2011 USBC Open Championships concludes in Reno


    United States

    The tournament's record 10th trip to Reno features a record 16 800 series and 52 perfect games

    2011USBCOCMattWeggen.jpgMatt Weggen (pictured left) of Muscatine, Iowa, made history when he became the first bowler in United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history to roll back-to-back 800 series on the tournament lanes, and he now can add two titles to his list of accomplishments at the National Bowling Stadium this year.

    The 31-year-old right-hander is the first bowler to claim both the Regular Singles and Regular All-Events titles since John Janawicz of Winter Haven, Fla., did so in 2004, also at the Stadium.

    After posting a 636 series in team, Weggen found his way into the record books with 806 in doubles and 826 in singles for a 2,268 all-events total and then waited nearly three months for the 122-day tournament to conclude.

    "When I had two and a half months to wait, I tried to tell myself not to worry about it, but as it got close, I probably checked more than I should have," said Weggen, who now is one of three bowlers who own two 800s on the championship lanes.

    2011USBCOCTurbo2N1Grips1.jpg"Now that it's over, I am confident that I chose the right thing to focus my attention on. You always want to do something that separates you from everyone else, and this shows me that I made the right choice."

    Recently-inducted USBC Hall of Famer Jeff Richgels added to his legacy at the USBC Open Championships by leading Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis. (pictured right), to the highest team game in tournament history (1,281) on the way to a 3,473 total and the 2011 Regular Team title. The win is the fifth of Richgels' 30-year tournament career and the second for the team, which claimed the Team All-Events crown in 2005.

    Mike Shady, who has posted a 1,900 all-events total or better in each of his 16 tournament appearances, paced the team with a 772 series and was followed by Gail Myers Jr. (741), Richgels (685), Marc McDowell (655) and Steve Richter (620).

    "Right now, I'm feeling relief and elation," said Richgels, who also is a 1986 Regular Team champion, the 1997 Regular All-Events winner and teamed up with Richter for the 2005 Regular Doubles title.

    2011USBCOCKKBowlingServices5.jpg"We've had so many close calls over the last few weeks, and there were talented teams up until the end. To get beaten would've been heartbreaking. We've had a few seconds and thirds over the last few years, and I think we wanted this one more than we realized when we took the lead. This one is really special."

    The coveted Team All-Events title was claimed by K&K Bowling Services 5 of Las Vegas (pictured left), which got off to a slow start in team but averaged more than 237 as a group in doubles and singles to grab the top spot with a 10,283 total, the ninth-highest score in tournament history.

    Adam Ishman led the way with a 2,135 all-events total and was followed by Junior Team USA member and first-time Open Championships participant Kyle King (2,123), USBC Second Vice-President and former Team USA member Andrew Cain (2,097), Chris Klerk (2,003) and Les Shirwindt (1,925).

    "It was harder actually being here than it would've been watching on the computer at home," said Ishman, who spent a number of days this year working in one of the booths in the tournament's pro shop area.

    2011USBCOCBrandonTarabekChadReiffer.jpg"I knew that if we could do it, anyone could do it, even if we had shot 11,000. It's a really cool feeling, but it really hasn't sunk in yet. I don't think I'll believe it until I see our names on the banner next year."

    Chad Reiffer of Kentwood, Mich., and Brandon Tarabek of Grand Rapids, Mich. (pictured right, r-l), calmly stepped up and struck under pressure to finish with a 1,497 doubles total and now are the 2011 Regular Doubles champions. This year marked the first time the two have bowled doubles together at the Open Championships.

    Tarabek, a 27-year-old right-hander, closed out his 745 set with three strikes and put their fate in Reiffer's hands. The 25-year-old righty coolly delivered three strikes of his own to cap off a string of seven consecutive strikes for a 752 series.

    2011USBCOCParadiseLanes.jpg"It's been stressful and fun at the same time," said Reiffer, who made his fourth tournament appearance and finished with a career-best 2,062 all-events total. "We've done our best not to think about it, but it's been a long six weeks. Just to be close at all is amazing, but to finally get this call is unbelievable."

    In the Classified Division, Paradise Lanes of Walden, Colo. (pictured left), put the team event out of reach early with a 2,910 total on March 26 and held on to win the 2011 Classified Team title.

    The group posted games of 974, 938 and 998, led by Matt Landis, who fired a 631 series. He was followed by Glen Hurt (609), Shane Hartman (581), Toby Sanchez (545) and Nick Cornelison (544).

    2011USBCOCVelvetSandersonGaryWeldon.jpg"You can probably tell how hard the wait was by how many times the website was hit," said Hartman, who made his seventh Open Championships appearance. "All five of our guys were on there every day checking the scores, and we're glad it's over. The last month was really difficult, and finding out it's official is really exciting."

    The Classified Doubles title went to Velvet Sanderson of Norco, Calif., and Gary Weldon of Temple City, Calif. (pictured right, l-r), who combined for a 1,223 total.

    Weldon, a 62-year-old right-hander, made a run at a perfect game in his final game of doubles, and although he fell short and finished with 289, the effort was enough to lift them to the victory. Weldon finished with a 700 series, while Sanderson, a 48-year-old right-hander, added a 523 set.

    2011USBCOCGlenBrown.jpg2011USBCOCMiguelSanchez.jpgGlen Brown (left) of Renton, Wash., a 39-year-old right-hander, capped off his 19th tournament appearance with a 690 series and earned himself this year's Classified Singles title, while 23-year-old Miguel Sanchez (right) of Chicago shot 677 in singles, 592 in doubles and 584 in team to grab the Classified All-Events win with a 1,853 total.

    The 2011 Open Championships, which kicked off March 4, was the tournament's record 10th trip to Reno and seventh visit to the one-of-a-kind National Bowling Stadium. It also marked the first time a city has hosted the tournament in consecutive years. This year's event featured 12,837 five-player teams.

    The tournament featured a record 16 800 series and 52 perfect games, the second-most behind the 2002 event in Billings, Mont., which had 64.

    Some of the other numbers not reflected on the leaderboard include 25 299 games and six 298s, while 60 bowlers tossed 11 strikes in a row.

    The next stop for the Open Championships will be Baton Rouge, La., in 2012. The tournament is scheduled to begin Feb. 11 and run for a near-record 151 days, concluding July 10.

    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, Ah Go On, Bellmore, N.Y., 3,406. 8, Fox Bowl 1, Wheaton, Ill., 3,387. 9, Huikkos Wizards 2, Buffalo, Minn., 3,382. 10, 900 Global Indy, Indianapolis, 3,381.

    1, Brandon Tarabek/Chad Reiffer, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,497. 2, George Rowan/Rod Singer, Columbus, Ohio, 1,494. 3, Anthony Pepe, East Elmhurst, N.Y./Alex Cavagnaro, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 1,482. 4, Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla./Joe Firpo, Tucker, Ga., 1,477. 5, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo./Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,473. 6, Erik Hohlbein, Renton, Wash./Shawn Copeland, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,466. 7, Terry Taylor, Bedford, Texas/Chris Hibbitts II, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,465. 8, Pat McCarthy, West Haven, Conn./Tony DeLucia, East Haven, Conn., 1,463. 9, Justin Medina/Jeremy Medina, Sana Fe, N.M., 1,458. 10 (tie), Dustin Baker/Matt Voeltz, West Jordan, Utah and Aaron Walsh/Don Simmons, Amarillo, Texas, 1,458.

    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, Bill Kaelin, Virginia Beach, Va., 801. 8, Toby Sambueno, Aiea, Hawaii, 797. 9, Jeff Piroozshad, Coral Springs, Fla., 794. 10, Taylor Coggins, Burleson, Tex., 793.

    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, Rick D. Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 2,213. 6, Marty Jobin, Hermantown, Minn., 2,211. 7, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,206. 8, Keith Aderholt, Millstadt, Ill., 2,204. 9, Ryan May, Sinking Spring, Pa., 2,196. 10, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 2,177.

    Team All-Events
    1, K & K Bowling Services 5 (Les Shirwindt, Kyle King, Chris Klerk, Adam Ishman, Andrew Cain), Las Vegas, 10,283. 2, Fox Bowl 1, Wheaton, Ill., 10,242. 3, Linds Lakers 1, Minneapolis, 10,076. 4, Winning Edge Pro Shop 2, Springfield, Mo., 10,051. 5, Turbo 2 N 1 Grips 1, Madison, Wis., 10,031. 6, Classic Lanes Menomonee Falls, Waukesha, Wis., 10,030. 7, Linds Cedarvale 2, Eagan, Minn., 10,027. 8, Cambridge 1, Feeding Hills, Mass., 10,023. 9, Winning Edge Pro Shop 2, Springfield, Mo., 10,014. 10, Ballards Bowling Solution 2, Keller, Texas, 9,951.



    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, Just Bowl, Castro Valley, Calif., 2,760. 8, Out Of Control 1, Stafford, Va., 2,739. 9, Strickly Hookin, Chicago, 2,737. 10, Chupa Me, San Antonio, 2,733.

    1, Velvet Anderson, Norco, Calif./Gary Weldon, Temple City, Calif., 1,223. 2, Dennis Combs/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,213. 3, James D'Arcy, Van Nuys, Calif./David Bore, Canoga Park, Calif., 1,207. 4, Jeff Matesa, Graham, Wash./Tony Renggli, University Place, Wash., 1,202. 5, Giselle Lagandaon/Charles Lagandaon, Daly City, Calif., 1.190. 6, Paula Elsdon/Bob Elsdon, Tacoma, Wash., 1,188. 7, Tom Matlock/Derek Donathan, Tahlequah, Okla., 1,186. 8, Dominic Payne, Windsor Mill, Md./Roy Cook, Randallstown, Md., 1,182. 9 (tie), Richard Anderson, Julesburg, Colo./Dan Ford, Chappell, Neb., Bill King, Vergas, Minn./Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., and Raymond Szutu, Lafayette, Calif./Nathan Szutu, Concord, Calif., 1,180.

    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, Mathew Whitehead, Scottsboro, Ala., 1,796. 10, Glen Brown, Renton, Wash., 1,790.