There are 110 years worth of tradition associated with the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships. So even small changes can be important.
One major change this year is that the tournament will use two different lane conditions one oil pattern for team competition and another for doubles and singles.
Another first is that the lanes are to be oiled before every squad. In order to make fresh oil for every squad possible, another first will be put into effect six bowlers will be on each pair of lanes for doubles and singles, compared to four in the past.
Add to that, all six games of doubles and singles will be contested on the same pair of lanes. In the past, competitors would bowl doubles, then flip to an adjacent pair for singles.
Bowlers will also have the opportunity to bowl on the stadium lanes using the official oil patterns at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno prior to the beginning of the tourney, on March 1 (it concludes June 30). This is available because it is the first time that any other tournament has been allowed to compete at the National Bowling Stadium concurrently with the official USBC tournaments. In this case, the tourney is the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships, which will use the high end of the house and will use the D&S shot.
The team-event lane condition will also be available prior to the Open Championships, but on the 10-lane 900 Global Showcase recently added to the ground floor of the National Bowling Stadium. The 10 custom-built lanes will be used for two more unique side tournaments, the 900 Global Two-Game Challenge and Who's Got the Look Baker Bonanza presented by 900 Global. Bowlers can also rent the lanes for practice on the 900 Global Showcase Lanes at $200 per hour with a USBC-certified coach or $100 per hour for up to 10 bowlers with no coach.
Nick Kelley won his second title in the Scratch 6-Gamer at Yosemite this year after taking the November sweeper, taking home $250. Rich Custer finished second, earning $200. Custer is also a two-time champ along with Brad Bufkin. The three will join other winners Brian Cooper, Leo DiBenedetto, Wayne Garber, Ed Silva and Will Garber at the Dec. 30 Tournament of Champions.
The team of Judy Roberson, Gloria Chin and Virginia Higle topped the field at the Yosemite Ladies Luncheon No-Tap Tournament. The threesome rolled a 2,123, 19 pins better than the team of Lina Carlson, Ann Zuidema and Anja DeBoer. In third were Sylvia Williams, Lori Hedrick and Sherrie Frohlech (2,091). Katrinna Olson, Sally Levesque and Lori Spani were fourth (2,060).
The Mixed Kegler Trio Tournament will be Thursday at McHenry, starting at 9:30 a.m. Any combination of men and women can make a team. If you don't have a team, show up and you'll be assigned.
The Turkey Shoot Senior No-Tap Tournament also is Friday at McHenry, starting at 1 p.m. Bowlers have a chance to win turkeys by striking on colored pin shots. Call 571-2695 for more information.
Local Bowling Scores
McHenry Bowl Leagues
ADULT LEAGUES Mixed Match Point: James Brodie 279/965, Shirley Anderson 225. Monday Madness: Gary Pattee 269/734, Wendy Magdaleno 192/533. Del Rio Jet Vegas: Garrett Mutoza 627, David Dang 222, Sheila Puscizna 208/597. Scratch Trios: Milo Coronado 279/995, Kim Shcaal 268, Pam Schaal 931. College League: Kelly Norby 187/508, Joan Dias 193. Tuesday Triples: Jim Bass 225/653, Cindy James 237/632. Duke n Duchess: Scott Duncan 247/662, Deann Smoke 194/554. Paramount: John Perez Jr 232, Brian Ellis 625, Jackie Yick 213/585. El Dorado: James Hess 280, Chris VanLoon 685. Wednesday Vets: Terry McBride 247, James Brodie 644, Joanne Danielsoen 153. Midweek Madness: Jim Bylow 245/690, Sue Sprenger 203/571. Reno Mixed: Gary Lytle 265, Gary Pattee 691, Karen French 242/704. Empress-Pioneer: Joyce Hebert 233/577. Wednesday Mixed 5's: Tim Sereno 268/715, Dee Patteson 222, Bre Sandoval 222/604. Stardusters: Edie Thompson 177. El Portal: Ruth Sonke 203/515. School Daze: Adrian Davalos 225/589, Jen Vincent 180/528. Federal: Rick Hunter 289/739. City Employees: Steven Huene 278/760, Tena Cozby 186/533. Suburban: David Epps 257, Bret Greaney 680, Debbie Fortino 204, Denise Draper 564. Black Oak Classic: Matt Glover 280/983, Carol Serpa 226/819. Friday Veterans: Ken Davidson 267, Steve Plant Sr 728, Lina Carlson 212, Ieko Click 533. Dairymen: Steve Bridges 244, Don VanVliet 633, Alma Overweg 179/509. Reno Bound: Tom Weikel 300/778, Heather Freitas 665, Jamie Marksman 251. Sundowners: Tony VanUnen 253, Joel Hernandez 626, Cindy Geary 209, Kathy Milburn 553. Sunday Jr/Adult: Dave Wedig 223, Denise Huber 153. Weekenders: Charlie Robertson 289, Gary Baker 761, Jennifer Crain 229. Memorial: David Costelli 235, Matt Ernst 552.
SENIOR LEAGUES Friendly Villagers: Ralph Rodriguez 232/566, Lillian Hall 507. Homewood Village: Wing Pong 243, Raymond Whittler 601, Gloria Chin 518. Young at Heart: John Mott 235, Ken Davidson 588, Pat Scrimsher 214. SIR: Pinky Martin 278, Bill Bender 649. Classy Ladies: Charlotte Scott 191/525. Cross Point: Ken Ancalade 297/609, Pat Schrmsher 184, Janet Spooner 510. Prime Timers: Robert Moore 258/611, Mary Eccleston 194.
YOUTH LEAGUES Tuesday Bumpers: Andre Scott 72. Super Bumpers: Antonius Thompson 95, Marie Cadiz 76. Strikers: Fonzy Cadiz 131, Haley Spani 103. Wild Zodiacs: Kameron Simi 176, Spirit Thompson 166. Jr Gold Scratch: Kyle Simi 917, David Graham 268, Brittany Scheaffer 237/885. Thurs Bumpers: Tyler Cornelius 46, Natalie Menezes 38. Thurs Super Bumpers: James Pottruff 85, Natalie Menezes 83. Cartoon Mania: Gabriel Villasenor 138, Sheena Randall 139. Thursday Trios: Nathaniel Mohr 165, Madison Mohr 126. Sat Bumpers: Tyler Wilson 65, Mary Murphy 68. Sat Super Bumpers: Jeffrey Carter 95. Sat Comics: Nikolas Serrano 135, Ashten Kallas 115. Prime Rollers: Ashton Russell 168, Kaitlyn Coupland 145. Generation X: Riley Wilson 132, Vivian Serrano 177. Sun Jr/Adult: Jeffrey Salyer 148, Mykeah Pascua 109. Special Olympics: Emilio Nieto 194, Kelly Napuunoa 158. Modesto Blind: Chris Johnson 205, Sarah Nidever 136.
Yosemite Lanes Leagues
ADULT LEAGUES Monday Jr/Adult: Rich Custer 258, Don Mathey 249/729, Lisa VanOlden 233/509. San Joaquin: Jerry David 266/640, Linda David 225/638. Veterans League: Doyle Myers 277, Matthew Becktel 236/692, Judy Roberson 182. Comet: Rich Custer 246/702, Jason Walton 253, Bonnie Garber 237/661. Town n Country: Gary Riley 279, Robert Tillery 256/725. Classic Trios: Wayne Garber 278/803, Sharon Aronson 267/683. Morning Belles: Carol Prater 210, Darlene Valocsik 195/549. Guys & Gals: Gary Riley 278, Kevin Bingham 257/704, Sheri Cole 233/598. Telco: Fred Bistodeau 266/689. Mexican American: Tony Cordova 300/787, Bonnie Garber 246/664. Gallo: Willie Higle 267/681, Justin Morgan 245/697, Robin Webb 225/586. Staikoff Classic: Carl Elvik 279, Larry Theiss 257/698. Yosemite Majors: Don Erickson 300, Ed Silva 275/723, Bonnie Garber 255/738. Hi Low: Lorenzo Alvara 242/697, Kelly Lewis 214/552. Reno: Zach Anderson 255, Jim Paculba 246/665, Alicia Murphy 201/538. Sunday Fun Mixers: Cody Stocke 258, Jason Dewar 257/713, Camilla Delgado 235/576. Sunday Jr/Adult: Andrew Schmidgal 235, Natalie Hunter 201.
SENIOR LEAGUES Hiz and Herz: John Ellis 279, Jerry Bradley 257/651, Kathy Campbell 195/559. Midway Match Point: Pedro Flores 235/684, Brett Burkett 279, Sharon Zimmerman 226/618. Jalopy: Jerry Hanks 245/637, Marcie Ingalls 214/562. Young @ Heart: James Frank 244/616, Phylliss Diamond 180. Golden Age: Ron Dorville 224, Frank Alcaraz 216/600, Linda David 217/630. National Classic: Tom Smithwick 247, Jerry Bradley 246/665, Roxanne Grubb 191/504. Scratch Trios: Pedro Flores 222/537, Jan Rupp-Vigneau 238/585.
YOUTH LEAGUES Monday Jr/Adult: Curtis Moffett 279/774, Haley Wolff 267/626. Marlins: Josh Gaddam 129, Vikki Walker 110. Future Stars: Elijah Lopez 91, Celine Lopez 75. Super Stars: Steve Horn 118, Adrianna Horn 74. Sunday Jr/Adult: Curtis Moffitt 192, Megan Hunter 158. Roadrunners: Aaron Wood 129, Janeen Koch 117.