The 2013 USBC Open Championships have concluded in Reno, Nev., and it’s time for celebration. Lodge Lanes Too of Orlando, Fla., rolled the highest team score in the 110-year history of the Open.
Lodge Lanes Too opened its team event April 2 with a 1,206 game and added 1,167 and 1,165 for a 3,538 winning total.
The 2013 Open Championships kicked off its record 11th trip to Reno on March 1 and brought 10,253 five-player teams to the NBS. For the first time in history, two Sport Bowling-certified lane conditions were used — a 41-foot oil pattern for team and a 39-foot pattern for doubles and singles.
This year’s event featured 33 perfect games, 13 299s and four 298s, while an additional 27 bowlers rolled 11 consecutive strikes. A record number of teams topped the 3,400 mark (20), beating the previous record of seven at the 2011 event, also at the NBS.
Dean Billings of Rootstown, Ohio, and Eric Espinda of Albuquerque, N.M., tossed the only 800 series of the year, 813 and 837, respectively, with both coming in team. Espinda’s set included three 279 games, breaking the tournament’s triplicate record.
The 2013 USBC Women’s Championship concluded after 81 days of competition at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. More than 20,000 women took part in the 94th edition of the storied event.
Eagle’s Edge Pro Shop of Prospect Heights, Ill., surged into the top spot in Scratch Team on May 21 with a 3,357 total, the second-highest in tournament history. The effort started with a 1,207 game, the third-highest in the record book, followed by games of 1,063 and 1,087.
The 2013 event marked the tournament’s record eighth trip to Reno and first visit to the RSCC. This is the second of four consecutive years the Women’s Championships will be held in The Biggest Little City. The 44 lanes, spectator seating, office and vendor space, locker room and concessions area all will remain in place for the 2014 event, which also will be held at the RSCC, while the tournament heads back to the National Bowling Stadium in 2015.
ESPN announced that it will expand its relationship with the Professional Bowlers Association under a new five-year deal that will see the network’s previous coverage of the PBA Tour and the PBA League grow from 25.2 hours per year to 36. The deal becomes effective with the 2013 World Series of Bowling, which will debut on ESPN on Sunday, December 1. The new deal follows a successful inaugural season of the PBA League, which features eight team owners, including stars Chris Paul, Kevin Hart, Terrell Owens and Billie Jean King. The second season of The PBA League will debut on ESPN on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
A little over a month until the Southwest Region PBA Killeen Open arrives at Hallmark Lanes. The event is always well received by the PBA bowlers, local bowlers and fans. The greatest bowlers in the world will shoe it up in hopes of winning the coveted eagle trophy and first-place money.
For more information on the scheduled pro-am events and upcoming PBA qualifiers, contact Hallmark Lanes at (254) 690-4949.
Killeen Bowlerama will host the third annual Central Texas Mixed Team Tournament on July 20-21. For more information go to www.killeenbowlerama.com, or call (254) 699-5222.
Pete Weber was selected as the Bowler of the Month for June by the bowling writers of the International Bowling Media Association.
See you on the lanes.