First-timer rolls 800 series, moves into second in Regular Singles at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    2011USBCOCKristopherPrather.jpgKristopher Prather (pictured left) of Milton, Fla., shot 300 in the first game of his adult bowling career last August, and he continued his trend of dramatic debuts with an 800 series in his first appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships this week.

    The 19-year-old right-hander rolled nine consecutive games of 200 or better at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and improved with each set he bowled, shooting 649 in team and 689 in doubles before making a run at the Regular Singles lead June 13.

    Prather left a 10 pin in his first frame of singles and struck on 22 of his next 23 shots for games of 290 and 279. The pins were a little less cooperative in the finale, but he was able to strike under pressure and closed with seven in a row for 249 and an 818 series, which is second overall. Matt 2011USBCOCMattWeggen.jpgof Muscatine, Iowa, leads Regular Singles with 826.

    "I just wanted to keep the ball in play, make my spares and have a good time with my dad (Anthony)," said Prather, who finished just outside of the top 10 in Regular All-Events with a 2,156 total. "I came to this event with my dad when I was younger, and it looked like they were having a great time. I was looking forward to bowling with those guys eventually. I've known some of them my whole life, and I just wanted to bowl well for them."

    2011USBCOCRonDixon.jpgRon Dixon (left) of Boynton Beach, Fla., also eclipsed the 800 mark this week. He opened his doubles event with games of 278 and 238 before stringing together 11 consecutive strikes in his final game for one of four 299s this week and an 815 series.

    2011USBCOCBrandonTarabekChadReiffer.jpgThe 49-year-old right-hander also teamed with Joe Firpo of Tucker, Ga., for a 1,477 doubles total, which is which is good for third place in Regular Doubles. Brandon Tarabek and Chad Reiffer (pictured right, l-r) of Grand Rapids, Mich., lead with 1,497.

    Dixon always has wanted to roll a 300 game at the Open Championships and at the Stadium, but never thought once about shooting 800, though he came close in 2007 when he shot 795 to lead his team to a second-place finish.

    "This was huge," said Dixon, who has owned Keglers' Corral Pro Shop inside AMF Boynton Beach since 1991 and added 691 in team and 594 in singles for a 2,100 all-events total. "I rate it right up there with some of my proudest achievements. To shoot 300 would have been really good because my goal has always been to do that at the Stadium. I'm happy I made a really good shot (10 pin), and I'm extremely happy I shot 800. The Stadium is known around the world, and it's a very special place."

    Prather's 800 was the record 14th of this year's USBC Open Championships. The previous record was 10 on three occasions - 1991, 1996 and 2002. In six previous visits to the Stadium, there were a total of 21 800s.

    Another first-time participant, Marty Jobin of Hermantown, Minn., made his debut memorable by firing sets of 770 in singles, 731 in doubles and 710 in team for a 2,211 all-events total, which is good for fifth place in Regular All-Events. Matt Weggen of Muscatine, Iowa, leads with 2,268.


    Indiana bowler joins 50-Year Club at USBC Open Championships

    2011USBCOCDonaldBeitler.jpgDonald Beitler (pictured) of South Bend, Ind., made his USBC Open Championships debut as a doubles and singles substitute at the 1959 event in St. Louis.

    The 79-year-old right-hander never dreamed of reaching 50 years of participation while making his first march down Center Aisle, but he now is part of tournament history after becoming the 142nd bowler to celebrate five decades on the championship lanes June 9.

    "It feels great," said Beitler, who bowls league at South Bend's Chippewa Bowl and is a member of the Indiana State Bowling Hall of Fame. "You know not too many bowlers get an opportunity to do that, so I feel pretty fortunate to go this long at this tournament. This is definitely one of my major accomplishments, and it's a lifetime experience."

    Beitler had the opportunity to share his momentous occasion with his three sons, David, Richard and Robert, whom also shared the tournament lanes with him. Beitler dedicated the occasion to his late wife, Joan.

    "We had a lot fun out there today," Beitler said. "It was nice to be with the kids today, although I miss Joan a lot. I really missed her not being here. This is a dedication to her, and she definitely wanted to see it happen."

    Beitler rounded out his milestone campaign with 511 in singles, 458 in doubles and 377 in team for a 1,346 total. In 50 appearances, he has knocked down 81,958 pins for a 183.3 career average.


    Five bowlers roll perfect games at National Bowling Stadium

    Matt Descoteaux of Spokane, Wash., rolled the first of five 300s at the USBC Open Championships this week.

    The 27-year-old right-hander fired 12 consecutive strikes during his final game of team at the National Bowling Stadium on June 10 after starting with games of 169 and 238. His 707 series helped Team Descoteaux of Spokane, Wash., to a 2,905 total. Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis., leads with 3,473.

    2011USBCOCKeithAderholt.jpg2011USBCOCJonathanGary.jpg"It was just unreal," said Descoteaux, who bowls league at Spokane's Valley Bowl. "I wasn't really shaking until the 10th frame, and it was just so perfect with everyone around me being done except for a couple lanes down.

    It made it even more special to do it with my dad there. We've been bowling together for the past five years, and it was nice to share that with him."

    Descoteaux finished his fifth Open Championships appearance with 634 in doubles and 592 in team for a 1,933 all-events total.

    2011USBCOCDonSutherland.jpg2011USBCOCRonnieSonnier.jpgJames Loesche of O'Fallon, Ill., Keith Aderholt (above left) of Millstadt, Ill., Jonathan Gary (above right) of Newport News, Va., and Don Sutherland Jr. (left) of San Jose, Calif., all added their names to the list of 300 shooters at the 2011 Open Championships, bringing the tally to 43.

    There have been four years in Open Championships history with more 300 games. The record for a single tournament is 64, set at the 2002 event in Billings, Mont. There were 51 in 1993, 48 in 1991 and 44 in 1989.

    Ronnie Sonnier (right) of Beaumont, Texas, Ron Dixon of Boynton Beach, Fla., Chris Keating of Simi Valley, Calif., and Tony Pezzulo of Montgomery, Ill., all rolled 299 games this week, bringing the 2011 total to 20.


    A look ahead

    2010USBCWCJodiWoessner.jpgJodi Woessner (right), the Diamond and Scratch All-Events champion at the 2010 USBC Women's Championships with a record score of 2,330, will hit the tournament lanes in Reno on June 17-18 looking to add USBC Open Championships success to her growing list of career highlights.

    Her doubles and singles events will be broadcast live from the National Bowling Stadium on at 12:20 p.m. EDT on June 18.

    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, Northern Lanes Pro Shop, Sanford, Mich., 3,368.

    1, Brandon Tarabek/Chad Reiffer, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,497. 2, George Rowan/Rod Singer, Columbus, Ohio, 1,494. 3, Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla./Joe Firpo, Tucker, Ga., 1,477. 4, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo./Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,473. 5, Erik Hohlbein, Renton, Wash./Shawn Copeland, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,466. 6, Terry Taylor, Bedford, Texas/Chris Hibbitts II, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,465. 7, Pat McCarthy, West Haven, Conn./Tony DeLucia, East Haven, Conn., 1,463. 8 (tie), Dustin Baker/Matt Voeltz, West Jordan, Utah and Aaron Walsh/Don Simmons, Amarillo, Texas, 1,458. 10, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 1,456.

    1, Matt Weggen, Muscatine, Iowa, 826. 2, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 818. 3 (tie), Chris LaSpina, Garnerville, N.Y. and Edward Rede, El Paso, Texas, 814. 5, Adam Cardwell, Woodbury, Minn., 807. 6, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 805. 7, Toby Sambueno, Aiea, Hawaii, 797. 8, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 794. 9, Taylor Coggins, Burleson, Tex., 793. 10, William Vincent Jr., Louisville, Ky., 792.

    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, Marty Jobin, Hermantown, Minn., 2,211. 6, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,206. 7, Keith Aderholt, Millstadt, Ill., 2,204. 8, Ryan May, Sinking Spring, Pa., 2,196. 9, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 2,177. 10, Steve Harms, West Valley City, Utah, 2,174.

    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, Ballards Bwlg Solution 2, Keller, Texas, 9,951. 8, Ebonite HQ 1, Monroe, N.J., 9,933. 9, DAPP Embroidery, Grand Prairie, Texas, 9,911. 10, Trophy King Pro Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa, 9,889.



    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, Chasers Pub LV 2, Las Vegas, 2,799. 4, Garden Center Lanes 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,794. 5, Chasers Pub LV 3, Las Vegas, 2,786. 6, Kenns Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,780. 7, Out Of Control 1, Stafford, Va., 2,739. 8, Strickly Hookin, Chicago, 2,737. 9, Pistol Pete, Hutchinson, Minn., 2,723. 10, Eagle Bowl 2, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,721.

    1, Dennis Combs/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,213. 2, James D'Arcy, Van Nuys, Calif./David Bore, Canoga Park, Calif., 1,207. 3, Jeff Matesa, Graham, Wash./Tony Renggli, University Place, Wash., 1,202. 4, Paula Elsdon/Bob Elsdon, Tacoma, Wash., 1,188. 5, Tom Matlock/DerekDonathan, Tahlequah, Okla., 1,186. 6 (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. 9 (tie), Toby Maack, Billings, Mont./Archie Caraveau, Forsyth, Mont., and Leon Mirador, San Jose, Calif./Sonny Mirador, Milpitas, Calif., 1,178.

    1, Glen Brown, Renton, Wash., 690. 2, Raymond Wilga, Troy, Mo., 686. 3 (tie), Robert Petersen, Crystal Lake, Ill., and Scott Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, 680. 5, Miguel Sanchez, Chicago, 677. 6, James Nichols, Waynesboro, Pa., 669. 7 (tie), Dennis Redmond, Hampton, Va., and Bill Allison, Romeoville, Ill., 665. 9, Jennifer Spotanski, Scheller, Ill., 656. 10, Mike Jessen, Gower, Mo., 650.

    1, Miguel Sanchez, Chicago, 1,853. 2, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,842. 3, Ray Green, Strasburg, Colo., 1,832. 4, Scott Blaisdell, Malad, Idaho, 1,830. 5, Raymond Wilga, Troy, Mo., 1,829. 6, Dennis Gutierrez Sr., San Antonio, 1,825. 7, Mike Jessen, Gower, Mo., 1,815. 8, William Larsen, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,802. 9, Glen Brown, Renton, Wash., 1,790. 10, Michael Barrett, Apache Junction, Ariz., 1,787.