Illinois bowler Richard Supanich joins 50-Year Club at 2015 USBC Open Championships


    United States

    New names land on leaderboard at El Paso Convention Center; the next live stream broadcast will take place on June 18

    2015USBCOCRichardSupanich.jpgRichard Supanich (pictured) of Burbank, Illinois, became the 12th bowler to celebrate 50 years of participation during the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso, Texas.

    When he was asked to bowl in his first tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1965, he could not have imagined where that simple request ultimately would lead.

    As the 75-year-old right-hander made his march down the famed Center Aisle on June 5, it almost was too much for him to believe.

    "It all started with that first one, where all we wanted to do was win some money," Supanich said. "We had two teams back then, and now we are up to eight. It has been a lot of fun."

    Among those teams are close friends and family members, including Supanich's son, David Supanich, who has made 24 USBC Open Championships appearances, his two grandsons, Matthew and Thomas Kuba, and his son-in-law, Charles Surina, who now has 21 tournaments to his credit.

    While they compete, his daughter, Paula, and David's wife, Denise, always are there to root them on, so that makes the annual trip to the event even more special.

    When it comes to memorable moments on the championship lanes, Supanich reflects on the 1979 tournament in Tampa, Florida. His team finished in the top 10 in Regular Team, and with his top-10 finish in Regular Singles and 15th-place effort in all-events, he qualified for a chance to represent the United States in international competition (he eventually won bronze in doubles and silver in trios at the 1979 World Championships in Manila, Philippines).

    This year at the Open Championships, Supanich shot 501 in singles, 485 in doubles and 474 in team for a 1,460 all-events total. In 50 tournaments, he has knocked down 84,552 pins for a 187.8 average.


    New names land on leaderboard at El Paso Convention Center

    2015USBCOCLogo.jpgFormer Wichita State standout Brent Bowers and his teammates found their way into the top 10 in two events at the 2015 USBC Open Championships. Bowers and Kris Prather of Milton, Florida, landed in third place in Regular Doubles with a 1,395 effort at the El Paso Convention Center on June 6.

    Bowers led the way with a 708 series, and Prather contributed 687. Anthony Simonsen of Princeton, Texas, and Mark Sleeper Jr. of Kaufman, Texas, lead with 1,409.

    Bowers and Prather also helped into a tie for 10th place in Regular Team with a 3,185 total June 5. Team NABR of West Henrietta, New York, leads with 3,368.

    Mitch Hupe set the pace for with a 669 series and was followed by Prather (636), Zach Rhoades (630), Bowers (626) and J.S. Lessard (624).


    A look ahead

    There still are six live stream broadcasts scheduled from the lanes at the El Paso Convention Center. The next one will take place on June 18. Click here for more information.


    Related Articles

    Close calls highlight week at 2015 USBC Open Championships
    Florida's Edward Rehnberg celebrates 50 years at 2015 USBC Open Championships
    California's Marv Sargent rolls the sixth perfect game at 2015 USBC Open Championships
    Three bowlers join 50-year club at 2015 USBC Open Championships
    New leaders in three Regular Division events at USBC Open Championships
    Five bowlers celebrate participation milestones at USBC Open Championships
    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, 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, Storm - Cincinnati, Cincinnati, 3,191. 9, Uncle Jimmy's Crew, Fall River, Mass., 3,188. 10(tie), Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., and BowersBowlingTour.Com, Wichita, Kan., 3,185.

    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, Brent Bowers, Wichita, Kan./Kris Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,395. 4, Ryan Kretchmer, Rochester, N.Y./Mark D'Angelo, Elmira, N.Y., 1,384. 5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Brian O'Mara, Rochester, N.Y., 1,376. 6, Tom Woodworth/Jeremy Sonnenfeld, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,372. 7, James Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska/Ron Mohr, North Las Vegas, Nev., 1,370. 8, Phil Karwoski Jr./Phil Karwoski Sr., Lake Worth, Fla., 1,357. 9(tie), Rich Abboud, Omaha, Neb./Jeff Nimke, Oshkosh, Wis., and Tony Manna, Papillion, Neb./Dave Axon, Bellevue, Neb., 1,352.

    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, Robby Porter, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 768. 7, Cassidy Schaub, Lucas, Ohio, 767. 8(tie), Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., and Andre Parker, South Holland, Ill., 765. 10, Darrell Guertin, Shrewsbury, Mass., 762.

    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., Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 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, The 1, Oregon, Wis., 9,738. 5, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 9,710. 6, Motion Plus, Greenfield, Wis., 9,669. 7, KT Tape Bowling, Sanford, Mich., 9,651. 8, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,614. 9, S.B.I., Oregon, Wis., 9,584. 10, Armstrong Printing 1, Naperville, Ill., 9,572.


    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(tie), Bermuda Onions 4, St. George, Bermuda, and Scotty's 4, Alexandria, Minn., 2,646. 4, Rails Bar and Grill, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 2,597. 5, Persinger and Company, Selma, Va., 2,574. 6, T-Rays, Jamestown, N.D., 2,533. 7, Lani Ohana, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2,532. 8, Lake Country Rollers 2, Clarissa, Minn., 2,530. 9, Hall of Fame Lanes 2, Versailles, Ind., 2,529. 10, Scotty's 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,527.

    1, Vicky Pollard/Jamie Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,162. 2, Mike Heck, Browns Valley, Minn./Darin Ziemer, Fargo, N.D., 1,161. 3, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn./Gary Holtz, Litchfield, Minn., 1,153. 4, Brian Rozman/Bob Godden, Las Vegas, 1,134. 5, Ryan Burmester/David Burmester, Hampton, Iowa, 1,126. 6, Melvin Reynolds/Robert Reynolds, Nevada, Mo., 1,118. 7, Courtney Johnston/Eric Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,116. 8, Bruce Huikko, South Haven Minn./Leslie Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 1,115. 9, Sterling Minke Jr., Columbus, Ohio/Sterling Minke Sr., Englewood, Fla., 1,111. 10, Cecilia Lung/Joseph Lung, Monterey Park, Calif., 1,106.

    1(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., and Patty Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill., 642. 3, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 636. 4, Jim Conkle, Pentwater, Mich., 628. 5, Donald Holtz, Hutchinson, Minn., 620. 6, Russell Eyerman, Kingwood, Texas, 615. 7(tie), Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, and Jack Berrier, Bascom, Ohio, 610. 9, Billy Dedek, Amarillo, Texas, 605. 10, Jere Goff, Ormond Beach, Fla., 603.

    1, Marshal Lagred, Starbuck, Minn., 1,734. 2, Michael Thielen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,712. 3(tie), Dave Berky, Ely, Nev., and Tony Gannan, Chillicothe, Md., and Patty Turner, Oak Lawn, Ill, 1,706. 6, Peter Eisele, Leigh Acres, Fla., 1,698. 7, Robert Abramson, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,697. 8, Darrell Pedersen, Eagle Grove, Iowa, 1,689. 9, Shea Branch, Dallas, 1,687. 10, Jarad Beckman, Henderson, Nev., 1,682.