Three bowlers join 50-year club at 2015 USBC Open Championships


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    There will be two live stream broadcasts from El Paso Convention Center this week

    2015USBCOCErnieBeltz.jpg The 50-Year Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships got three new members this week at the El Paso Convention Center.

    Ernie Beltz (pictured left) of Georgetown, Texas, who listed bowling with his two sons among his favorite memories at the USBC Open Championships, was escorted down Center Aisle by his son Mike on May 3.

    The 78-year-old right-hander made his first Open Championships appearance at the 1957 tournament in Fort Worth, Texas, and in his milestone appearance more than five decades later, he shot 476 in doubles, 421 in singles and 403 in team for a 1,300 all-events total, increasing his career pinfall to 85,314, a 188 average.

    Fred Gordon of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, and Charles Tredway Sr. of Chester, New Jersey, eclipsed the 50-year mark on May 11.

    2015USBCOCFredGordon.jpg Gordon (left), an 80-year-old right-hander who made his first Open Championships appearance at the 1965 event in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been to every event but one, since his debut.

    He now is the only Maine bowler in 112 years of Open Championships history, and nearly 200 years of Maine's statehood, to reach the 50-year participation mark on the tournament lanes.

    His scores in El Paso this week included 472 in doubles, 444 in team and 440 in singles for a 1,356 all-events total, increasing his career pinfall to 80,667, a 181.6 average.

    2015USBCOCCharlesTredway.jpg Tredway, who made his tournament debut at the 1966 event in Rochester, New York, wouldn't let 18 inches of snow delay his first trip down Center Aisle, and he hasn't let anything stand in his way since. He has been to 50 consecutive tournaments.

    This week, the 76-year-old right-hander rolled scores of 466 in singles, 461 in doubles and 426 in team for 1,353. He has knocked down 81,566 pins in his 50 tournaments for a career average of 181.2.

    Each milestone bowler was presented with a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin to commemorate the accomplishment.


    A look ahead

    2010USBCOCMikeShady.jpgThere will be two live stream broadcasts from the 2015 USBC Open Championships this week.

    The first will feature two-time champion Mike Shady (left) of Fairview, Pennsylvania, who has made 19 tournament appearances and never posted an all-events total below 1,900. He and his teammates will hit the lanes at the El Paso Convention Center live on BowlTV on May 15 at 7 p.m. EDT for their team event.

    2005PBA05BillSpigner.jpgThe second broadcast of the week will showcase the doubles and singles efforts of a group of USBC Hall of Famers, expected to include Bill Spigner (right), Don Scudder, Steve Fehr and Rick Pollard as well as USBC Board member Robert Spigner.

    They'll be on the lanes at 3 p.m. Eastern on May 19.

    Also this week, Skip Hintz of Punta Gorda, Florida, will become the 10th of 12 bowlers scheduled to reach 50 years of participation in 2015. He will hit the lanes for the 8:30 p.m. team squad May 12, and a recap of his 50th performance will be posted on at the conclusion of his 2015 tournament campaign.


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    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, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,297. 4, Fran's Pro Shop-Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,236. 5, Hashtag Team Dole, Cleveland, 3,231. 6, Bowling With Leverage Pro Shop, Peoria, Ariz., 3,211. 7, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Ind., 3,195. 8, Cambridge 2, O'Fallon, Ill., 3,184. 9, Coach K Scholarship, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,178. 10, Train Wreck, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,172.

    1, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas/Mark Sleeper Jr., Kaufman, Texas, 1,409. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn./Charles Vashaw, Deephaven, Minn., 1,403. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Brian O'Mara, Rochester, N.Y., 1,376. 4, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 5, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, 1,370. 6, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 7(tie), Rich Abboud, Omaha, Neb./Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., and Tony Manna, Papillion, Neb./Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,352. 9, Michael McCormick, Brookston, Ind./Steve Hartman, West Lafayette, Ind., 1,338. 10(tie), Ray Huffman, III, Glenford, Ohio/Robert Murgatroyd, Zanesville, Ohio, and Dan Langer, Owatonna, Minn./Sam Sylvester, Hugo, Minn., 1,337.

    1, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 793. 2, Scott Endersbe, Waite Park, Minn., 785. 3, Chad Oachs, Mankato, Minn., 772. 4, Matthew Tuckfield, Orlando, Fla., 771. 5, Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 770. 6, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 765. 7, Darrell Guertin, Shrewsbury, Mass., 762. 8, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 761. 9, Charlie Brown Jr., Grandville, Mich., 759. 10, Dave Beres, Greenfield, Wis., 754.

    1, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 2,226. 2, Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,181. 3, Chad Maas, Waukesha, Wis., 2,152. 4, Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., 2,135. 5, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Redford, Mich., 2,118. 6, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 2,100. 7, Erik Vermilyea, Las Vegas, 2,083. 8, Steve Hartman, West Lafayette, Ind., 2,074. 9(tie), Matt Smallin, Glenburn, N.D., and Jason Tom, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, 2,062.

    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, KT Tape Bowling, Sanford, Mich., 9,651. 6, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,614. 7, S.B.I., Oregon, Wis., 9,584. 8, Cambridge 1, O'Fallon, Ill., 9,500. 9, S&B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., 9,437. 10, ND Storm, Mandan, N.D., 9,393.


    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, Persinger and Company, Selma, Va., 2,574. 5, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,533. 6, Lani Ohana, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2,532. 7, Lake Country Rollers 2, Clarissa, Minn., 2,530. 8, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,527. 9, Minnesota Select Sires 1, Fergus Falls, Minn., 2,526. 10, Team Bazinga, Las Vegas, 2,510.

    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, Brian Rozman/Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 1,134. 4, Ryan Burmester/David Burmester, Hampton, Iowa, 1,126. 5, Courtney Johnston/Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,116. 6, Bruce Huikko, South Haven Minn./Leslie Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 1,115. 7, Sterling Minke Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Sterling Minke Sr., Englewood, Fla., 1,111. 8, Cecilia Lung/Joseph Lung, Monterey Park, Calif., 1,106. 9, Michael Thielen/Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,105. 10(tie) Sharon Nelson, Mesa, Ariz./Missy Price, Harrisburg, S.D., and Lien Economidas/San Ramon, Calif./Jeffrey LeeMars, Fremont, Calif., 1,100.

    1, Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., 642. 2, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 636. 3, Jim Conkle, Pentwater, Mich., 628. 4, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 620. 5(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Jack Berrier, Bascom, Ohio, 610. 7, Billy Dedek, Amarillo, Texas, 605. 8, Jere Goff, Ormond Beach, Fla., 603. 9, Mark Bearman, Webster, S.D., 601. 10, Steven Gentzler, East Berlin, Pa., 600.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,734. 2, Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,712. 3, Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., 1,706. 4, Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,689. 5, Shea Branch, Dallas, 1,687. 6, Randy Miskovic, Lansing, Ill., 1,669. 7, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,663. 8, Joseph Whittaker, Provo, Utah, 1,660. 9, Bryan Herald, Chapman, Neb., 1,659. 10, Nathan Erickson, Melrose, Minn., 1,657.