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Welcome to El Paso

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ne of the best reasons to compete in the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is the opportunity to visit different places throughout the country with your friends and teammates.

While the USBC Open Championships has enjoyed 112 years of competition, the 2015 edition marks the event’s first trip to El Paso, Texas, and fourth visit to the Lone Star State. So this year’s trip is the perfect opportunity to take in all the great things the Southwest has to offer. Only a few hours of your trip will be spent on the lanes at the El Paso Convention Center, so that leaves plenty of time to enjoy the food, attractions and scenery in the history-rich Sun City.

Entertainment There definitely is no shortage of things for the family to do in El Paso. Options include the El Paso Zoo, swimming, batting cages, golf courses, amusement parks and more. Maybe take in a show at the historic Plaza Theater, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Play ball! The newest addition to the fun in Sun City is the El Paso Chihuahuas, a Triple A baseball team. The Chihuahuas’ Southwest University Park is located in downtown El Paso, just a short walk from the El Paso Convention Center.

There’s something in El Paso to appeal to every interest, so make sure to get out and explore the city, and remember to tell your fellow bowlers about all the great things you experienced. Art Galleries and Museums El Paso is home to a variety of galleries and museums that celebrate more than 400 years of local history and tradition. Exhibits often feature the works of local and regional artists. During the 2015 tournament, the El Paso Exploreum will include a children’s exhibit about the science of bowling.

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Revitalized Downtown Area Along with the addition of the Chihuahuas and their downtown stadium, the area continues to grow with the addition of new restaurants, bars, shops, events and festivals, all making the revitalized downtown area an exciting destination.

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Wining and Dining The dining in El Paso highlights the rich flavor and tradition for which the city is known. From restaurants to cantinas, visitors can experience some of the best Southwest cuisine and icecold beverages, especially the margaritas, which are rumored to have been invented in the area in 1945. The area also includes a handful of wineries that have tours, tastings and delicious souvenirs.

Annual Events No matter what time of year you’re in El Paso, there will be an event or festival to enjoy, with more being added to the schedule all the time. Enjoy the family-friendly Kidspalooza event in March, Ardovino’s Famers Market in May, the Billy the Kid Festival in June and more. Definitely check the schedule on your trip to the 2015 Open Championships.

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Shopping El Paso is filled with plenty of great shopping options to fit any need. Whether you’re looking for the mall and some brand names or clothing and souvenirs with a local flair, the shopping scene in El Paso is a great way to spend time off the lanes. Gaming Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino is just over the New Mexico state line and offers more than 700 slot machines and the chance to bet on some exciting horse races. It’s only a 10-minute drive from downtown El Paso and includes several dining choices and live entertainment every week.

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Missions Historic missions can be found throughout El Paso. The missions at Ysleta, Socorro and San Elizario Chapel are essential parts of the city’s history and give visitors a balanced look at the foundations and diversity of Sun City. Originally constructed during the 1600s and 1700s, these churches help tell the story of the city, while the accompanying exhibits and restaurants allow for hands-on learning about the respective communities. Nature Tourism The mild weather and breathtaking scenery in the El Paso area certainly allow for a variety of outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding and biking, and visits to botanical gardens, parks, ranches, farms and orchards. El Paso earned its Sun City nickname because it has more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Leave the big city behind for a while, and enjoy the fresh air. Two great places to visit are the Franklin Mountains State Park and Wyler Aerial Tramway.

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SHOWCASE LANES, BOWLERS JOURNAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SHARE TOURNAMENT VENUE

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aybe it’s the excitement of a first-time host city or the challenge of the 2015 USBC Open Championships that brought you to El Paso, Texas. But now that you’re here, make sure to take advantage of all the competitive opportunities and offerings inside the El Paso Convention Center. Competing in the Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC or getting a tuneup with some practice time on the Showcase Lanes are just a couple of the opportunities available. Those who choose to become members of the VIP program in 2015 can enjoy both experiences, along with a variety of other benefits and discounts. Since being introduced in 2012, the Showcase Lanes have become a can’t-miss stop inside the Open Championships venue. Initially used just for team practice sessions and the occasional lesson, the Showcase Lanes also are home to the Bowlers Journal Championships, the premier side event held in conjunction with the Open Championships each year. The Bowlers Journal Championships and Open Championships have been held in the same host city for nearly seven decades but came together under the same roof for the first time in 2013. That tradition continues inside the El Paso Convention Center. Bowlers and teams looking to finalize their tournament strategies can reserve a pair on the 10 Showcase Lanes for $150, which gives them one hour of practice on the Open Championships team oil pattern. This year, there also is an option for groups of five or less to practice on one lane for just $75. Onehour sessions are available at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Those looking to take advantage of the extra competitive opportunities can bowl a squad or two at the Bowlers Journal Championships. There’s a variety of age- and average-based divisions, so there is something for everyone. Ambitious bowlers can take advantage of the event’s Dual Entry feature, which allows their three-game total to be used for doubles and singles at the same time. New in 2015, the Bowlers Journal will feature Handicap Doubles for bowlers with combined entering averages of 399 and below. Also, all overall tournament champions will receive custom awards. The Bowlers Journal Championships is held on the same lane condition competitors will face during doubles and singles at the Open Championships, something that started in 2013 when the Open Championships used two different oil patterns – one for team and another for doubles/singles – for the first time. Squad times for the 2015 Bowlers Journal Championships will be 10 a.m. (fresh oil), noon, 2 p.m. (fresh oil), 4 p.m., 6 p.m. (fresh oil) and 8 p.m. Another chance to test your skills is The Forty Frame Game. Introduced in 1989, the unique handicap singles tournament has followed the Open Championships each year since 1992 and features 40 continuous frames that include no-tap frames, mulligans, bonus pins and other fun challenges. The unique event has a variety of side events and doubles for bowlers to earn additional prize money.

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THE FORTY FRAME GAME The Forty Frame Game is being held at nearby Fiesta Lanes. Squads will be held at noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Details and contact information can be found by visiting the FFG podium near the Open Championships check-in area or online at www.40framegame.com.

2014 BOWLERS JOURNAL CHAMPIONS The winners of the 2014 Bowlers Journal Championships held in Reno, Nevada: OPEN SINGLES – Matt Ogle, Shepherdsville, Ky., 802, $10,000 SENIOR SINGLES – Dwight Burns, Tucson, Ariz., 769, $4,000 SUPER SENIOR SINGLES – Curtis Dornath, Maricopa, Ariz., 724, $2,000 199 & UNDER HANDICAP SINGLES – Tess Li, Henderson, Nev., 764, $1,500 OPEN DOUBLES – JR Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,534, $8,000 SENIOR DOUBLES – Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind., and Rick Hara, Darien, Ill., 1,444, $2,000 HANDICAP MIXED DOUBLES – Michelle and Gary Graves, Tacoma, Wash., 1,433, $1,000 WOMEN’S DOUBLES – Susan Schlink and Sue Tae, Chicago, 1,345, $500 DUAL ENTRY – Matt Ogle, Shepherdsville, Ky., 802, $1,000 HIGH GAME JACKPOT – Paid $5,277 to three bowlers who rolled 300 games 30 CLEAN JACKPOT – Paid $368 to 43 winners STRIKE JACKPOT – Paid $1,583 to 10 winners

VIP PACKAGE MAKES THINGS EASY For bowlers who enjoy all the features the USBC Open Championships experience has to offer, the VIP package is a convenient way to sample everything in an affordable way. Definitely check out this exclusive club as you plan for future trips to the largest participatory sporting event. The 2015 Open Championships VIP package includes program staples such as a VIP shirt and membership credential, VIP locker access at the El Paso Convention Center, photo and video discount package and Bowling Ball Express discount. Other package highlights are singles entries into the Bowlers Journal Championships and the Forty Frame Game and a practice session on the Showcase Lanes. Complete details on the VIP program can be found at

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STANDARD SET IN 2014 Competitors at the 2014 USBC Open Championships were more than up to the task, as a record nine teams topped the 3,500 mark at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada. But it was Artistic Expressions 1 of Oklahoma City that stole the spotlight, posting the highest team score (3,720) in the 111 years of Open Championships competition. Individually, Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Illinois, solidified his place in tournament history by claiming a coveted eagle for the second consecutive year, adding the Regular All-Events title to the Team All-Events title he won in 2013. The 2014 tournament also featured the highest team game (1,318) in tournament history, fired by Team Turbo Grips of Fort Wayne, Indiana. There were 35 perfect games, 12 299s, eight 298s and 43 11s in a row. Seven bowlers rolled 800 series at the 2014 tournament. A look at the top performers in 2014: REGULAR DIVISION Team 1. Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 3,720 2. Motion Plus Lanes, Cudahy, Wis., 3,561 3. Donovan’s Bunch, Painted Post, N.Y., 3,551 4. Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 3,527 5. Thanks Ronnie, Orlando, Fla., 3,514 Doubles 1. Clark Poelzer and Carl Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,465 2. Chris Drewes and Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,463 3. Tom Hess and Angela Chirpich, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,445 4. Steve Harman and Nicholas Hoagland, Ind., 1,439 5. Lonnie Waliczek and Justin Hromek, Wichita, Kan., 1,428 Singles 1. Louis Jenkins Jr., Warr Acres, Okla., 826 2T. Chris Murray, San Jose, Calif., 802 2T. Jon Trzcinski, Lake Wales, Fla., 802 4. Jeff Grego, Fort Wayne, Ind., 798 5. Matt Riege, Waterloo, Wis., 792 All-Events 1. Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,273 2. Tim Damerow, Waupun, Wis., 2,228 3. Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,226 4. Ben Canfield, San Diego, 2,209 5. Dan Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,208 Team All-Events 1. Janz’s H.I., Beaver Dam, Wis., 10,363 2. Artistic Expressions 1, Oklahoma City, 10,258 3. Lodge Lanes Kids, Orlando, Fla., 10,205 4. Team NABR, West Henrietta, N.Y., 10,169 5. Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark, N.Y., 10,144 CLASSIFIED DIVISION Team 1. Scotty’s 1, Alexandria, Minn., 2,843 2. Ten Spot Lanes, Mandan, N.D., 2,806 3. Yeah Spare II, Sacramento, Calif., 2,795 4. Kenn’s Pro Shop, Frankfort, Ill., 2,755 5. Chaser’s Pub, Las Vegas, 2,740 Doubles 1. Paul Beyer, Benson, Minn., and Chad Razink, Clontarf, Minn., 1,222 2. Cory Baltunado and Rogelio Baltunado, Waipahu, Hawaii, 1,196 3. Ron Morgan, Strasburg, Colo., and Randy Taylor, Bennett, Colo., 1,180 4. Don Allen, Eugene, Ore., and Todd Vrooman, Tualatin, Ore., 1,165 5. Melissa Sharp, Mountlake Terrace, Wash., and Joe Erickson, Auburn, Wash., 1,159

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Singles 1. William Hawkins, Houston, 669 2. Peter Colangelo, DeLand, Fla., 662 3. Jacob Ramos, Kapolei, Hawaii, 659 4. Richard Cracco, Monee, Ill., 658 5. Mark Heilman, Kasota, Minn., 650 All-Events 1. Trevor Silva, Davis, Calif., 1,855 2. Mark DeMesa, South San Francisco, Calif., 1,837 3. Ryan Yadao, Las Vegas, 1,792 4. Adam Martin, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,784 5. Steve Johnson, Rosholt, S.D., 1,774

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SEVERAL MILESTONES TO BE REACHED IN 2015

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uring a USBC Open Championships career that spans nearly seven decades, USBC Hall of Famer Bill Lillard Sr. of Houston has been a recognizable part of the tournament’s evolution. The eight-time Open Championships Bill Lillard Sr. winner’s participation pre-dates the addition of Center Aisle (1954), automatic pinsetters (1957) and automatic scoring (1979), and he continues to impact the tournament record books. This year, he’ll be the headliner on a long list of bowlers expected to reach significant milestones at the El Paso Convention Center as he becomes the all-time pinfall leader at the Open Championships. Lillard’s 122,918 total is 852 pins shy of fellow hall of famer Joe Norris, who knocked down 123,770 pins in a record-tying 71 tournament appearances. Lillard will make his 68th consecutive tournament appearance March 30 at 5 p.m. and is expected to break the record during doubles on March 31 at 1 p.m. Sylvester Thiel of Lake City, Minnesota, also is in pursuit of Norris and will get one step closer when he joins the 70-Year Club. Thiel will become the third bowler in history to reach the 70-year mark, joining Norris and USBC Hall of Famer Bill Doehrman, who both competed 71 times.

Rice’s dedication on the lanes at the local and state levels have earned him induction into the Dubuque, Platteville Area and Wisconsin State USBC Bowling Association Halls of Fame, and will help him into the 100,000-Pin Club at the Open Championships this year, too. In 59 tournament appearances, Rice has knocked down 99,111 pins, leaving him 889 pins away from becoming the 16th member of the exclusive club. His lifetime average at the Open Championships is 186.6. Clinton Zavakos of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, and Frank Clay of Crystal Lake, Illinois, who both celebrated 60 years of participation in 2014, also have the 100,000-pin mark and coveted crystal pin within reach. Zavakos, 79, has toppled 99,059 pins and is 941 pins away, while Clay, 84, enters the 2015 event with a career pinfall of 98,252, still 1,748 pins from the mark. Through 2014, 15 bowlers have knocked down more than 100,000 pins at the Open Championships.

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1. Joseph Norris, San Diego

123,770

2. Bill Lillard Sr., Houston

122,918

3. Jimmy Schroeder, Tonawanda, N.Y.

116,418

4. Glenn Allison, Anaheim, Calif.

114,286

5. Don Ellis, Sugar Land, Texas

113,357

6. Sylvester Thiel, Lake City, Minn.

112,385

7. Dick Weber Sr., St. Peters, Mo.

109,745

8. Bill Doehrman, Fort Wayne, Ind.

109,566

9. Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill.

107,851

10. Anthony Malone, Erie, Pa.

105,743

11. Frank Carr, Fort Wayne, Ind.

102,651

12. Greg Griffo, Syracuse, N.Y.

102,483

13. Bob Hart, Suwanee, Ga.

101,173

14. Les Berry, Wooster, Ohio

100,528

Ellis is fifth on the tournament’s career pinfall list with 113,357, and his lone title at the Open Championships came at the 1961 event in Detroit, where he and fellow hall of famer Joe Kristof paired up to capture the first Classic Doubles crown with a 1,331 total. He nearly added a USBC Masters win in 1965 but fell to USBC Hall of Famer Billy Welu in the championship match.

15. Maynard Johnson, Crystal, Minn.

100,250

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Malone, 88, was scheduled to make his 65th tournament appearance in 2014 but was unable to compete due to injury. He made the trip to Reno, Nevada, to cheer for his team and now looks forward to being back on the lanes to add to his 105,743 career-pinfall total.

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Joe Norris

San Diego

1926

2000

192

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Bill Doehrman

Fort Wayne, Ind.

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1981

179

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Sylvester Thiel

Lake City, Minn.

1940

2014

180

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Bill Lillard Sr.

Houston

1948

2014

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Dick Rice of Platteville, Wisconsin, will join the growing 60-Year Club this year. He started his tournament career at the 1953 event in Chicago and has been to every event since 1968. The 80-yearold right-hander will make his milestone march down Center Aisle at the El Paso Convention Center on April 27 at 5 p.m. Through 2014, only 19 bowlers have reached the 60-year plateau.

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1949

2014

189

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Les Berry

Wooster, Ohio

1937

2009

169

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Judd Hall

Carrollton, Ohio

1949

2013

166

Thiel’s 2015 trip down Center Aisle will come Sylvester Thiel March 18 at 5 p.m., and he’ll be the first competitor to receive the new 70-year award. The 92-year-old is sixth on the career pinfall list with 112,385. The seven-person 65-Year Club is expected to welcome two new members in 2015 as USBC Hall of Famer Don Ellis of Sugar Land, Texas, and Anthony Malone of Erie, Pennsylvania, head to Sun City in 2015. Both also are members of the 100,000-Pin Club. Ellis, an 86-year-old right-hander, began his tournament journey at the 1947 Open Championships in Los Angeles. He missed several tournament appearances early in his career but has made the annual march down Center Aisle every year since 1955, which also was the same year he won the famed Petersen Classic. He’ll compete on April 14.

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PARTICIPATION LEADERS

THE MILESTONE BOWLERS: 70, 65 & 60 YEARS

70 YEARS

SYLVESTER

THIEL

HOMETOWN Lake City, Minnesota AGE 92 FIRST OPEN 1940 – Detroit OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 112,385 OPEN AVERAGE 180.9 70TH APPEARANCE March 18 at 5 p.m.

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ANTHONY

MALONE

HOMETOWN Sugar Land, Texas AGE 86 FIRST OPEN 1947 – Los Angeles OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 113,357 OPEN AVERAGE 191.8 65TH APPEARANCE April 14 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Erie, Pennsylvania AGE 88 FIRST OPEN 1947 – Los Angeles OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 105,743 OPEN AVERAGE 184 65TH APPEARANCE April 22 at 5 p.m.

60 YEARS

DICK

RICE

HOMETOWN Platteville, Wisconsin AGE 80 FIRST OPEN 1953 – Chicago OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 99,111 OPEN AVERAGE 186.6 60TH APPEARANCE April 27 at 5 p.m.

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HOMETOWN Georgetown, Texas AGE 78 FIRST OPEN 1957 – Fort Worth, Texas OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 84,014 OPEN AVERAGE 189.2 50TH APPEARANCE May 8 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Dover, Pennsylvania AGE 68 FIRST OPEN 1963 – Buffalo, New York OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 79,035 OPEN AVERAGE 181.7 50TH APPEARANCE May 3 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Broken Bow, Nebraska AGE 77 FIRST OPEN 1962 – Des Moines, Iowa OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 79,133 OPEN AVERAGE 179.4 50TH APPEARANCE April 23 at 5 p.m.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY Getting to bowl with my two sons, Michael and Kenneth Beltz. I was able to watch Michael bowl a 298 game in singles and follow it up a few years later with a 300 game in doubles.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY My first tournament in Buffalo in 1963. We bowled the team event on lanes 1-20 and the final matches for the Masters were bowled on 21-40. Many of those bowlers were my idols, and the stands were filled with spectators.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1993 was memorable because it was my highest all-events total in 49 years (1,777).

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Las Vegas – lots of things to do! WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU Participating for so many years with bowlers from all over the country and world, who come together for this great sport of bowling. My goal has been to reach 50 years in this great event, and I hope to come back many more times.

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FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Any city I had never seen before. We always took time to do some sightseeing. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU How fortunate I have been to have good health and the enjoyment of traveling with many friends over the years.

CARL

TERRY

BRENNEMAN

ERNIE

BELTZ

50 YEARS AT THE USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Madison, Wisconsin (1969) stands out because I bowled my first 700 at the Bowlers Journal Championships – a 733 set in doubles. Corpus Christi (Texas) also is a favorite because there were a lot of things to see and do, and we’re all crazy about seafood, which we don’t get much at home. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU It will mean a lot because I’m the first bowler from our area to make 50 years, and I’ll have everyone at home pulling for me to make it.

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HOMETOWN Columbus, Ohio AGE 79 FIRST OPEN 1961 – Detroit OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 81,258 OPEN AVERAGE 189.4 50TH APPEARANCE April 8 at 5 p.m. FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY In Las Vegas in 1986, my doubles partner, Ron Stromfeld, and I, finished third in doubles. We both were on strikes and both left the 4 pin. If either one of us had carried, we would have won the tournament. We were second after that night and were beaten by one team later. FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY I have enjoyed all the places I have been to.

HOMETOWN Waterloo, Iowa AGE 70 FIRST OPEN 1965 – St. Paul, Minnesota OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 85,375 OPEN AVERAGE 193.6 50TH APPEARANCE May 3 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Des Moines, Iowa AGE 78 FIRST OPEN 1962 – Des Moines, Iowa OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 74,628 OPEN AVERAGE 170.4 50TH APPEARANCE May 5 at 5 p.m.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY St. Louis in 1978 – I finished third in Regular Singles.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY In Niagara Falls, New York, in 1983, I bowled a 674 series in singles.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Long Beach, California (1972), because my teammates and I finished in eighth place in the Regular Team event. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU It is the completion of my next-to-last goal in bowling.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Des Moines, Iowa, because it was my first one and my home city. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU That I’m still bowling.

WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU A goal I want to reach. It’s been a very rewarding life in a sport I love.

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50 YEARS AT THE USBC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOMETOWN Cumberland Foreside, Maine AGE 80 FIRST OPEN 1965 – St. Paul, Minnesota OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 79,311 OPEN AVERAGE 182.3 50TH APPEARANCE May 11 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Cape Coral, Florida AGE 70 FIRST OPEN 1965 – St. Paul, Minnesota OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 80,073 OPEN AVERAGE 186.7 50TH APPEARANCE May 12 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Jupiter, Florida AGE 73 FIRST OPEN 1966 – Rochester, New York OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 83,926 OPEN AVERAGE 190.3 50TH APPEARANCE May 23 at 5 p.m.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY The 1972 tournament in Long Beach, California. I tied for sixth place in all-events. I was only the 15th bowler in 69 tournaments to bowl nine consecutive games of 200 or more.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY Getting to bowl with John Janawicz in 2004 when he shot his 858 series.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY At the 1974 tournament in Indianapolis, my team finished 15th and I bowled 1,944 in all-events.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Madison, Wisconsin

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY St. Paul (where I started); Long Beach (my best showing); Reno, Nevada (National Bowling Stadium); El Paso, Texas (the ultimate destination).

WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU It’s just something I always wanted to do.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Reno, Nevada. I have personally witnessed the construction of the National Bowling Stadium and how it has evolved to the present.

WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU I’ll be the first from Maine to accomplish it. I’ve met so many wonderful people from the worldwide bowling community. I’ll have memories forever.

WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU When I started in 1966, I was 22 years old. The tournament and I have aged together. The fact I was able to make 50 consecutive years is a feat not very many have achieved. I am also proud of my 190 average during this time period.

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HOMETOWN New Castle, Delaware AGE 73 FIRST OPEN 1960 – Toledo, Ohio OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 85,831 OPEN AVERAGE 194.6 50TH APPEARANCE N/A FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY At the 1966 tournament, I was leading Classic AllEvents with two days to go and finished fifth. FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the food. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU It means I probably bowled 10 years too many. I was able to compete a little better when I was younger.

HOMETOWN Burbank, Illinois AGE 75 FIRST OPEN 1965 – St. Paul, Minnesota OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 83,092 OPEN AVERAGE 188.4 50TH APPEARANCE June 5 at 5 p.m.

HOMETOWN Chester, New Jersey AGE 76 FIRST OPEN 1966 – Rochester, New York OPEN PINFALL TOTAL 80,213 OPEN AVERAGE 181.9 50TH APPEARANCE May 11 at 5 p.m.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY In Tampa, Florida, in 1979, I left leading in singles and all-events. In Syracuse, New York, in 1999, we finished second in team. We bowled the second weekend and shot 3,330. The following week, another team shot 3,336, and that’s how it ended. In 2013, we had our family team out here, which included me, my son, sonin-law and two grandsons.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS MEMORY My first, because 18 inches of snow fell that day. And getting to bowl in the Open Championships with my three children, Sharon, Sandie and Charles Jr. And bowling with Dick Weber and Bill Lillard. And bowling with two of my best friends, Robert Higgins and Joe Rewick, for 40 years.

FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY We’ve traveled all over the country, and every city is different. I can’t really say I have a favorite. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU I have friends who have made 50 and 60 years, and it’s a milestone a lot of people don’t get to, so that’s pretty good.

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FAVORITE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS CITY I have no particular favorite because I enjoy bowling in each of the cities and touring the states after bowling. WHAT DOES REACHING 50 YEARS MEAN TO YOU It’s a very rewarding accomplishment with many great memories. I enjoy meeting the many bowlers and making new friends from all over the country.

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