Maynard Johnson of Crystal, Minn., and Dale Diamond of Chatham, Ill., each reached participation milestones at the USBC Open Championships this past week in Reno.
Johnson, an 82-year-old right-hander, became the 17th bowler in 110 years of USBC Open Championships history to participate 60 times, while Diamond, a 71-year-old right-hander, added his name to the list of competitors who have eclipsed the 50-year mark.
Johnson’s tournament career started at the 1951 ABC Tournament in St. Paul, Minn., and now that he has reached one plateau, he’s already focused on another elite group: the 100,000-Pin Club.
“That’s what I’d like to do next,” said Johnson, who has knocked down 98,753 pins, including 1561 this year, for a 184 career average at the tournament. “I don’t get many each year, but I did better than last year.”
Diamond made his ceremonial march down center aisle on Sunday, becoming the 158th bowler in history, and third of nine this year, to compete in 50 Open Championships. He shot 515 in doubles, 508 in singles and 506 in team for a 1529 all-events total. He has knocked down 83,269 pins in his career for a 185 average.
Johnson received a plaque, chevron and engraved money clip to commemorate the milestone, while Diamond received a plaque, chevron and diamond lapel pin.
REGULAR DIVISION LEADERS
1, Lodge Lanes Too (Mitch Jabczenski, John Gaines, Scott Newell, Vernon Peterson, John Janawicz), Orlando, Fla., 3,538. 2, Junior Team USA Support 1, Mansfield, Texas, 3,521. 3, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 4, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 3,420. 5, Blue Ball Rebellion, Wichita, Kansas, 3,375. 6, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,371. 7, Breakpoint Pro Shop 2, Sartell, Minn., 3,358. 8, 5 ICT Bowlers, Johnston, Iowa, 3,347. 9, Joliet Town and Country Lanes, Joliet, Ill., 3,346. 10, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 3,328.
1 (tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 3, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 4, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 5 (tie), Curtiss Rasnic Jr./Curt Rasnic Sr., Fairborn, Ohio, and Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich./Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,366. 7, Sean Greene, Stockbridge, Ga./Stephen Mohn, Norcross, Ga., 1,365. 8, Michael Harpster, Flinton, Pa./Anthony Sobczak, Altoona, Pa., 1,363. 9, Tom Milton/Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., 1,356. 10, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore./Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,351.
1, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 2, Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., 771. 3, Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., 769. 4, Bill Faerber, St. Cloud, Minn., 755. 5, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 751. 6, Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 748. 7, Kris George, Las Vegas, 745. 8 (tie), David Rutherford, Warner Robins, Ga., and Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va., 744. 10, Michael Nett, Kiel, Wis., 743.
1, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 2, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 3, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 2,153. 4, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kansas, 2,110. 5, Bill Webb, Guilford, Conn., 2,107. 6, Brandon Brilinski, Flint, Mich., 2,103. 7 (tie), Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, and Garrett Maxey, Greeley, Colo., 2,097. 9, Scott How, Oregon City, Ore., 2,090. 10, Ray Smarsh, Matawan, N.J., 2,075.
1, Junior Team USA Support 1(Matthew Tuckfield, Steve Novak, Anthony LaCaze, Jeffrey Mersch, Erik Vermilyea), Mansfield, Texas, 10,247. 2, HornswogglerS, Staten Island, N.Y., 10,204. 3, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 4, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 5, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 6, Brunswick Five Horseman, Racine, Wis., 9,841. 7, Lodge Lanes Too, Orlando, Fla., 9,820. 8, Towne and Country Lanes 1, Hartland, Wis., 9,766. 9, Nicholas J’s Pro Shop 2, La Crosse, Wis., 9,650. 10, Southern Storm, Ocala, Fla., 9,605.