New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Petraglia Tops Hastings for PBA50 Pezzano Memorial Tourney Title

Laurel, Del. (Nov. 1, 2015) – Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., defeated Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del, 278-267, to win the PBA50 Craig Pezzano Memorial presented by WGB Accounting and The Insurance Market at Bryan’s Bowling Center Sunday.
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Peyton Manning to Speak at 2016 International Bowl Expo

OCT. 30, 2015 – Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 International Bowl Expo in Las Vegas, Nev.
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USBC Makes Several Changes to Open Championships

OCT. 27, 2015 - ARLINGTON, Texas – When the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships heads to Las Vegas in 2017, the storied event will have several enhancements, highlighted by a new divisional structure.
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‘Beat The Champ’ Returns to Buffalo Area

BUFFALO – A group of bowling center proprietors in Western New York has revived the “Beat The Champ” TV show that was popular in the Buffalo area back in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Qualifiers for the first show took place on Sunday, Nov. 22 at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls. Sunday’s competition determined participants for the first three TV shows, which will be broadcast on WBBZ-TV (ME TV) in January, said Jim Russo, proprietor of Manor II Lanes in Amherst.

“We’ve been working on this for the better part of a year – setting up the format and lining up sponsors,” Russo said. “We feel it will be good for the game.”

The top 10 from the qualifier will advance to the TV show, where additional prize money will be offered.  Professional Bowlers Association members are not eligible.

For more information, contact Russo at

Color Brochure Highlights
Youth Benefits Provided
by New York State USBC

NOVEMBER 13, 2015 --  The New York State USBC has created a high-quality, color tri-fold brochure outlining the benefits and services it provides to youth bowlers.

The brochure touches upon state championship tournaments for youth, Youth Education Services scholarships and grants, the NYS Youth Leaders program and NYS USBC-sponsored coaching clinics and seminars. It also has a page listing the benefits of USBC membership -- valuable information to local associations as they work to retain their members and recruit new members.

The brochures are available to local associations for distribution to youth league directors, parents and bowling centers. Please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at to request a supply of these brochures. The NYS USBC will mail them to local associations free of charge.

By working together we can ensure a Future for the Sport!

CLICK HERE to view the outside panel of the brochure.

CLICK HERE to view the inside panel of the brochure.

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USBC President Speaks Out
on National Governing Body's Role
and about 'Future for the Sport'

OCTOBER 30, 2015 -- Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, president of the United States Bowling Congress, shares his views on a number of pertinent issues in a Q&A interview with Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager.

CLICK HERE for the interview -- timely in light of the USBC announcing this week that many changes are being made to the Open Championships, starting in 2017 (See News section of this website).

CLICK HERE for a list of the NYS USBC
Championships Tournaments for 2015-16

NYS Masters to Kick Off
'Bud Bowl' Week in Oswego
Sign Up Early -- 72 Per Squad, No Re-Entry 

SEPT. 1, 2015 – The New York State USBC once again is offering an array of championship tournaments for its adult bowlers.

A few changes are in store for some of the events, including the NYS Masters Championship in March in Oswego and the NYS Open Championships in April and May in Utica.

To download entry forms for the tournaments, go to the Tournaments page.

Here is a rundown of our adult tournaments, with changes highlighted in red:


The Masters Championship, the state’s premier scratch singles tournament, is the feature event of the opening weekend of the Super Bud Bowl at Lighthouse Lanes.

Proprietor Bob Hoefer said he plans to run a special 4-person Team tournament on Friday night (maximum of 24 teams), prior to the Masters on Saturday and the opening squad of the Super Bud Bowl on Sunday. He also plans to run an optional finals for the opening squad of the Super Bud Bowl. In other words, there will be plenty of opportunities for NYS bowlers over that three-day period.

For the Masters, the field will be limited to 144 bowlers – a maximum of 72 per squad – and competitors will be permitted to enter only once. Qualifying squad times are 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Once again, the guaranteed first prize is $2,500, and a paid entry to the 2017 USBC Masters.


Reservations are being taken through Nov. 1 (with payment due by Dec. 1) and entries close on March 18, 2016, for the tournament, which will run for five weekends at the two bowling centers. Queens Championship participants have preference for reservations for the weekend of April 15-17 until Nov. 1.

The NYS USBC office staff will do its best to accommodate requests, but specific times cannot be guaranteed.

CLICK HERE for a current list of reservations (through Nov. 28) and entries that have been received. This also is on the Tournaments page.

A list of hotels in both the Bowl-A-Roll Lanes (Henrietta) and Dewey Garden Lanes (Greece) areas will be posted on this website by Nov. 30.

The Sunday Team squad times have been changed to 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please check the updated entry form on the Tournaments page.

Due to the numerous average adjustments that had to be made in accordance with the 10-pin rule during last year's tournament, captains of teams competing in 2016 will be required to submit verification of the highest averages of their bowlers as of April 1, 2016 BEFORE BOWLING OR UPON CHECK-IN. This will speed up the verification process considerably.

In 2016, the 10-pin rule once again will be in effect: Any bowler whose 2015-16 highest league average as of April 1, 2016 for at least 21 games is 10 or more pins higher than her highest 2014-15 average, will be required to use the 2015-16 average.


Once again, $2,000 will be added to the scratch singles tournament from the NYS USBC, with the prize list based on entries. Each squad will have a maximum of 90 bowlers – six bowlers per pair of lanes using up to 30 lanes.

CLICK HERE for a current list of entrants.

Semifinalists will be determined by five-game scores from the total field. For details on the number of bowlers who advance, see the entry form on the Tournaments page. One in four will cash in both the Open and Classified (194-and-Under) divisions.

The entry fee is $65. Entries close on March 16.


The NYS USBC returns to Utica for the first time in seven years to conduct the four-weekend Open Championships’ Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition. Team and D/S events will alternate Saturdays and Sundays in an attempt to accommodate as many bowlers as possible.

New this year: An entry closing date of April 9 (unless extended). Team captains are urged to get their teams together and sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out.  Only paid entries received by the final closing date will be considered.

Please note that the D/S squads on Sundays, April 17 and May 1, are set for 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and may have six bowlers per pair depending upon the number of entries.

Also, bowlers with averages of 220 or higher are allowed to compete in scratch brackets only.

For more information, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at

Local Association Delegate Forms
for NYS USBC Annual Meeting
E-Mailed to Association Managers

OCTOBER 28, 2015 – Local associations wishing to be represented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC are required to return their delegate forms to the NYS USBC office no later than Dec. 1.

The following forms were emailed today -- Oct. 28 -- to NYS local association managers: 

-- A form to list delegates to the Annual Meeting.
-- A letter about the Annual Meeting and providing information 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. This chart has been posted on the Associations page of this website.
-- A resume form for those interested in running for a position on the NYS USBC Board of Directors. This form also can be downloaded by going to the Officers page of this website.

Forms will not be sent by U.S. mail.

If you did not receive the e-mail, please contact NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella at or at 585-343-3736.

The Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Albany (formerly Holiday Inn Albany) on Wolf Road, 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12205. The phone number is 518-458-7250. Room rate for NYS Delegates and guests is $111 per night plus 14% tax.

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 Dec. 1 to NYS USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY, 14020, or

Positions up for election in 2016 are as follows:

-- Vice President (see resume form for specific qualifications), currently held by Liz DeHart.
-- Three Adult Directors, currently held by Karen Krauss and Corinthia Ward and one vacant.
-- Two Youth Directors, currently held by A.S. “Doc” Doctorow and Tom Solimine.

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, 2016. 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 2017 USBC Annual Meeting.

NYS Open Senior Championships

Syracuse, Tri-County, Twin Tiers,
Fulton, Seven Valley Bowlers Triumph

NOVEMBER 2, 2015 – Bowlers from Syracuse USBC BA, Tri-County NY USBC, Twin Tiers USBC, Fulton USBC BA and Seven Valley USBC captured Six-Game Combine titles at the 37th NYS Open Senior Championships at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

In official results announced today, winners were Robert Mossotti (Syracuse USBC BA) in the Super Senior (75-and-over) category, Dominick Cefalo (Syracuse USBC BA), Class A, 70-74; John Maloy (Tri-County NY USBC BA, Class B, 65-69; Joanne Bush (Twin Tiers USBC), Class C, 60-64; Mike Tryniski (Fulton USBC BA), Class D, 55-59, and William Young (Seven Valley USBC), Class E, 50-54.

CLICK HERE for official prize list.  Prize checks are scheduled to be mailed on Friday, Nov. 6.

CLICK HERE for final standings.

The handicap tournament drew 127 Doubles teams and 234 Singles entrants.

The Six-Game Combine champions will have the opportunity to represent New York State at the 2016 USBC Senior Championships in Las Vegas (date to be determined).

Champions by event and age classification:


Super Senior (75-and-over) – Paul Kupelian and William Bullock (Fulton USBC BA), 1,344.
Class A (70-74) – Dominick Cefalo and Michael Cefalo (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,393.
Class B (65-69) – Gerald Dembeck and John Maloy (Tri-County NY USBC), 1,401.
Class C (60-64) – David Lasky and Richard Bzdak (Twin Tiers USBC), 1,390.
Class D (55-59) – James Pitts and Chuck Pitts (Seven Valley USBC), 1,445.
Class E (50-54) – William Young and Steven Aloi (Seven Valley USBC), 1.434.

Super Senior (75-and-over) – 
Joseph Higgins (Fulton USBC BA), 749.
Class A (70-74) – Ed DeSio (Lake Ontario USBC BA), 755.
Class B (65-69) – Abe Hara (Lake Ontario USBC BA), 779.
Class C (60-64) – John Williams Sr. (Jamestown Area USBC), 728.
Class D (55-59) – Aaron Hefferon (Finger Lakes USBC BA), 746.
Class E (50-54) – William Young (Seven Valley USBC), 775.

Six-Game Combine
Super Senior (75-and-over) – Robert Mossotti (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,375.
Class A (70-74) – Dominick Cefalo (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,359.
Class B (65-69) – John Maloy (Tri-County NY USBC BA), 1,453.
Class C (60-64) – Joanne Bush (Twin Tiers USBC), 1,402.
Class D (55-59) – Mike Tryniski (Fulton USBC BA), 1,440.
Class E (50-54) – William Young (Seven Valley USBC), 1,545.

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