New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Pa. Bowler Triumphs to Close Out PBA East Region Schedule

Manalapan, N.J. (Dec. 1, 2018) – Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., defeated Steven Kotowski of Clark, N.J., 278-236, to win the Professional Bowlers Association MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick on Saturday.
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New York's Haines Second at PBA Regional in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Md. (November 18, 2018) – Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., earned his second career PBA Regional title when he defeated Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 189-178, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Track at Terrace Lanes Sunday.
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Pennsylvania Bowlers Stand Out in PBA50 Regional in Delaware

Laurel, Del. (Oct. 28, 2018) – Brent Hunter of Glenville, Pa., defeated Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 232-187, to win the PBA50 Bryan's Bowling Center Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global at Bryan's Bowling Center Sunday.
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Attention: Youth League Coordinators

NOVEMBER 30, 2018 -- The New York State USBC offers a robust scholarship program that rewards classroom and bowling achievement at all grade levels.

A slick one-page flyer (see below) is available for youth league directors to give to youth bowlers and parents by sending an email and the number requested to bowlny300@yahoo.com.

CLICK HERE to download the YES scholarship flyer above.


2019 Annual Meeting
Scheduled for June 1
at DoubleTree Syracuse

Info emailed to local associations this morning

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 – The New York State USBC's 8th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057.

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The DoubleTree also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, May 31, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 1.

The hotel's phone number is 315-432-0200. Room rate for NYS USBC delegates and guests is $119 plus taxes. The Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

Earlier today, the NYS USBC office mailed delegate forms to local association managers, who are asked to return these forms with a list of their representatives to the Annual Meeting no later than Jan. 15, 2019.

Other attachments to the email included:

-- A letter about the Annual Meeting and about serving on the NYS USBC Board of Directors.

-- A chart indicating the number of delegates each local association can send to the Annual Meeting.

CLICK HERE for the chart.

-- A resume form for those interested in running for a position on the NYS USBC Board of Directors, which is located on the About Us page of this website.

All registered delegates will have voice and voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

Please return the delegates forms by U.S. mail or by scanning them and emailing by Jan. 15, 2019 to NYS USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY, 14020, or bowlny300@yahoo.com.

Positions up for election in 2019 are as follows:

-- President (see resume form for specific qualifications).

-- Sergeant-at-Arms
-- Three Adult Directors.
-- One Youth Directors.

Potential candidates must send a copy of the resume form to the Nominating Committee chair – Betty Kingsley, 61 Alta Vista Drive, Rochester, NY, 14625 -- by Jan. 15, 2019.

For qualifications, please refer to Article 5, Section B of the NYS USBC Bylaws, which can be found on the About Us page of this website.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2020 USBC Annual Meeting.


'TEXT' MESSAGE - RAY WINS AGAIN: NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, left, presents the championship plaque to Ray Textor of Kennedy after he successfully defended his title at the 2nd NYS Senior Masters Saturday at Cort Lanes in Cortland. Pat Brick of Buffalo, right, placed second. 

NYS Senior Masters Championship

Jamestown Area's Ray Textor
Claims Second Straight Crown

NOVEMBER 4, 2018 -- Another great turnout. Another strong field. Another victory for Ray Textor.

That's the story of Saturday's 2nd NYS Senior Masters Championship at Cort Lanes in Cortland.

CLICK HERE for qualifying round and match play results.

Textor, a Kennedy resident (Jamestown Area USBC), defeated Pat Brick of Buffalo (Greater Buffalo USBC), 414-388, in the title match to capture the $1,250 first prize. Brick took home $750.

"I guess I'm getting better as I'm getting older," said Textor, a 60-year-old right-hander who placed second and sixth in a pair of PBA Regionals since his victory in the inaugural NYS Senior Masters last year at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. "But, in that match (against Brick), I got a little luck ... Pat bowled better than I did; he just couldn't carry."

Both the second-seeded Brick and fourth-seeded Textor entered the two-game match play finals in the third round as they received two-round byes for their 1,003 and 935 scores in the four-game qualifying round.

Brick, 51, the only lefty among the top 16 finalists, eliminated PBA National Regional champion Ray Edwards of Middle Island (Long Island USBC), 463-400, and John Masiello of Kenmore (Greater Buffalo USBC), 435-408, while Textor ousted PBA Regional titlist Bob Leonard of Lockwood (Southern Tier USBC), 406-369, and NYS USBC Hall of Famer Mike Faliero of West Seneca, 472-420, to reach the title match.

In the finals, Textor rolled a pair of doubles in the first game, leading to a 214-199 win, and held off Brick, who was unable to carry the corner pins, 200-189, in the second game.

"I tightened up a little bit, and amped up my speed a bit, making the ball carry down too far," said Brick, who admitted he really wants to add a NYS Senior Masters crown to his impressive tournament resume. "But what Ray did, I can't express enough how hard it is to win a tournament of this caliber two years in a row. He deserved it."

Textor used Storm balls -- Sure Lock during qualifying and IQ Tour Nano and Phaze II in match play-- while Brick used Roto-Grip Idol exclusively.

The tournament drew 94 entrants – the same number as last year – and it took 878 for four games to advance to match play. The final cash number was 861. The event was contested on a 44-foot Challenge pattern designed by Kegel specifically for the tournament.

Joe Scianna Jr. of Ronkonkoma (Long Island USBC) was the top qualifier with 1,013 on games of 224-248-276-265. He was followed by Brick, Frank Cataldo of Fort Edward (Adirondack USBC), 952, and Textor. Those four received two-round byes.

Bowlers in the fifth through eighth spots received one-round byes. They were PBA Regional competitor Don Herrington of Ballston Lake (Schenectady USBC), 923; Masiello, 919; Carl Kinyon of Lockport (Lockport USBC), 908, and PBA Regional competitor Pat Donaghue of Honeoye Falls (Rochester NY USBC), 905.

The remaining eight finalists were Larry Case Jr. of Jamestown (Jamestown Area USBC), 902; Edwards, 900; Chuck Pitts of Cortland (Seven Valley USBC), 895; Robert Putman of Beaver Dams (Corning USBC), 887; Leonard, 884; Bill Hasiotis of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC), 882; PBA Regional champion Sam Ventura of Norwich (Norwich USBC), 879, and Faliero, 878.

Highlights of match play included:

-- Edwards' 279 game to cap a 523-411 win over Ventura in Round 1.
-- Masiello stringing the final six strikes in the second game to defeat Hasiotis, 471-465, in Round 2. A solid 7-pin on his first ball in the 10th frame kept Hasiotis, a right-hander, from winning.
-- Edwards striking in the 10th frame, getting the 2-pin from behind, to eliminate Kinyon, 456-438, in Round 2.
-- Masiello striking out in the 10th frame to edge Cataldo, 395-392, in Round 3.
-- Brick striking out in the 10th frame to shut out Masiello, 435-408, in Round 4.

Faliero, who bowled in both qualifying rounds (re-entering), bowled the most games – eight in qualifying and eight more in match play.

The 60-and-Over Bonus winners were Textor ($70), Masiello ($40) and Ventura ($20).

Next year's NYS Senior Masters is scheduled for Nov. 2, 2019 at Owego Bowl.

The NYS USBC wishes to thank the management and staff of Cort Lanes for hosting the tournament and delivering exceptional service.

SENIOR MASTER FINAL FOUR: NYS Senior Masters semifinalists, from left, Ray Textor, John Masiello, Mike Faliero and Pat Brick.


Donation to Memorial Sloan-Kettering

BOWLERS UNITE FOR THE CAUSE: Dr. Jacqueline Bromberg, Medical Oncologist/Physician-Scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, accepts a check for $11,000 to the hospital on behalf of New York State USBC bowlers on Sunday (Oct. 28) at Rab's Country Lanes in Staten Island. From left are Frank Wilkinson, proprietor; Greg Mocker, Pix 11 newscaster; Liz Philpott, Sue Petosa, Dr. Bromberg, Nazareth Laursen, NYS USBC Vice President Liz DeHart, Olivia Rosales (Liz's great-niece), Staci Pepe, Christine DeHart and Colleen Mugavero. The amount raised represents bowlers' donations at NYS USBC tournaments and events during the 2016-17 season.


NYS Queens Championship
Prize Funds Enhanced

for 2019 Tournament

SEPT. 14, 2018 – The New York State USBC is sweetening the pot for the 2019 NYS Queens Championship.

For the first time, the champion of the Open Division will receive a paid entry to the 2019 USBC Queens and $150 in expense money to go along with the first-place check.

The 2019 USBC Queens is set for May 15-21 in Wichita, Kansas.

Furthermore, a separate prize fund is being established as an incentive to attract more bowlers 50 and over.

Bowlers wishing to enter the “50-and-Over Bonus” can do so by paying an additional $10 on top of the $90 entry fee. One in eight bowlers will cash with winners determined by their five-game qualifying round scores, all grouped into one division.

The tournament is scheduled for April 13, 2019, at Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs.

Qualifying squads are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with match play semifinals and stepladder finals in two scratch divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-Under).

“We’ve taken the feedback from our Queens bowlers and our excited about these added incentives,” said NYS USBC President Roger Buckman. “The Queens is one of our tournament crown jewels and we’re doing everything we can to ensure its success.”

The NYS USBC tournament committee also has extended the deadline to enter the tournament to April 4 – just nine days before the event. Those forced to withdraw from the tournament may do so by April 4 to receive an entry refund, or may obtain a substitute.

The field is limited to 130 bowlers – a maximum of 65 per squad using 13 pairs. Qualifying round times will be awarded on a first-paid, first-served basis.


NYS USBC Announces StateTournament
Dates, Sites Through November 2021

CLICK HERE for a list of NYS USBC adult championship tournament dates, sites through November 2021.


NYS Open Senior Championships
Gfeller, 83, Rolls 299 Game;
McClure Earns 'Triple Crown'
as Rochester Bowlers Excel

UPDATE -- NOVEMBER 6, 2018

CLICK HERE for final prize list.

Checks are expected to be mailed by the end of the week (Nov. 10).

OCTOBER 22, 2018 – Three Rochester NY USBC members -- led by 83-year-old Charlie Gfeller who rolled a 299 game in Doubles competition on Sunday and "triple crown" winner Troy McClure -- captured Six-Game Combine titles at the 40th NYS Open Senior Championships at Sunset Bowl in Waterloo.

Standings from the tournament, which took place on Oct. 13-14, 20-21, show that Gfeller (Super Senior 75-and-Up), Peter Pilaroscia (Class B 65-69) and McClure (Class E 50-54) finished on top in their respective divisions.

They, along with Richard Cook (Finger Lakes NY USBC) in Class A 70-74, John Knott (Albany USBC) in Class C (60-64) and Kimberly Hawkins (Mid-Hudson USBC) in Class D 55-59, will have the opportunity to represent New York State in the 2019 USBC Senior Championships next August in Cincinnati, Ohio, as long as the scores hold after final average verification.

At least one in five in each event (Doubles, Singles and Six-Game Combine) will cash. The NYS USBC has 30 days to issue prize checks, unless an extension is warranted.

CLICK HERE for final standings.

Gfeller, who rolled a USBC-certified 868 series as an 80 year old, started with 195 on the 42-foot Challenge pattern before finding the line in game two of the Doubles event on lanes 5-6. He put 11 balls in the 1-3 pocket before crossing over on the 12th delivery and leaving the 5-pin.

He finished with a 205 game and, coupled with partner John Merriwether's 709 series, (IN PHOTO AT RIGHT) also claimed the Super Senior Doubles title with 1,426 (including 18 pins handicap based on Gfeller's 213 average).

Gfeller posted 593 in Singles (575 scratch) to edge first-weekend leader Robert Massotti (Central NY USBC) by three pins in the Six-Game Combine. Peg Gilmore (Auburn NY USBC) is third at 1,289.

Pilaroscia (200 average) registered 1,308 with handicap – 619 in Doubles and 689 in Singles – to nip Wayne Potter (Canandaigua USBC) by four pins, Mike Cottrell (Central NY USBC) by five pins and William Thompson Jr. (Jamestown Area

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