Experienced players continue success at 2014 USBC Open

By Matt Cannizzaro and Jessica Gilgor
USBC Communications

RENO, Nev. - Just a few hours after their teammate tied for the Regular Doubles lead at the 2014 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, Mike Rose Jr. of West Henrietta, N.Y., and Scott Pohl of Burnsville, Minn., secured the spot for themselves with a 1,403 total at the National Bowling Stadium.

Rose and Pohl both have enjoyed individual success at the NBS, which includes a Regular All-Events title for Rose in 2007 and a 300 game for Pohl in their team event last year, but being able to share the spotlight makes the experience so much better.

"I was fortunate enough to win an eagle here in 2007, but what I would like the most is to have everyone on my team be able to share in that experience and have the same feeling I did when I won," said Rose, a 43-year-old right-hander, who has maintained a 219.7 average in his 15 USBC Open Championships appearances. "We're very glad we were able to take the lead tonight, and even though it's a longshot, it's a terrific feeling."

Pohl led the doubles effort Tuesday with a 727 series, and Rose added a 676 set to help them past Brian Waliczek of Frankenmuth, Mich., and Robert Wiley of Victor, N.Y., and Joe Janz of Beaver Dam, Wis., and Tim Damerow of Waupun, Wis., who previously shared the top spot with 1,378.

"I knew we were close, but we really don't think about scores a lot when we bowl together," said Pohl, a 45-year-old right-hander and former Team USA member, who made his 24th tournament appearance. "I just went up there hoping to make good shots. It's great to share doubles success with one of my best friends. And it's always nice to put up a good score in doubles, or any event, for that matter."

On Monday, the duo and their Team NABR teammates also made a run at the team lead, before a sluggish finish landed them in fifth place with a 3,495 total. It may not have been the ending they were hoping for, but it did give them a nice head start toward their quest for a Team All-Events title.

Waliczek bowled doubles and singles earlier in the day Tuesday and gave the group a 2,065 all-events effort to work with.

Team USA member Rob Gotchall of Clarksville, Tenn., who is one of 28 bowlers in tournament history with multiple perfect games on the championship lanes, was the high man for Team NABR with 2,172, which is fifth in Regular All-Events. He was followed by Waliczek, Adam Barta (2,012), Pohl (1,994) and Rose (1,926).

In the end, though, the group came up just short, settling into second place with a 10,169 total. Janz's H.I. of Beaver Dam, Wis., paced by Janz and Damerow, leads Team All-Events with 10,363. Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., leads Regular All-Events with 2,273.

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