As a result of the disqualifications, there is a new Classified All-Events leader for the event held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.
“Average integrity continues to be a serious issue for our sport and USBC is committed to aggressively enforcing our rules in this area,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy (pictured) said. “The Open Championships will not tolerate bowlers competing in a lower division due to an unreported Sport-league average or any average manipulation tactic.”
Under USBC Sport Bowling Rule 200(a), leagues are expected to designate as Sport if “conditions bowled on are considered to be of a different variety than what is considered a “Standard” or “house” pattern.”
Any bowler found using an average below the player’s ability will be disqualified and may be subject to suspension charges initiated by USBC under USBC Rule 17a, Grounds for Disciplinary Action – Unfair Tactics.
“When we catch individuals or entire leagues attempting to manipulate the system, those involved will be subject to the most severe penalties available under USBC rules,” Murphy said. “USBC encourages continued reports from members and associations about average-integrity issues. Together, we can greatly improve this issue for our sport.”
Under USBC Rule 329, those disqualified may appeal the decision to USBC Headquarters.
Days winding down at 2016 USBC Open Championships
Illinois competitor secures Classified All-Events lead
Ohio team takes lead in Team All-Events
Young team takes the lead in Regular Team and Team All-Events
Ohio’s John Sroka reaches 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships
USBC Hall of Famer Bob Hart reaches 60 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships
USBC Hall of Famer Glenn Allison reaches 65 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships
David Cirigliano leads team, ties Open Championships record
Indiana’s Robert Teeters reaches two milestones
Defending champions Sparks, McNiel won’t repeat in 2016
Three bowlers reach 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships
Past champion Tim Janz rolls first 300 of 2016 USBC Open Championships
Past champions Mills, Heilman tie for Regular Doubles lead
Defending Team All-Events champion Junior Team USA Support 1 makes run
First-timer David Hjelm leads two events
Ohio bowler Jack Glick celebrates 50 years
Sylvester Thiel ties participation record with 71st appearance
Ohio teammates lead every event at USBC Open Championships
2016 USBC Open Championships gets going in Reno
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