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The 11th Frame: 2018 USBC Open Championships lane patterns close to 2017 patterns — and scores show it

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 6:00 pm

A pictorial of USBC Open Championships patterns from 2009-16.
Any knowledgeable bowler who competed in the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships knew this year’s lane patterns were similar to the patterns used at the 2017 Open Championships. And if they didn’t figure that out from ball reaction, the scores showed the difficulty level was very close. In fact, the scoring pace has been very similar for the past four years — after the 2014 Open Championships that featured the Beamonesque 3,720 of Artistic Expressions...

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