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Around NYS – July 2015

NYS USBC Charity Fundraiser
Taking Place During July

The New York State USBC’s Pathways Fundraiser is taking place throughout the month of July.

The fundraiser is based on the NYS Lottery “Evening Number” and all proceeds will go toward youth scholarships and charities supported by the NYS USBC -- Bowlers to Veterans Link, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Roswell Park Alliance Foundation in Buffalo.

Tickets were sold by NYS USBC directors and youth committee members, and also at this year’s state tournaments.  Daily winners will be paid by check, and a list of winners will be posted on this website.

MID-HUDSON USBC RAISES $11,000 FOR ACS

The Mid-Hudson USBC has raised more than $11,000 over the past four years through its annual women’s tournament. Funds have been donated to the American Cancer Society of the Hudson Valley Region to target breast cancer awareness.

“We’ve had tremendous support,” said Janet Sullinger, association manager. “Donated items include wine baskets, bowling balls, gift certificates from local bowling pro shops and various handmade goods.”

Along with the various bowling events (team, doubles, singles and all-events), participants can compete in separate divisions – 55-and-over and 54-and-under – and specialty games such as poker and “strike with the pink head pin.”

RAB’S TO HOST USA BOWLING REGIONAL TOURNEY

Rab’s Country Lanes in Staten Island will be hosting a USA Bowling Regional tournament on Nov. 14-15.  It is one of 16 regional events that will determine the teams which will compete in the first USA Bowling National tourney in Indianapolis in the summer of 2016.

For USA Bowling regional events, rosters can have up to six bowlers, though only four will compete at a time, and teams do not have to be members of a USA Bowling league to participate. There will be two divisions at each USA Bowling Regional – Under 12 (born Aug. 1, 2003 or later) and Under 15 (born between Aug. 1, 2000 and July 31, 2003).

The cost to compete in a USA Bowling Regional event is $110 and all participants will receive an event gift; trophies will be awarded to the top teams. For more information, contact Zach Barton at 800-514-2695 ext. 8339 or at zbarton@ibcyouth.com.


NYS Women’s Championships
Schenectady-Scotia, Tri-County NY,
Westchester Teams Claim Titles

JUNE 18, 2015 – Thrown Together (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), led by the record-setting Jessica Aiezza, along with JRW Plumbing & Heating (Tri-County NY USBC) and Tuff Guys (Westchester County USBC) are the Team champions of the 79th NYS Women’s Championships.

Five hundred teams participated in the annual tournament, which took place from April 10 through May 17 at AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in Syracuse.

CLICK HERE for official final standings.

CLICK HERE for the prize list, which totaled $90,060.

Thrown Together won the 760-and-Over Scratch Division with a 2,763 score on the tourney’s opening weekend. Aiezza led the way with an 816 series, followed by Helen Waite’s 658, Kara Struffolino’s 647 and Kate Gardner’s 642.

The next day, Aiezza, a left-hander, rolled 802 in Doubles and 770 in Singles for a national-record 2,388 All-Events score. She and Struffolino placed first in Doubles with 1,474 and Aiezza was first in Singles and All-Events.

In the 600-759 Handicap Division, JRW Plumbing & Heating posted 2,571 to top a list of 261 teams. Members were Linda Drew, Renee Duciaume, Frances Westfall and Michele Bensley.

In the 599-and-Under Handicap Division, Tuff Guys registered 2,544. Team members were Sharon Morgans, Sarah Martabano, Juliann Salerno and Heather Edwards.

Winners in other categories are as follows:

Doubles, 300-379 Handicap – Lori Strelecki and Carol Flynn (Tri-County NY USBC), 1,332.
Doubles, 299-and-Under Handicap – Beverly Von Pless and Heidi Piczkur (Syracuse USBC WBA), 1,357.
Singles, 150-189 Handicap – Debbie Preston (Seven Valley USBC), 730.
Singles, 149-and-Under Handicap – Patricia Rundell (Chen Del O USBC), 732.
All-Events, 159-189 Handicap – Heather Edwards (Westchester County USBC), 2,014.
All-Events, 149-and-Under Handicap – Piczkur, 2,030.

Next year’s tournament is scheduled for AMF Dewey Garden Lanes (Team) and Bowl-A-Roll Lanes (Doubles & Singles) in Rochester.

Due to the numerous average adjustments that had to be made in accordance with the 10-pin rule, captains next year 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.

Thanks to all who competed in and supported the tournament. Prize checks will be mailed this weekend. Plaques will be mailed to tournament champions in July.


Brose is New USBC Northeast Regional Manager

JUNE 8, 2015 -- The United States Bowling Congress has named Ben Brose as the new Northeast Region manager, replacing Robin Marshall, who has been assigned to the South Region.

For more, please click on the Associations tab.


New Sport Bowling Program
Focuses on Average Integrity

JUNE 1, 2015 -- To encourage more bowlers and leagues to take advantage of competing on challenging lane conditions and to improve certified tournament average integrity, the United States Bowling Congress will make several enhancements to the Sport Bowling program for the 2015-2016 season, which starts Aug. 1.

Leagues choosing to compete on Sport lane patterns now will have the opportunity to report as a Sport/Challenge league without submitting lane tapes or requiring bowlers to purchase membership upgrades. The USBC Sport membership, including the awards program, will be discontinued as bowlers no longer will need to purchase a membership upgrade to compete in Sport leagues.

Please click on the Associations tab for more details on the changes.


NEW YORK STATE HONOREES: Four people were inducted into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame and two others received service awards on Saturday night (May 30) at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse. Seated from left are Betty Lou Orr of Wells, Service to Bowling/Community Award; and Nancy Howell of Kingston, Service to Youth Award; standing, Marcel Fournier of Florida, formerly of Rochester, Meritorious Service; Jane Abraham of Oswego, Meritorious Service; Patti TeNyenhuis of Saugerties, Superior Performance; and Ron Priester of Albany, Superior Performance. About 140 attended the dinner. Click on the Hall of Fame tab for an article about the event. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Assn. Mgr.

NYS USBC Annual Meeting

Buckman Elected President;
Delegates Reject Term Proposal

MAY 31, 2015 – Delegates to the 4th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on Saturday (May 30) unanimously elected Roger Buckman of Rochester as their new president, replacing Priscilla “Pat” Zonneville of Marion who is retiring after a long and successful career of service to bowling.

Buckman, the current NYS USBC vice president, will take over as the state association’s leader on Aug. 1.

The Annual Meeting at The DoubleTree in Syracuse drew 139 delegates from NYS local associations and several guests.

Please click on the Memorials tab for a photo from the Memorial Service.

“I assure you that I will give everything that I possibly can to make the NYS USBC the best that it can be,” Buckman said.

He acknowledged Zonneville (see photo at right) for her strong role in leading the NYS USBC, which formed in 2011. “Thank you for being a mentor to me. I hope that I can continue to reach out to you in the future,” he said.

Earlier in the meeting, Zonneville was honored by the NYS USBC board of directors with a gift card and a bouquet of flowers in an emotion-filled ceremony.

“Truly this has been a labor of love,” a teary-eyed Zonneville said.. “I come from a small town, Marion, barely a speck on the map. Today, I stand as a testament to the opportunities afforded us.”

Delegates sent three incumbent NYS USBC Adult Directors – Betty K. Kingsley of Rochester, Robert Kaverman of Jamestown and Barry Vee of Rochester – as well as Sergeant-at-Arms Liz DeHart of Staten Island back to office for two-year terms. DeHart, like Buckman, ran unopposed.

Kingsley received 116 votes, Kaverman 110 and Vee 109. Jonathan Burke of Wappingers Falls received 57 votes as a write-in candidate while Michael Pucino of Seneca Falls received 4 votes.

Two Youth Director positions -- also two-year terms -- were filled by acclimation as incumbent Mike Callan of Rochester and newcomer Tom Clinton of Staten Island ran unopposed.

Delegates rejected an amendment to the bylaws that proposed an unlimited number of terms for directors. Needing 93 Yes votes for approval (a two-thirds majority), the vote was 79 Yes and 59 No. A similar amendment that would have applied to Officers was withdrawn.

Thus, the current bylaw – stating that Directors and Officers of the board may serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms remains in force.

The NYS USBC accepted scholarship and charitable donations from the Johnstown USBC WBA and NYSWBA 700 Club and a donation of $668.10 from C.C. “The Quarters Lady” Cinelli of Long Island.


NYS Open Championships

‘El Paso Delay’ Team
Takes $3,200 Top Prize

UPDATED -- JUNE 1, 2015

CHEEKTOWAGA – El Paso Delay (Rochester USBC BA) captured the $3,200 first prize in the Team Handicap division at the 91st NYS Open Championships which took place April 11 through May 3 at AMF Airport Lanes.

CLICK HERE for the prize list.

CLICK HERE for the final standings.

For photos, click on the Tournaments tab and go to the 91st NYS Open Championships.

Members of the winning team, which rolled 3,691 (3,678 scratch) were Dan Vick, Bill Hasiotis, Sam Capizzi Jr., Steve Meyer and Sarah Germano. The squad’s 3,678 scratch score also topped the list. Meyer was on the first-place team last year at AMF Empire Lanes in Rochester.

Genesee Region USBC bowlers placed first in Singles and Doubles Handicap as Nathan Wright took the Singles title with 848, winning $750, and Al Vlietstra and Kevin Gray Jr. earned the Doubles crown with 1,514, winning $1,550.

Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA) led the way in the All-Events Handicap and Scratch category with 2,309 – good for $380.

Andrew Rettig and John Meczynski (Greater Buffalo USBC) placed first in Scratch Doubles with 1,505 and Jake Wisor (Niagara Falls USBC BA) placed first in Scratch Singles with 825.

The total prize payout was $74,663 (which includes $4,350 added from expense fees), with one in five entries cashing in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events. Five Scratch scores also received prize money in each event. In cases, where bowlers cashed in both Handicap and Scratch in an event, the highest prize was awarded. Entries were down about 10 percent from last year.

Prize checks are scheduled to be mailed to team captains/contacts by Tuesday (June 2).

The 2016 NYS Open Championships are scheduled for April 16 through May 15 at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

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