Reno Welcomes USBC Open Championships for Record 12th Time
10 Mar, 2014
The National Bowling Stadium has played a big role in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, and that tradition continued Friday as the 111th edition of the tournament kicked off in The Biggest Little City in the World.
Hundreds of bowlers, fans, friends, family and dignitaries helped usher in the 2014 USBC Open Championships, which will run for 136 days, concluding July 13. It is the event's record 12th trip to Reno and ninth visit to the NBS.
The Opening-Day festivities included a ribbon cutting, traditional Mass Ball Shot Ceremony and live entertainment from the cast of "Ring of Fire," a musical based on the music of American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. The show is playing at the Eldorado Showroom until May 4.
As has been the tradition since 1951, Joe Bowler presided over the opening ceremony and helped officially start the tournament by throwing out the first ball. This year, the honor went to 63-year-old James Campton of Leavenworth, Kan., who knocked down five pins on his initial delivery.
"It was quite an experience," said Campton, who made his 16th Open Championships appearance overall and second on Opening Day. "I enjoyed it, and it was a lot of fun, but a little nerve-wracking, too. I'll say this much, it's something that I'll never forget."
On the lanes, Team Keeney of Casey, Ill., set the pace in Regular Team with a 2,731 total. The group was led by Chad Stevens, who shot 589. He was followed by Travis Heil (567), Stan Keeney (544), Tom Elsberry (525) and Jim Osborne (506).
In the Classified Division, Fagan Trucking of Shelton, Neb., set the bar with a 2,416 effort. Richard Hadenfeldt contributed a 586 series and was joined by Chuck Wellensiek (497), Van Alberts (485), Jan Hadenfeldt (469) and Dorothy Obermeier (379).
Friday's squad included the first of more than 9,000 teams that will make their way to the NBS for this year's Open Championships, one of a handful of events being held in Reno in the coming months.
The 2014 USBC Women's Championships will return to the nearby Reno-Sparks Convention Center from April 11 until June 30. The RSCC also will welcome the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles and Team Championships (April 13-18), while the NBS hosts the USBC Queens, Senior Queens and Senior Championships in late June and early July.
The first night of the 2014 Open Championships also marked the first live stream broadcast of the year from Reno. There are nearly 30 broadcasts on the schedule, and they all will air on BowlTV, which is being sponsored by Track.
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