Florida duo takes Doubles lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1settles into top spot in Team All-Events

    2010USBCOCTomMiltonDavidTaylor.jpgFive-time Professional Bowlers Association national champion Tom Milton (l.) of St. Petersburg, Fla., has enjoyed individual success at bowling's highest level and now is in position for a win on the sport's most spectacular stage.

    The 54-year-old right-hander was stringing strikes at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships and teamed up with David Taylor (r.) of Seminole, Fla., to take the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,498 total at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday. Kenneth Stephens of Frankfort, Ky., and Randall Montoya of Albuquerque, N.M., previously held the lead with 1,434.

    Milton started his first two games with eight consecutive strikes on his way to scores of 276, 267 and 198 for a 741 series. Taylor was a little bit slower out of the gate, but after a 214 start, he struck on 21 of his last 24 shots for games of 245 and 298 and a 757 series. His bid for the fifth perfect game of this year's event came to an end when his final shot drifted high and left the 4-6 split.

    "I've been bowling with Tom for about four years, and with him being a five-time PBA titlist, I just wanted to have a good set with him, and we finally accomplished it, so it was really, really rewarding," said Taylor, a 47-year-old right-hander who bowls regularly at AMF Clearwater Lanes and made his seventh tournament appearance.

    "We bowl league together, and we know each other's games really well and can read off of each other. We both used real strong balls and played the same part of the lane. He carried really well, so I made a small adjustment, and then I got lucky and carried, too.

    After injuring his back and leaving the PBA Tour in 1989, Milton chose to focus on his family, rather than his bowling career. Once his daughter was older and doing things on her own, he was able to continue his USBC Open Championships career, which began at the 1979 event in Tampa, Fla., where he finished second in Classic Doubles.

    "I've always felt like I've been a pretty good team player," Milton said. "There weren't a lot of team events for professionals back at that time, but I bowled a lot of the (World) Team Challenges when they were in our area. We even won a couple and went to the (Grand Championships). I really enjoy team bowling, and I honestly feel more pressure in that than I do as an individual because I have people counting on me."

    Milton added 619 in singles and 614 in doubles and rounded out his seventh trip to the tournament with a 1,974 all-events total, while Taylor had 570 in team and 533 in singles for 1,860.

    "This is a dream come true," Taylor said. "This is what you try to achieve. You want to come out to Nationals and execute and have a good day like this. You can't do any better than the best you can do, and when you have a day like this, it's a lot of fun.


    Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1settles into top spot in Team All-Events

    2010USBCOCMikeShady.jpgMike Shady (pictured left) of Fairview, Pa., has posted an all-events score of 1,900 or better in each of his 15 trips to the USBC Open Championships, and his latest performance helped Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis., into the Team All-Events lead at the National Bowling Stadium on Saturday.

    The 44-year-old right-hander shot 707 in doubles, 653 in singles and 644 in team for a 2,004 all-events effort and helped his team into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,609 total. Bluebird Lanes of Orland Park, Ill., previously held the lead with 9,602.

    "Today was a grind," said Shady, who has maintained a 222.5 career average on the tournament lanes. "It comes down to the idea that you have to bowl well, bowl relaxed and make quality shots. You have to fill frames, but even though we left a lot of holes, we were fortunate enough to take the lead in two events. You have to put yourself in position to win, and in an event like this, you just never know what could happen."

    2010USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1.jpgLifetime average leader, Gail Myers Jr. (216.6), contributed a 1,974 all-events total for Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 and was followed by four-time champion Jeff Richgels (1,892), two-time winner Steve Richter (1,888) and five-time Professional Bowlers Association national champion Marc McDowell (1,851).

    Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 also owns the Regular Team lead after bouncing back from a 967 start with games of 1,170 and 1,161 for a 3,298 total Friday night.

    "Last night was a lot of fun," said Shady, who helped the same team to the 2005 Team All-Events title and runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2009. "The best part was that we worked together. We all have that never-give-up attitude, and while bowling with these guys, I've never had those moments or days where I just feel like we're out of it."

    In 15 years at the USBC Open Championships, Shady has a high all-events total of 2,133, which came last year in Las Vegas, and a low of 1,913.

    "Being successful here all comes down to preparation and trying to get yourself throwing good shots before you come out," said Shady, a high school teacher who bowls regularly at Rolling Meadow Lanes.

    "I really don't look at my own scores too much, though, because it really is all about the team and winning championships. You can't focus only on yourself if you want to succeed. Plus, if you surround yourself with players of this caliber and experience, it makes it a lot easier."

    This year, the team's Team All-Events fate came down to Shady's steady hand as he delivered the strike that catapulted the group into the lead. He and Richgels both stepped up needing to double in the final frame, and both delivered. Together, the team has combined to win nine titles in more than 100 years of Open Championships experience.

    "You can't win if you don't take the lead," said Richgels, the only bowler in tournament history to record 90 clean frames (1997). "Even though we may not win, there's nothing better than getting up there and throwing two strikes to take the lead."

    The excitement at the Open Championships is expected to continue throughout the weekend as Linds Limited of Milwaukee, the defending team and Team All-Events champion, hits the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday night.

    The world will look on again as the group's attempt at becoming the first repeat team champion will be broadcast live through BOWL.com beginning at 8:30 p.m. PDT.

    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, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 (Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr., Mike Shady), Madison, Wis., 3,298. 2, Up An Adam, Coral Springs, Fla., 3,247. 3, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,202. 4, Design Wizards, Mandan, N.D., 3,159. 5, Rip the Rack, Lake St. Louis, Mo., 3,131. 6, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 3,122. 7, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 3,102. 8, St. Charles Lanes, St. Charles, Mo., 3,085. 9, Central Saw and Mower, Racine, Wis., 3,081. 10, Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., 3,080.

    1, Tom Milton, St. Petersburg, Fla./David Taylor, Seminole, Fla., 1,498. 2, Kenneth Stephens, Frankfort, Ky./Randall Montoya, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,434. 3, Terry Hall, Rocklin, Calif./Andrew Udahl, Elk Grove, Calif., 1,421. 4, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio/Douglas Stone, Troy, Ohio, 1,419. 5 (tie), Jason Hale, Des Moines, Iowa/Matt Smith, Altoona, Iowa, and Lana Schwab, Lake Villa, Ill./Davey Rosen, Northbrook, Ill., 1,411. 7, Brian Salapatek, Cortland, Ill./Anthony Jovanovich, DeKalb, Ill., 1,379. 8, Tony Buss, Milwaukee/Dave Gajewski, Franklin, Wis., 1,366. 9, Mark Henrichs, Edgar, Wis./Jim Moore, Mosinee, Wis., 1,362. 10, Megan Kelly, Huber Heights, Ohio/Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,361.

    1, Terrence Syring, Bay City, Mich., 833. 2, Barry Zimmerman, Grand Forks, N.D., 766. 3, George Kontos, Joliet, Ill., 760. 4, Jimmy Hilligas, Kettering, Ohio, 749. 5, Larry Thompson Jr., Spring, Texas, 742. 6 (tie), Anthony Woollis, Lubbock, Texas, and Michael Bourcier, Rhinelander, Wis., 740. 8, Hank Jordan, Lubbock, Texas, 739. 9, Tony Biondi, Orlando, Fla., 734. 10, Mike Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 731.

    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, Mike Calhoun, Wyandotte, Mich., 2,039. 10, Bob Vandervorst, Mandan, N.D., 2,029.

    Team All-Events
    1, Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 (Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr., Mike Shady), Madison, Wis., 9,609. 2, Bluebird Lanes, Orland Park, Ill., 9,602. 3, Design Wizards, Mandan, N.D., 9,578. 4, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 2, Sun Prairie, Wis., 9,450. 5, Sign Producers 1, Winter Garden, Fla., 9,341. 6, Roto Grip, Brigham City, Utah, 9,279. 7, Up An Adam, Coral Springs, Fla., 9,267. 8, Team USA, St. Louis, 9,223. 9 (tie), Bowlers Junction, Hemet, Calif., and Pilat Design Elite, Auburn, N.Y., 9,214.



    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, Red Carpet, West Union, Minn., 2,627. 8, Roadrunners, Las Cruces, N.M., 2,604. 9, Whitlow Furnace, Scobey, Mont., 2,602. 10, Garden Center Lanes 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,600.

    1, Tyson Sims/Scott Wilcox, Georgetown, Idaho, 1,182. 2, John Bishop/Dan Mosteller, Tooele, Utah, 1,175. 3, Wayne Doney, Lamar, Colo./Jim Matusek, Hartland, Wis., 1,174. 4, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo./Pete Fitzgibbons, Goodland, Kan., 1,173. 5, Greg Allen/Stacey Bauer, Ogallala, Neb., 1,166. 6, Walter Cook, Inverness, Fla./Stephen Liik, Homosassa, Fla., 1,153. 7, Holly Ventura, Harwood Heights, Ill./Bob Zurek, River Grove, Ill., 1,149. 8, Delmar Brownell/Dale Brownell, Spearfish, S.D., 1,148. 9, Scott Werner, Overland Park, Kan./Mark Klyn, Pella, Iowa, 1,145. 10, Tyler Grabow, Twin Brooks, S.D./Gary Jensen, Benson, Minn., 1,144.

    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, Paul Daniels, Bonner, Mont., 1,739. 3, Jake Acuna, Pocatello, Idaho, 1,736. 4, John Stolarski, Waterford, Mich., 1,733. 5, Tom Sellers, Barstow, Calif., 1,732. 6, Preston Cheeks, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,721. 7, Doug Boleyn, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,719. 8, Ken Hoffman, Durand, Ill., 1,718. 9, Pat Fitzgibbons, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,712. 10, Flor Crowley, Oxnard, Calif., 1,705.