2012 USBC Open Championships

Posted by: Richie V.

2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/10/12 03:01 PM

I normally start this thread with the link to the oil pattern, but the USBC decided not to release it until today as part of a special kick-off show on BowlTV (the USBC's new YouTube channel), which will start streaming at 4 PM ET.

As usual, I will provide updates on key events in the tournament, such as honor scores and lead changes, as well as periodically posting the low-to-cash scores. Others may post in this thread to tell everyone how they fared.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/10/12 04:51 PM

And here is the pattern: http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/...ampspattern.pdf

It is a 39' pattern with a 2.2:1 ratio. On the kick-off show, they said the pattern is suited to multiple angles, but you don't want too much angle too soon, or the pattern is going to appear as a reverse block to you. You'll also need to manage your launch angles. Other than that, it should score fairly close to last year's pattern.
Posted by: VampyreBowler

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/10/12 07:17 PM

I bowl it feb 18/19
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/10/12 11:18 PM

The guy in my pro shop is of the opinion that you'll have to get in deep on this, though, so we'll see.
Posted by: BobH

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/11/12 10:34 AM

Article about the Pattern and anticipated scoring on it. Interesting read

http://host.madison.com/sports/recreatio...l#ixzz1m1bUdokX
Posted by: dgordon0408

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/11/12 03:47 PM

Bowled on the pattern today, very speed sensitive, no miss room at breakpoint unless you have a ton of hand, dont get fast on it or you'll go past the breakpoint, its pretty difficult and I think it could be a low scoring pace and should come down to spare shooting
Posted by: CoachJim

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/11/12 08:02 PM

It looks to be the same pattern that they've used the past 10 the break point should be just at the range finder on the 10 board. Bring something strong to start off with and be ready to move in and change to an aggressive pearl when the lanes transition. If you are left handed it may not transition much so bring a strong dull ball to dry a line up the 7 or 8 board, then move in with a less aggressive ball.

I don't see anything scary about this pattern, it looks the same as it has the past 10 years, be ready to make your spares.

Good Luck to all, Vamp post back and share your thoughts.
Posted by: dgordon0408

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/11/12 08:39 PM

Yeah the pattern was very playable unfortunately i dont get my defiant till monday so i cant say how well that would have worked on the fresh, my victory road worked ok as the pattern started to break down some, my key and it was the same with some of the other higher speed bowlers that were on it too was to stay behind the ball and to also get a little air under it, just enough so your not laying it down into the oil, so your kind laying it onto the oil, but as long as you can be accurate you should be able to score very well, i know lower speeds and higher revs should start more in and throw it to the breakpoint, and lower revs and higher speed should start a little further right and throw it right up the break point if not point it at the break point.
Posted by: VampyreBowler

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/13/12 05:29 PM

Only taking 2 balls this year as it was all i could afford to get redone due to a span issue. Storm X-Factor Deuce II and Storm Reign. That was also eliminate me over thinking and rely on what my eyes and ball tells me about my shots
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/14/12 12:27 AM

Originally Posted By: BobH
Article about the Pattern and anticipated scoring on it. Interesting read

http://host.madison.com/sports/recreatio...l#ixzz1m1bUdokX


I'd love to see what Jeff Richgels thinks of this pattern, but, unfortunately, you linked an article dated 2010...two years ago. :|
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/14/12 07:20 PM

2012 USBC Open Championships live streaming schedule

The highlight weekend will be May 17 and 18, when they will have Brandon Tarabek and Chad Reiffer (defending doubles champions) on back to back days with Turbo 2-n-1 Grips 1 (defending team champions). The other defending champions appearing are Matt Weggen (singles and all-events) on April 16 and K&K Bowling Services 5 (team all-events) on May 29. Other notables appearing are Stefanie Nation (April 6), Liz Johnson (May 20), Brett Wolfe (new Sport series record holder, May 24), Del Ballard Jr. (June 8), Wendy Macpherson (June 15), and Missy Parkin (July 2).
Posted by: Dave800

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/15/12 08:15 AM

Here you go Ritchie

http://host.madison.com/sports/recreatio...1871e3ce6c.html

Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/15/12 12:57 PM

TY Dave smile
Posted by: champ

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/15/12 01:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Dave800


Pretty good read Dave, thanks.
Posted by: Lumpytire

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/16/12 07:36 PM

We just put down the new pattern on Monday (had been bowling the 2011 previous to this) and the main difference I have noticed is the new pattern transitioned sooner than the previous year. Also, it doesn't seem as there is as much hold in the track area as in the prior few years. Will follow up as I get more of a feel for the pattern.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/16/12 07:44 PM

Where at in AZ are you bowling lumpy?
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/16/12 11:17 PM

champ, it might be a good bet it's the East Valley Open League at Brunswick Mesa Lanes. Brett Wolfe just recently set a new Sport Bowling series record in that league w/ an 886 on last year's national pattern.
Posted by: dgordon0408

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/16/12 11:34 PM

ill probably be bowling on the pattern this weekend with my defiant , will see how that goes, maybe it will give me the miss room i need about 1-2 boards, ive actually been practicing on it with some of the older guys that are going to nationals and theyve been helping me, i actually found an outside line its so speed sensitive though its almost not worth it, like that article said, you would have to have everyone on your pair breaking down that line to allow for more speed, i know personally i have problems with lower speeds so i think that more surface should help
Posted by: Lumpytire

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/17/12 12:04 AM

East Valley Open is correct. The Brett series was crazy to watch.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/17/12 12:13 AM

Originally Posted By: Richie V.
champ, it might be a good bet it's the East Valley Open League at Brunswick Mesa Lanes. Brett Wolfe just recently set a new Sport Bowling series record in that league w/ an 886 on last year's national pattern.


Good guess Richie. Pretty awesome that in AZ he holds the highest two series bowled with 886 (one sport and one not)
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/17/12 03:19 PM

Here are the early leaders (based on the data available at press time):

Regular

Team: Fun In The Shade (Springfield, LA) 2,787
Doubles: Randy Abbe & Rich Robinson (Big Bear Lake, CA): 1,181
Singles: Carl Mello (Denham Springs, LA) 645
All-Events: Randy Abbe (Big Bear Lake, CA) 1,836

Classified

Team: I Brought My Friends 1 (Baton Rouge, LA) 2,452
Doubles: Justin Montgomery & Ken Valenzuela (Brighton, CO) 1,080
Singles: Ken Valenzuela (Brighton, CO) 577
All-Events: Ken Valenzuela (Brighton, CO) 1,673

Team All-Events standings were not available at press time.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/17/12 11:41 PM

BTW, what was meant by managing your launch angles is that the smoother you can lay the ball down on the lane, the better. If you turn too early (driving the ball down on the floor) or you like to loft it, you're going to struggle.
Posted by: Dave800

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/17/12 11:59 PM

I bowled on it last night and it was death outside of 5 unless you were pretty straight.
12-8 was good look with the right ball and speed.

the back ends by me are not as clean as Im expecting in BR
shot seemed especially touchy.
although i did not have the right equipment with me.
playable to start,up to the bowlers and how they attack it and where it goes from there
spare making is at a premium!
Posted by: metguy

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/18/12 06:56 PM

Originally Posted By: Richie V.
And here is the pattern: http://usbcongress.http.internapcdn.net/...ampspattern.pdf

It is a 39' pattern with a 2.2:1 ratio.



Could anybody describe what this 2.2:1 means in a little more detail?
Posted by: Lumpytire

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/18/12 07:04 PM

For a pattern to be considered a sport pattern it must have a ratio of 3:1 or lower (such as the 2.2:1). What this means is that you take the average volume of oil from the R18 to L18 boards and you divide that by the amount of oil on the R3-R7 boards and the L3-L7 boards. In easier terms 2.2:1 means that there is 2.2 times more oil in the center of the lane than the outside of the lane.
Posted by: dgordon0408

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/18/12 07:06 PM

im pretty sure thats the ratio between the inside oil and the outside oil so for every unit outside theres 2.2 units inside, so its a sport pattern, a completely flat pattern would be a 1:1 ratio, and i think house shots are more like 10 or 20:1
Posted by: metguy

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/18/12 07:50 PM

According to Kegal, there are multiple ratio's. The Latitude ratio is taken at distances of 22' and 2' before the end of the pattern while the Longitude ratios are taking every foot of the pattern resulting in outside taper and inside taper ratios.

Yeah, i'm thinking the same thing..lol
Posted by: metguy

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/18/12 08:00 PM

Originally Posted By: Lumpytire
For a pattern to be considered a sport pattern it must have a ratio of 3:1 or lower (such as the 2.2:1). What this means is that you take the average volume of oil from the R18 to L18 boards and you divide that by the amount of oil on the R3-R7 boards and the L3-L7 boards. In easier terms 2.2:1 means that there is 2.2 times more oil in the center of the lane than the outside of the lane.


Thanks to both of ya, didn't see ya Lumpytire as you snuck that one in there. Question answered.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/19/12 01:33 PM

Here's my scouting report...my center had the shot out today for the Coke league bowlers to practice on (center has older HPL lanes). The bowler I saw was a lefty stroker, and he was trying to play straight up 5 with a Nexus w/ OOB surface, and I'm not sure about the layout, but the pin was just above and to the left of his ring finger, and there was a weight hole to the left of and a couple of inches above his thumb hole. He told me the pattern is, indeed, speed-sensitive, and there's no miss room: If he missed a board outside, it came up light, and a shot I saw where he missed a board inside left the 2-4-7.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/19/12 05:08 PM

http://www.bowl.com/news/xmlburner.jsp?xa=./webapps/ROOT/news/main/data/021812EdSeliga.xml

Ed Seliga (52, Kenosha, WI) led his Seliga Pro Shop team to games of 910, 1109, and 1023 for the first 3,000 team score of the tournament on Friday afternoon. Saturday, Seliga posted a 656 set in doubles to take the lead in that event with Chris Galovits (West Allis, WI) with a 1,284 effort, then posted a 719 singles set, and currently leads every Regular division event with a 1,969 all-events total. The team did not see the oil pattern until they worked with Silver coach Bill Hall on the Showcase Lanes, and they credited that for their result.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/20/12 08:05 AM

http://www.bowl.com/news/xmlburner.jsp?x...ublesatOpen.xml

New leaders emerged yesterday in the doubles event of both divisions, as Danny Smith (63, Lawrenceville, GA) and Darin Belisto (40, Oakwood, GA) took the Regular division lead with a 1,343 total, and Tim Luken (52, Gettysburg, SD) and Randy Tennant (55, Onida, SD) moved into the lead in the Classified division with 1,231. Tennant later posted a 605 series in singles to take the Classified lead in that event; he filled 29 of 30 frames in the singles effort.
Posted by: TimL

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/23/12 02:07 PM

I also shot the 18th and 19th of Feb. Before I went to Nationals we went and shot the BTM 123 and Bowlers Journal at Metro Bowl.At least this gave us a look. Also during the week befor the 18-19th I was at the alleys looking how the lanes broke down.Many guys were moving right. Bad Choice there, left is were you want to move.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/24/12 09:37 AM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902609

Michael Daniels (47, Slidell, LA) had not made his Open Championships debut until this year, and had simply been hoping for a 30-clean performance and 3 600 series. He got his 30-clean in singles, posting games of 210, 267, and 257 to take the Regular Singles lead with a score of 734.

Note: Because a redesigned Bowl.com went live yesterday, the links to the older Bowl.com articles no longer work.
Posted by: VampyreBowler

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/24/12 01:55 PM

and another thing i dislike about the new bowl.com is that they removed to the link to older than the 2005 results....my first year going was 2004. i had a spread sheet with all my score but lost it due to a hd failure on my laptop where i had the spreadsheet
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/24/12 02:59 PM

That'll teach you to back your data up, Vamp. Personally, I keep all of my logs on my thumb drive as well as the account I have with my ISP's backup and sharing service, which I use as a cloud drive.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/24/12 09:59 PM

Below is a list of when some notable bowlers and teams are scheduled to make their appearance. It includes the live streaming schedule, so if you missed the earlier post of the streaming schedule and can't access the previous link of it, you'll have it below:

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902616
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 02/25/12 05:51 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902641

Joel Fee (31, Pella, IA) posted games of 234, 236, and 185 for a 655 series and the lead in Classified Singles. It was his first national championships appearance.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/02/12 02:49 AM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902711

Legend of Dung Ho out of Cerritos, CA posted games of 1,037, 1,073, and 978 for a 3,088 team score yesterday, currently good for the Regular Team lead. Two of the bowlers, including team captain Vayle Floria, competed collegiately at Cal. St.-Fullerton, with a third member of the team having been their coach. They recently added Michael Tucker of Las Vegas, the 1992 Regular All-Events champion, who led the team with a 648 series.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/02/12 11:17 AM

Wow, the scores sure are down so far this year. It will be interesting to see what the big name teams do.
Posted by: Lumpytire

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/02/12 01:48 PM

Hopefully scoring stays down for the entirety of the tournament, that would be a refreshing change.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/03/12 06:26 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902743

Ryan Whitney (29, Lewisville, TX) threw games of 279, 265, and 222 (766 set) yesterday to team with Chris Hans (Rocky Mount, NC), with a 654, for a 1,420 doubles total and the Regular Doubles lead. Whitney then opened singles with games of 256 and 217 before throwing the first 300 game of the tournament to take the Regular Singles lead with a 773. Whitney also now leads Regular All-Events with a nine-game total of 2,170, a career best.

Also, Legend of Dung Ho averaged better than 219 in doubles and singles yesterday to take the Team All-Events lead with a score of 9,666.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/04/12 07:19 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902770

The weekend also saw new leaders in Classified Team and All-Events, as Wafflers of Romeoville, IL were paced by a 565 set from Scot Keith to post games of 833, 847, and 888 for a team score of 2,568, and Sheldon Goldberg (Hollywood, FL) threw sets of 541 in team, 591 in doubles, and 607 in singles for a 1,676 all-events score.

And here are the first low-to-cash scores (as of yesterday):

Regular Division

Team: 2,597
Doubles: 1,047
Singles: 545
All-Events: 1,674

Classified Division

Team: 2,271
Doubles: 933
Singles: 470
All-Events: 1,484
Posted by: Dan300

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/06/12 10:34 AM

Thanks Richie, for keeping us all updated.

For comparison, here are the final low-to-cash scores from last year's tournament (thanks again Richie):

Final low-to-cash:

Regular Division

Team: 2,740
Doubles: 1,120
Singles: 572
All-Events: 1,785

Classified Division

Team: 2,360
Doubles: 965
Singles: 485
All-Events: 1,524
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/06/12 05:19 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902796

USBC Hall of Famer Jeff Richgels, whose Turbo 2-N-1 Grips team will take to the championship lanes in a couple of months in defense of their team title, has always said it actually takes 10 bowlers to win a team title, not just 5. While there's still a lot of bowling left, a pair of teams sponsored by Nicholas J's Pro Shop of La Crosse, WI, made a case for his point, as the Nicholas J's Pro Shop 2 team surged into the Regular Team lead with games of 1,115, 1,165, and 1,121 for a 3,401 series, followed in 2nd place by their companion team, which shot 953, 1,098, and 1,153 for a 3,204 total. They're a young group, as Nick Heilman is the veteran of the group at age 29 with 9 championship appearances, but have bowled together in college and leagues; the companion team was composed entirely of first-timers to the Open Championships.

On the other side of the River Center, K Lines 2 of Gildford, MT shot games of 875, 912, and 871 for a total of 2,658 and are the new Classified Team leaders.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/09/12 01:01 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902841

Al Pilon (56, East Grand Forks, MN), a self-described early-riser who initially wasn't thrilled about bowling doubles & singles in the first squad of the day, started the day this morning with the second 300 game of the tournament.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/18/12 05:35 PM

Updated low-to-cash (as of 3/15):

Regular Division

Team: 2,618
Doubles: 1,074
Singles: 551
All-Events: 1,699

Classified Division

Team: 2,284
Doubles: 938
Singles: 470
All-Events: 1,484
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/20/12 11:55 AM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902915

Matthew Tuckfield (23, Miami, FL) started doubles on Sunday with a disappointing 169 game, but turned that disappointment into history with the third 300 game of the tournament the next game.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/22/12 07:30 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902922

Andrew Kleutgen (22, Wild Rose, WI) has typically been a good team bowler, averaging more than 17 pins higher in team than doubles & singles, but didn't get off to the best start with a 541 in team, and his struggles continued in doubles, fouling twice and falling on the lane on the way to a 485 in that event, his worst set in four championship appearances.

After a new heel and a pep talk from his doubles partner, however, Kleutgen threw games of 219, 276, and 290 in singles to take the Regular Singles lead with a 785 series.
Posted by: dgordon0408

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/23/12 02:45 PM

While I'm not going to nationals I practiced on the shot today and the line to play is definitely, you have the most room out there. I was able to average 180 for 9 games while missing a ton of spares, for me the key was pin down equipment is going to give the smoothest look out there because my pin up breeze went Brooklyn every time I threw it outside, this is 2 handed of course
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/23/12 04:02 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902950

Adam Barta (32, Girard, OH) threw three clutch strikes at the end of doubles to finish with a 279 game and a 718 series (other games were 235 and 204), and his partner Hugh Miller (55, Mercer Island, WA) added a 269-209-233=711 to enable to pair to grab the Regular Doubles lead yesterday with a score of 1,429. Miller is a seven-time titlist on the PBA Tour.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/24/12 08:06 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902958

In 2007, Dennis Poepping (52, Alexandria, MN) watched as his teammate Lenny Boogaard posted the winning effort in Classified Singles. This weekend, he may have carved out his own spot in the history books, posting a 554 in team last night, and a career-high 643 doubles set and 549 in singles this morning to take the lead in Classified All-Events with a 1,746 score.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/27/12 12:37 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884902993

Mike Larsen (28, Arlington, TX), the USBC's Director of Association Development, joined his partner, Gary Brown, in the record books with the fourth 300 game of the tournament (Brown threw his in the 1996 event at Salt Lake City) in his doubles event. Larsen also holds the distinction of having thrown the first 300 game in the ITRC, doing so in October of 2010.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/27/12 02:53 PM

Its amazing that there's only been four 300 games so far. Last year we were hearing about a couple a week. USBC sure made a statement.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/28/12 12:39 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903006

Bill King (69, Vergas, MN) recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary, and could be celebrating a Classified Team title after throwing a 539 series to help his Frazee 2 team to a 2,678 total. Fittingly, his wife made her Open Championships debut on his companion team, Zee Lanes 1.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 03/28/12 10:50 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903022

The fifth and sixth 300 games of the tournament came just hours apart today, with David Morgan (53, Rutland, VT) getting the first of the day in singles in his first appearance at the Open Championships, and T.J. Schmidt (23, Osceola, IN) following up his 300/855 performance in doubles from last year by becoming the 22nd bowler with multiple 300 games on the championship lanes to open his doubles event.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/03/12 12:42 AM

Getting caught up...

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903065

Henry Teetz III (40, West Allis, WI) threw games of 232, 279, and 289 on Sunday, striking on 21 of his last 24 shots, for the first 800 series of the tournament (on the button) and the lead in Regular Singles.

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903081

Michael Sagers (33, Clearfield, UT) later in the day threw the seventh 300 game of the tournament and the first in the team event (second game).
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/03/12 05:46 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903095

Jonathan Dunbar (34, Powhatan, VA) has bowled 299 on smaller stages twice, but picked the OC to bowl his first 300 game yesterday, which was the eighth of the tournament. The perfect game came at the end of doubles.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/04/12 01:54 AM

I failed to spot in the article on Henry Teetz' 800 series that his Five Horsemen of Racine team, which also includes Ron Vokes, the 2009 Regular All-Events champion, also now leads Team All-Events with a total of 9,731.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/04/12 10:58 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903115

Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, FL got off to a slow start in team, but then rallied to take fourth in Regular Team with 3,196, then carried that momentum into doubles and singles to take the Team All-Events lead with 9,744. John Gaines, holder of three eagles, led the team with a 1,994 all-events score.
Posted by: slaterracing

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/06/12 01:09 PM

To all the guys who have bowled on this and did well congrats. i went to pract last night and got put on a pair of lanes that were oiled with this oil pattern so teams that were heading up could pract and WOW was it tough. I was plaing strght going up board 12 to 13 and letting it break just a hair into the pocket. If i missed 2 board right it never touched the head pin. So glad i do not have to bowl on that pattern all the time.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/06/12 01:34 PM

Originally Posted By: slaterracing
So glad i do not have to bowl on that pattern all the time.


Amen to that. I've practiced on it a few times and it sure is tough. I'm looking forward to mid-May when Jeff Richgels brings his team in to see what they can do on it. Brett Wolfe too. He's a local Arizona guy with the national sport series record, and was the 2002 ABC Masters Champion. He always uses a Faball Blue Hammer...interested to see how he'll shoot.
Posted by: dgordon0408

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/06/12 04:11 PM

I honestly like the nationals pattern, i think i could average about as high as my houses house shot, now that i know where to play on it, its either out or way in
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/07/12 05:10 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903133

Robert Hanson (53, Tacoma, WA) has had two items on his Open Championships bucket list since his first appearance in 1984: a 300 game and an eagle. He crossed the former off last night after following games of 227 and 238 in singles with the ninth perfect game of the tournament.
Posted by: 6_ball_man

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/09/12 07:59 PM

Barely shot 1500...a disaster of a tournament. I was not alone in my struggles.
Posted by: 3ripmin

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/11/12 04:29 PM

it was the toughest pattern I've ever bowled on by far. i was happy to have all 3 sets over 500. 527 537 548. low game 135 and high game 222. only 1 game over 200 and that was the game after my low game ever of 135 and 2 beers. my book average is 218.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/14/12 02:05 PM

Going chronologically here...

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903189

Bill Orlikowski (44, Grand Rapids, MI) overcame a 169 first game in team to average 247 in his other eight games to become the first this year to record three 700 series (715 in team, 721 in doubles, and 716 in singles) and take second place in Regular All-Events with 2,152. Moreover, he helped his S&B Pro Shop 1 team (Clinton Township, MI) into the Team All-Events lead with a total of 9,954.

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903193

Eight-time Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe threw the 10th perfect game of the tournament to end her team event and help her Cambridge 1 team (Feeding Hills, MA) take second in Regular Team with games of 979, 1,103, and 1,237 for a 3,319 total.

Low-to-cash scores as of Apr. 1 (been putting off an update):

Regular Division

Team: 2,638
Doubles: 1,080
Singles: 553
All-Events: 1,712

Classified Division

Team: 2,280
Doubles: 938
Singles: 470
All-Events: 1,481
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/17/12 04:05 AM

And another low-to-cash update (as of April 15):

Regular Division

Team: 2,626
Doubles: 1,078
Singles: 552
All-Events: 1,710

Classified Division

Team: 2,267
Doubles: 933
Singles: 469
All-Events: 1,476
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/19/12 10:45 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903329

Steve Harms (46, West Valley City, UT) had thrown one of his near-record 52 perfect games in last year's Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium, and today, in doubles, he repeated the feat, becoming the 23rd bowler with multiple 300 games on the championship lanes and the 5th to throw one in consecutive years.
Posted by: Chuck

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/21/12 01:56 PM

I bowled last week. Had a good look a couple times and always made one mistake too many. Shot 1660 w/ a 115 game on the back of team. We got a bad break pulling a team of idiots to cross with that wanted to play inside from the start. The 3rd game the shot was fried and no one could do anything.

It was fun though and it looks like I'll cash in doubles and maybe squeak something out in singles.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/25/12 04:16 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903425

Matt Smith (36, Altoona, IA) threw the 12th 300 game of the tournament yesterday, capping a high-scoring weekend that also saw former Team USA member Derek Eoff and a CareerAthletes.com team led by another former Team USA member, John Szczerbinski, make runs at the Regular All-Events and Regular Team leads, respectively.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/25/12 10:56 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903438

Two-hander Jimmy Zimmerman (28, Syracuse, NY) threw games of 259, 265, and 257 (781 series) and his partner, Roger Blanchard (also from Syracuse), added 235-210-238=683 for a 1,464 total Tuesday night, currently good for the Regular Doubles lead just at the halfway point of the tournament.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/27/12 12:16 AM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903453

John Benning (46, Franklin, WI) had a roller-coaster of a team event last night, starting with games of 233 and 142 before finishing out with 12 straight strikes for the 13th perfect game of the tournament and the 3rd in the team event.

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903455

Also last night, Nite Owls of Lynchburg, VA posted games of 971, 870, and 866 to take the Classified Team lead with a total of 2,707. John Sperry led the way with a 579 series.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/28/12 01:35 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903499

Chris Dunham (44, Indianapolis, IN) closed his team event with 15 consecutive strikes, which included the 14th 300 game of the tournament and the 4th one in the team event. It paced his DV8 Indianapolis team to a 1,261 final game, the highest so far in the tournament and tied for 6th highest in tournament history.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 04/29/12 02:52 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903509

Matt McNiel (26, Prior Lake, MN) burst onto the scene two years ago when he broke the All-Events record at the Open Championships, and made more history last night by posting doubles games of 268, 300, and 279 for an 847 series, making him the first bowler with three 800 series on the championship lanes. The perfect game, bowled again with the streaming cameras trained on his pair, was the 15th of the tournament (becoming the 24th bowler with multiple 300 games and the 6th with one in back-to-back years) and the 800 series the 2nd of the year.

With his doubles partner, Charles Vashaw (Deephaven, MN), posting a 642 series, they now lead Regular Doubles with a 1,489 total, and McNiel added a 792 in team and 563 in singles to take the Regular All-Events lead with 2,202. His Linds Lakers 1 team is now 5th in Regular Team (3,278) and 4th in Team All-Events (9,801).

McNiel has a 250.67 average in 27 Open Championships games since 2010.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 05/02/12 11:16 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903558

Already in a celebratory mood after receiving his 25 year plaque before his team event Sunday, Sam Carter (60, Ben Lomond, CA) found more reason to celebrate after his doubles event Monday night, closing out the event with the 16th perfect game of the 2012 tournament.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 05/09/12 01:03 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884903690

Robert Staub Jr. (42, Hanover, PA) missed a lot of spares Monday during his team event, but came back yesterday and started doubles the best way you can, as he threw the 17th perfect game of the tournament.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 05/19/12 02:40 PM

I've been slacking b/c there hasn't been much to post about. Here are the low-to-cash scores as of May 15:

Regular Division

Team: 2,627
Doubles: 1,081
Singles: 554
All-Events: 1,718

Classified Division

Team: 2,258
Doubles: 931
Singles: 467
All-Events: 1,470
Posted by: RGrawhammer

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 06/06/12 04:01 AM

Awesome, man! Thanks for these updates. Was looking for the low to cash and found this.

I head out to Baton Rouge at the end of the month.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 06/06/12 11:17 AM

Low-to-cash as of June 1:

Regular Division

Team: 2,624
Doubles: 1,081
Singles: 553
All-Events: 1,716

Classified Division

Team: 2,253
Doubles: 927
Singles: 466
All-Events: 1,467
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 06/16/12 03:49 PM

It's been a while since I've had something newsworthy to post...

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884904605

Ed Swietek (56, Sarasota, FL) had 6 games over 202 to put himself into the Classified All-Events lead yesterday morning with 595 in team, 600 in doubles, and 602 in singles for a 1,797 all-events score. He credited an opportunity to bowl on the tournament condition in Bradenton, FL as boosting his confidence for his national tournament appearance.

Low-to-cash as of 6/15:

Regular Division

Team: 2,616
Doubles: 1,080
Singles: 552
All-Events: 1,714

Classified Division

Team: 2,246
Doubles: 925
Singles: 465
All-Events: 1,463
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 06/19/12 05:10 PM

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884904714

For Andre Trahan (25, Houma, LA), it was a case of a local man making good, as he threw the 18th perfect game of the 2012 Open Championships today in his doubles event. It was the first 300 game in the Open since May 8.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 07/10/12 12:29 PM

I've been slacking again... :|

http://bowl.com/news/newsdetails.aspx?id=12884905017

Sean Swanson (43, Springfield, MO) threw the 19th perfect game of the tournament on Thursday in the second game of doubles. He is a two-time PBA Southwest Region Player of the Year.

The last bowlers were on the lanes yesterday, so I'll be looking for the usual wrap-up article and the final low-to-cash numbers.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 07/11/12 11:21 AM

The wrap-up post on Bowl.com

Matt McNiel was definitely the star, as he took both Regular Doubles (with Charles Vashaw) and Regular All-Events with the help of the tournament-high series (847), which was one of only two 800 series this year.

I'll post the final low-to-cash when I see them.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2012 USBC Open Championships - 07/14/12 07:46 PM

Final unofficial low-to-cash:

Regular Division

Team: 2,608
Doubles: 1,076
Singles: 550
All-Events: 1,711

Classified Division

Team: 2,238
Doubles: 922
Singles: 463
All-Events: 1,459

Congrats to our users who cashed this year. laugh