Himmler wins two titles at 2013 BJ Championships

*Full standings listed below
RENO, Nev. -
Four-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Brian Himmler of Cincinnati enjoyed a new type of success as his long wait atop the leaderboard at the 2013 Storm Bowlers Journal Championships presented by the United States Bowling Congress ended with two titles.

The 40-year-old right-hander fired games of 279, 249 and 268 for a 796 series at the National Bowling Stadium in late May and now can breathe easy as an official winner in Open Singles and Open Doubles.

Himmler earned $10,000 for the singles win and will share $7,500 with Henry Dawson of Elma, Wash., for the doubles title. Dawson added 668 for a 1,464 winning total.

"I was peeking at the leaderboard," Himmler said. "It was a change for me because all of the big cashes I've had in the PBA and megabuck tournaments were paid out about five minutes afterwards. I was definitely thrilled to get the call. I was glad to have a successful trip to Reno and hope to do it again next year."

Himmler's score also was enough to take the top spot on the Dual Entry prize list, which includes all bowlers who chose to enter doubles and singles at the same time and use their three-game total for both events. The effort earned him an additional $1,000.

PBA50 Tour standout Bob Learn Jr. of Macomb, Mich., took advantage of his senior status and claimed the Senior Singles crown with a 740 series, worth $4,000.

"I guess it pays to get old," said Learn, a 51-year-old right-hander. "It's pretty cool. I remember bowling the Bowlers Journal back in the day, but this is the first time I've bowled it in a while. It's even more memorable because of all the extra entries this year."

This year marked the 67th time the Bowlers Journal Championships has been held in conjunction with the USBC Open Championships, but it was the first time both events were held under the same roof. The result was a 300-percent increase in overall participation.

In the new Super Senior Singles category (ages 60 and older) USBC Hall of Famer Gary Dickinson of Edmond, Okla., shared the top prize with Clark Poelzer of Arden Hills, Minn., with 705. They each earned $1,900.

Gary Evans of Ashton, Ill., was the 199 & Under Handicap Singles champion with a 745 set. The win was worth $2,000.

Also a first this year was the use of two Sport Bowling-certified lane conditions at the Open Championships - one for team competition and another for doubles/singles. The doubles/singles oil pattern was used at the Bowlers Journal Championships.

Rick Thomas of Willowbrook, Ill., and Rick Hara of Schaumburg, Ill., earned the Senior Doubles title and $2,000 top prize with a 1,352 total, while Jean and Bradley Ziemer of Browns Valley, Minn., claimed the Mixed Doubles crown and $1,000 with a 1,397 handicap total. Jessica Tang of San Jose, Calif., teamed with Stella Cabacungan of San Francisco for the Women's Doubles win, worth $500.

Himmler and Learn also were among the bowlers who cashed in on the event's Jackpot Trio, which includes the 30 Clean Jackpot, High Game Jackpot and Strike-It-Rich Jackpot.

A total of 30 bowlers, Himmler and Learn included, earned $381 for filling all of their frames. Four bowlers struck in all nine Strike-It-Rich frames for $2,862 each, and four bowlers rolled perfect games on the tournament lanes, earning $2,862 apiece in the High Game Jackpot.


Two new side tournaments were held at the National Bowling Stadium this year, utilizing the 900 Global Showcase Lanes inside the new Kingpin Club on the venue's ground floor.

The 900 Global Two-Game Challenge and Who's Got the Look Baker Bonanza presented by 900 Global provided unique formats for bowlers of all skill levels to cash in while in town for the Open Championships.

The Two-Game Challenge featured same-day and yearlong payouts in three divisions - Eagle (200 and above), Train (176-199) and Sure Thing (175 and below). Top scores on the yearlong list were: Eagle - AJ Rice, Phenix City, Ala. (579); Train - Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore. (503); Sure Thing - TJ Karch, Edgewood, Wash. (448).

At the Who's Got the Look Baker Bonanza, the members of the three-person team bowled three frames in each of the five games, and the teammates selected who would bowl each 10th frame. There were Open and Women's Divisions with three averaged-based categories.

For more information or complete standings from the Storm Bowlers Journal Championships, 900 Global Two-Game Challenge or Who's Got the Look Baker Bonanza presented by 900 Global, visit BOWL.com/openchamp. 
Presenting sponsors for the 2013 USBC Open Championships include Circus Circus Reno, Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno.

2013 Storm Bowlers Journal Championships
Final Results and Prizes - Official

July 29, 2013

Open Singles

Senior Singles

Super Senior Singles

199 & Under Handicap Singles

Open Doubles

Senior Doubles

Handicap Mixed Doubles

Women's Doubles

Dual Entry

Jackpot Trio