The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicagoland bowling proprietors celebrated the 50th anniversary of their “Beat the Champs” contest in December. Reigning U.S. Open champions Bill O’Neill and Kelly Kulick are the center of the program. O’Neill rolled a target series score of 747 and Kulick 696 in posting scores which grassroots bowlers will try to beat, (with the benefit of handicap). The Beat the Champs participants also earned bonus money for their favorite personal charities for every strike they threw in the fifth and 10th frames. O’Neill earned $500 for the PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) Foundation in honor of his father, who underwent a kidney transplant a year ago as a victim of the disease. Kulick earned $500 for the Goodwill Mission.