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U.S. Open (bowling)

The U.S. Open is one of the four major tournaments in the Professional Bowlers Association. The first modern-day U.S. Open tournament in the PBA took place in 1971 and was won by Mike Limongello. With four victories, Pete Weber holds the most modern-day U.S. Open trophies.

The U.S. Open winner currently earns $100,000 and a three-year Denny's PBA Tour exemption. This means the winner gains automatic entry into the Top 64 field each week for the following three seasons, without having to go through the Tour Qualifying Round (TQR).

Previous U.S. Open Champions

Year Winner Runner-up Final score (championship match)
1971 Mike Limongello Teata Semiz 194-186
1972 Don Johnson George Pappas 233-224
1973 Mike McGrath Earl Anthony 234-222
1974 Larry Laub Dave Davis 258-237
1975 Steve Neff Paul Colwell 279-217
1976 Paul Moser Jim Frazier 226-195
1977 Johnny Petraglia Bill Spigner 279-232
1978 Nelson Burton Jr. Jeff Mattingly 204-201
1979 Joe Berardi Earl Anthony 232-195
1980 Steve Martin Earl Anthony 248-222
1981 Marshall Holman Mark Roth 200-179
1982 Dave Husted Gil Sliker 255-180
1983 Gary Dickinson Steve Neff 214-202
1984 Mark Roth Guppy Troup 244-237
1985 Marshall Holman Wayne Webb 233-205
1986 Steve Cook Frank Ellenburg 245-211
1987 Del Ballard Jr. Pete Weber 247-209
1988 Pete Weber Marshall Holman 203-171
1989 Mike Aulby Jim Pencak 195-178
1990 Ron Palombi Jr. Amleto Monacelli 269-205
1991 Pete Weber Mark Thayer 289-184
1992 Robert Lawrence Scott Devers 226-221
1993 Del Ballard Jr. Walter Ray Williams Jr. 237-193
1994 Justin Hromek Parker Bohn III 267-230
1995 Dave Husted Paul Koehler 266-245
1996 Dave Husted George Brooks 216-214
1997 Not held
1998 Walter Ray Williams Jr. Tim Criss 221-189
1999 Bob Learn Jr. Jason Couch 231-215
2000 Robert Smith Norm Duke 202-201
2001-02 Mika Koivuniemi Patrick Healey Jr. 247-182
2002-03 Walter Ray Williams Jr. Michael Haugen Jr. 236-198
2003-04 Pete Weber Brian Voss 231-178
2004-05 Chris Barnes Patrick Allen 213-212
2005-06 Tommy Jones Ryan Shafer 237-223
2006-07 Pete Weber Wes Malott 210-204
2007-08 Norm Duke Mika Koivuniemi 224-216

U.S. Open Oil Pattern

The U.S. Open features what PBA.com describes as "the toughest lane oil design in all of bowling." The pattern is considered "flat," meaning equal amounts of oil are applied to every lane board.

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