By Al Pote, For September 29, 2009

Few regional bowlers have had the kind of year that Lennie Boresch, Jr. has experienced in 2009. Boresch added to his trophy case on Sunday with a victory in the PBA Midwest/Central Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes.

Boresch, the 2009 USBC Open Team champion and All-Events runner-up, defeated Lumber Liquidators Tour veteran David Traber 267-237 in the final match to pocket the $2500 first prize. Boresch reached the title match by defeating 4th-place finisher Jason Queen 278-254.

Queen started Sunday on a high note, qualifying 7th for match play and firing a 300 in the third game of his Round-of-16 victory (3-2) over Yorkville's Steve Jaros. The Oreana right-hander earned $1100 for his efforts.

Tom Adcock made the cut to Sunday, but his score in the five morning games put him 19 pins out of a match-play spot, resulting in a 17th-place finish. Jennifer Petrick, the Canton, Ohio star who finished 11th, thrilled the crowd on Saturday with a 300 in game four and a subsequent eight-bagger in the next game. A 10-pin stopped Petrick's strike string at 20.

The Decatur tournament was the final event of the 2008-2009 PBA Midwest season. The top players from the region earned entries into the Regional Players Invitational to be held in Reno December 15-17.

Boresch and Traber procured spots for the RPI, along with Tom Hess, Sean Swanson and Dave Beres. Sadly, another man who would have qualified, 33-year-old Quad-City champion Brian Kjergaard, died of a heart attack in August. Many Decatur regional bowlers paid tribute to Kjergaard by wearing shirts in his traditional lime-green color, with BK patches affixed.

IT'S JUST A NUMBER: Two veteran Decatur bowlers led the way during late September league play. Dave Lehew, 69, fired his fifth career 300 game, and his first in over three years, on Thursday in the Spare Time Rebels League.

Later that night, 50-year-old Bill Barnett rolled games of 276, 265 and 268 for an 809 in the Pla-Mor Men's League. It was the first 800 in nearly seven years for the easygoing right-hander.

"I just closed my eyes on every shot," Barnett said. "Seriously, I had a great shot to the pocket and carried almost everything. It was crazy."

Another longtime standout, 48-year-old Randall Pare, rolled a 12-bagger in his final Cavalier Classic League game on Friday. In ladies' action, Mandie Dietz had her best day of the season one week ago with a 268 game and 676 series in Spare Time's Miller Lite League.

DOUGH-ROLLING: The second annual five-person team tournament organized by Roll For The Dough is accepting entries from individuals and teams. The Donnewald Challenge will be held on Oct. 17-18 and 24-25 at Bowlero Lanes in Carlinville. Two squads will be held on Saturdays, with three on Sundays.

The entry fee is $30 per person, and teams can be filled with any combination of men and ladies. The handicap is 80% from 220, with optional scratch available, and the first-place team will be guaranteed $2500. There will also be early bird prizes and provisions to re-enter, provided that lanes are available.

Interested bowlers are asked to call Jim Hall at 217-438-9477 or 217-891-0462.

The regular RFTD scratch series will stop at Riverboat Lanes in Godfrey on Sunday at 10am. The cost for this six-game-plus-stepladder event will be $55 per bowler. All certified men and ladies are eligible.

CLASSIC BOWLING: The next event on the Central Illinois Classic Tour will be on October 11 at King Pin Lanes in Springfield. John Berry was the winner of the most recent CIC tournament in Decatur.

The CIC cost is $65 for an individual tournament, plus a $20 one-time membership fee. Interested bowlers are asked to call Vince McCane at 309-208-0208.
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Final Results of the 2018-2019 Open Championships (City Tournament)

80th Annual Decatur USBC Open
Championship: Feb. 16-Mar. 10, 2019 - at Spare Time Lanes

Handicap Singles

  • Daniel Goebel - 793
  • Cory Hollis - 768
  • Michael Abel - 756

Scratch Singles

  • Phillip Barry - 747
  • Shawn Reed - 738
  • Jason Queen - 729

Handicap Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Garrett Strohl/Jarid Thompson - 1488
  • Bob Gray/Frank Bilyeu - 1458

Scratch Doubles

  • Tom Adcock/Jason Queen - 1533
  • Tim Frey/Phillip Barry - 1372
  • Patty Dodd/Bennie Holman - 1358

Handicap All Events

  • Cory Hollis - 2285
  • Bryson Poe - 2210
  • Jason Queen - 2168

Scratch All-Events

  • Jason Queen - 2168
  • Tim Frey - 2156
  • James Heckwine - 2113

Handicap Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3634
  • Dad's Team - 3535
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406

Scratch Team

  • Nic Riley (Nic Riley, Ben McCoy, Michael Wilcox, Jon Alford, Phillip Barry) - 3567
  • Bring Back Pla-Mor - 3406
  • Balls Deep - 3187