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The 11th Frame: 2016 Open Championships lane patterns offer subtle tweaks to 2015 patterns — here’s what experts say they mean

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 2:00 pm

The USBC Open Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Photo by United States Bowling Congress.
When the lane patterns were released for the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships just before the tournament started last March, I wrote in this story that I’d bet anyone a Hefeweizen there’d be no record high scores. Not surprisingly, I got no takers. And, as I detailed in this story, the only winning score that was higher in any category for any year since 2005 was Open Championships king Matt McNiel’s relatively gigantic 2,226 all-events. (I didn’t...

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