Lead changes in Team, All Events and Doubles at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Two bowlers reach 50 years of participation

    2011USBCOCKellyBonta.jpgKelly Bonta (pictured left) of Wichita, Kan., had a memorable weekend at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships as he found his way to the top of the leaderboard in Regular Team and Regular All-Events.

    The 45-year-old right-hander rolled a 719 series to help Professional Image Center 1 to a 3,249 total March 26 and returned the next day with 747 in doubles and 711 in singles for a 2,177 all-events effort at the National Bowling Stadium. Joel Carlson of Omaha, Neb., previously held the lead with 2,164.

    "I came into today knowing where I finished and what ball I finished with last night," said Bonta, whose 2011 all-events total is the highest of his 24-year USBC Open Championships career. "I threw some other balls in practice, but I stayed with the same ball and made small moves as I continued on."

    2011USBCOCProfessionalImageCenter1.jpgBonta always sets goals for himself when he travels to the Open Championships. One of the goals this year was to stay clean.

    "Every time you come to the tournament, you try to hit the numbers you set for yourself," Bonta said. "All I wanted to do this year was have 90 clean frames. I finished with 88, so I can't complain. It was solid bowling."

    Bonta's performance also helped Professional Image Center 1 (right) into ninth place in Team All-Events with a 9,488 total. Jerry Lower contributed a 1,870 all-events total and was followed by Jay Bernard (1,866), Darin Galbraith (1,855) and Kris Schumacher (1,720). DAPP Embroidery of Grand Prairie, Texas, leads with 9,911.

    2011USBCOCCharlesSurinaBillGuszczo.jpgCharles Surina of Bolingbrook, Ill., and Bill Guszczo (l-r) of Orland Park, Ill., got the job done in doubles, and their first time together on the tournament lanes turned into a celebration as they combined for a 1,447 total and took the Regular Doubles lead March 27. Mike Kruse Jr. and Mike Kruse Sr. of Vermillion, S.D., previously held the lead with 1,438.

    Surina led the way with games of 201, 268 and 289 for a 758 series, while Guszczo added 195, 236 and 258 for 689.

    "We knew the lead was more than 1,400," Guszczo said. "But we weren't sure of the exact number. The only thing I knew for sure was that I needed to strike out in the 10th frame to have any chance."

    Surina added a 683 series in team and 686 in singles for a 2,127 total, which moved him into fifth place in Regular All-Events. Guszczo had 595 in team and 654 in singles for 1,938, and the pair's efforts helped Lawn Lanes 2 of Burbank, Ill., into eighth place in Team All-Events with a 9,494 total.

    The two were joined by Brian Markovich (1,913), Anthony Slezak (1,840) and David Supanich (1,676).

    2011USBCOCParadiseLanes.jpgIn the Classified Division, Paradise Lanes (right) of Walden, Colo., put together games of 974, 938 and 998 for a 2,910 total and moved into the team lead, while David Bore of Winnetka, Calif., and James D'Arcy of Lake Balboa, Calif., grabbed the Classified Doubles lead with 1,207.

    Finally, Scott Blaisdell of Malad, Idaho, rounded out the Classified changes as he surged into the lead in singles and all-events.

    The 54-year-old right-hander finished his trip with games of 204, 221 and 255 for a 680 singles series. He added 585 in doubles and 565 in team for a 1,830 total.


    Two bowlers reach 50 years of participation

    2011USBCOCBillScheiwer.jpgBill Scheiwer Sr. of Canonsburg, Pa., and Ralph Krueger of West Bend, Wis., joined an elite club this week as they became the 132nd and 133rd bowlers in tournament history to reach 50 years of participation on the championship lanes.

    Scheiwer (pictured left), 77, was joined by family, friends and teammates as he made the ceremonial march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "It's been an exciting day," said Scheiwer, who made his Open Championships debut at the 1958 event in Syracuse, N.Y., and received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate his five decades of participation. "It was above my wildest expectations, and I love this tournament. I certainly wasn't expecting all this. I went to my first tournament because my dad needed a doubles partner, and I knew right away I'd be bowling this tournament for a long time. It's really something to make it to 50."

    Scheiwer had 530 in singles, 490 in doubles and 488 in team for a 1,508 all-events total. In 50 tournaments, he has knocked down 80,464 pins for a career average of 183.7.

    2011USBCOCRalphKrueger.jpgKrueger (right) has been involved in bowling for much of his life, and reaching the 50-year milestone at the Open Championships on March 27 was as meaningful as he'd hoped.

    As a young man, Krueger worked at his family's bowling center, Krueger's Entertainment Center in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and then bought it from his father in 1976. He ran the center until 2008, when he sold it to two of his sons.

    "Today was fantastic," said Krueger, who made his tournament debut at the 1960 event in Toledo, Ohio. "From the reception I received from the bowlers, to the congratulations from people I'd never met, it was truly a great day."

    Krueger, a 67 year-old right-hander, earned his first piece of Open Championships history when he rolled the only 300 game of his bowling career at the 1996 Open Championships in Salt Lake City.

    "The 300 game has been the highlight of my bowling career," Krueger said. "Up until today perhaps."

    2010USBCOCBillLillard.jpgKrueger finished this year's trip with 557 in singles, 549 in doubles and 534 in team for a 1,640 all-events total. In 50 tournaments, he has knocked down 79,927 pins for a career average of 180.

    Active pinfall leader Bill Lillard Sr. (left) of Houston also made an appearance at the Open Championships this week, and his 64th consecutive year on the tournament lanes concluded with a 1,698 all-events total.

    The USBC Hall of Famer has knocked down 118,526 pins and is second all-time behind the late Joe Norris of San Diego, a fellow hall of famer, who toppled 123,770 pins in a record-tying 71 tournament appearances.

    Syl Thiel of Lake City, Minn., added to his own legacy at the Open Championships this week as he participated in his 66th tournament. He now is tied with Les Berry of Wooster, Ohio, for the active participation lead, and the two trail only Norris and Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Ind.


    Only one perfect game this week at National Bowling Stadium

    Jared Juszczyk of Dearborn Heights, Mich., tossed the lone perfect game of the week during singles late on March 22.

    The 20-year-old left-hander struggled early in singles, but a timely ball change helped him to the fifth perfect game of the 2011 event at the National Bowling Stadium. Bringing that ball this year was a last-minute decision.

    "I brought the equipment I'm most comfortable with," said Juszczyk, whose 300 came after games of 186 and 169 for a 655 singles series. "I still had one spot left in the bag and just threw it in. I was struggling a bit early, but when they started to hook during singles, I got this ball out because of its shiny surface. I'm sure glad I brought that one with me."

    Juszczyk added 575 in doubles and 510 in team for a 1,740 all-events total.


    Defending Regular Singles champion will not repeat

    2011USBCOCTerrenceSyring.jpgTerrence Syring of Bay City, Mich., topped more than 70,000 bowlers on the way to the 2010 Regular Singles title at the Open Championships, and this week, he returned to the National Bowling Stadium to put his title on the line.

    The 27-year-old right-hander came out firing and started his 2011 singles campaign with eight consecutive strikes before a nine-count ended the run. He went on to post scores of 267, 210 and 235 for a 712 series March 26, and although he won't be the first bowler to win back-to-back singles titles, just having the opportunity was pretty special. Edward Rede of El Paso, Texas, leads singles this year with 814.

    "There was a lot more anticipation this year, that's for sure," said Syring, who made his fifth Open Championships appearance. "I was definitely looking forward to the tournament this year, and the excitement level was very high."

    As a defending champion, it is not uncommon to feel some added pressure, which caused Syring to struggle early in his team event.

    "Right from the start in team, I felt a little extra pressure," said Syring, who added 673 in doubles and 564 in team for a 1,949 all-events total. "When you're walking out as a defending champ, it adds some pressure and takes your mind off bowling for a little bit. Today, I didn't feel anything. I just tried to throw good shots."

    A look ahead

    Nolan Harlamert, 72, of Dayton, Ohio, will be the fifth bowler this year and 134th in history to join the tournament's 50-Year Club when he marches down Center Aisle on April 1.

    On April 2, Bowlers Edge Pro Shop of Neenah, Wis., will put its Regular Team title on the line. The group's attempted title defense will be broadcast live on BOWL.com beginning at 11:30 p.m. Eastern.

    Bowlers Edge Pro Shop, also the 2003 Regular Team champion, took home last year's title with a 3,408 total, the highest team total in six trips to the National Bowling Stadium.

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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, Professional Image Ctr. 1, (Kris Schumacher, Darin Galbraith, Jerry Lower, Jay Bernard, Kelly Bonta) Wichita, Kan., 3,249. 2, On Track Pro Shop 1 , Lockport, Ill., 3,224. 3, Moxie Java, Mandan, N.D., 3215. 4, Durk Wholesale Lumber Co., Hayden, Idaho, 3,204. 5, DAPP Embroidery, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,191. 6, Lake Ripley Lanes, Waterloo, Wis., 3,168. 7, Koprowitz, Girard, Ill., 3,148. 8, Houges 3, Greenville, Wis., 3,147. 9, Chasing Chad, Verona, Wis., 3,133. 10, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 3,127.

    1, Charles Surina, Bolingbrook, Ill./Bill Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,447. 2, Mike Kruse Jr./Mike Kruse Sr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,438. 3, Harold Peetz/Joel Ray, Hamilton, Ohio, 1,420. 4, Chris Galovits, West Allis, Wis./Ed Seliga, Kenosha, Wis., 1,408. 5, Steve Sutphin/Maria Sutphin, Howey in the Hills, Fla., 1,391. 6 (tie), Tim Adams, Delavan, Wis./Randy Canales, Burlington, Wis., and Richie Serrato, Weston, Ohio/Steve Jakubowski, Temperance, Mich., 1,369. 8, Jeff Lunde/Joe Crenshaw, Racine, Wis., 1,365. 9, Joseph Scrandis, Columbia, Md./David Veilleux, Epping, N.H., 1,363. 10, Ryan Boroff, Fort Worth, Texas/Tyson Kurth, Williston, Fla., 1,354.

    1, Edward Rede, El Paso, Texas, 814. 2, Taylor Coggins, Burleson, Tex., 793. 3, William Vincent Jr., Louisville, Ky., 792. 4, Todd Filter, Germantown, Wis., 776. 5, David Werner, Rochester, N.Y., 770. 6, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 768. 7, Joseph Shullek, Henrietta, N.Y., 761. 8, Paul Marmolejo, Rialto, Calif., 754. 9, T.J. Bailey, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., 751. 10, Kevin Walker, Havre De Grace, Md., 750.

    1, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 2,177. 2, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,164. 3, Edward Rede, El Paso, Texas, 2,154. 4, Todd Filter, Germantown, Wis., 2,143. 5, Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Tex., 2,127. 6, Charles Surina, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,127. 7, Kenneth Duffield, Madison, Wis., 2,120. 8, Steve Jakubowski, Temperance, Mich., 2,102. 9, Steve Sutphin, Howey in the Hills, Fla., 2,092. 10, Clint Owens, Gravette, Ark., 2,088.

    Team All-Events
    1, DAPP Embroidery (Bob Schoneman, Stephen Padilla, Michael Donahue, Todd Minotti, Butch Cormier), Grand Prairie, Texas, 9,911. 2, Rob Bailey's Pro Shop 1, Omaha, Neb., 9,671. 3, Dykeman's Farm, Pleasant Valley, N.Y., 9,625. 4, 80 Percent Healthy, Lockport, N.Y., 9,594. 5, Team Dirty, Madison, Wis., 9,570. 6 (tie), Kruses Pro Shop, Yankston, S.D., and Paxson Electric 1, Channahon, Ill., 9,504. 8, Lawn Lanes 2, Burbank, Ill., 9,494. 9, Professional Image Ctr 1, Wichita, Kan., 9,488. 10, Texas Crew, El Paso, Texas, 9,474.



    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall


    Team ¬į
    1, Paradise Lanes, Walden, Colo., (Nick Cornelison, Glen Hurt, Toby Sanchez, Shane Hartman, Matt Landis) 2,910. 2, Shears Sports, Montpelier, Idaho, 2,898. 3, Eagle Bowl 2, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,721. 4, Bill Henry Construction, Havre, Mont., 2,718. 5, Dave Ramseys Pro Shop, Blawnox, Pa., 2,689. 6, Strikeforce, Plfugerville, Texas, 2,677. 7, Plattsburg Bowl, Plattsburg, Mo., 2,666. 8, Northern Grain Two, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,656. 9 (tie), Hilltop Lanes 3, Dodge, Neb., and Wothe Bait 1, Fargo, N.D., 2,649.

    1, James D'Arcy, Van Nuys, Calif./David Bore, Canoga Park, Calif., 1,207. 2, Jeff Matesa, Graham, Wash./Tony Renggli, University Place, Wash., 1,202. 3, Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., 1,180. 4, Steve Philippi/Tim Nicholas, Central City, Neb., 1,161. 5 (tie), Barbara Hill, Jamaica, N.Y./William Dupree, Bronx, N.Y., and Larry Klemme, Sebring, Fla./Herman Glenn, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,149. 7, Glynn Arceneaux, Lafayette, La/David Darsey, Hammond, La., 1,140. 8 (tie), Roger Shepherd, Chester, Mont./Greg Spinler, Hingham, Mont., and Bryce Bray/Jon Lee, Thief River Falls, Minn., 1,138. 10, David Pickett/Dalton, Ga./Bill Cherry, Calhoon, Ga., 1,137.

    1, Scott Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, 680. 2, Richard McGill, Chicago, 643. 3, Marc White, Bay City, Mich., 636. 4, Donald Greimann, Hampton, Iowa, 634. 5, Steven Bailey, Melbourne, Fla., 633. 6, Brandon Meyer, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 632. 7, William Larsen, Montpelier, Idaho, 630. 8, Donald Fellbaum, Webster, S.D., 629. 9, Rick Morange, Sarasota, Fla., 623. 10, B.G. Wasson, Reno, Nev., 617.

    1, Scott Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, 1,830. 2, William Larsen, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,802. 3, Curt VanLaningham, Ogallala, Neb., 1,764. 4, Donald Greimann, Hampton, Iowa, 1,746. 5 (tie), Darren Lindgren, Norfolk, Neb., and Glynn Arceneaux, Lafayette, La., 1,744. 7, Floyd Belden, Tijeras, N.M., 1,725. 8, Sheldon Goldberg, Hollywood, Fla., 1,721. 9, Mike Gray, Hudson, S.D., 1,720. 10, Paul Reker, New Ulm, Minn., 1,715.