The 82nd Texas State USBC Open Championship is ongoing in Beaumont and Port Arthur and several local bowlers are doing quite well.

There are 744 teams, 1,815 doubles and 3,630 singles competing for more than $138,000.

C&W Pro Shop Misfits, out of Hallmark Lanes, is currently in third place in the Division 2 team event with a score of 3,419.

John Manibusan and Everett Davis are currently fourth in the Division 2 doubles event.

Martinez, Lila and Rosemarie Konrad are in first place in Division 5 with a combined score of 1,502.

Division 3 All-Events has Paul Duerre in second place with 2,234.

Ruben Resendez is third in Division 4 with 2,271 total pins.

The tournament concludes on June 8.

The scratch Tournament of Champions will be held Saturday at Phantom Warrior Lanes. If there are still spots available, Suzie Wollek or Lee Ellison will be contacting the next-in-line qualifier to offer those spots up.

Hall of Fame, bowler of the year, senior bowler of the year, coach of the year, volunteer of the year, youth male and female bowlers of the year, Special Olympics bowler of year, Merit Award and Life Member Nominations are due by May 31. If you know someone deserving of one of these awards, please take the time to nominate them.

Applications are available on the association website, in the association notebook at each center or by contacting Cheryl Dewald at

The highest team game in 111 years of United States Bowling Congress Open Championships history was rolled Friday night as of Naugatuck, Conn., shot 1,299 at the National Bowling Stadium.

Beginning in the second frame, the team rallied for 32 consecutive strikes, and 34 out of 35, before a few bad breaks slowed the pace. The previous record of 1,281 was posted by Turbo 2-N-1 Grips 1 of Madison, Wis. (now 1), on the way to the 2011 Regular Team title, also at the NBS.

Ronald Broege Jr. and Thomas Solimine Jr. led the way for with a pair of 279 games, and they were joined by Tim Gillick (254), Jeff Voght (244) and Dave Kipperman (243).

Jeff Richgels, a veteran bowling writer who started the bowling blog, reported, “Bowling’s inability to attract sponsors from outside the industry has spelled doom for the U.S. Opens for 2015, BPAA tournament committee chairman John Losito told on Saturday.

“And the future looks bleak if something can’t be found to change that situation, Losito added.

“‘Strike Ten did everything in its power, but it couldn’t find any (outside) sponsors,’ Losito said, calling it a “horrible” situation.

“And it’s not just a BPAA/Strike Ten issue, as PBA and USBC also have struggled mightily to attract outside sponsors.

“The key issue is that bowling’s demographics skew old and sponsors want to reach young adults in that 18- to 35-year-old range.

“In recent years, BPAA got the U.S. Open back from PBA and the U.S. Women’s Open back from USBC because those organizations no longer could afford to run them. (They had been leasing them from BPAA for a nominal $1.)

“Losito said the cost to run the two events is roughly $650,000, with about $200,000 of it for TV.

“In no way, shape or form should this be construed as BPAA not believing in competitive bowling,” Losito said. ‘We’re not going to give up. It has not been said that we’ll never do (U.S. Opens) again.’”

PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., finished the championship match of the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic with six consecutive strikes to win his first PBA50 Tour title Wednesday at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes.

Overcoming a 4-6-7-8-10 split and open in the third frame, Bohn defeated fellow Hall of Famer Pete Weber, of St. Ann, Mo., 232-229, in the championship match. With Weber finishing the match first, Bohn needed a double and eight pins in the 10th frame to win, but threw three solid strikes to pull out the victory.

“It was a good example of never giving up,” said Bohn, who ranks sixth on the PBA Tour career titles list with 33 wins.

“I trailed the whole game until the last ball. All you can ask for is an opportunity, and I was able to take advantage of it.”

See you on the lanes.

Don Wright has been sharing insights on area/national bowling with Herald readers for more than 25 years. Contact him at

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