Champions Crowned at 2014 Bowlers Journal

RENO, Nev. – Hours prior to their record-setting performance at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships, JR Raymond of Bay City, Mich., Zeke Bayt of Westerville, Ohio, and Terry Rohrer of Fort Wayne, Ind., re-wrote the Open Doubles standings at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships presented by USBC, and they were able to hold onto the top three spots in the standings as the event concluded Sunday.

Rohrer started the June 20 run at the National Bowling Stadium with a 299 game, his second of the day at the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships. Raymond, a 2010 Team All-Events champion at the USBC Open Championships, finished the effort with a 300 game and led the group with a 779 series.

“I know that I prefer only Turbo products in my Storm bowling balls. They give me the great feel and consistency that I need to perform at the highest level each and every day. If you are not using Turbo Products you will not have the edge over your competitors.”, said Rohrer.

Bayt added a 755 set to catapult him and Raymond to the Open Doubles title with a 1,534 total, while Rohrer’s 748 helped him and Raymond into second place with 1,527. Bayt and Rohrer finished third with 1,503.

Later that evening, the trio was joined by George Palumbo and Kent Wagner for their team event at the Open Championships, and they rolled the highest team game in 111 years of tournament history, 1,318.

“That day was ridiculous, and we may never have a day like that again,” said Bayt, the 2013 Regular Singles champion at the Open Championships. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I’m sure we’ll never forget. It means a lot to win with these guys. Anytime you can win something, it’s special, but winning at the Bowlers Journal is pretty big.”

Raymond’s 779 just missed the top spot in Open Singles, which went to Matt Ogle of Shepherdsville, Ky., with the lone 800 series of the event, an 802 rolled June 23, to capture both the Open Singles title and the top spot on the Dual Entry standings.

Steven Badovinac of Parker, Colo., ended up second in both events with 780, while Raymond finished third. The Dual Entry prize fund is a bonus for bowlers who choose to use their three games for doubles and singles at the same time.

Ogle, a 29-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 256, 268 and 278 to secure the top spot.

“I’ve been counting down the days, hours and squads until the end,” said Ogle, who made his 12th Open Championships appearance in 2014. “People have been asking every day if I was still in the lead, so I’m happy I came out with the title. This is probably the biggest accomplishment I’ve had. It was a great feeling overall, especially having it happen at the Stadium with my friends and dad supporting me.”

“Turbo grips provide a quality product to allow me to have a comfortable grip in each bowling ball. They have treated me like a family member since the day I have been on staff. I am honored to represent such an awesome company.”

The 68th edition of the Bowlers Journal once again saw a jump in entries as the event was held under the same roof as the Open Championships for the second consecutive year. The Open Championships was contested on lanes 1-64 at the NBS, while the Bowlers Journal was held on 69-78.