Missouri Bowlers Take Doubles Lead in Reno

by Bob Johnson 0

Brian Burkhardt of St. Louis and Rick Gatlin of Eureka, Mo., claimed the Regular Doubles lead at the USBC Open Championships with a 1440 total May 21 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Burkhardt, a 39-year-old right-hander, picked up the 3-4-6-7 split in the 9th frame, and Gatlin closed with seven strikes to lift the pair past Alex Aguiar of Dartmouth, Mass., and Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., who previously held the lead with 1422.

Burkhardt and Gatlin have bowled doubles together all but once during their 11-year careers at the Open Championships. Gatlin led the way this year with a 736 series, while Burkhardt contributed 704.

As the doubles event came to a close, Gatlin had no idea how close they were to taking the lead. He simply was focused on shooting his first 700 on the championship lanes.

“We broke the lanes down perfectly, and I had a good shot as long as I stayed down and rolled the ball,” said the 52-year-old right-hander and two-time state champion in Missouri. “I really didn’t know what we needed, and they wouldn’t tell me. I just knew we were close to 1400, and I really wanted to get there.”

Gatlin added 720 in singles and 614 in team for a career-best all-events total of 2070, edging out Burkhardt, who had 710 in singles and 650 in team for 2064, also a career high.


Regular Team

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, Leaf Lovers, Justin, Texas, 3,509. 4, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 3,499. 5, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 3,469. 6, Team Pabst, Verona, Wis., 3,450. 7 (tie), S & B Pro Shop 1, Clinton Township, Mich., and Shirts4bowling.com, Portland, Ore., 3,439. 9, Buddiesproshop.com, Naugatuck, Conn., 3,438. 10, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3,436.

Regular Doubles

1, Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis/Rick Gatlin, Eureka, Mo., 1,440. 2, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass./Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,422. 3 (tie), Chris Greene/Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Conti Jr., Liverpool, N.Y./Derek Magno, Cicero, N.Y., 1,403. 5 (tie), Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn./Glenn Hood, Ellington, Conn., and Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio/Marc Massie, Alexandria, Ky., 1,399. 7, Marc Scherlis, San Diego/Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,397. 8, Russ Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,396. 9, Ben Hoefs, Mobile, Ala./Henry Teetz III, West Allis, Wis., 1,392. 10, Dave Woffington, Lancaster, Pa./Jerred Poff, York, Pa., 1,387.

Regular Singles

1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 789. 2, Matt McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 787. 3, Mike Shady, Fairview, Pa., 783. 4, Aaron Jones, Palos Hills, Ill., 778. 5, Kelly Bonta, Wichita, Kan., 776. 6 (tie), Greg Roberts, Oshkosh, Wis., and Rick Minier, Houston, 771. 8 (tie), Robert Young, Ontario, Calif., and Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 769. 10, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 767.

Regular All-Events

1, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,228. 2, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,214. 3, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,169. 4, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,166. 5, Joe Keltner, Wichita, Kan., 2,154. 6( tie), Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., and Andrew Colon, Zephyrhills, Fla., 2,153. 8, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,151. 9, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,141. 10, Dean Mueller, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,140.

Regular Team All-Events

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, Backhaul Direct – Lumper, Indianapolis, 10,111. 4, Leaf Lovers, Justin, Texas, 10,108. 5, Team Tilt, Lawrence, Kan., 10,065. 6, Red Carpet Lanes, Waukesha, Wis., 10,007. 7, Cambridge 1, Arlington, Texas, 9,988. 8, Linds Lakers 1, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 9,953. 9, CareerAthletes.com, Wichita, Kan., 9,921. 10, Team NABRankings.com, West Henrietta, N.Y., 9,906.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.