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 former Team USA (2011) and Junior Team USA (2006-2007) member Bryanna Caldwell, who was in Baton Rouge for her fourth Open Championships appearance April 5-6.
The 26-year-old right-hander competed collegiately at the University of Central Missouri, where she became the first bowler in NCAA history (in any division) to win Bowler of the Year four consecutive times (2005-2008). Her 202.79 average remains second all-time on the career average list.
As a freshman in 2005, she led the Jennies to the NCAA championship match before falling to the defending champion, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 4-2.
Caldwell still is active in top-tier women's bowling events such as the USBC Queens and Bowling's U.S. Women's Open and keeps her skills sharp by competing in a PBA Experience league, where she recently rolled a Sport-certified 300 game.
This year at the Open Championships, she shot 685 in singles, 652 in doubles and 611 in teams for a 1,948 all-events total. In four Open Championships appearances, she has a career average of 205.25.
HOMETOWN: Tucson, Ariz.
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS APPEARANCES: Four
OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TITLES: 0
BOWLING BALL WEIGHT: 15
FAVORITE BRAND OF BOWLING BALLS: Columbia 300
ONE all-time favorite host city: Las Vegas
TWO best Open Championships memories: 1. bowling my first year with my family; 2. winning my first bracket money
THREE keys to success at the Open Championships: 1. keep it clean; 2. make quick adjustments; 3. stay positive
FOURgettable Open Championships moment: Losing the 30 clean the first frame.
FIVE bowlers in history on your Open Championships fantasy all-star team: Parker Bohn III, Norm Duke, Earl Anthony, Marshall Holman and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard
SIX bowling balls currently in your Open Championships arsenal: (All Columbia 300) Dark Encounter, Ransom Demand, Omen, Eruption, Freeze and White Dot
SEVEN cities you'd like to see the Open Championships go to/return to: Las Vegas; Orlando, Fla.; New Brunswick, N.J.; San Diego; Phoenix; Reno, Nev.; Seattle
EIGHT favorite bowling balls ever: Columbia 300 Omen, Columbia 300 Ransom Demand, Ebonite The One, Track 503C, Ebonite Mission 2.0, Ebonite Mission X, Storm Fire Power and Brunswick Inferno
NINE other current/eligible bowlers you would choose to join you on your ideal pair of companion teams at the Open Championships: Not sure if all of them are eligible, but my ideal teams are: Kim Terrell-Kearney, Kelly Kulick, Diandra Asbaty, Jason Belmonte, Mike Fagan, Parker Bohn III, Stefanie Nation, Dan Maclelland and Shannon Pluhowsky
TEN seconds or less, who is your favorite bowler of all-time?:Kim Terrell-Kearney
ELEVEN strikes in a row to start a game at the Open Championships, what's going through your head?: Breathe and just let it go!
TWELVE years from now, where do you hope to be in your bowling career?: On the professional women's tour, touring around like they used to and compete like the PBA.