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The 11th Frame: Zimmerman, Blanchard vault into Open Championships doubles lead with 1,464

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 8:00 am

Jimmy Zimmerman and Roger Blanchard of Syracuse, N.Y., vaulted into the doubles lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with 1,464 on Tuesday. Photo by USBC.

Jimmy Zimmerman and Roger Blanchard of Syracuse, N.Y., vaulted into the doubles lead at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships with 1,464 on Tuesday.

Zimmerman blasted 781 (259-265-257), which I believe is the highest series so far in doubles, and Blanchard added 683 (235-210-238) as they soared past the 1,429 of Adam Barta and Hugh Miller.

Considering the difference between the new and old leading scores and the overall relatively low scores in Baton Rouge, I think the 1,464 has a good chance of winning.

Zimmerman ended with 1,958 all-events and Blanchard 1,769.

Both bowlers are high rev players, and Zimmerman is a 2-hander, according to posts on my Facebook page by bowlers who know them.

"We came in wanting to win at least one event," Zimmerman said in this USBC news release. "The tournament isn't over, but it means a lot to take the lead. Some of the best bowlers in the country bowl in this tournament. In doubles, we found a good shot, and we were able to get the momentum going. We got some good breaks and were able to feed off each other.

"We were not able to practice on the shot at home. We had a big support group come down, and our wives and girlfriends are here. I am excited they were around to see it."

The Open Championships leaderboards are here.