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Tournament milestones from USBC's first five years

One of the biggest benefits of being a USBC member is being able to compete in USBC-certified tournaments. Thanks to an eclectic variety of events, bowlers of all ages and skill levels have the chance to compete on a national stage and earn part of more than $11 million in prize money each year.

Here's a look at 10 of the top moments on the tournament lanes since the USBC formed on Jan. 1, 2005:

2006 - Wendy Macpherson makes history at the USBC Open Championships: Still mourning the recent loss of her father, Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., grabbed four bowling balls and made the trip to the USBC Open Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas, where bowling was the farthest thing from her mind.

Despite not being as sharp as she was during her days as a Professional Women's Bowling Association star, Macpherson struck her way into the record books with games of 248, 300 and 264 for an 812 series, which moved her into the lead in Regular Singles on the second-to-last day of the 143-day event.

Her perfect game was the third by a woman at the Open Championships, and her 800 series was just the second by a female competitor (women first were allowed to bowl in the Open Championships in 1994). Kristal Wilson (then Scott) of Wichita, Kan., rolled an 816 series earlier in the 2006 tournament.

Macpherson, now a USBC Hall of Famer, held on to win the singles crown, making her the first woman to win a Regular Division title at the Open Championships.

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