Week of May 28 - June 3, 2014
Bill Bruce of Howell, Mich., and Jon Pokorny of Converse, Texas, each found their way into the record books at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with perfect games this week at the National Bowling Stadium.
Bruce, a 42-year-old right-hander, accomplished the feat May 30 during singles. He added games of 177 and 215 for a 692 series, the highest set of his five-year USBC Open Championships career.
"In years past, I've come out here and struggled, and that is really frustrating," said Bruce, who had 673 in team and 610 in doubles for a career-best 1,975 all-events total. "I wanted to prove to myself I could play a shot I don't usually play, and I was able to do that."
Pokorny, a 31-year-old right-hander, matched Bruce's feat later that night, starting his singles set with a 300 game, which included a Brooklyn strike on his 11th delivery. He finished with games of 191 and 210 for a 701 series. Louis Jenkins Jr. of Warr Acres, Okla., leads Regular Singles with 826.
"Our team broke down the pair really well, so I was able to get left and wheel on it," said Pokorny, who made his sixth Open Championships appearance and added sets of 649 in team and 558 in doubles for a 1,908 all-events total. "Crossing over absolutely took some of the pressure off. I was able to step back and settle my nerves. Striking on the final shot was one of the greatest feelings I've ever felt. It's something I'll never, ever forget."
Bruce and Pokorny became the 28th and 29th bowlers of the 2014 event to achieve perfection on the championship lanes.
A look ahead
There will be one live stream broadcast this week at the USBC Open Championships as defending Regular Team champion, Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., puts its title on the line June 10 at 6 p.m. EDT.
Three-time Open Championships titlist John Janawicz delivered three strikes in the 10th frame of the final game last year to give the group a then-record 3,538 total, surpassing the previous mark of 3,537, set by Bruegger's Bagels of Albany, N.Y., on its way to the 1993 Regular Team title.
Lodge Lanes Too includes recently-inducted USBC Hall of Famer John Gaines, two-time titlist Mitch Jabczenski and former Team USA member Vernon Peterson. Scott Newell is the fifth member of the winning team but is not eligible for the 2014 event because of his win at the Professional Bowlers Association's Ricart Ford Open Presented by Columbia 300 during the 2011-12 PBA season.
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2014 USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
(Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall)
1, Motion Plus Lanes (Jeff Nimke, Chris Pierson, Chad Maas, Chad Kloss, Dave Beres), Cudahy, Wis., 3,561. 2, Donovan's Bunch, Painted Post, N.Y., 3,551. 3, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 4, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 5, The 11thFrame.com 1, Oregon, Wis., 3,502. 6, Storm Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,501. 7, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 8, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 9, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479. 10, HYBC, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 3,455.
1, Carl Poelzer/Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465. 2, Angela Chirpich/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,445. 3, Steve Harman/Nicholas Hoagland, Indianapolis, 1,439. 4, Andrew Jordan, Dublin, Ohio/Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,425. 5, Marty LaVigne, Temperance, Mich./Mike Barron, Monroe, Mich., 1,424. 6, Joshua Schmehl, Seaford, Del./Casey Irvin, Selbyville, Del., 1,423. 7, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn./Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,403. 8, Brian Graham, Norton Shores, Mich./Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398. 9, John Kempf/Cody Sonnemann, Menomonee Falls, Wis., 1,397. 10, Heath Haug, DeForest, Wis./Chris Pounders, Madison, Wis., 1,396.
1, Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826. 2, Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., 802. 3, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 4, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 5, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 6, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 7(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 9, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783. 10(tie), Neil Cooley, Fremont, Neb., and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 782.
1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226. 4, Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208. 5, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 6, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 7, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 8, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,175. 9, Dean Richards, Tacoma, Wash., 2,173. 10, Robert Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,172.
1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 3, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144. 4, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 5, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 6, Higgy's Crew, Westerville, Ohio, 10,106. 7, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 8, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061. 9, JB Mechanical 1, Brookfield, Ill., 10,040. 10, Turbo Grips 3, Chesterfield, Mich., 10,001.
1, Scotty's 1 (Tom Lee, Dave Fremling, John Fremling, Dan Fremling, Jon Lee), Alexandria, Minn., 2,843. 2, Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,806. 3, Yeah Spare II, Sacramento, Calif., 2,795. 4, Kenn's Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,755. 5, Chaser's Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740. 6, Hanging with Haag, Greeley, Colo., 2,721. 7, Oakridge Farms, Frazee, Minn., 2,710. 8, Storm Construction, Mazeppa, Minn., 2,709. 9(tie), Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa and Plymouth Club, Jonesboro, Ind., 2,676.
1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 3, Don Allen, Eugene, Ore./Todd Vrooman, Tualatin, Ore., 1,165. 4, Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159. 5, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 6, Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., 1,149. 7, Matt Blauer/Ryan Swalling, Burley, Idaho, 1,144. 8, Greg Mickelson/Mark Kemper, Frazee, Minn., 1,143. 9, William Reutzel, Ogallala, Neb./Kenny Groves, Holyoke, Colo., 1,142. 10, Ben Robertson, Lemoore, Calif./Jesse Anzelc, Davis, Calif., 1,137.
1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 3, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 4, Tim Despain, Redwood City, Calif., 633. 5, Alonzo Pikes, Chicago, 631. 6(tie), Trey Kolbo, Gothenburg, Neb., Kenneth Alberda, Longmont, Colo., and Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628. 9, Mark Knippers, Baker, La., 624. 10, Frank D'Alessio, Germantown, Wis., 618.
1, Trevor Silva, Davis, Calif., 1,855. 2, Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792. 3, Adam Martin, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,784. 4, Steve Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 1,774. 5, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 1,773. 6, Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., 1,761. 7, Kyle Homan, Celina, Ohio, 1,744. 8, David Williams, Mandan, N.D., 1,743. 9(tie), William Hawkins, Houston, and Eric Ohlrogge, Alexandria, Minn., 1,734.