Robert J. Bures
of Painesville, Ohio, and his Wickliffe Lanes
teammates worked together and communicated well at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and they’re now leading every Regular Division event, along with Team All-Events.Bures (pictured above), a 28-year-old right-hander, set the pace and was able to close his fifth USBC Open Championships appearance with games of 279, 278 and 258 for an 815 series, taking the lead in Regular Singles with the first 800 of the 2016 event at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.
The performance March 15 also propelled Bures into the top spot in Regular All-Events with a 2,122 total. Matt Smallin of Glenburn, North Dakota, previously held the lead in both events with 785 and 2,060, respectively, shot less than 24 hours earlier.
“A lot of things do enter your mind when you’re bowling well, and I knew after two games in singles I had a shot at 800 and the lead, but I didn’t want to lose focus on each shot and trying to keep throwing strikes,” said Bures, who had 666 in team and 641 in doubles.
“You just rely on all your practice and experience and take it one shot at a time. It’s still surreal to be able to shoot that score at Nationals. It’s an amazing feeling.”
But, more important than the individual success, is the fact that Bures gets to share the moment with his teammates. Together, they now lead every event in the Regular Division, plus the marathon Team All-Events, with a 9,598 total. They surpassed the 9,488 posted by 5 ICT Bowlers of Johnston, Iowa, over the weekend.
Jason Bowles of Euclid, Ohio, and Matthew Zitnik of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, (left, l-r) started the excitement by both throwing 10th-frame doubles to sneak into the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,341 total. Kevin Tatrow of Bel Aire, Kansas, and Will Barnes of Austin, Texas, previously topped the doubles standings with 1,335.
Bowles settled into third place in Regular All-Events with a 2,042 total, which included 681 in singles and 649 in team, and he was followed in the Team All-Events tally by Robert A. Bures, the younger Bures’ father and a 1980 Regular Doubles champion at the Open Championships (1,915), Zitnik (1,887) and Larry Strell (1,632).
The group took the lead in Regular Team with a 3,202 total March 14.
Connecticut bowler reaches 50 years at 2016 USBC Open Championships
John Kamenitsky of Stratford, Connecticut, became the first bowler of the 2016 USBC Open Championships to celebrate 50 years of tournament participation.
The 84-year-old right-hander is one of 20 bowlers scheduled to reach the milestone this year, and he received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin March 11 to commemorate his entrance into the event’s 50-Year Club.
Kamenitsky made his Open Championships debut at the 1966 edition in Rochester, New York, which was held at what was then the Rochester Community War Memorial, the home of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.
The journey to five decades at the Open Championships was due in part to Kamenitsky’s time working with his local USBC association.
“When I reached my 25th year, I was on the association board, and I would plan my time at the tournament around the convention,” said Kamenitsky, an association director with the Fairfield County (Conn.) USBC. “Now, I come with my friends to just have a great time.”
With his 2016 Open Championships concluded, Kamenitsky owns a career pinfall of 76,773, a 171 average.
A look ahead
Three more bowlers will reach participation milestones at the National Bowling Stadium as Sylvester Thiel of Lake City, Minnesota, William Scheiwer Sr. of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and Jack Glick of Findlay, Ohio, compete for the 71st, 55th and 50th time, respectively.
Thiel, 93, is one of three bowlers in tournament history to make 70 tournament appearances, and he’ll tie the USBC Open Championships participation record with his march down Center Aisle on March 16 at 5 p.m. Pacific/8 p.m. Eastern.
USBC Hall of Famers Bill Doehrman of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Joe Norris of San Diego, each competed 71 times.
Scheiwer also will make his milestone march before the 5 p.m. team event March 16, while Glick is scheduled to celebrate five decades of participation on March 21 at 5 p.m. Pacific.
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2016 USBC Open Championships gets going in Reno
2016 USBC Open Championships – Regular Division
Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall
1, Wickliffe Lanes (Jason Bowles, Larry Strell, Matthew Zitnik, Robert A. Bures, Robert J. Bures), 3,202. 2, 5 ICT Bowlers, Johnston, Iowa, 3,128. 3, ND Roto Grip, Mandan, N.D., 3,072. 4, Bud Light, Sheboygan, Wis., 3,039. 5, Storm Products 2, Brigham City, Utah, 3,028. 6, Total Bowling Dynamics, Monument, Colo., 2,977. 7, Tom’s Pro Shop 1, Fairborn, Ohio, 2,963. 8, Coach’s Corner, Lafayette, Colo., 2,924. 9, Racine Screen, Racine, Wis., 2,911. 10, Money Talks Breedlove Tea, Johnston, Iowa, 2,899.
1, Matthew Zitnik, Mayfield Heights, Ohio/Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, 1,341. 2, Kevin Tatrow, Bel Aire, Kan./Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 1,335. 3, Dan Peters/Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,306. 4, Steve Krabbenhoft, Moorhead, Minn./Kenneth Cummings, West Fargo, N.D., 1,258. 5, Robert A. Bures, Mentor, Ohio/Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 1,255. 6, Steven Badovinac, Monument, Colo./Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 1,250. 7, Leanne Hulsengberg, North Ogden, Utah/Corbet Austin, Ogden, Utah, 1,232. 8, Josh McBride, Johnston, Iowa/Geoffrey Young, Keller, Texas, 1,231. 9(tie), Brandon St. Onge/Paul Campbell II, Zephyrhills, Fla., and Richard Voakes, Kaukauna, Wis./Samuel Sweet, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., 1,217.
1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 815. 2, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 785. 3, Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 764. 4, Jerad Schmitt, Fargo, N.D., 729. 5, Ryan Utterback, Clinton, Ill., 704. 6, Mark Stenger, Washington, Ill., 703. 7, Tyronn Dyess, Racine, Wis., 683. 8, Eric VanRite, Waukesha, Wis., 682. 9(tie), Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, and Robert Clements, Plymouth, Minn., 681.
1, Robert J. Bures, Painesville, Ohio, 2,122. 2, Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., 2,060. 3, Jason Bowles, Euclid, Ohio, 2,042. 4, Will Barnes, Austin, Texas, 2,023. 5, Steven Badovinac, Monument, Colo., 1,929. 6, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,925. 7, Scott Salinas, Racine, Wis., 1,923. 8, Robert A. Bures, Mentor, Ohio, 1,915. 9, Kevin Tatrow, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,909. 10, Austin Corbet, Ogden, Utah, 1,898.
1, Wickliffe Lanes (Jason Bowles, Larry Strell, Matthew Zitnik, Robert A. Bures, Robert J. Bures), Mentor, Ohio, 9,598. 2, 5 ICT Bowlers, Johnston, Iowa, 9,488. 3, ND Roto Grip, Mandan, N.D., 9,461. 4, Storm Products 2, Brigham City, Utah, 9,175. 5, Money Talks Breedlove Team, Johnston, Iowa, 8,955. 6, Total Bowling Dynamics, Monument, Colo., 8,952. 7, Budweiser, Sheboygan, Wis., 8,773. 8, Storm Products, Brigham City, Utah, 8,644. 9, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 8,571. 10, Tom’s Pro Shop 1, Fairborn, Ohio, 8,544.
2016 USBC Open Championships – Classified Division
Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall
1, Malad Gun Club (Darren Tripp, John Riding, Marty Hill, Doyle Williams, Rex Williams), Malad City, Idaho, 2,529. 2, Tom’s Bowling Center, Gibbon, Minn., 2,455. 3, Mel’s Diner, Calmar, Iowa, 2,447. 4, A-Team Cambridge, Minn., 2,420. 5, We Are Family, Orange, Calif., 2,413. 6, Krcil Sales 2, Hutchinson, Minn., 2,406. 7, Renos Bar and Grill, Kerman, Calif., 2,396. 8, Spencer’s Bar & Grill, Chester, Mont., 2,367. 9, Last Second Saloon, Morse Bluff, Neb., 2,359. 10, Krcil Sales 1, Hutchinson, Minn., 2,355.
1, Randy Robinson/Crystal Forkner, Higginsville, Mo., 1,118. 2, Chris Witthus/Robert Kaytor, Glencoe, Minn., 1,096. 3, Dee Maccario, Farmington, Conn./Mark Baranski, Newington, Conn., 1,094. 4, Julie Wahman/Gregg Wahman Jr., 1,085. 5, Lyle Maly, Weston, Neb./Tom Mensik, Morse Bluff, Neb., 1,070. 6, Elizabeth Langhoff, Lakewood, Colo./Frank Neumann, Cheyenne, Wyo., 1,065. 7, Joyce Krcil, Hutchinson, Minn./Michael Witthus, Glencoe, Minn., 1,051. 8, Darren Tripp, Malad City, Idaho/Lana Tripp, Malad, Idaho, 1,038. 9, Al Wagner/Chris Nygaard, Montevideo, Minn., 1,036. 10, Bruce Wolf, Mount Angel, Ore./Jim Wolf, St. Paul, Ore., 1,034.
1, Greg Kokanour, Highland, Calif., 595. 2, Roger Porto, Kerman, Calif., 590. 3, Michelle Massard, Miramar, Fla., 574. 4, Tom Meinsma, Sabula, Iowa, 565. 5, Cameron Zens, Redfield, S.D., 562. 6(tie), Richard Arredondo, Kerman, Calif., and Gary Heinz, Morton Grove, Ill., 557. 8, Leon Fosheim, Webster, S.D., 553. 9, Richard Greathouse, Sarcoxie, Mo., 544. 10, Scott Tracy, Redfield, S.D., 543.
1, Roger Porto, Kerman, Calif., 1,634. 2, Greg Kokanour, Highland, Calif., 1,612. 3, Tom Meinsma, Sabula, Iowa, 1,604. 4, Robert Kaytor, Glencoe, Minn., 1,599. 5, Scott Tracy, Redfield, S.D., 1,592. 6, Richard Greathouse, Sarcoxie, Mo., 1,574. 7, Randall Nelson, Blair, Neb., 1,572. 8, Michelle Massard, Miramar, Fla., 1,566. 9, Richard Arredondo, Kerman, Calif., 1,563. 10, Megan Daniels, Bonner, Mont., 1,556.