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Bowling News USA - July 15, 2014 2014 Storm Bowlers Journal Champions Crowned

RENO, Nev. - Hours prior to their record-setting performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, JR Raymond of Bay City, Mich., Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, and Terry Rohrer of Fort Wayne, Ind., re-wrote the Open Doubles standings at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC, and they were able to hold onto the top three spots in the standings as the event concluded Sunday.

Rohrer started the June 20 run at the National Bowling Stadium with a 299 game, his second of the day at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships. Raymond, a 2010 Team All-Events champion at the USBC Open Championships, finished the effort with a 300 game and led the group with a 779 series.

Bayt added a 755 set to catapult him and Raymond to the Open Doubles title with a 1,534 total, while Rohrer's 748 helped him and Raymond into second place with 1,527. Bayt and Rohrer finished third with 1,503.

Later that evening, the trio was joined by George Palumbo and Kent Wagner for their team event at the Open Championships, and they rolled the highest team game in 111 years of tournament history, 1,318.

"That day was ridiculous, and we may never have a day like that again," said Bayt, the 2013 Regular Singles champion at the Open Championships. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'm sure we'll never forget. It means a lot to win with these guys. Anytime you can win something, it's special, but winning at the Bowlers Journal is pretty big."

Raymond's 779 just missed the top spot in Open Singles, which went to Matt Ogle of Shepherdsville, Ky., with the lone 800 series of the event, an 802 rolled June 23, to capture both the Open Singles title and the top spot on the Dual Entry standings.

Steven Badovinac of Parker, Colo., ended up second in both events with 780, while Raymond finished third. The Dual Entry prize fund is a bonus for bowlers who choose to use their three games for doubles and singles at the same time.

Ogle, a 29-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 256, 268 and 278 to secure the top spot.

"I've been counting down the days, hours and squads until the end," said Ogle, who made his 12th Open Championships appearance in 2014. "People have been asking every day if I was still in the lead, so I'm happy I came out with the title. This is probably the biggest accomplishment I've had. It was a great feeling overall, especially having it happen at the Stadium with my friends and dad supporting me."

The 68th edition of the Bowlers Journal once again saw a jump in entries as the event was held under the same roof as the Open Championships for the second consecutive year. The Open Championships was contested on lanes 1-64 at the NBS, while the Bowlers Journal was held on 69-78.

Also collecting individual titles at the Bowlers Journal were Dwight Burns of Tucson, Ariz., who posted a 769 series to capture the Senior Singles title, Curtis Dornath of Maricopa, Ariz., who paced Super Senior Singles with 724, and Tess Li of Henderson, Nev., who led the way in the 199 & Under Handicap Singles with 764.

Rick Hara of Darien, Ill., made it a second consecutive Senior Doubles crown at the Bowlers Journal, this time teaming with USBC Hall of Famer Rick Pollard of Versailles, Ind., for a 1,444 total. They took the title by a single pin.

Michele and Gary Graves of Tacoma, Wash., earned the Handicap Mixed Doubles title with a 1,433 effort, while Susan Schlink and Sue Anne Tae of Chicago landed in the top Women's Doubles spot with 1,345.

The Bowlers Journal offers participants a chance at some additional prize money with a trio of jackpots.

In the High Game Jackpot, Raymond, Mark James of Hannacroix, N.Y., and 2014 Open Championships Regular Doubles winner Clark Poelzer of Arden Hills, Minn., all rolled perfect games and will earn equal shares of the prize fund.

A total of 11 bowlers hit the Strike Jackpot, while 43 competitors will get a share the 30 Clean Jackpot.

Prize totals and final standings will be posted on as soon as they become available.

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(Top 10 leaders with hometown and pinfall)

Open Singles
1, Matt Ogle, Shepherdsville, Ky., 802
2, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 780
3, JR Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 779
4, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 775
5, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 770
6, Alex Cavagnaro, Copiague, N.Y., 769
T7, Mark James, Hannacroix, N.Y., 764
T7, JR Martino, McMurray, Pa., 764
9, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 763
T10, Eric Copping, Websterville, N.Y., 762
T10, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 762

Senior Singles
1, Dwight Burns, Tucson, Ariz., 769
2, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill., 760
3, Randy Peterson, Carrington, N.D., 745
4, Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 740
5, Shawn Morris, Fox Lake, Ill., 739
6, Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 734
7, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 724
T8, Jeff Taylor, Madison, Wis., 723
T8, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City, 723
10, Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 717

Super Senior Singles
1, Curtis Dornath, Maricopa, Ariz., 724
2, Clarence McLean, Brooklyn, N.Y., 706
3, Dan Winter, Rockford, Ill., 704
4, Gordon Kilpatrick, Waterloo, Iowa, 701
5, Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 699
6, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 691
T7, Eric LeBay, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 687
T7, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 687
9, Ron Zutz, Warren, Minn., 681
10, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 679

199 & Under Handicap Singles
1,Tess Ti, Henderson, Nev., 764
2, Greg Dolder, Soquel, Calif., 740
3, Kelley Wunder, Chicago, 716
4, Susan Schlink, Chicago, 715
5, Michael Way, Stuttgart, Ark., 710
T6, Troy Morgan, Salida, Colo., 696
T6, Leroy Hayes, Cambridge, Neb., 696
T6, Heidi Martin, Holly, Mich., 696
T9, Darin Ziemer, Fargo, N.D., 691
T9, Elaine Weaver-Purdy, Las Vegas, 691

Open Doubles
1, JR Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 1,534
2, JR Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Terry Rohrer, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,527
3, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio/Terry Rohrer, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,503
4, Matt Ogle, Shepherdsville, Ky./T.J. Schmidt, Mishawka, Ind., 1,500
5, Chris Drewes/Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,495
6, Dupree Dickey/Jeff Cotton, Oakland, Calif., 1,489
7, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo./Nick Hays, Broomfield, Colo., 1,483
8, Mark James, Jackson, Mo./Nicholas Galusha, Rotterdam, N.Y., 1,473
9, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo./Lawrence Marquez, Lakewood, Colo., 1,468
10, Mike Conn, Crestwood, Ky./ Matt Ogle, Shepherdsville, Ky., 1,466

Senior Doubles
1, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill./Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,444
2, Clark Poelzer, Arden Hills, Minn./Mark Porter, Lincoln, Neb., 1,443
3, Alan Runkel, Cincinnati/Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,432
4, Pete Thomas, Oklahoma City/Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,404
5, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill./Alan Runkel, Cincinnati, 1,394
6, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill./Dave Armstrong, Naperville, Ill., 1,389
7, Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill./Rick Pollard, Versailles, Ind., 1,386
8, Cliff Connors, Tempe, Ariz./Darron Peters, Temecula, Calif., 1,376
9, Don Moser/Scott LaRiviere, Murrieta, Calif., 1,374
10, Curtis Dornath, Maricopa, Ariz./Willie Wells, Reno, Nev., 1,365

Handicap Mixed Doubles
1, Michele Graves/Gary Graves, Tacoma, Wash., 1,433
2, Susan Schlink, Chicago/Kelly Plummer, Westchester, Ill., 1,425
3, Susan Schlink, Chicago/Rick Thomas, Willowbrook, Ill., 1,385
4, Ken Iredale, Banbury, Oxford/Liz Parish, Oxfordshire, Oxford, 1,381
5, Jean Ziemer, Browns Valley, Minn./Darin Ziemer, Fargo, N.D., 1,373
6, Regina Rondez/Daniel Rondez, Milpitas, Calif., 1,364
7, Brittney Harper/Gabe Graham, Rainsville, Ala., 1,362
8, Angela Chirpich/Jason Guest, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,346
9, Lawrence Christensen, Lincoln, Neb./Terry Christensen, Onawa, Iowa, 1,344
10, Kelly Plummer, Westchester, Ill./Sue Anne Tae, Chicago, 1,340

Women's Doubles
1, Susan Schlink/Sue Anne Tae, Chicago, 1,345
2, Judy Gagliardi, Chatham, N.Y./Charlene Brandow, Nassau, N.Y., 1,329
3, Susan Schlink, Chicago/Jan Schmidt, Naperville, Ill., 1,324
4, Tammy Salazar/Ginger Ruiz, Pueblo, Colo., 1,321
5, Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif./Lori Jo Turner, Sauk Rapids, Minn., 1,316
6, Tely Ikehara, Covina, Calif./Hidemi Mizobuchi, Tokyo, 1,299
7, Caerlina Williams, Elk Grove, Ill./Peggy Fioretto, Chicago, 1,297
8, Jennifer Lane, Reno, Nev./Kathy Prange, Arlington, Texas, 1,287
9, Tracie Ball, North Bend, Ore./Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif., 1,285
10, Elizabeth Johnson/Wilma Westover, Valatie, N.Y., 1,280

Dual Entry
1, Matt Ogle, Shepherdsville, Ky., 802
2, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 780
3, JR Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 779
4, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 775
5, Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 770
6, Alex Cavagnaro, Copiague, N.Y., 769
T7, Mark James, Hannacroix, N.Y., 764
T7, JR Martino, McMurray, Pa., 764
T9, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 762
T9, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 762

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