I hear ya. But in comparison to the US Open Golf tournament, it's a joke as far as that goes. But those in charge are Picnic and tailgater types.
Perhaps they could just call it the USBC Open, and leave it at that.
But either way, the pattern nonsense only highlights a lot of the sport's troubles.
I don't think comparing it to the PGA US Open is really valid. How many entrants in the US PGA US Open? A few hundred that get cut way down. Plus a professional level payout. Compared to what, hundreds of thousands entering? Wouldn't that make the USBC Open Championship much more "open" than the PGA?
RE: the pattern - I bowled on the pattern prior to last year's and it didn't help me one iota. I have more thought that what was laid down the center here in SoCal may not have been exactly what was at Reno. What ever is! LOL
We're just going to practice on the Sunday morning "pro pattern" that gets set up. Learn to adjust so whatever we see, we should at least be able to adjust a bit. We're under no pretentions that we'll be making any money - personally I'm using it to push myself. As long as I comport myself better than last year, I'll be happy.