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Days winding down at 2016 USBC Open Championships


The 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships has entered its final week at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. The 113th edition of the event kicked off its 129-day run March 5 and will welcome 8,063 teams to The Biggest Little City in the World.

The last team squad of this year’s tournament is scheduled for July 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern, while the last doubles and singles squad is set to hit the lanes July 11 at 4 p.m. EDT.

A look ahead

Registration already is open for the 2017 USBC Open Championships, which will make its debut at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas.

Along with the excitement of the spectacular venue, the tournament will have its own new look with the addition of a third division – the Standard Division – for bowlers with entering averages of 181-209.

The Regular Division now will be for bowlers with averages of 210 and above, while the Classified Division remains for bowlers who have averages of 180 and below.

The changes were initiated to help bowlers compete against those closer to their own skill levels. Click here for complete details.

For those not yet entered for the 2017 Open Championships, there’s an ongoing opportunity called the Ultimate Strike Sweepstakes, which gets captains who enter during the specific time period eligible for great prizes.

The first round of the sweepstakes is underway, and captains who sign up by July 10 can win free room nights at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

Captains who already have registered for the 2017 tournament also can enter to win the sweepstakes. Details can be found in the Ultimate Strike rules. For more information and rules, click here.

For more information on the Open Championships, click here.

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2016 USBC Open Championships – Regular Division

Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

1, BowersBowlingTour.com (Zach Rhoades, Justin Zwaschka, Mitchell Hupe, Brent Bowers, Kristopher Prather), Bel Aire, Kan., 3,377. 2, Higgy’s Aquarium, Westerville, Ohio, 3,329. 3, Bowling Dynamics.com, Phoenix, 3,300. 4, Vandaniker 1, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,266. 5, The Bowling Shops 1, Highland Village, Texas, 3,259. 6, Who’s Eddie Byrd?, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,241. 7, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,237. 8, Simmons Team Sports, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3,224. 9, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,216. 10, Wickliffe Lanes, Mentor, Ohio, 3,202.

1, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C./Christopher Hill, Franklin, Wis., 1,401. 2, Chad Roberts, Lewis Center, Ohio/Daniel Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 1,395. 3, Diante Fields, Indianapolis/Matt Freiberg, Las Vegas, 1,377. 4, Kyle Vick/Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 1,367. 5, Ted Rosenquist Jr., Valparaiso, Ind./James Capps, Kenosha, Wis., 1,365. 6, Joshua Powers/Ryan Powers, Portage, Mich., 1,356. 7, Michael Markis, Tafton, Penn./Shea Bittenbender, St. Charles, Mo., 1,353. 8, Andrew Jordan, Columbus, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1.342. 9(tie), Matthew Zitnik, Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, Nick Heilman/Andy Mills, La Crosse, Wis., and Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas/Jimmy McMartin, Midwest City, Okla., 1,341.

1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 815. 2, Matthew Gilman, Pembroke Pines, Fla., 814. 3, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 785. 4, Michael Klimpel, Rosemount, Minn., 781. 5, Camden Rokita, Springfield, Ill., 779. 6, Steve Smith, San Diego, 776. 7, Jacob Genz, Rock Island, Ill., 772. 8, Tim Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis., 770. 9, Jimmy Clark, Topsham, Maine, 767. 10, Daniel Vick, Pittsford, N.Y., 765.

1, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,133. 2, Jim Hosier, Wayne, N.J., 2.132. 3, Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., 2,124. 4(tie), Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, and Chad Roberts, Lewis Center, Ohio, 2,122. 6, David Cirigliano, Phoenix, 2,097. 7, Joe Massey, Flora, Ind., 2,086. 8, Casey Creutz, Carteret, N.J., 2,077. 9, Justin Crumley, Washington, Mo., 2,075. 10, Joshua Conner, Columbus, Ohio, 2,074.

Team All-Events
1, Higgy’s Aquarium (Chad Roberts, Joshua Conner, Tony Carson, Robert Bailey, Daniel Higgins), Westerville, Ohio, 10,041. 2, BowersBowlingTour.com, Bel Aire, Kansas, 9,730. 3, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 9,719. 4, Bowling Dynamics.com, Phoenix, 9,710. 5, Junior Team USA Support 1, Eagan, Minn., 9,672. 6, Crankers Arn’t Us, Aurora, Colo., 9,599. 7, Wickliffe Lanes, Mentor, Ohio, 9,598. 8, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 9,587. 9, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,582. 10, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 9,572.

2016 USBC Open Championships – Classified Division

Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

1, U of O Alumni (Dean Vrooman, John Lorenz, Don Allen, Darrin Allen, Todd Vrooman), Tualatin, Ore., 2,710. 2, We Are Here Any Way, Naperville, Ill., 2,702. 3, Yeah Spare IV, Sacramento, Calif., 2,656. 4, Cash Gas Co. LLC, Ava, Mo., 2,632. 5, Bay Area Express 8, San Mateo, Calif., 2,618. 6, Expo II, Hodges, S.C., 2,610. 7, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,607. 8, Anderson 2, Anderson, S.C., 2,600. 9, Team Bazinga, Las Vegas, 2,582. 10, Scotty’s 3, Alexandria, Minn., 2,570.

1, David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn./Gary Sundby Jr., Dalton, Minn., 1,155. 2, Eric Douglass, Goldfield, Iowa/Mike Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,147. 3, Cassandra Tatum, Neptune, N.J./David Jenkins III, Tinton Falls, N.J., 1,119. 4, Randy Robinson/Crystal Forkner, Higginsville, Mo., 1,118. 5, Kathy Yourkavitch/Jerome Jackson, Kutztown, Penn., 1,117. 6, Hasnat Ahmad, Fairfax, Va./David Hsu, Great Falls, Va., 1,112. 7(tie), Nicholas Razink, Benson, Minn./Tyler Grabow, Twin Brooks, S.D., Mandy Quaas, Hutchinson, Minn./Jeremy Quaas, New Hope, Minn., Tom Trecha, Owosso, Mich./Elbert Sidel Jr., Morrice, Mich., and Cleofe Aragon/Wilson Silva, San Mateo, Calif., 1,111.

1, Chet Wigal III, Fountain. Colo., 661. 2, Edward Huddleston, Atwater, Calif., 658. 3, David Kettell, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 644. 4, Allan Johnson, Hawley, Minn., 627. 5, Matt Tschann, Paynesville, Minn., 626. 6, Willie Kemp, Santa Fe, Texas, 617. 7(tie), Andrew Hall, Safety Harbor, Fla., and Andrew Phillips, Salinas, Calif., 614. 9(tie), Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., John Keiper, Libertyville, Iowa, and Leonard Flores III, San Antonio, 613.

1, Robert Kruzic, Chicago Heights, Ill., 1,832. 2, Trudy Koberlein, Georgetown, Texas, 1,754. 3, Andrew Phillips, Salinas, Calif., 1,737. 4, Joseph Rhinehart, Albany, Ore., 1,735. 5, Bryan Herald, Chapman, Neb., 1,728. 6, Anthony Carey, Fountain, Colo., 1,717. 7(tie), David Hjelm, Wheaton, Minn., and Robert Benjamin, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,713. 9, John McReady, Woodridge, Ill., 1,708. 10, George Kolstad, West St. Paul, Minn., 1,700.

Herbert Bickel

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