Jenkins/George Haney, Incline Village, Nev., 1,138.

    Singles
    1, David Garcez, Merced, Calif., 669. 2, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 644. 3, Curt VanLaningham, Ogallala, Neb., 624. 4, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 618. 5, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 609. 6, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 605. 7, Ryan Fritchen, Dakota Dunes, S.D., 604. 8, Ethan Buser, York, Pa., 601. 9, Judy Murray, Cheyenne, Wyo., 598. 10 (tie), Patrick Mcdermand, Villa Park, Ill., and Roger Southland, Lowell, Mich., 595.

    All-Events
    1, Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,766. 2, Jake Acuna, Pocatello, Idaho, 1,736. 3, John Stolarski, Waterford, Mich., 1,733. 4, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,721. 5, Doug Boleyn, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,719. 6, Ken Hoffman, Durand, Ill., 1,718. 7, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,712. 8, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 1,702. 9, Mark Plute, Montrose, Colo., 1,701. 10, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 1,690.