By Kevin Albarez
In the coming months, we'll talk with some of the best-known bowlers at the USBC Open Championships and get their thoughts on their time at the tournament and what it takes to succeed on the championship lanes.
This week, we heard from USBC President Andrew Cain, who made his 11th appearance at the USBC Open Championships.
Cain, who assumed his presidential role in January, has been as influential behind the scenes as on the lanes.
The 30-year-old left-hander has found success at every level of the sport. He was a member of Junior Team USA in 2001 and a Team USA member in 2002, 2003 and 2005. He won nearly a dozen medals in international competition.
After a stellar career at Arizona State University, Cain went on to claim Professional Bowlers Association West Region Player and Rookie of the Year honors for the 2007-08 season on the way to becoming an exempt player on the PBA Tour.
Last year, Cain and his K & K Bowling Services 5 teammates claimed one of bowling's most coveted titles when they won the Team All-Events crown at the 2011 Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.
They recently took to the lanes at the Baton Rouge River Center to put their title on the line (May 28-29). Read more
This year at the Open Championships, Cain shot 642 in team, 580 in doubles and 551 in singles for a 1,773 all-events total. In 11 tournament appearances, he has maintained a career average of 213.4.
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS APPEARANCES: 11
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES: 1 (Team All-Events, 2011)
BOWLING BALL WEIGHT: 16
FAVORITE BRAND OF BOWLING BALLS: Any brand that strikes! (cliche, I know)
ONE all-time favorite host city: Reno, Nev. - We won our title there last year.
TWO best Open Championships memories: 1. shooting about 7,100 in singles and doubles last year to come from behind to win Team All-Events - we started slow and had a monumental finish; 2. Just had it! The award presentation this year to commemorate our team's achievement was truly first class.
THREE keys to success at the Open Championships: 1. develop a game plan: preparation is essential, and strategizing makes the tournament challenge less intimidating; 2. Communicate: work the plan with your team- nobody comes to the Open just for the singles event; 3. have fun- win or lose, this crucial wisdom makes every tournament unforgettable.
FOURgettable Open Championships moment: Baton Rouge in 2005- there was no one specific moment, but it was a rough trip from start to finish.
FIVE bowlers in history on your Open Championships fantasy all-star team: Joe Norris, Earl Anthony, Mike Aulby, Mark Roth and Dick Weber. I would gladly carry all their equipment!
SIX bowling balls currently in your Open Championships arsenal: Columbia 300 Encounter, Columbia 300 Dark Encounter, Columbia 300 Ransom Demand, Blue Hammer, 900 Global Eagle and most importantly, my spare ball
SEVEN cities you'd like to see the Open Championships go to/return to: Honolulu; anywhere in Orange County, Calif.; Chicago; Las Vegas; Dallas: Seattle; Phoenix (it would be nice to bowl on home turf someday)
EIGHT favorite bowling balls ever: Ebonite Crush/R, Brunswick Ambush, Storm Forest Fire, Storm Black Thunder, Columbia 300 Orange Piranha, Hammer 3D Maxx, Track Champ, The original Black Hammer
NINE other current/eligible bowlers you would choose to join you on your ideal pair of companion teams at the Open Championships: I wouldn't change who I bowl with now. Performing at the Open is like the Oakland A's in Money Ball. It isn't just about high-dollar talent, but about open communication and a lot of fun. That is the ideal recipe.
TEN seconds or less, who is your favorite bowler of all-time?: Earl Anthony, no question.
ELEVEN strikes in a row to start a game at the Open Championships, what's going through your head?: Breathe and make sure you get the one in the middle!
TWELVE years from now, where do you hope to be in your bowling career?: I hope to be fortunate enough to still be with my teammates taking our march down Center Aisle, ready to go on another eagle hunt. I'd love to also own a PBA national title. Hopefully, most of all, I can say I left behind a legacy as USBC President that bettered our sport and USBC. If bowling and USBC thrive, I will be happy anywhere in my career.