Record team game lifts Wisconsin group into lead at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    New Regular Doubles leaders emerge in Reno

    2011USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1.jpg Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis. (pictured left), rolled the highest team game in 108 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history on the way into the Regular Team lead with a 3,473 total May 20.

    The record score of 1,281 was preceded by games of 1,067 and 1,125 for the highest team effort in seven visits to the National Bowling Stadium. Brian Brazeau Pro Shop of Ocala, Fla., previously held the lead with 3,439.

    Mike Shady led the way for Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 with games of 247, 247 and 278 for a 772 series. He was followed by Gail Myers Jr. (741), Jeff Richgels (685), Marc McDowell (655) and Steve Richter (620).

    Richgels, who owns four titles at the Open Championships and will be inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame this summer, and his teammates took home the Team All-Events crown at the 2005 event in Baton Rouge, La., and Richgels and Richter also teamed to win the Regular Doubles title that year.

    The team has left the tournament with the lead more than once since, but has been unable to find the way back to the winner's circle.

    2011USBCOCKKBowlingServices5.jpgThe highest team game at the Open Championships before this week was 1,266, rolled by Dunham Sporting Goods of Franklin, Wis., at the 2000 event in Albuquerque, N.M. That team included Myers and Shady.

    Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 returned to the tournament lanes for a run at the top spot in Team All-Events on May 21, but eventually settled into third place with a 10,031 total. K&K Bowling Services 5 of Las Vegas (pictured right) leads with 10,283.

    Myers, who is second on the tournament's lifetime average list, led the Turbo 2-N-1 charge with a 699 series in doubles and 675 in singles for a 2,115 all-events total. He was followed by Shady (2,098), McDowell (1,996), Richter (1,951) and Richgels (1,871).

    Shady added to his own list of accomplishments with a 299 game in doubles, and his all-events success this year meant that he's eclipsed the 1,900 mark in each of his 16 Open Championships appearances.

    The group's success at the National Bowling Stadium on May 20 was broadcast live on, and thousands of viewers tuned in to see the excitement. The event was one of 15 live-streaming broadcasts scheduled from the Open Championships this year and has been archived at




    New Regular Doubles leaders emerge in Reno


    2011USBCOCBrandonTarabekChadReiffer.jpgChad Reiffer of Kentwood, Mich., and Brandon Tarabek (r-l) of Grand Rapids, Mich., have worked hard to become top-caliber competitors at home and across Michigan, and now they've found their way into the national spotlight as the Regular Doubles leaders at the USBC Open Championships.

    The two right-handers put years of bowling experience to the test as they calmly stepped up and struck under pressure for a 1,497 doubles total at the National Bowling Stadium on May 19. George Rowan and Rod Singer of Columbus, Ohio, previously held the lead with 1,494.

    Tarabek, 26, closed out his 745 set with three strikes and put their fate in Reiffer's hands. The 24-year-old coolly delivered three strikes of his own to cap off a string of seven consecutive strikes for a 752 series.

    "I knew what we needed going into the last game, and I just tried to stay focused on getting the ball off my hand and throwing good shots," said Tarabek, who made his fifth Open Championships appearance. "Obviously, I was nervous, since I've never been in that position before, but I knew Chad was throwing the ball well, and I needed to give him a chance to get us there."

    Reiffer added 726 in team and 584 in singles for a 2,062 all-events total this year, and Tarabek had 654 in team and 625 in singles for 2,024.


    Florida bowler joins 50-Year Club at USBC Open Championships

    2011USBCOCSterlingMinkeSrandWife.jpgAs a former employee of AMF Bowling Centers, Inc., Sterling Minke Sr. (pictured left with his wife) of Englewood, Fla., lent his services to the USBC Open Championships for 10 years. This year, the Open Championships rewarded him for his hard work and dedication to the tournament as a participant as he became the 141st bowler in history to make 50 appearances on the championship lanes. He received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate the achievement on May 19.

    "It was an experience like I've never had before," said Minke, who bowls at Bowland Lanes in Port Charlotte, Fla. "I was overcome by it. I had my adrenaline going so high. It's overwhelming. When you start back in 1960, you don't even dream of reaching this. I didn't really start thinking I had a chance until I reached 40 years."

    Minke concluded his 50th tournament appearance with 535 in singles, 533 in doubles and 416 in team for a 1,484 total. In 50 tournament appearances, he has knocked down 80,877 pins for a career average of 180.9.


    Five more perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

    The pins fell just right for five bowlers at the USBC Open Championships as they recorded perfect games on the tournament lanes this week, bringing this year's total to 31.

    Richard Graham Jr. of Lancaster, Pa., struck first, notching his 300 on May 21, while Brett Wolfe of Scottsdale, Ariz., three-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Mike Miller of Albuquerque, N.M., James Pirtle of Waipahu, Hawaii, and David Welage of Cincinnati all achieved perfection at the National Bowling Stadium on May 23.

    Graham improved on the 298 he shot at the Stadium during the 2007 Open Championships, while Wolfe and Miller both added to their success in Reno.

    2011USBCOCBrettWolfe.jpg2011USBCOCMikeMiller.jpgWolfe (left), who won the 2002 USBC Masters at the Stadium as an amateur, currently tops the two and three-year average lists at the Open Championships with 244 and 234.96. He finished second in Regular All-Events last year with 2,245 and turned in another solid performance in 2011.

    The 34-year-old left-hander got off to a slow start with a 609 series in team but bounced back with 686 in doubles before starting singles with the 28th 300 of this year's event. He added games of 209 and 239 for a 748 series and 2,043 all-events total. Matt Weggen of Muscatine, Iowa leads Regular Singles with 826 and Regular All-Events with 2,268.

    Miller (right), a 50-year-old right-hander, bowled the 18th televised 300 game in PBA history at the Stadium on June 20, 1999. Now, he will be recognized for tossing one at the Open Championships, too.

    Miller's 300 came on the way to a 645 team series, and he added 644 in doubles and 628 in singles for a 1,917 all-events total. Graham, a 43-year-old right-hander, finished his 23rd tournament appearance with 664 in singles and 586 in team for a career-best 2,041 all-events total.

    2011USBCOCJamesPirtle.jpg2011USBCOCDavidWelage.jpgPirtle (left), a 21-year-old right-hander, made his Open Championships debut even more memorable when he finished his team event with 12 consecutive strikes. The effort came after games of 163 and 189 for a 652 series and nearly left him speechless.

    "I don't even know how to react," said Pirtle, who added 554 in singles and 491 in doubles for a 1,697 all-events effort. "Yesterday was the first time I'd ever seen the National Bowling Stadium. It's really a humbling experience."

    Welage (right), a 46-year-old right-hander, took to the lanes with a very experienced group and made a run at the Regular Team lead. The team included three-time Open Championships titlist and USBC Hall of Famer Don Scudder Jr. as well as USBC Hall of Famers Rick Pollard and Bill Spigner.

    Welage's 300 came in the team's opening game, and Scudder matched him strike for strike through nine frames before a 4 pin ended his run. The group went on to post games of 1,212, 1,068 and 1,140 for a 3,420 total and third place overall. Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis., leads Regular Team with 3,473.

    Welage finished the night with games of 186 and 215 for a 701 series and was joined by Pollard (724), Alan Runkel (693), Spigner (655) and Scudder (647).

    At the 1996 event in Salt Lake City, Scudder, Pollard and Spigner teamed with Ron Pollard and Jerry Kessler to claim the Team All-Events title with a record score of 10,425. Scudder also took home the Regular Singles title that year with 823.

    A look ahead

    2010USBCOCBoGoergen.jpgTwo-time USBC Open Championships titlist Bo Goergen (right) of Midland, Mich., will hit the tournament lanes May 28 and 29 and try to become just the second bowler in history to win titles in three consecutive years.

    He and his Northern Lanes Pro Shop teammates are the defending Team All-Events champions, and their team event will be broadcast live from the National Bowling Stadium on at 5:30 p.m. EDT on May 28.

    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, Turbo 2 N 1 Grips 1 (Marc McDowell, Steve Richter, Jeff Richgels, Gail Myers Jr., Mike Shady), Madison, Wis., 3,473. 2, Brian Brazeau Pro Shop, Ocala, Fla., 3,439. 3, Pollards Bowl, Versailles, Ind,. 3,420. 4, Pepsi ONE, Rochester, Minn., 3,415. 5, Cambridge 1, Feeding Hills, Mass., 3,410. 6, Janzs H I, Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,407. 7, Huikkos Wizards 2, Buffalo, Minn., 3,382. 8, 900 Global Indy, Indianapolis, 3,381. 9, Pam's Boys 1, Salem, Ore., 3,371. 10, Visionary Minnesota 1, Arden Hills, Minn., 3,365.

    1, Brandon Tarabek/Chad Reiffer, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,497. 2, George Rowan/Rod Singer, Columbus, Ohio, 1,494. 3, Erik Hohlbein, Renton, Wash./Shawn Copeland, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,466. 4, Pat McCarthy, West Haven, Conn./Tony DeLucia, East Haven, Conn., 1,463. 5, Dustin Baker/Matt Voeltz, West Jordan, Utah, 1,458. 6, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 1,456. 7, Joe Reyburn, Pasco, Wash./Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., 1,455. 8, Charles Surina, Bolingbrook, Ill./Bill Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,447. 9, Paul Fleming, Keller, Texas/Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,442. 10, Carl Fietek, Eden Prairie, Minn./Jason Barnhouse, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,440.

    1, Matt Weggen, Muscatine, Iowa, 826. 2 (tie), Chris LaSpina, Garnerville, N.Y. and Edward Rede, El Paso, Texas, 814. 4, Adam Cardwell, Woodbury, Minn., 807. 5, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 805. 6, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 794. 7, Taylor Coggins, Burleson, Tex., 793. 8, William Vincent Jr., Louisville, Ky., 792. 9 (tie), Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., and Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 790.

    1, Matt Weggen, Muscatine, Iowa, 2,268. 2, Raymond Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2,258. 3, Matt McNiel, Chanhassen, Minn., 2,241. 4, T.J. Schmidt, Osceola, Ind., 2,232. 5, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,206. 6, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 2,177. 7, Steve Harms, West Valley City, Utah, 2,174. 8, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 2,165. 9, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 2,164. 10 (tie), Edward Rede, El Paso, Texas, John Kreyer Jr., Fridley, Minn., and Daron Williams, Brooklyn Center, Minn., 2,154.

    Team All-Events
    1, K & K Bowling Services 5 (Les Shirwindt, Kyle King, Chris Klerk, Adam Ishman, Andrew Cain), Las Vegas, 10,283. 2, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 10,076. 3, Turbo 2 N 1 Grips 1, Madison, Wis., 10,031. 4, Classic Lanes Menomonee Falls, Waukesha, Wis., 10,030. 5, Linds Cedarvale 2, Eagan, Minn., 10,027. 6, Cambridge 1, Feeding Hills, Mass., 10,023. 7, Ebonite HQ 1, Monroe, N.J., 9,933. 8, DAPP Embroidery, Grand Prairie, Texas, 9,911. 9, Trophy King Pro Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa, 9,889. 10, Pohl Position, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,875.



    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall


    1, Paradise Lanes (Nick Cornelison, Glen Hurt, Toby Sanchez, Shane Hartman, Matt Landis), Walden, Colo., 2,910. 2, Shears Sports, Montpelier, Idaho, 2,898. 3, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,794. 4, Kenns Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,780. 5, Out Of Control 1, Stafford, Va., 2,739. 6, Pistol Pete, Hutchinson, Minn., 2,723. 7, Eagle Bowl 2, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,721. 8, Bill Henry Construction, Havre, Mont., 2,718. 9, Bay Area Express 2, San Mateo, Calif., 2,707. 10, Fire in the Hole, Princess, Md., 2,696.

    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, Paula Elsdon/Bob Elsdon, Tacoma, Wash., 1,188. 4 (tie), Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., and Bill King, Vergas, Minn./Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., and Raymond Szutu, Lafayette, Calif.,/Nathan Szutu, Concord, Calif., 1,180. 7, Toby Maack, Billings, Mont./Archie Caraveau, Forsyth, Mont., 1,178. 8, Michael Anderson/Anthony Janis, Flagstaff, Ariz., 1,169. 9, Gary Buchanan, Las Vegas/Julie Jaques, Henderson, Nev., 1,166. 10, Dave Essler, Alexandria, Minn./Scott Toenyan, Garfield, Minn., 1,165.

    1, Glen Brown, Renton, Wash., 690. 2 (tie), Robert Petersen, Crystal Lake, Ill., and Scott Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, 680. 4, Dennis Redmond, Hampton, Va., 665. 5, Jennifer Spotanski, Scheller, Ill., 656. 6, Mike Jessen, Gower, Mo., 650. 7, Dustin Scovil, Helper, Utah, 647. 8, Ken Howard, Aurora, Colo., 645. 9, Richard McGill, Chicago, 643. 10, Oscar Gomez, Salt Lake City, 640.

    1, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,842. 2, Ray Green, Strasburg, Colo., 1,832. 3, Scott Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, 1,830. 4, Mike Jessen, Gower, Mo., 1,815. 5, William Larsen, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,802. 6, Glen Brown, Renton, Wash., 1,790. 7, Jeff Jones, San Mateo, Calif., 1,773. 8, Curt VanLaningham, Ogallala, Neb., 1,764. 9, Dan Palmer, Byers, Colo., 1,753. 10, George Reola, Rosemead, Calif., 1,751.