Michigan bowler shoots 833 to take the lead in two events at 2010 USBC Open Championships


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    Minnesota bowler celebrates 65 years at Open Championships

    2010USBCOCTerrenceSyring.jpgTerrence Syring (pictured) of Bay City, Mich., travels to the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships each year hoping to have an enjoyable vacation with his friends and possibly earn a share of the tournament's multi-million-dollar prize fund.

    The 26-year-old right-hander got more than he ever could've expected from this year's trip as he rolled the first 800 series of the 2010 event and took the lead in Regular Singles and Regular All-Events at the National Bowling Stadium on Friday.

    Syring struck 29 times on the way to games of 276, 258 and 299 for an 833 singles series and moved past Barry Zimmerman of Grand Forks, N.D., who previously held the lead with 766. With the top spot and 800 locked up, Syring's bid for the fifth perfect game of the year ended with a stubborn 10 pin.

    "I was actually more nervous about the 300 because I haven't shot one all year," said Syring, who bowls regularly at Alert Lanes in Essexville, Mich., and made his fourth USBC Open Championships appearance. "I was shaking about that a little bit and didn't even think about 800 until probably the 10th frame."

    Before rolling the second-highest singles score and third-highest score overall in the 15-year history of the National Bowling Stadium, Syring shot 680 in doubles and 642 in team for a 2,155 all-events total.

    Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix previously held the Regular All-Events lead with 2,083. John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., owns the Stadium series record with 858, which earned him the Regular Singles and All-Events titles in 2004.

    "I've watched Shannon on TV, and she's incredibly talented," Syring said. "So to overtake what she did out here feels really good."

    Syring's main goal when he takes to the tournament lanes each year is to post an all-events score of 2,000 or better. His previous high was 1,940 at last year's event in Las Vegas, preceded by 1,880 and 1,877 in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

    "It really hasn't sunk in yet," said Syring, who had 88 clean frames and increased his career average at the tournament to 218.1. "It will probably hit me as soon as I see my name up there for the first time."


    Minnesota bowler celebrates 65 years at Open Championships

    2010USBCOCSylvesterThiel.jpgThe USBC Open Championships is based on 107 years of history and tradition, and Sylvester Thiel (pictured) of Lake City, Minn., added to his personal legacy at the National Bowling Stadium on Thursday night.

    The energetic 87-year-old right-hander moved into a new category in the record books as he became the fourth bowler in tournament history to compete for the 65th time.

    Thiel's ascent into the top-tier of Open Championships participation places him in good company. He joins late USBC Hall of Famer Joe Norris of San Diego and the late Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind., who each competed in a record 71 tournaments. The final member of the elite group is active participation leader, Les Berry of Wooster, Ohio, who is scheduled to make his 67th Open Championships appearance this year.

    For reaching the milestone, Thiel received a plaque, chevron and the first custom 65-year ring, which was introduced to the Open Championships awards program in 2009. As the other living member of the club, Berry will receive a ring when he competes on May 16.

    "It's an accomplishment for me," said Thiel, who is a retired bowling proprietor. "It's a reward for something that I have accomplished after all these years. To me, it means that I just haven't been bowling for pleasure."

    Thiel also is one of 11 members of the tournament's 100,000-Pin Club, which he joined while celebrating his 60th trip to the Open Championships in Baton Rouge, La., in 2005. Norris tops the career pinfall list with 123,770. In all, 13 bowlers have competed in 60 or more tournaments.

    In his 65th team event Thursday, Thiel rolled games of 108, 127 and 146 for a 381 series and helped Syl Thiel's 5 to a 2,317 total. Those scores may have bothered Thiel several years ago, but he now looks at every Open Championships in a different way.

    "Since I have gotten older, I have a lot of fun," said Thiel, who added 357 in doubles and 319 in singles for a 1,057 all-events total Friday. "Three years ago, I learned to accept my lower scores because I am not the bowler I used to be. I carried a 223 and a 225 average in Detroit, and I have the scoresheets to prove it."

    Thiel made his debut at the 1940 Open Championships in Detroit at the age of 18 and has been to every tournament since 1965. "My teammates are one of the reasons that I continue to come back," Thiel said. "We have never had an argument, and we all get along."

    In 65 tournament appearances, Thiel has knocked down 107,711 pins for a career average of 184.1.

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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, Design Wizards, Mandan, N.D., 3,159. 3, Rip the Rack, Lake St. Louis, Mo., 3,131. 4, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 3,122. 5, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,102. 6, St. Charles Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 3,085. 7, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 3,081. 8, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 3,080. 9, Capri Lanes, Dayton, Ohio, 3,073. 10 (tie), Strive To Be Average, Colorado Springs, Colo., and J&J Pro Shop, Mount Crawford, Va., 3,066.

    1, Kenneth Stephens, Frankfort, Ky./Randall Montoya, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,434. 2, Terry Hall, Rocklin, Calif./Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,421. 3, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio/Douglas Stone, Troy, Ohio, 1,419. 4 (tie), Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill./Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 1,411. 6, Brian Salapatek, Cortland, Ill./Anthony Jovanovich, DeKalb, Ill., 1,379. 7, Tony Buss, Milwaukee/Dave Gajewski, Franklin, Wis., 1,366. 8, Mark Henrichs, Edgar, Wis./Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 1,362. 9, Megan Kelly, Huber Heights, Ohio/Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,361. 10, Sean Mason, Brookings, S.D./Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,357.

    1, Terrence Syring, Bay City, Mich., 833. 2, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 766. 3, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 760. 4, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 5 (tie), Anthony Woollis, Lubbock, Texas, and Michael Bourcier, Rhinelander, Wis., 740. 7, Hank Jordan, Lubbock, Texas, 739. 8, Tony Biondi, Orlando, Fla., 734. 9, Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 731. 10 (tie), Steven Vance, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 729.

    1, Terrence Syring, Bay City, Mich., 2,155. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,083. 3 (tie), Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and George Kontos Joliet, Ill., 2,073. 5, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2,059. 6, Marty Lavigne, Temperance, Mich., 2,049. 7, Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 2,048. 8, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 2,044. 9, Bob Vandervorst, Mandan, N.D., 2,023. 10 (tie), Ray Struck, Orland Park, Ill., and Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 2,023.

    Team All-Events
    1, Bluebird Lanes (Dennis Campbell, Ron Davis, Michael Dugan, Robert Flaws, Ray Struck), Orland Park, Ill., 9,602. 2, Design Wizards, Mandan, N.D., 9,578. 3, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,450. 4, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,341. 5, Roto Grip, Brigham City, Utah, 9,279. 6, Team USA, St. Louis, 9,223. 7 (tie), Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., and Pilat Design Elite, Auburn, N.Y., 9,214. 9, South Point Pro Shop, Antioch, Ill., 9,200. 10, Davy's Pics Com, Glenview, Ill., 9,180.



    1, Huikko's Bowling Center 3 (Pam Strong, Ronda Bauman, Jeanne Schmid, Jeffrey Schmid, Dale Bauman), Buffalo, Minn., 2,730. 2, EWI/NPS/Denny's, Mentor, Ohio, 2,699. 3, Wothe Bait 1, Perham, Minn., 2,684. 4, Garden Center Lanes 2, Alexandria, Minn., 2,683. 5, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,663. 6, Paradise Lanes, Walden, Colo., 2,648. 7, Roadrunners, Las Cruces, N.M., 2,604. 8, Whitlow Furnace, Scobey, Mont., 2,602. 9, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,600. 10, Stevens Seed, Clarion, Iowa, 2,594.

    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, Tyler Grabow, Twin Brooks, S.D./Gary Jensen, Benson, Minn., 1,144. 9 (tie), Terry Crowther/Monte Gebhardt, Roundup, Mont., and Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., 1,141.

    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 (tie), Ryan Goettsch, Galva, Iowa, and Kelly Aeikens, Benson, Minn., 1,702.