Five bowlers celebrate participation milestones at USBC Open Championships


    United States

    Iowa's Greg Engelkes rolls fourth 300 game of 112th edition; defending singles champion Louis Jenkins Jr. won't repeat; three live stream broadcasts this week



    2015USBCOCBillLillardCareerPinfallLeader.jpgLongevity was the theme this week at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships as five bowlers reached participation milestones at the El Paso Convention Center.

    Dick Rice (pictured above) of Platteville, Wisconsin, celebrated his 60th USBC Open Championships appearance April 27 and became the 16th member of the 100,000-Pin Club on April 28. The 80-year-old right-hander's 1,185 all-events total this year gives him a career pinfall total of 100,296. USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. (right) of Houston tops the tournament's all-time pinfall list with 124,087.

    2015USBCOCPatrickandAnthonyMalone.jpgAnthony Malone (pictured with his son Patrick, left) of Erie, Pennsylvania, also a member of the 100,000-Pin Club, missed the 2014 tournament due to injury, but returned to become the ninth bowler in history to reach the 65-year plateau on April 22.

    2015USBCOCCarlChristen.jpgThe 88-year-old increased his career pinfall total to 106,471 and remains 10th on the all-time list.

    Clancy Mueller of St. Charles, Missouri, and William Chestnut of Cantrall, Illinois, both competed for the 55th time April 26, while Carl Christen (right) of Broken Bow, Nebraska, became the third of 12 bowlers scheduled to reach 50 years at the 2015 tournament on April 23.


    Iowa's Greg Engelkes rolls fourth 300 game of 2015 USBC Open Championships

    2015USBCOCGregEngelkes.jpgGreg Engelkes (left) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, rolled the fourth perfect game of the 2015 USBC Open Championships in his first game of doubles April 28.

    The 29-year-old right-hander added games of 181 and 225 for a 706 series and teamed with his father, Joseph Engelkes of Waterloo, Iowa, for a 1,305 total, which is just outside the top 10 in Regular Doubles this year. Jeremy Sonnenfeld and Tom Woodworth of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, lead with 1,372.

    Greg Engelkes had 616 in team and 548 in singles to close his 11th Open Championships with a 1,870 all-events total. Rob Gotchall of Clarksville, Tennessee, leads Regular All-Events with 2,181.


    Defending singles champion Louis Jenkins Jr. won't repeat in 2015

    2015USBCOCLouisJenkins.jpgLouis Jenkins Jr. (left) of Yukon, Oklahoma, who had an 826 series at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, to capture the 2014 Regular Singles title, returned to the USBC Open Championships as a champion for the first time.

    In his title defense at the El Paso Convention Center on April 21, the 47-year-old right-hander rolled games of 172, 236 and 155 for a 563 series. Scott Endersbe of Waite Park, Minnesota, leads Regular Singles this year with 785.

    Jenkins added a 720 set in doubles and 552 in team this year to end his eighth tournament campaign with a 1,835 all-events total.


    A look ahead

    2014USBCOCCarlandClarkPoelzer.jpgThere will be three live stream broadcasts from the 2015 USBC Open Championships this week.

    First, defending Regular Doubles champions, Carl and Clark Poelzer (left, l-r) of Arden Hills, Minnesota, will put their title on the line live on BowlTV on April 29 at 3 p.m. EDT. The father-son duo claimed the 2014 doubles title with a 1,465 total.

    2015USBCHoFInducteeSamLantto.jpgOn May 1 at 7 p.m. Eastern, of Naugatuck, Connecticut, will try to improve on last year's 24th-place team finish. The group traditionally includes former Team USA members Brian Graham and Mike Mullin as well Chris Forry, who finished ninth in Regular All-Events in 2014. Their crossing team,, rolled the second-highest team game in history (1,299) at last year's tournament.

    2013USBCOCMattMcNiel.jpgThis week's final broadcast will feature new USBC Hall of Fame member Sam Lantto (right) and three-time Open Championships titlist Matt McNiel (left) for their team event May 2 at 7 p.m. EDT.

    Three bowlers also will reach milestones at the El Paso Convention Center this week.

    Terry Brenneman of Dover, Pennsylvania (May 3), Fran Eighme of Waterloo, Iowa (May 3) and George Fisher of Des Moines, Iowa (May 5) all will march down Center Aisle for the 50th time.


    Related Articles

    Clutch finish lifts NABR of West Henrietta, New York at USBC Open Championships
    Minnesota's Scott Endersbe takes singles lead at El Paso Convention Center
    Defending champion Anthony LaCaze in position to make history at USBC Open Championships
    Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. breaks career pinfall record at USBC Open Championships
    Minnesota bowler Sylvester Thiel celebrates 70 years at USBC Open Championships
    XBowling named official live scoring partner of USBC Open Championships
    2015 USBC Open Championships underway in El Paso
    Science of Bowling exhibit at El Paso Exploreum
    USBC, Kegel work together to benefit Folds of Honor
    New squad times and tiered pricing for 2015 USBC Open Championships
    El Paso to host USBC Open Championships in 2015


    2015 USBC Open Championships - Regular Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Team NABR (Adam Barta, Scott Pohl, Brian Waliczek, Mike Rose Jr., Rob Gotchall), West Henrietta, N.Y., 3,368. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Las Vegas, 3,359. 3, Hashtag Team Dole, Cleveland, 3,231. 4, Bowling With Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 3,211. 5, Coach K Scholarship, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,178. 6, Train Wreck, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,172. 7, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 3,169. 8, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 3,149. 9, To Be Determined Too, Lexington, Ky., 3,116. 10, Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 3,088.

    1, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 2, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, 1,370. 3, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 4, Rich Abboud, Omaha, Neb./Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., 1,352. 5, Michael McCormick, Brookston, Ind./Steve Hartman, West Lafayette, Ind., 1,338. 6, Ray Huffman, III, Glenford, Ohio/Robert Murgatroyd, Zanesville, Ohio, 1,337. 7, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C./Darrel Ratliff, Monroe, N.C., 1,331. 8, Donald Robinson, Houston/Terence McQueen, Fresno, Texas, 1,319. 9, Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis./Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 1,318. 10, Graham Ready, Batesburg, S.C./Jeff Campbell, Newport News, Va., 1,316.

    1, Scott Endersbe, Waite Park, Minn., 785. 2, Chad Oachs, Mankato, Minn., 772. 3, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 771. 4, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 770. 5, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 759. 6, Dave Beres, Greenfield, Wis., 754. 7, Mike Pelham, Clinton, Iowa, 748. 8, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 746. 9, Jeffery Prein, Stoughton, Wis., 744. 10, Ken Duffield, Platteville, Wis., 739.

    1, Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,181. 2, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 2,152. 3, Erik Vermilyea, Las Vegas, 2,083. 4, Steve Hartman, West Lafayette, Ind., 2,074. 5(tie), Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., and Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,062. 7, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 2,048. 8, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 2,027. 9, Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich., 2,019. 10, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 2,017.

    Team All-Events
    1, Junior Team USA Support 1 (Matthew Tuckfield, Anthony LaCaze, Steve Novak, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Las Vegas, 10,064. 2, Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9.886. 3, Train Wreck, Castle Rock, Colo., 9,749. 4, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 9,669. 5, S.B.I., Oregon, Wis., 9,584. 6, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 9,393. 7, Bowling with Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 9,338. 8, SavageBowlingProShops 1, Whitestown, Ind., 9,306. 9, Storm N One, Pritchett, Colo., 9,279. 10, Fla/Ok, Pritchett, Colo., 9,257.


    2015 USBC Open Championships - Classified Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    1, Scotty's 3 (Brady Erdmann, Jed Lye, Marshall Lagred, Tyler Grabow, Alan Iverson), Alexandria, Minn., 2,676. 2, Scotty's 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,646. 3, Rails Bar and Grill, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,597. 4, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,533. 5, Lani Ohana, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2,532. 6, Lake Country Rollers 2, Clarissa, Minn., 2,530. 7, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,527. 8, Minnesota Select Sires 1, Fergus Falls, Minn., 2,526. 9, Kirkmeyer Electric, Hobbs, N.M., 2,509. 10, Stri King 1, Hannaford, N.D., 2,506.

    1, Mike Heck, Browns Valley, Minn./Darin Ziemer, Fargo, N.D., 1,161. 2, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn./Gary Holtz, Litchfield, Minn., 1,153. 3, Ryan Burmester/David Burmester, Hampton, Iowa, 1,126. 4, Courtney Johnston/Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,116. 5, Bruce Huikko, South Haven Minn./Leslie Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 1,115. 6, Sterling Minke Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Sterling Minke Sr., Englewood, Fla., 1,111. 7, Cecilia Lung/Joseph Lung, Monterey Park, Calif., 1,106. 8, Michael Thielen/Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,105. 9, Sharon Nelson, Mesa, Ariz./Missy Price, Harrisburg, S.D., 1,100. 10(tie), Bill King/Mark Bylander, Vergas, Minn., and Alan Miller, Eunice, N.M./Hugo Naegele, Hobbs, N.M., 1,097.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 636. 2, Jim Conkle, Pentwater, Mich., 628. 3, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 620. 4(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa and Jack Berrier, Bascom, Ohio, 610. 6, Billy Dedek, Amarillo, Texas, 605. 7, Jere Goff, Ormond Beach, Fla., 603. 8, Mark Bearman, Webster, S.D., 601. 9, Jason Gorley, Tacoma, Wash., 593. 10, Karen Peterson, Fulton, Iowa, 591.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,734. 2, Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,712. 3, Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,689. 4, Shea Branch, Dallas, 1,687. 5, Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,669. 6, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,663. 7, Joseph Whittaker, Provo, Utah, 1,660. 8, Bryan Herald, Chapman, Neb., 1,659. 9, Nathan Erickson, Melrose, Mont., 1,657. 10, Dale Huling, Las Vegas, 1,647.