The 2015 USBC Open Championships will be held at the El Paso Convention Center in El Paso and run from Feb. 28 until July 11 (last team date).

This storied tournament boasts more than 110 years of tradition and attracts bowlers from across the country each year. The 2015 event will mark the tournament’s first visit to El Paso and first trip to Texas since 2006.

There are two divisions — Regular (181-plus average) and Classified (180 average and below) — so bowlers of all skill levels have the chance to earn a share of more than $5 million in prize money. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience.

The entry fee is $55 per event, per bowler. All-events is optional and is $15. The total cost is $180 per bowler, which allows them to compete in team, doubles, singles and all-events.

Remember, selecting Premium squads and paying the team portion by June 13 will earn each bowler $20 in Championships Cash when they arrive in El Paso. Selecting the Value squads will earn each bowler $15 in Championships Cash.

Premium – All Fridays and Saturdays from Feb. 28 to June 27 (35 days).

Friday & Saturday Non-Premium (Standard pricing), July 3-4, 10-11

Value – Select Tuesdays and Wednesdays (12 dates): March 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31; April 1, 7 and 8; July 1 and 8.

All squads not listed will feature Standard pricing.

For more information on changes for 2015, including tiered pricing and a new squad schedule go to

Future host cities for the USBC Open Championships are:

  • 2015 — El Paso
  • 2016 — Reno, Nev.
  • 2017 — Las Vegas
  • 2018 — Syracuse, N.Y.
  • 2019 — Las Vegas
  • 2020 — Reno, Nev.
  • 2021 — Las Vegas
  • 2022 — Reno, Nev.
  • 2023 — Las Vegas
  • 2024 — Reno, Nev.
  • 2025 — Baton Rouge, La.

Merlin Ng of Concord, Calif., started his ninth United States Bowling Congress Open Championships appearance Saturday with a perfect game and nearly repeated the feat two games later.

The 49-year-old right-hander opened the final game of his team event at the National Bowling Stadium with 11 consecutive strikes, but his quest to become the fourth bowler in tournament history with two 300s in the same year ended when he left a 2-pin on his final offering. “I was very nervous,” Ng said. “I have shot 300 before, but this is the Stadium. My teammates gave me all the courage and confidence. They said to stick with what I normally do and just throw the ball, and that really helped. I was so proud, and I can’t believe I did it.”

The last bowler to achieve perfection twice in one tournament was David Ferguson, of Austin, in 2006. He joined the short list started by Kyle McCrackin, of Wichita, Kan., (2002) and Ron Bahr of Topeka, Kan., (2003). Bahr is the only bowler in 111 years of USBC Open Championships competition to toss back-to-back 300s, which he did on the way to an 837 series and the Regular Singles title.

Some great scores have been posted in Reno and we can only hope for the best as many local USBC bowlers will be making the trip in the very near future.

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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