Wisconsin bowlers win four-team battle at USBC Open Championships


    United States

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

    2010USBCOCRobBaileysProShop1.jpgThere have been a lot of memorable moments at the National Bowling Stadium since it opened its doors in 1995, and those in attendance Saturday night were treated to an exciting show as four teams battled for the lead at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

    In the end, it was Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1 (pictured) of Sun Prairie, Wis., pulling into the top spot with games of 1,122, 974 and 1,106 for a 3,202 total. The closest challenger was Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, which posted games of 1,087, 1,038 and 977 on the same pair of lanes and moved into third place in Regular team with 3,102.

    A few lanes away, Capri Lanes of Dayton, Ohio, had games of 939, 1,131 and 1,003 and settled into seventh place with 3,073, while on the other side of the Stadium, Strive To Be Average of Colorado Springs, Colo., got into the mix with 1,057 and 1,040, but finished with 969 and moved into a tie for eighth place with 3,066. Bluebird Lanes of Orland Park, Ill., previously held the lead with 3,122.

    "We have led at the tournament a few times at various points throughout the years, but tonight was still pretty exciting," said Rob Bailey, a 57-year-old right-hander who made his 30th consecutive USBC Open Championships appearance. "But even though we've come close a few times, we are still looking to get that title."

    Bailey and his teammates led the team event until the final days of the 1991 tournament in Toledo, Ohio, but eventually finished second. The group also finished third at the 1988 event in Jacksonville, Fla.

    The battle for the lead Saturday wasn't decided until the final frame when Bailey's team was able to make its spares and mix in a couple of doubles to ensure their spot atop the leaderboard. Although the pressure might have made other teams nervous, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, expected to be near the top.

    Joel Carlson led the way for Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1 with a 709 series and was followed by Terry Norton (659), Scott Lindsey (646), Bailey (597) and Bruce Herreman (591).

    The group's outstanding performance can be attributed to 144 years of combined experience on the tournament lanes. Herreman, who rolled a 299 game at last year's event in Las Vegas, made his 33rd trip to the Open Championships, Norton reached 30 years, Lindsey bowled for the 26th consecutive time and Carlson competed in his 25th consecutive Open Championships.

    Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2 was led by Keith Ubert, who shot 300 in team last year (697), Dallas Herreman, who shot 300 in doubles at the 2008 event in Albuquerque, N.M., (655), Edward Reiss (652), Tyler Herreman (562) and Chad Goodwin (536). It was a total group effort, aided by hours of practice at Rob Bailey's Pro Shop and Lanes.

    "I have the oil pattern, the same kind of oil and the same type of lane surface at my pro shop," said Bailey, who owns Rob Bailey's Pro Shop and Lanes. "I was able to give the guys a lot of information on how to play it, and even though the transition kind of got us during the second game, it really did turn out to be correct information. It is important for the companion team to understand how to play the lanes correctly, and they did a great job."

    The Regular Doubles lead also changed hands Saturday night as Terry Hall of Rocklin, Calif., and Andrew Udahl of Elk Grove, Calif., finally found the winning recipe for success together.

    Hall led the way with games of 259, 246 and 208 for a 713 series, while Udahl contributed 258, 232 and 218 for 708. Their 1,421 total moved them past Matt Smith of Altoona, Iowa, and Jason Hale of Des Moines, Iowa, who previously held the Regular Doubles lead with 1,411.

    "We have been bowling doubles together now for the last four years, and we were finally able to click at the same time," said Udahl, who bowls regularly at Fireside Lanes and made his 11th Open Championships appearance. "It was only a matter of time before we popped something off, and I was happy to be able to come through for my partner."

    Hall, who posted the second-highest doubles series of his nine-year tournament career, still was in shock when he saw their names at the top of the leaderboard.

    "I still can't believe it," said Hall, who shot 741 in doubles at the 2002 event in Billings, Mont. "I didn't know the number at all, so I am extremely happy to come out on top."

    When Hall's team disbanded after last year's event, he and Udahl decided they would like to continue bowling together, which meant Hall needed to build a new team and pair his group with Udahl's.

    "It was a good idea to continue to bowl together," said Hall, a 41-year-old right-hander who also bowls league at Fireside Lanes. "We are pretty good at helping each other out and finding where we should play on the lanes. We are constantly talking throughout, and it has taken us four years to get the teamwork aspect together."

    Udahl is fifth on the tournament's five-year average list with a 224.03 mark and owns a 212.8 career average on the championship lanes. Although his four worst performances have come at the National Bowling Stadium, things came together for him during his last visit (2007), which included a 299 game, career-best all-events effort (2,064) and a fifth-place singles finish (792). Now, he's glad to be able to continue that success and share it with Hall.

    "The fact that we get along so well and can play the same part of the lane helped us a lot," said Udahl, a 40-year-old right-hander who is a member of the Sacramento Bowling Association Hall of Fame. "We were able to get something going at the same time, finally."

    Udahl finished his 2010 Open Championships campaign with 694 in singles and 621 in team for a 2,023 all-events total, which puts him in a tie for fourth place in Regular All-Events. Hall added 631 in team and 609 in singles for 1,953. Smith and George Kontos of Joliet, Ill., lead Regular All-Events with 2,073.

    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, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1 (Terry Norton, Bruce Herreman, Scott Lindsey, Joel Carlson, Rob Bailey) Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,202. 2, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 3,122. 3, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,102. 4, St. Charles Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 3,085. 5, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 3,081. 6, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 3,080. 7, Capri Lanes, Dayton, Ohio, 3,073. 8 (tie), Strive to Be Average, Colorado Springs, Colo., and J&J Pro Shop, Mount Crawford, Va., 3,066. 10, Pandorum, Buford, Ga., 3,063.

    1, Terry Hall, Rocklin, Calif./Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,421. 2, Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, 1,411. 3, Brian Salapatek, Cortland, Ill./Anthony Jovanovich, DeKalb, Ill., 1,379. 4, Mark Henrichs, Edgar, Wis./Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 1,362. 5, Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D./Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,357. 6, Alvin Lou, El Cajon, Calif./Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,342. 7, Lyle Kuhlmann, Woodruff, Wis./Leroy Trotterschaude, Park Falls, Wis., 1,335. 8, Richard Voakes Jr., Oshkosh, Wis./Troy Schaefer, Neenah, Wis., 1,326. 9, Mitch Bakies, Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Mark Wolford, West Liberty, Ohio, 1,323. 10, David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,313.

    1, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 766. 2, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 760. 3, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 4, Anthony Woollis, Lubbock, Texas, 740. 5, Hank Jordan, Lubbock, Texas, 739. 6, Tony Biondi, Orlando, Fla., 734. 7, Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 731. 8 (tie), Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 729. 10, Ron Davis, Orland Park, Ill., 727.

    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., and Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,023. 6, Robert Phillips, North Ridgeville, Ohio, 2,017. 7, Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 2,016. 8, Donald Kruppa, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,995. 9, Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 1,994. 10, Lyle Kulmann, Woodruff, Wis., 1,990.

    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, Roto Grip- Lubbock, Lubbock, Texas, 9,138. 8, Hot Printing 1, Holland, Ohio, 9,135. 9, Breakpoint Pro Shop 1, Sartell, Minn., 9,096. 10, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 9,075.



    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.

    1, Tyson Sims/Scott Wilcox, Georgetown, Idaho, 1,182. 2, John Bishop/Dan Mosteller, Tooele, Utah, 1,175. 3, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo./Pete Fitzgibbons, Goodland, Kan., 1,173. 4, Greg Allen/Stacey Bauer, Ogallala, Neb., 1,166. 5, Holly Ventura, Harwood Heights, Ill./Bob Zurek, River Grove, Ill., 1,149. 6, Delmar Brownell/Dale Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 1,148. 7, Scott Werner, Overland Park, Kan./Mark Klyn, Pella, Iowa, 1,145. 8 (tie), Terry Crowther/Monte Gebhardt, Roundup, Mont., and Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., 1,141. 10, Terry Henkle, Garrison, Iowa/Larry Albers, Van Horne, Iowa, 1,139.

    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, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 611. 6, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 609. 7, Robb Waynick, Dunbridge, Ohio, 605. 8, Ryan Fritchen, Dakota Dunes, S.D., 604. 9, Ethan Buser, York, Pa., 601. 10, Mike Brevik, Des Moines, Iowa, 600.

    1, Richard Eisenhut, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,766. 2, Jake Acuna, Pocatello, Idaho, 1,736. 3, John Stolarski, Waterford, Mich., 1,733. 4, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 1,732. 5, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,721. 6, Doug Boleyn, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,719. 7, Ken Hoffman, Durand, Ill., 1,718. 8, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,712. 9, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 1,705. 10, Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, 1,702.