Jon Trzcinski of Bay Shore, N.Y., and Chris Nielson of Livonia, Mich., brought the number of 800 series rolled at this year's United States Bowling Congress Open Championships to six on June 11 and June 12, respectively.
A day removed from leading Lodge Lanes Kids of Orlando, Fla., into third place in Regular Team with a 3,527 total, Trzcinski rolled games of 243, 289 and 270 for an 802 series and moved into a tie for second place in Regular Singles. The 23-year-old right-hander finished his second USBC Open Championships appearance with a 2,196 all-events total, which is sixth in Regular All-Events.
Lodge Lanes Kids also moved into second place in Team All-Events with a 10,205 total.
Nielson's 800 came in dramatic fashion as he stepped onto the approach at the National Bowling Stadium needing six pins on the final shot of his team event to add his name to the tournament record book. He left the 4-6-7-10 split on his final offering, but it was enough, as he finished with games of 269, 279 and 252 for 800 on the nose.
The 29-year-old left-hander added 724 in singles and 630 in doubles to finish his fifth Open Championships campaign with a career-best 2,154 all-events total.
Two bowlers toss perfect games at National Bowling Stadium
Steven Miller of Houston and first-timer Carl Boldt of Pontiac, Mich., rolled 300 games at the USBC Open Championships this week. Through 110 days of competition this year, there have been 32 perfect games at the National Bowling Stadium.
Miller, a 30-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 174 and 216 in his team event June 14 before connecting on his final 12 deliveries for a 300 game and 690 series.
Boldt, a 22-year-old right-hander, finished his Open Championships debut June 16 with games of 300, 226 and 256 for a 782 series, just missing the top 10 in Regular Singles. He added a 611 series in team and 581 in doubles for a 1,974 all-events total.
A look ahead
There will be three live stream broadcasts from Reno this week, one from the USBC Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium and two from the USBC Women's Championships being held across town at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
On June 21 at 2 p.m. EDT, defending Regular Singles champion Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, will put his title on the line. He claimed the crown last year with a 795 series.
On June 22 at 7 p.m. Eastern, Time of Our Life II of Saddle Brook, N.J., will hit the lanes at the RSCC. The talented group consists of former collegiate standouts, and they have been regulars in the top 10 at the Women's Championships.
Finally, June 24 will feature another top team from the Women's Championships, Some Strike It Hot of Albuquerque, N.M., the 2012 Diamond Team champion and runner-up in the same event in 2013. The group also finished third in Scratch Team at the RSCC last year.
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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, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,527. 4, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514. 5, Warriors, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,513. 6, The 11thFrame.com 1, Oregon, Wis., 3,502. 7, Storm Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,501. 8, Janz's H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 3,499. 9, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,495. 10, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,479.
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(tie), Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., and Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 802. 4, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798. 5, Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792. 6, Jay Lang, Sterling Heights, Mich., 791. 7, Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 788. 8(tie), Scott Safransky, Kenosha, Wis., and Justin Ziegler, Corona, Calif., 784. 10, Terrence Blevins, Chicago, 783.
1, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273. 2, Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228. 3, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226. 4, Ben Canfield, San Diego, 2,209. 5, Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208. 6, Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,196. 7, A.J. Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 2,194. 8, Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,182. 9, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,180. 10, Chris Kliczinski, Pinckney, Mich., 2,178.
1, Janz's H.I. (Joe Janz, Andy Bunkoske, Tim Janz, Randy Hupf, Tim Damerow), Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363. 2, Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 10,205. 3, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169. 4, Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144. 5, MU Warrior Support 1, Omaha, Neb., 10,140. 6, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 10,136. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 10,109. 8, Higgy's Crew, Westerville, Ohio, 10,106. 9, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 10,084. 10, Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 10,061.
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, Buffalo Bowl 1, Buffalo, Wyo., 2,677. 10(tie), Kleve Construction, Wyoming, Iowa, and Plymouth Club, Jonesboro, Ind., 2,676.
1, Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn./Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., 1,222. 2, Cory Baltunado/Rogelio Baltunado, Waipahu, Hawaii, 1,196. 3, Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo./Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., 1,180. 4, Don Allen, Eugene, Ore./Todd Vrooman, Tualatin, Ore., 1,165. 5, Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash./Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159. 6, Stacey Smith, Tomball, Texas/Stephen Kubis, Houston, 1,157. 7, Mark Skog/Carol Skog, Norway, Mich., 1,156. 8(tie), Chuck Welle, Hawley, Minn./Ryan Knutson, Dilworth, Minn., and Bernie Adkins, Venus, Texas/Brenda Bassett, Cedar Hill, Texas, 1,149. 10, Catina Hansen/Darlene Hunter, Goldsboro, N.C., 1,148.
1, William Hawkins, Houston, 669. 2, Jacob Ramos, Kapolei, Hawaii, 659. 3, Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658. 4, Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650. 5, Christopher Young, Oakland, Calif., 635. 6, Howard Almond, Chesterfield, Va., 634. 7, Tim Despain, Redwood City, Calif., 633. 8, Alonzo Pikes, Chicago, 631. 9, Brian Hall, Tracy, Calif., 630. 10(tie), Trey Kolbo, Gothenburg, Neb., Kenneth Alberda, Longmont, Colo., and Don Thompson, Martinez, Calif., 628.
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.