2015 USBC Open Championships

Posted by: Richie V.

2015 USBC Open Championships - 02/16/15 01:53 PM

I usually start a thread on the Open Championships with the lane conditions, but the USBC has released the streaming schedule for both the Open and Women's Championships. They had a poll on who would be featured for one of the streaming events, and 900 shooter Earon Vollmar won that poll; as a result, he'll be featured in his team event on May 28. Other than defending champions, other notable streaming events will be the team event of Jeff Richgels' 11thFrame.com team (May 15) and Mike Scroggins' all-lefty teams (Team event on June 23). Of course, BowlTV may add bonus coverage later, and that's actually how I got to see Alex Aguiar in his team event last year.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 02/16/15 06:39 PM

There's some really good coverage there (as usual.) Every year I enjoy these live streams more than any other bowling out there, including the PBA. I personally think of an Eagle as the most prestigious thing you can win (alongside maybe a WTBA medal) and I love watching the top talent go out there and put it on the line.

I'll really be looking forward to Matt McNiel and the Linds Lakers (billed as USBC HOF inductee Sam Lantto) Buddies Pro Shop, and Pollard's Bowl (the team that set the long standing team record of 3537 that's been obliterated these last two years.)

I'll personally be making the short trek from Tucson to El Paso to bowl on April 7th and 8th. This will be my second appearance. I shot 602 and cashed in singles last year as my tournament highlight. This year I'd like to improve on that performance. I've been bowling on a lot of more challenging patterns since last year, and right now I'm on a bit of a hot streak...I hope it lasts a couple more months at least.

Who else is bowling this year?
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 02/25/15 10:37 PM

I got convinced to bowl El Paso. I have no idea what to expect, I just hope to keep my ball on the lanes. I am in the market for a heavy oil ball just for this tourney as I was warned about long oil patterns.
Posted by: Dave800

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 02/28/15 04:48 PM

not long oil, flatter oil
much tougher than general house shot
needs accuracy and good fundamentals to succeed
a fun tournament though, its an experience for sure
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 02/28/15 09:11 PM

Dave is right on the money. Its a pretty big misconception that Nationals=heavy oil. The last several years, the volume has been pretty mild, and the lengths have been medium. And with how often the lanes are full stripped, the backends are pretty sharp.

Take equipment that is smooth rolling, try to play straight as a team to start, and work on your spare game before going, and you'll find the most success.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/01/15 04:12 PM

That shouldn't be a problem as all of my balls are drilled fairly mild, thanks to my league being based in a "hookers" paradise house. As an old school bowler, I still use the 3-6-9 method of spare shooting which more or less works for me but is somewhat challenging over various patterns.
Posted by: Dave800

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/01/15 05:52 PM

Champ is right on the money
best thing you can do to prepare for nationals is to practice, practice, practice your spares
learn to throw all single pins straight, no matter where they are on the lanes.
I throw at all of my spares with a plastic straight ball unless double wood

the patterns used at Nationals have very little miss room, a few boards either way of your target can cause you to miss the headpin all together.
just go knowing its going to a bit tougher than normal and plan on some site seeing, good food, good fun depending how long you can stay in town
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/01/15 06:02 PM

I hear you Champ. Going straight at pins for spares definitely keeps it simple without worrying about hook.
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/04/15 05:08 PM

USBC released the oil patterns today. Here they are: Team D/S
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/04/15 08:16 PM

The pattern announcement makes it all the more real. My trip is just around the corner.

Both patterns look pretty similar to me, with the team pattern just being flatter. Looks to me like they are trying to re-establish team play in the team event this year by taking the shape out of the front of the pattern.

We'll see what the real experts have to say in the next few days.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/04/15 10:48 PM

Thanks wronghander...I've been used to the USBC having a kick-off show on BowlTV where the patterns are revealed, but I was expecting that on Friday, the day before the first squads.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/05/15 12:51 AM

Can someone please give a summary on each of those patterns?
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/05/15 10:49 AM

Here Chris Barnes gives a pretty good breakdown. Basically medium lengths and upper medium volumes without much miss room.

Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/05/15 02:11 PM

And here's an article by five time champion Jeff Richgels, predicting the lowest scores in years:

https://www.11thframe.com/news/article/7308
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/05/15 03:11 PM

It'll be interesting to see how Mike Scroggins fares in this tournament. I think the patterns fall right into his wheelhouse and he'll be able to play his straighter line from near the gutter and rely on accuracy.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/05/15 11:06 PM

Hm, interesting read from Jeff Richgels. He is recommending staying away from strong back end flippy balls. It appears I may have to reconsider my Roto Grip Hyper Cell Skid plans.
Posted by: Dave800

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/09/15 11:15 PM

think about it like this:

amount of volume tells you how strong of a ball to use
length of pattern tells you where to play

you will want more even rolling, controllable pieces to use on these types of patterns
for ME..its a symmetric core, longer pin-pap and i prefer lower grits under polish.
like my EP hybrid, pin down, 5" pin, 1000+polish
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/10/15 12:44 AM

Goobee, your IQ Tour Solid was made for conditions like these. It will be absolutely ideal.
Posted by: vdubtx

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/10/15 12:16 PM

Getting excited to give this shot a try before heading down to El Paso end of May. Seems like I have some balls that will work pretty nicely.

Know it is very early, but from looking at graphs and seeing the first stream of competition I will likely use Hyper Cell game 1 of each set to help burn a line in. Then get out my Disturbed, First Blood and IQ Tour Fusion. Was actually thinking of getting rid of the Fusion as I hadn't used it much, but it is controllable and may work.

Will see what happens when I get some practice on the patterns in the coming months.
Posted by: VampyreBowler

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/10/15 12:54 PM

another year and another nationals missed...bleh
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/10/15 09:51 PM

One of these days, I might become a donor, errr, participant smile

I'm bowling in my very first real tournament this weekend, and I had no idea what the format was or how to choose days. Singles at 9"00 AM and doubles at 10:15.

I think my Crux will be getting plenty of use.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/16/15 12:42 PM

With two weekends in the books, here are the early leaders:

Regular Division

Team: The Cutting Edge (Windsor, CO) 3,032
Doubles: Doug McHugh & Bo Johnson (Huron, SD) 1,298
Singles: Brandon Nelson (Fargo, ND) 712
All-Events: Terrance Reeves III (Winter Haven, FL) 1,978

I'll skip the Classified division for now b/c the doubles leaderboard for that division doesn't seem to be available.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/16/15 11:01 PM

I had a chance to bowl on a flatter pattern and it was not easy. Although not Open specs, it was enough to give me a rough idea on what to expect.

I do believe that I will need a grippier ball, what I have slides too much. Accuracy is definitely going to be key as there is very little margin for error. If you miss outside, your ball won't come back. Tug the ball, don't expect it to go Brooklyn, it'll just slide into the head pin for a split.

For those who hang their ball on the 1 board for the 10 pin, it's going to be tough. The ball slides off the edge very easily.

As soon as I find a house with the Open pattern, I will give it a try.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/17/15 01:13 AM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323757

The original "Mr. 900", Jeremy Sonnenfeld, who was a member of the winning Team All-Events team in 2001, found his way back on the leaderboard at the Open by posting a 698 series with his new partner, Tom Woodworth, adding a 674 to take the Regular Doubles lead with a 1,372 effort. Both bowlers are from Sioux Falls, SD.

Here are the early Classified division leaders:

Team: Lani Ohana (Kaneohe, HI) 2,532
Doubles: Sharon Nelson (Mesa, AZ) & Missy Price (Harrisburg, SD) 1,100
Singles: Marrk Bearman (Webster, SD) 601
All-Events: Joseph S. Whittaker (Provo, UT) 1,660
Posted by: FuriousSam

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/19/15 07:06 PM

Make sure to find out if they re-oil as it will matter a lot. I joined my first county trio the past two weekends (one on fresh oil and the other on second set) and they were as different as day and night. Good luck Steve!

-- Sam
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/20/15 02:31 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323769

The members of Rails Bar and Grill (Eagle Grove, IA) have been together for five years, and the teamwork they've developed paid off Wednesday night with games of 921, 897, and 779 for a 2,597 total and the Classified Team lead. Darrell Pedersen led the team with a 567 set.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/20/15 10:49 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323781

Tyler Jensen (31, R, Ft. Worth, TX) has now seen his name atop a USBC Open leaderboard in consecutive years, as his 598 team, 707 doubles, and 676 singles sets have given him the Regular All-Events lead with a 1,981 total. His Storm Products team held the Regular Team lead for part of last year's tournament in Reno.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/23/15 12:47 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323785

Chris Pounders (34, R, Madison, WI) and Ken Duffield (45, R, Platteville, WI), have shared Open success in the past, having held the Regular Doubles lead for part of the 2007 edition, but both are now individual leaders, with Pounders posting 691 in team, 676 in doubles, and 641 in singles to take the Regular All-Events lead with 2,008, and Duffield the Regular Singles lead with 739 after games of 267, 245, and 227. Their team, Team Dirty of Evansville, WI, also now leads Team All-Events with 9,055.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/23/15 10:03 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323799

No sooner did Ken Duffield take the Regular Singles lead than Mike Pelham (36, R, Clinton, IA) returned from an 18 year hiatus from the Open Championships to post games of 266, 244, and 238 and move into the lead with 748 this afternoon.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/24/15 07:06 PM

http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323813

Chad Oachs (39, R, Mankato, MN) has battled injuries, including a back problem he suffered in his team event, but rallied in singles to post games of 300, 253, and 219 for a 772 singles performance, good for not only the Regular Singles lead, but also the first perfect game of the 2015 tournament. The page linked above has the video of the last three strikes of the 300.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/25/15 03:03 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323816

ND Storm out of Mandan, ND took the Regular Team lead with games of 939, 987, and 1,223 for a 3,149 total, with an assist given to Matt Smallin (27, R, Glenburn, ND), who made a run at the second 300 game of the tournament in the last game before falling a pin short.

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323820

The leaderboards in the Classified division were also shaken up, with brothers Donald and Gary Holtz (Hutchinson, and Litchfield, MN) taking the Classified Doubles lead after sets of 560 and 593, respectively, for a 1,153 total, while Jim Conkle (62, R, Pentwater, MI) took the Classified Singles lead with games of 163, 239, and 226 for 628 after Donald Holtz briefly took the lead a few pairs away.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 03/26/15 03:06 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323838

Matt Smallin (previously mentioned) carried his team event momentum into the minor events, and, after a 714 team event, put up 621 in doubles and 727 in singles to take the Regular All-Events lead with 2,062. The team, ND Storm, now also leads Team All-Events with 9,393
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/04/15 12:47 AM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323867

One of the first of the "usual suspect" teams, Junior Team USA Support 1 (Mansfield, TX), posted games of 1,070, 1,093, and 1,196 tonight to take the lead in Regular Team with a 3,359 total. Erik Vermilyea (Las Vegas, NV) led the way with a 762 set, while the group also included defending Regular All-Events champion Anthony LaCaze, who posted a 631; LaCaze now has a chance to be just the second bowler to win titles in three consecutive years, having also previously won Team All-Events two years ago (Les Zikes is the only bowler to do that to date).
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/04/15 11:05 PM

http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323870

Junior Team USA Support 1 continued their dominance in the minor events, and now lead Team All-Events with a 10,064 total, averaging better than 223 as a group. Adding 606 in doubles and 715 in singles, Eric Vermilyea also now leads Regular All-Events with a 2,083 effort.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/05/15 01:29 AM

The first low-to-cash scores were posted Wednesday...

Regular Division

Team: 2,607
Doubles: 1,056
Singles: 548
All-Events: 1,687

Classified Division

Team: 2,237
Doubles: 919
Singles: 458
All-Events: 1,449
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/09/15 03:00 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323884

After watching their friends (Scotty's 1) be recognized as the defending Classified Team and Classified Doubles champions, the members of Scotty's 3 (Alexandria, MN) proceeded to put up games of 849, 922, and 905 to take the Classified Team lead themselves, with a 2,676 total. Tyler Grabow was the team's leader with a 587 set.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/10/15 02:06 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323899

Marshal Lagred (21, L, Starbuck, MN) bowled 586 in team (to help Scotty's 3 take the Classified Team lead), 512 in doubles, and 636 in singles, and now leads Classified Singles and Classified All-Events (with a 1,734 total) along with Classified Team. He closed his singles event with a five-bagger.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/10/15 03:43 PM

Let's discuss the Vermilyea group. What are your opinions? Do they hold on for two eagles, one, or none?

Any Eagle this year makes LaCaze almost a certain lock for the USBC Hall of Fame when he's eligible, and should they hold on for both team titles, the whole group would probably find their way into the hall eventually. Three eagles seems to be the entry standard, not to mention, they all have Team USA/Junior Team USA experience.

What an exciting group to be watching. What are your thoughts?
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/11/15 11:00 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323922

After helping their Motion Plus Lanes team into the top 10 last night on BowlTV, Jeff Nimke (Oshkosh, WI) and Chad Maas (Waukesha, WI) found individual success today, with Nimke bowling the second 300 game of the tournament in his doubles event, and Maas adding 727 doubles and 746 singles sets to his 679 in team to take the Regular All-Events lead with 2,152. The group's run of close calls at the Open include second place in Regular Team last year and 6th and 9th place finishes in Team All-Events in 2011 and 2013, respectively.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/12/15 11:09 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323927

Scott Cable (48, R, Elk River, MN) thought he'd have to shoot a lot of spares this year, but found a way around that last night by throwing 27 strikes, including 12 of them in the third game for the third 300 of the tournament and the first in the team event.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/15/15 12:59 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323951

Scott Endersbee (32, R, Waite Park, MN) was unaware that a double in the 10th frame would give him the Regular Singles lead, but still delivered three clutch shots to put up a leading 785 series on games of 268, 238, and 279.

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323954

Also last night, Artistic Expressions scored 3,088, a far cry from their record 3,720 of last year, but their score this year was still good enough to move them into the top 10 in Regular Team.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/21/15 12:52 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323991

Darin Ziemer (30, R, Fargo, ND) and uncle Michael Heck (Browns Valley, MN) overcame travel problems to post 644 and 517 sets respectively and take the Classified Doubles lead with 1,161.

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323993

A clutch performance in the last frame, completed by former Team USA member Rob Gotchall (Clarksville, TN), enabled Team NABR (W. Henrietta, NY) take the Regular Team lead after games of 1,057, 1,123, and 1,188 for 3,368. The group also includes PBA regional standout Brian Waliczek and 2007 Regular All-Events champion Mike Rose Jr., as well as Adam Barta, whom many bowlers in the social media will recognize for being behind "Barta Nation" and who also recently set a new Guinness record for pinfall in one hour by an individual.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/21/15 10:14 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622323996

Rob Gotchall posted sets of 679 in doubles and 719 in singles to add to his 783 effort in team and now leads Regular All-Events with a 2,181 total. Gotchall is one of 28 bowlers with multiple 300 games on the championship lanes, and has appeared on most of the annual average lists at some point.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/23/15 11:16 PM

Its a real testament to Jr USA Support's 10,064 that a team bested them in the team event AND had a bowler take the lead in regular all-events, yet still come up nearly 200 pins short of the lead in Team All-Events.

I have to think 10,064 is a near lock for a win. And that makes Anthony LaCaze a near lock for the USBC Hall of Fame once he's eligible.

I'm leaving in just over a weak. Bowling on the 3rd and 4th. Anyone here been there yet?
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/24/15 07:02 AM

For those interested, Riggs had an interview with USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy on his blog about the future of the Open Championships.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/25/15 03:01 PM

I'm hoping that Chad will be in that position for some time. It takes awhile to get a train back on the tracks, but I think many are underestimating the good deeds planned at the USBC. IMO, one of the hardest tasks in front of them will be the credibility of the lanes nationwide.

I may be wrong in assuming too much, but I think they're goal is to make the word "Sanctioned" mean more than it does now. It could reduce the ranks of sanctioned bowlers, but put the sport back on track for a gradual increase over time. Definitely an uphill struggle.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/25/15 04:13 PM

I agree Steve. Chad has done a lot of good in a short period of time, and I think with the more time he has in the position, the better things will get.

I also think a competent executive level leader who is also a very accomplished and respected bowler is a rare and valuable combination. Chad may be the only shot the USBC has in combining those two assets. They must take this time to lay the groundwork for his successor, whoever and whenever that may be.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/25/15 06:28 PM

Our organizers picked squad times during the last week of the tournament (July 10 and 11) to bowl. There will be slim pickings at that point I imagine.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/29/15 12:56 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324053

Gregory Engelkes (29, R, Cedar Falls, IA) got to celebrate the fourth perfect game of the tournament with his father, as it came in doubles and his father was his doubles partner.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 04/30/15 12:18 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324066

Just hours after Clark and Carl Poelzer relinquished control of the Regular Doubles title, Mark Sleeper Jr. (31, R, Kaufman, TX) and Anthony Simonsen (18, R-2, Princeton, TX) became the first pair this year to eclipse the 1,400 mark to take the lead, with Sleeper posting a 744 series and Simonsen adding 665 for a 1,409 total.

(R-2 = two-hander, right-hand dominant)
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/03/15 08:19 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324091

Ronnie Sparks Jr. (27, R, Redford, MI), a former member of Team USA, threw 29 strikes on the way to games of 278, 246, and 269 for a 793 effort that gave him the Regular Singles lead. Ronnie hopes to join the professional ranks, starting with the Summer Swing coming up.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/03/15 09:51 PM

http://www.bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324104

Matt McNiel (29, L, Prior Lake, MN) has become accustomed to see his name atop leaderboards at the Open Championships, and he's there again after turning in 727 in team, 734 in doubles, and 765 to take the Regular All-Events lead with 2,226.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/04/15 01:24 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324106

In yet another case of making dreams a reality, Erick Villagomez (25, R, Denver, CO) threw the 5th perfect game of the 2015 Open Championships in doubles yesterday.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/08/15 11:08 AM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324145

With all three of his previous USBC Open appearances having been at the NBS, David Berky (49, R, Elky, NV) wasn't sure what to expect in the temporary facility in El Paso, but he found success at least in his singles event, posting games of 223, 234, and 185 for a 642 series, slipping past Marshall Lagred for the Classified Singles lead.
Posted by: dalion

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/16/15 01:00 PM

New member here. I'm heading out to Nationals this week for my 13th year. Hopefully I'll do well, or at least ok. I never seem to do well whenever it's held outside of Nevada. Still though, I've got a 186 avg in the tourney. Based on what folks have said here, an elsewhere, I'm just hoping to stay as clean as possible. I'm sure I'll leave open frames but I will strive to minimize it. Anyone have any last min. advice? I'll letcha know how I do when I get back.

Meanwhile, I'm also looking for a bowler who can bowl the Pennsylvania Dutchman Tournament (doubles/singles) on the last weekend of the tourney, end of July (Hershey, PA). If anyones interested, just drop me a PM.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/16/15 11:45 PM

Keep forgetting I need to update low-to-cash scores...as of May 15:

Regular Division

Team: 2,626
Doubles: 1,063
Singles: 551
All-Events: 1,703

Classified Division

Team: 2,220
Doubles: 909
Singles: 457
All-Events: 1,441
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/17/15 09:17 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324215

Marv Sargent (56, R, Temecula, CA) has recently been known as a top doubles partner, but he found individual success today with the 6th perfect game of the 2015 tournament in singles.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/23/15 03:53 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324293

USBC Hall of Famers Rick & Ron Pollard helped put up the highest Team All-Events score in tournament history nearly 20 years ago, but on Thursday, they got to cheer on Vicky (54, R, Versailles, IN), Rick's wife, and Jamie (26, R, Versailles, IN), Ron's daughter-in-law, as they posted 612 and 550 series respectively to take the Classified Doubles lead with 1,162.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/24/15 01:36 PM

The USBC has released the estimated prize list. It lists 7,100 teams, but Jeff Richgels thought he heard the team count passed 7,250, so there could be a slight uptick from this list.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/25/15 11:19 AM

Pretty good prizes. I always hear about the # of team entries, but never the total number of individuals bowling in the Open. Do they list that anywhere?
Posted by: dalion

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/25/15 12:06 PM

Did not bowl up to my expectations. Tough conditions out there.
Shot 1600, doubles killed me, 476. Avg'd 180 in team an was 20pins short of a 600 in singles. The splits were very hard to avoid.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/25/15 12:35 PM

Originally Posted By: SteveH
Pretty good prizes. I always hear about the # of team entries, but never the total number of individuals bowling in the Open. Do they list that anywhere?


Well, it's always a safe assumption you're bowling everything in the Open; there are very few bowlers who are only bowling the minor events (doubles & singles).
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/25/15 04:46 PM

So let's say maybe north of 30,000 bowlers?
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/25/15 05:58 PM

7250 teams of five comes out to 36,250 bowlers. A lot of teams will bring a sixth bowler for doubles and singles only since there are six bowlers to a pair for those events. The USBC is also keeping registration open through the entire tournament to entice more entries. With late entries, it will likely get close to 40,000 bowlers.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/26/15 02:26 PM

Originally Posted By: champ
7250 teams of five comes out to 36,250 bowlers. A lot of teams will bring a sixth bowler for doubles and singles only since there are six bowlers to a pair for those events. The USBC is also keeping registration open through the entire tournament to entice more entries. With late entries, it will likely get close to 40,000 bowlers.


champ, I'm sure a lot of teams will still bring a ten-bowler group, too: Two teams (we've always said companion team is important) and five pairs for doubles. smile
Posted by: General Pounder

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 05/26/15 02:40 PM

Whenever I've bowled the tourney, I always take an even number of teams. Makes it so much easier.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 06/06/15 09:57 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324359

Patty Turner (39, R, Oak Lawn, IL) recovered from 8th and 9th frame splits in the third game to post games of 228, 236, and 178 for a 642 series, tying her with Dave Berky of Ely, NV for the Classified Singles lead. She is a back-up bowler, and had no idea where she was going to place until after she finished.

Low to cash as of 6/1:

Regular Division

Team: 2,634
Doubles: 1,067
Singles: 553
All-Events: 1,712

Classified Division

Team: 2,212
Doubles: 908
Singles: 457
All-Events: 1,439
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 06/28/15 01:10 AM

I need to pack and ship out my balls this Monday or Tuesday by Bowling Ball Express.

I am only shipping 4 balls:

Storm IQ Tour Solid
Motiv Venom Shock
Motiv Venom Panic
Columbia 300 Blue Dot (Spare)

My style is low speed and low revs. Any thoughts or comments about my selection?

FYI, I will be bowling Bowling Team on Friday, July 10 and Singles/Doubles July 11.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 06/29/15 11:58 AM

Really late, but here are the low-to-cash scores as of 6/15:

Regular Division

Team: 2,632
Doubles: 1,066
Singles: 552
All-Events: 1,710

Classified Division

Team: 2,212
Doubles: 907
Singles: 457
All-Events: 1,439
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 06/30/15 01:34 AM

UPS has my package, it'll be in El Paso way before me. With my main balls gone, I'll use my 14lbs balls to practice with. Need to stay sharp.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/12/15 06:17 PM

http://bowl.com/News/NewsDetails.aspx?id=23622324673

With the tournament having wrapped up yesterday, the link above contains a recap with all of the champions. Notably in this tournament, Matt McNiel became the first three-time Regular All-Events champion, and Anthony LaCaze joined Les Zikes as the only bowlers with championship Eagles in three consecutive years.

I'll be on the lookout for the final low-to-cash.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/12/15 07:50 PM

We bowled the last squads Friday and Saturday. What a humbling experience, I couldn't get anything going. Didn't break 500 in any of the events. Accuracy was the key, missing right the ball wouldn't come back and missing left, your ball took off.

I dunno, league bowlers are simply overmatched on those conditions. I can see why people get frustrated and don't return. As a first time participant, I am considering not returning next year. I bowl out of 3 houses, all oil differently but none prepared me for what I faced in El Paso. There needs to be middle ground, making the conditions that tough hurts morale amongst the participants. Bowling popularity is waning as it is, you are not going to attract more bowlers to the tourney if they continually see and hear people complain about the conditions.

In any case, rant mode off, just needed to vent.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/12/15 08:17 PM

I can understand your frustration goobee, but I think its for the overall benefit of the tournament.

I probably scored very similarly to you this year (1470) and left frustrated, especially after shooting 1700 in my debut last year. Honestly, I think that reality check is absolutely vital for this tournament. It means that it is absolutely impossible to win an eagle, and even highly unlikely that you'll cash, without working with a coach, practicing on sport patterns, learning more about equipment, and developing a cohesive team with a strategy in place.

While typical league bowlers might feel discouraged or even punished, it means that the national championship will showcase the very best in the nation in a way that can not be done with easier conditions. I'd much rather see singles be won with a 793, than see a five way tie for 879 which would absolutely be the case if the conditions were softened.

Just look at Matt McNiel...he's been able to average over 250 for a few years running on those conditions! Imagine if the lane man gave him even just a little help. Furthermore, it makes his accomplishment all the more unbelieveable and special, and I think that's what this tournament deserves. It deserves people being awestruck by the accomplishments of those at the top, and that awe goes away when its just a matter of getting there, lining up, and hoping carry is on your side.

Long story short...I shot 1470, won't come close to cashing in anything, left frustrated and disappointed, and I can't wait for Reno 2016.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/12/15 10:47 PM

I shot a very sad 1355. I didn't expect to go in and shoot out the lights but I sure the heck did not expect embarass myself this badly either. I understand the need to level the playing field but to this degree, it seems excessive. After all, this is an amateur event with mostly moderately skilled bowlers participating. To make the condition overly tough will favor the more skilled bowlers. Maybe I am wrong in my assumption that a 181 average bowler is less skilled than a 225 average bowler.
Posted by: champ

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/13/15 08:46 PM

Where I do agree is that its probably time for a restructuring of the divisions. There probably should be a third division, and even if they didn't want to do that, the classified division should probably be around 210-215.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/13/15 10:15 PM

Yes, a third tier sounds like a good idea. Not sure if they will want to put that kind of effort into it. The brackets are confusing enough as it is.
Posted by: SteveH

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/14/15 09:40 AM

I would have thought the USBC Open Championships were for the best bowlers, just as the US Open golf tournament is for golfers. But the USBC makes a lot of money as entires climb. I think a third division would be rather confusing, and not really meaningful. In a tournament for the best bowlers, but open to anyone for participation, it seems fine now.

As for conditions, I heard from many very talented bowlers how hard it was, which also speaks to normal, everyday house conditions as much as it does for the Open. PGA Tour golfers don't compete in British Open or US Open course conditions everyday, nobody does. Personally, I thought it was a great idea to have challenging conditions for the highest level tournament. There's hardly any left.
Posted by: wronghander

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/14/15 01:23 PM

Lowest scores across the board since 2005
https://www.11thframe.com/news/article/7600

Agree with Steve, shouldn't be a 3rd division. May the best be the best. Hoping to make my debut next year in Reno and take a crack at it myself.
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/17/15 03:40 PM

I probably missed a couple of the 300 games, but the USBC posted a list of the year's honor scores (as of July 1) here. It's testimony to the difficulty of the lane conditions this year that no 800 series and only six 300 games were shot.
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/21/15 08:40 PM

Neat, I got a check from the USBC. It appears I won a bracket. Was not expecting that. smile
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/24/15 05:54 PM

Saw an Examiner post that said the entire field for the tournament averaged only 164.01. By comparison, the two most recent Reno tournaments averaged 171.79 (last year) and 168.3 (two years ago).
Posted by: Richie V.

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/25/15 04:40 PM

Final low-to-cash:

Regular Division

Team: 2,628
Doubles: 1,065
Singles: 551
All-Events: 1,709

Classified Division

Team: 2,206
Doubles: 908
Singles: 456
All-Events: 1,438
Posted by: goobee

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 07/25/15 05:16 PM

Upon close exam, one of my balls was damaged during shipping with BBE (cracked). Really puts an exclamation point on my Open trip. frown
Posted by: vdubtx

Re: 2015 USBC Open Championships - 08/04/15 05:18 PM

Well that is certainly a bummer about the cracked ball. Pretty sure they are insured. I would call them up and claim with UPS for it.

This year at the Open(my 3rd) was my best ever. Prior 2 years in the low to mid 1700 range, this year I ended at 1816. Very happy with that given the challenging conditions.

Cashed in all but Team event. I was high on the team with 662, but not enough from everyone else to push above the low to cash.

Between winnings and brackets, I paid for my trip. smile