Florida bowler's 800 series highlights opening week at USBC Open Championships


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    2011USBCOCStephenSutphin.jpgIf the first few days of the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships are any indication, this year's event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., is sure to be full of exciting moments.

    A high-energy opening ceremony on March 4 welcomed the first of more than 12,600 teams (63,000-plus bowlers), and the pins immediately started falling. The 2011 tournament will run for 122 consecutive days, concluding July 3.

    The first bowlers to hit the lanes set the bar high. Steve Sutphin (pictured left) of Howey in the Hills, Fla., posted the first honor score of the year with games of 290, 289 and 248 for an 827 series in doubles on March 6.

    The 46-year-old right-hander added 684 in singles and 581 in team for a 2,092 all-events total, a career-best by 227 pins. He is second in Regular All-Events behind Steve Jakubowski of Temperance, Mich., who finished with 2,102 just a few lanes away.

    Sutphin and his wife, Maria, combined for a 1,391 doubles total and moved into second place in Regular Doubles. Ed Seliga of Kenosha, Wis., and Chris Galovits of West Allis, Wis., lead with 1,408.

    "About the fourth or fifth frame of the third game, I realized I had a chance to shoot 800," said Sutphin, who made his eighth USBC Open Championships appearance. "I probably had one of the best looks I've ever had at the Open Championships. I had a great look last year, too, but I was unable to throw the ball in the same spot twice. Honestly, I don't even know how I threw the ball those last two frames of doubles. I've never been that nervous."

    Jakubowski managed to stay under the radar as Sutphin garnered most of the attention on their squad, which ultimately helped him stay relaxed as he shot 744 in doubles and 670 in singles to go with a 688 set in team.

    "I saw Steve shoot 827, and I figured he'd be the guy to lead all-events," said Jakubowski, who is the bowling manager at Jug's Bowling Center in Toledo, Ohio. "I had no idea it ended up being me because I didn't know what he shot in the team event. I just bowled my own game, stayed focus and tried to keep everything simple."


    Top team is led by former doubles champion

    2011USBCOCDAPPEmbroidery.jpgUSBC coaching specialist Stephen Padilla (second from left) of Mansfield, Texas, who already owns one title at the USBC Open Championships (2009 Regular Doubles), found his way back to the top of the leaderboard on March 6, but this time he brought his team.

    Padilla's 2,028 all-events effort helped DAPP Embroidery (pictured) of Grand Prairie, Texas, into the top spot in Team All-Events with a 9,911 total. He was followed by Mike Donahue (2,013), Butch Cormier (1,978), Minotti (1,948) and Bob Schoneman (1,944). Seligas Bowl Pro Shop of Kenosha, Wis., previously held the lead with 9,434.

    DAPP Embroidery, the companion team of Sutphin's DAPP Too, also is second in Regular Team with 3,191, Stephen and Brenda Padilla are fifth in Regular Doubles with 1,346 and Donahue is seventh in Regular Singles with 728. Durk Wholesale Lumber Co. of Hayden, Idaho, leads team with 3,204, while William Vincent Jr. of Louisville, Ky., leads singles with 792.

    "Everybody bowled well, this weekend," said Padilla, whose 1,566 doubles-winning effort with his wife is a tournament record. "The teams learned quite a bit the last couple of years, and we've really put it together. We know we are leaving with the lead, and we're certainly looking forward to keeping an eye on the leaderboard. We left a couple of spares out there, but we still made good shots. It's always a lot of fun when this group gets together, and bowling well makes it even better."


    New Jersey bowler earns spot in record books

    2011USBCOCTheodoreHaefner.jpgTheodore Haefner Jr. of Salem, N.J., found his way into the spotlight in a different way on March 7 as he became the 130th bowler in tournament history, and first of 14 this year, to reach 50 years of participation at the Open Championships.

    The 83-year-old right-hander was scheduled to reach the milestone last year, but a death in the family and schedule conflicts postponed it a year.

    "I didn't expect everything that happened," said Haefner, who received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin after an escorted solo march down Center Aisle. "The ceremony was very nice, and I had a lot of fun. I enjoyed every minute of it."

    Haefner made his Open Championships debut in Toledo, Ohio, in 1960 and is the only member of his original team still participating.

    "I'm the last of the original crew that went to the Open Championships in 1960," Haefner said. "Two of them reached 25 years of participation and then stopped coming. We originally had four teams that went each year, and then it dropped to three. Now, we are down to one and I have to thank them for sticking with me. They kept pushing me to reach 50 years, so without them I wouldn't be here."

    Before last year, the only tournament Haefner missed was the 1964 event in Oakland, Calif. His wife, Dorothy, has accompanied him 34 times during their 36-year marriage.

    "It was sentimental for me," Dorothy said. "The ceremony was very nice. I know that his teammates continued to come to the tournament to support him, so this means a lot."


    2011USBCOCLogo.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2011 USBC Open Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado Hotel Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Sands Regency Casino Hotel, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Humana, official registration sponsor, 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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    108th USBC Open Championships

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., USA (March 4 - July 3, 2011)


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall


    1, Durk Wholesale Lumber Co. (Cole Lawson, Tom Davenport, John P. Smetana, John A. Smetana, Michael Durk), Hayden, Idaho, 3,204. 2, DAPP Embroidery, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,191. 3, Dykemans Farm, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., 3,126. 4, Kearny Mesa Bowl 2, Chula Vista, Calif., 3,121. 5, Indian Hills 2, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 3,071. 6 (tie), Sport Bowl Pro Shop, Middleton, Wis., and Strikes Painting 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,006. 8, Coeur d' Alene Crush, Hayden, Idaho, 3,004. 9, Fantasy Lanes 1, Desert Hot Springs, Calif., 2,979. 10, Al Mar Lanes 4, Bowling Green, Ohio, 2,975.

    1, Chris Galvotis, West Allis, Wis./Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 1,408. 2, Steve Sutphin/Maria Sutphin, Howey in the Hills, Fla., 1,391. 3, Richie Serrato, Weston, Ohio/Steve Jakubowski, Temperance, Mich., 1,369. 4, Derek Hartnell/Scott Hartnell, Kenosha, Wis., 1,348. 5, Brenda Padilla/Stephen Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 1,346. 6, Patrick Olsson, El Cajon, Calif./Daniel Stricker, Washington, 1,339. 7, Brad Earnest, Wood River, Neb./Terry Fredrickson, Grand Island, Neb., 1,334. 8, David Meyer, Staatsburg, N.Y./Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,329. 9, Greg McCullough/Fargo,N.D./Jeff Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 1,327. 10, Steve Kenyon/Daniel Knowlton, Dade City, Fla., 1,325.

    1, William Vincent Jr., Louisville, Ky., 792. 2, T.J. Bailey, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., 751. 3, Jeffrey Weifenbach, Winona, Minn., 748. 4, Jeff Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 743. 5, Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 737. 6, Joey Kick, Middleton, Wis., 731. 7, Michael Donahue, Mansfield, Texas, 728. 8, John Gibson, Waxhaw, N.C., 724. 9, Henry Dykeman, Pawling, N.Y., 722. 10, Patrick Harris, Fort Wayne, Ind., 713.

    1, Steve Jakubowski, Temperance, Mich., 2,102. 2, Steve Sutphin, Howey in the Hills, Fla., 2,092. 3, Joe Kick, Middleton, Wis., 2,063. 4, Jeff Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 2,062. 5, Greg McCullough, Fargo, N.D., 2,060. 6, Henry Dykeman, Pawling, N.Y., 2,051. 7, Daniel Knowlton, Dade City, Fla., 2,038. 8, William Vincent Jr., Louisville, Ky., 2,037. 9, T.J. Bailey, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., 2,035. 10, Stephen Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,028.

    Team All-Events
    1, DAPP Embroidery (Bob Schoneman, Stephen Padilla, Michael Donahue, Todd Minotti, Butch Cormier), Grand Prairie, Texas, 9,911. 2, Dykeman's Farm, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., 9,625. 3, Seligas Bowl Pro Shop, Kenosha, Wis., 9,434. 4, Strikes Painting 2, Sartell, Minn., 9,426. 5, Indian Hills 2, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 9,338. 6, DAPP Too, Grand Prairie, Texas, 9,312. 7, Toms Rhinoplasty, Newton, Iowa, 9,233. 8, Booost 1, Flowery Branch, Ga., 9,230. 9, Hines 1, Louisville, Ky., 9,133. 10, Durk Wholesale Lumber Co., Hayden, Idaho, 9,081.



    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall


    1, Bill Henry Construction (Barry Zanto, Charles Zanto, Bill Henry, Randy Randolph, Ryan Mapes), Havre, Mont., 2,718. 2, Plattsburg Bowl, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,666. 3, Witt Plumbing, Casa Grande, Ariz., 2,635. 4, Kearny Mesa Bowl 5, Chula Vista, Calif., 2,629. 5, Gary Sanders Masonry 3, West Point, Iowa, 2,603. 6, Krcil Sales 1, Hutchinson, Minn., 2,587. 7, Stri King Lanes 2, Hannaford, N.D., 2,571. 8, Crop Production Services, Harbor Beach, Mich., 2,570. 9 (tie), Schmidt Motors, Ogallala, Neb., and Minnows Marine, Havre, Mont., 2,554.

    1, Jeff Matesa, Graham, Wash./Tony Renggli, University Place, Wash., 1,202. 2, Roger Shepherd, Chester, Mont./Greg Spinler, Hingham, Mont., 1138. 2, Bryce Bray/Jon Lee, Thief River Falls, Minn., 1,138. 4, Trevor Koehn, Harbor Beach, Mich./Scott Grifka, Ubly, Mich., 1,102. 5, George Warrior, Greenfield, Iowa/Ray Young Jr., Adair, Iowa, 1,099. 6, Susan Pickford, Gainesville, Ga./Lavone Mitchell, Buford, Ga., 1,093. 7, Jessica Simon, Weston, Ohio/Brian Orth, Jerry City, Ohio, 1,090. 8, Kenneth Fleming, San Francisco/Veronica Green, Atlanta, 1,089. 9, Loren Ludwig, Armour, S.D./Allen Werkmeister, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,088. 10, Joseph Stout/Linda Cook, Sarasota, Fla., 1,086. 10, Larry Longley, Dallas City, Ill./Gary Turnbull, Fort Madison, Iowa, 1,086.

    1, Richard McGill, Chicago, 643. 2, Nathan Rath, Buffalo Lake, Minn., 610. 3, David Nelson, Viborg, S.D., 607. 3, Ariel Sublett, Las Vegas, 607. 5, Paul Wilborn, Cypress, Calif., 593. 6, Terry Wibstad, Jamestown, Idaho, 592. 7, Leroy Sanders, Donnellson, Iowa, 591. 8, Scott Stumpf, Belleville, Ill., 590. 9, Keith Joy, Vermillion, S.D., 583. 10, Donald Sneed, Fulton, Mo., 582.

    1, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,721. 2, David Nelson, Viborg, S.D., 1708. 3, Russell Wood, Gower, Mo., 1,697. 4, Mark Knaub, Harrisburg, Neb., 1,692. 5, Richard McGill, Chicago, 1,689. 6, Harold Schroeder, Gibbon, Minn., 1,685. 7, Keith White, Gurnee, Ill., 1,684. 8, Dennis Hanson, Harbor Beach, Mich., 1,673. 9, Terry Gruchalla, Jamestown, N.D., 1,666. 10, Gary Pietz, West Point, Iowa, 1,654.