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THEY SAY waiting is the hard part, and for many competitors in the recently concluded 2011 USBC Open and Women’s Championships the payoff was worth the wait. With the 122-day

Open Champion- ships and 88-day Women’s Champi- onships runs com- pleted, champions in more than two dozen divisions were announced, includ-

Michelle Feldman


Winners Announced As USBC Open and Women’s Championships Conclude

ing former Professional Women’s Bowling Association stars Michelle Feldman and Aleta Sill, Team USA member Shannon O’Keefe and re- cently inducted USBC Hall of Famer Jeff Richgels. For some, like double-champion

Matt Weggen and members of the Paradise Lanes of Walden, Colo., squad, the declaration of winners couldn’t have come soon enough. “You can probably tell how hard the wait was by how many times the [] website was hit,” said Shane Hartman of Open Champi- onships Classi- fied Division team champs Paradise Lanes, who, along with Glen Hurt,

Toby Sanchez,

IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL: For a combined 210 days, the leader boards at the 2011 USBC Open and Women’s Championships were up for grabs.

Matt Landis and Nick Cornelison, posted 2,910 at the National Bowl- ing Stadium in Reno at the end of March. “All five of us were on the site every day checking the scores. The last month was really difficult.” The same interminable wait befell

Weggen of Muscatine, Iowa, who became the first bowler in Open Championships history to roll back- to-back 800 series in early April. The nearly three-month wait, however, had a happy ending as Weggen’s 826 was good enough for the Regular Singles crown, and his 2,268 total (806 in doubles and 636 in teams)


earned him the Regular All-Events title. With the twin eagles, the 31-year-

old Weggen became the first bowler since 2004 (John Janawicz) to claim both titles in the same year. “I tried to tell myself not to worry

about it,” said Weggen. “But as it got close, I probably checked [the web- site] more than I should have.” Meanwhile, Richgels’ Hall of

Fame bio will need a quick adjust- ment after he earned his fifth title in record-setting fashion. Richgels and his Turbo 2-N-1 Grips (Madison, Wis.) teammates rolled the highest

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