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Softer lane patterns jibe with slightly higher scores at 2021 USBC Open Championships compared to recent years

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Monday, July 19, 2021 4:00 pm
A pictorial of USBC Open Championships patterns from 2009-16. PDFs of the patterns for 2017-21 are at the bottom of this story.
Before the 2021 USBC Open Championships began on May 1, I wrote this story based on USBC lane pattern designer Nick Hoagland’s April 22, 2020 appearance on USBC’s “Inside the OC Podcast” in which he talked about a wide variety of issues, including designing lane patterns for USBC tournaments. It was an interesting, entertaining and fairly informative interview of more than an hour, though it didn’t touch on some important issues an independent...