New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Teen Tops Long Island's Pepe for PBA Regional Crown in York, Pa.

York, Pa. (August 4, 2019) – Anthony Neuer of Lewisburg, Pa., the 17-year-old son of PBA Tour titlist Andy Neuer, rolled two clutch strikes in the 10th frame to defeat Anthony Pepe of Long Island City, N.Y., 256-247, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday.
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Edwards Notches 23rd PBA Regional Title

Deptford, N.J. (July 14, 2019) – Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. defeated Bob Leonard of Lockwood, N.Y., 259-192, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Ebonite at Brunswick Zone Deptford on Sunday.
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LeClair Makes it Two Straight with Win over Ventura in Battle of New Yorkers

HAMMOND, Ind. (July 18, 2019) – Brian LeClair joined Walter Ray Williams Jr. as the only multiple winners on the PBA50 Tour this season by capturing the PBA50 South Shore Open presented by Ebonite title Thursday at Olympia Lanes for his second consecutive title of the season.
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NYS Women’s Senior Singles
Opens Tonight in Plattsburgh

AUGUST 16, 2019 – The 39th NYS Women’s Senior Singles Championships get under way tonight at North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh.

More than 400 women members of the New York State USBC have signed up to bowl in the tournament, which runs this weekend and next at the 32-lane bowling center.

The Northern Adirondack USBC will be assisting the NYS USBC in running the event and will be selling merchandise.

Squads dates and times and the number of participants are as follows:

-- Aug. 16, 6 p.m. and again on Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m. – 61 bowlers.
-- Aug. 17, 2:30 p.m. and again on Aug. 18 at noon – 94 bowlers
-- Aug. 23, 6 p.m. and again on Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m. – 61 bowlers.
-- Aug. 24, 2:30 p.m. and again on Aug. 25 at noon – 95 bowlers.
-- Aug. 24, 5 p.m. and again on Aug. 25 at 9 a.m. – 90 bowlers.

The event is open to NYS USBC women members age 50 and over, and competition is divided into six age groups. Competitors bowl three games on one day and three games on the next day.

Six-game combine champions in each division will be eligible to represent New York State at the 2020 USBC Senior Championships.


Spivey Finishes 2nd, Pantley 5th
at USBC Senior Championships

AUGUST 9, 2019 -- Darlene Spivey placed second in the Women's Division 65-69 age group today, rolling 678 with handicap for her three games in the Advancers Round and finishing with a 708 series, including 30 bonus pins.

Her total was 12 pins less than divisional champion, Susan Sweatman of Trout Creek, Mt.

She earned $570 for her efforts.

In the Women's Division 50-54 age bracket, Maureen Pantley finished in sixth place, rolling 651 with handicap and totaling 661, including 10 bonus pins. She won $210.

Marion Kosiak of Goffstown, N.H., won the group with a 757 series.

Final results can be found in the Tournaments seciton of bowl.com.

PREVIOUSLY TODAY:

AUGUST 9, 2019 -- Darlene Spivey (Albany USBC) and Maureen Pantley (Tri-County NY USBC) have made it to the Advancers Round of the 2019 USBC Senior Championships at Western Bowl in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Spivey placed third in the Women’s Division 65-69 age classification while Pantley finished fifth in the Women’s Division 50-54 age group on Thursday to advance to the rolloffs, which were scheduled for 9 o’clock this morning.

The top six in each age group in the Women’s and Mixed Divisions qualified for the Advancers Round.

Spivey rolled 436 scratch yesterday to finish with a 1,350 handicap total and Pantley rolled 350 scratch to finish with a 1,314 handicap total.

In the Women’s Division 75 & Up Division, Janice Thompson (Mid-Hudson USBC) placed seventh, but still claimed a prize check of $115. She missed the cut by 26 pins after a 454 scratch three-game series on Thursday.

Other New York USBC members in the Women’s Division were Katherine Yochum (Corning USBC), who placed 28th in the 60-64 group, and Janice Markowitz (Hudson Valley USBC), who finished 25th in the 55-59 group.

In the Mixed Division, Troy McClure (Rochester NY USBC) rallied with a 657 scratch series but fell short of the rolloffs, placing 11th with a 1,257 total.

Other New York USBC results:

55-59 – Kimberly Hawkins (Mid-Hudson USBC), 12th place, 1,245.
60-64 – R. Jeffery Ward (Greater Buffalo USBC), 25th place, 1,203.
65-69 – Wayne Potter (Canandaigua USBC), 15th place, 1,261.
70-74 – Richard Cook (Finger Lakes NY USBC), 29th place, 1,166.
75 & Up – Robert Mossotti (Central NY USBC), 17th place, 1,244.


Pathways Fundraiser Brings in $3,570

AUGUST 1, 2019 -- This year's July lottery fundraiser conducted by the New York State USBC raised more than $3,500 to support the state association's charities.

CLICK HERE for a list of winners.

Donations made by bowlers and friends have resulted in a total of $3,570, which will be used to support the NYS USBC Pathways committee.

As in the past, contributions will be made to the Bowlers to Veterans Link, and for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Roswell Park Alliance Foundation in Buffalo.

The tickets were sold by NYS USBC officers, directors and youth committee members and at various state tournaments. Winners were determined by the NYS Lottery Evening Number.


NATIONAL CHAMPION:Cameron Hurwitz of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC) captured the U17 Boys Division title earlier this month at the Junior Gold Championships in Detroit.

Rochester Bowlers Set to Honor
U17 
Junior Gold Champion

JULY 31, 2019 -- The Rochester-area bowling community is ready to extend its congratulations to U17 Boys Division champion Cameron Hurwitz and others who competed in the recently-completed Junior Gold Championships in Detroit.

Hurwitz, who will be 17 on Sept. 6, went undefeated in match play to earn the top seed for the television finals and then upended Sidney Schroschk, 227-211, for the title on July 20.

The right-hander averaged 205 for his 16 games of qualifying and then averaged 191 for 10 games in the Advancers rounds to claim the No. 4 position for match play. From there, he won four straight two-game matches, including a 400-397 victory over Schroschk, to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV stepladder finals.

All are invited to attend a celebration of Hurwitz’s accomplishment and also to acknowledge all of the Rochester-area participants at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Fairview Lanes in Fairport. Festivities will begin with remarks from local leaders, coaches and family followed by the viewing of the stepladder finals on CBS Sports Network.

Food and beverages will be provided by Fairview Lanes.

Several other New Yorkers fared well at the Junior Gold Championships, with Amanda Naujokas of Lake Ronkonkoma placing third in the U17 Girls Division and Keegan Alexander of Victor placing fifth in the U12 Boys Division.

Other New Yorkers who were among the leaders are as follows:

U12 Girls – Cierra Gabriel, Waterford, 12th.
U15 Boys – Anthony Mastroianni, Brooklyn, 17th; Kyle Perillo, Nesconset, 19th.
U15 Girls – Natalie Kent, Newark, 9th; Kathryn Bowman, Peru, 13th.
U17 Girls – Kari Ayers, Penn Yan, 21st.
U20 Boys – Matteo Cittadino, Webster, 13th.
U20 Girls – Haley Youker, East Syracuse, 13th.


More Than 90 Checks Not Cashed
From NYS Open, Women's Tournaments

UPDATE - AUG. 14, 2019 -- The number of prize checks not cashed now stands at 91 -- 47 from the NYS Women's Championships and 44 from the NYS Open Championships.

PREVIOUSLY:

JULY 30, 2019 -- More than 140 prize checks from the 2019 NYS Open and Women's Championships have yet to be cashed or deposited.

Checks from the two tournaments were mailed to team captains/contacts in mid-June and will expire in about six weeks.

If bowlers do not inform Association Manager Mike Pettinella that they did not receive their prize money, the checks will not be reissued.

As of today, 72 checks from the Open Championships in Waverly and 76 checks from the Women's Championships in South Glens Falls have not been cashed.

To inquire about missing checks, contact the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 or at bowlny300@yahoo.com.


NYS USBC Prepares to Fill
Two At-Large Director Seats

JULY 26, 2019 – The New York State USBC is issuing a call to members interested in serving on its board of directors.

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman today said that he expects to add two at-large directors to the board this season – action that falls in line with the bylaws of the United States Bowling Congress.

“Last September, our board made the wise decision to provide an avenue to enlist the services of at-large directors who could provide specific expertise or assist with targeted projects," Buckman said. "USBC bylaws give me the option to appoint up to two at-large directors, with approval by the board."

According to revised USBC bylaws, at-large director appointments should be based on experience that will enhance the board's ability to achieve its goals. At-large directors serve for one year (they can be reappointed), will have voting privileges and will be extended the same benefits as regular board members.

Those wishing to be considered for an at-large position are requested to fill out a resume form and email it to mrrbuckman@gmail.com by Sept. 1. 

CLICK HERE for a resume form.


USBC to Lower Youth
Maximum Age to 18
Starting in 2020-21

JULY 25, 2019 -- The United States Bowling Congress will lower the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-2021 season.

The decision to lower to the maximum age from 20 to 18, with agreement from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America and the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee, will align bowling with other youth sports.

“Over the last decade, we have made changes to USBC Youth programs and tournaments to provide a model comparable with other youth sports,” IBC Youth Managing Director of Youth Development Gary Brown said. “We moved to age-based divisions, as opposed to average, for events, to provide peer-to-peer competition. Setting the maximum age for youth bowlers to 18 aligns us with the standard of other national youth sports organizations.”

A U18 division will become the top division for the Pepsi Youth and Bowling.com Youth Open Championships for the 2020-2021 season. During the next season, USBC will address how the age change will impact the 2021 Junior Gold Championships, which will have a separate U20 division.

Please visit BOWL.com/YouthAgeChange for additional information.

Starting with the 2020-2021 season, USBC Youth membership policy will state youth membership is available to individuals who have not reached the age of 18 prior to Aug. 1 of the current bowling season. The decision to lower the maximum age will directly impact 3.3 percent of the total youth membership. The change also better aligns USBC Youth membership with new regulations from the U.S. Center for SafeSport requiring training for those over 18 who participate in a sport with minors.

Any USBC Youth member who reaches the age of 18 during the bowling season is required to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport online education program, which is free, to continue to compete in leagues that have participants under age 18. This requirement was announced with the release of the revised Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) handbook.

The new age limit marks the second time the USBC Youth maximum age has been lowered. In 2009, USBC lowered the maximum age for youth bowlers from 22 to 20.


USBC Suspends Three-Unit Lane Dressing Rule

JUNE 24, 2019 – After reviewing recent research on lane dressing and examining the current rules about how lane oil is applied, the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications Committee determined the three-unit rule, required at the time oil is applied to a lane, no longer is applicable and will be suspended.

The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team’s research has shown advancements in technology, including how today’s bowling balls drastically alter any oil pattern applied to a lane surface, have made the rule obsolete.

Instituted by the American Bowling Congress in 1992, the three-unit rule states lane dressing could be applied in any amount and any distance, as long as there was a minimum of three units, and it became the only standard oil pattern regulation.

The review of the three-unit rule is a continuation of the USBC’s commitment to continually explore all facets in bowling while thinking about the future of the sport.

“At this time, it makes sense to suspend the rule but continue to monitor leagues and competitions as the equipment we use, and the lanes on which we compete, continue to evolve,” USBC Equipment Specifications chair Andrew Cain said. “A review of the current lane-dressing regulation was simply the next logical phase of research and one within which the applicability of the three-unit rule itself was called into question.  This process of constant inquiry and ensuing research is central to maintaining the integrity of our sport.”

With the suspension of the three-unit rule, local associations no longer will be required to submit an annual Lane Dressing Inspection Report (LDIR) for its centers.

The research performed at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington showed lane patterns are drastically altered by the use of today’s bowling balls, and most patterns likely do not comply with the three-unit rule by the end of a league session.

USBC will continue to run Sport-compliant patterns for its national events, such as the USBC Open and Women’s Championships, the Junior Gold Championships and its major short-duration events. USBC also will maintain the Standard, Challenge and Sport lane conditions average conversion charts, for those who wish to compete in leagues and tournaments on challenging lane conditions.

The Equipment Specifications Committee also set the specification for any hole drilled in a bowling ball.

Effective Aug. 1, 2020, drilled holes cannot exceed a diameter of 1-9/16 inches and a hole cannot have a depth of more than 4-1/2 inches. The specification includes holes in which removable devices are used, though the holes size specifically was set to allow all existing removeable devises to remain.

Also, because any gripping hole that does not have the thumb or fingers inserted into it throughout the approach would be classified as a balance hole, which is not allowed as of Aug. 1, 2020, any secondary hole drilled inside of a gripping hole that is not intended for gripping purpose is considered a void and not allowed, except for vent holes. Visit BOWL.com/BowlingTechnologyStudy for the drilling rule.


NYS Open Senior Entry Form is Posted

UPDATE -- JUNE 24, 2019

CLICK HERE for 2019 NYS Open Senior Championships entry form -- October, Sportsmans Bowl, Schenectady.

Hotel information -- $80 per night plus tax includes breakfast - Quality Inn, 2788 Hamburgh St,, Schenectady NY 12306. The hotel is about five minutes from the bowling center.


95th NYS Open Championships
SAW Valley, Rochester Teams Win;
Elmira Bowler Takes Three Events

JUNE 14, 2019 – Four Leary’s (Sayre Athens Waverly Valley USBC) and Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes (Rochester NY USBC) earned Team titles while Eric Benscoter (Elmira USBC) rolled his way to a rare “triple crown” at the 95th NYS Open Championships in April and May at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Prize checks will be going out in Monday's (June 17) mail to team captains and group leaders for distribution to their bowlers. Captains are urged to get the checks to the individual bowlers right away and ask them to cash/deposit as soon as possible as they will not be valid after a certain date.

The tournament drew 239 Teams -- 57 more than last year -- as well as 486 Doubles, 971 Singles and 848 All-Events. The prize list totaled $89,700.

Four Leary’s posted 2,962 in the Team 1000 & Under division, outpacing Stump, Drop and Roll (Rochester NY USBC) by 15 pins. Members of the first-place team are Christine Leary, Blair Leary, Dylan Burns, Mark Leary and Michael Leary.

Dazed and Confused (Mid-Hudson USBC) placed third at 2,912.

In the Team 1001 & Over division, Rose Bowl Lanes fired 3,609 on the final day to claim top honors, with Sparetime Bowling (Greater Buffalo USBC) second at 3,503 and Goomba’s Gang (Rome NY USBC) third at 3,412.

Members of the Rose Bowl Lanes squad are Dan Vick, Chris Bardol, Bill Hasiotis, Steve Meyer and Doug Kent.

CLICK HERE for official final standings.

CLICK HERE for the prize list.

Benscoter, back into bowling after a lengthy absence, teamed with Mark Hammond (Bath USBC) for the Doubles 400 & Under title (1,295), and went on to place first in Singles 200 & Under (706) and All-Events 200 & Under (1,996).

Sarah Meath and Christopher Kardas (Rochester NY USBC) were second at 1,282, followed by Manuel Ortega and Craig Ward (Rochester NY USBC) at 1,279.

Kenneth Raines (Mid-Hudson USBC) placed second in All-Events 200 & Under with 1,978 and Angel Dingle (Ithaca USBC) was third with 1,924.

In Doubles 401 & Over, Michael Platter and David Kirsch (Greater Buffalo USBC) shot 1,520 on the opening weekend and it held up for first place.

They were followed by Ricky Zinone and Joshua Curtis (Rochester NY USBC) at 1,502 and R.J. Blanchard III and Jim Zimmerman (Central New York USBC) at 1,486.

The Singles 201 & Over title went to Tom Bennett (Tri-County NY USBC) with 813, three pins better than Robert Rudnick Jr. (Greater Buffalo USBC). Meyer placed third at 794.

Rudnick did take the All-Events 201 & Over title, however, with a sparking 2,245 score (all scratch), earning him a free entry to the 2020 USBC Masters. Pat Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC) was second at 2,238, followed by Meyer at 2,219.

The 2019 President's Award for the tournament's high series went to David Stoddard Jr. (Rome NY USBC), who posted 840.


83rd NYS Women's Championships
Northern Adirondack, Fulton,
Schenectady Teams Triumph

JUNE 13, 2019 – Teams from Northern Adirondack USBC, Fulton USBC and Schenectady USBC captured divisional titles at the 83rd NYS Women’s Championships.

Competition took place in April and May at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls, drawing 381 Teams, 751 Doubles, 1,502 Singles and 1,459 All-Events. Prize money totaled $64,153.50, including $2,000 from the NYS USBC’s expense fund.

Prize checks are going out in Friday's (June 14, 2019) mail to team captains or group leaders for distribution to their bowlers. Please get these checks to your bowlers right away and make sure they are cashed promptly as they will not be valid after a certain date.

CLICK HERE for official final standings

CLICK HERE for prize list.

Staib’s Transport (Northern Adirondack USBC) placed first in the 599-and-under Team category with 2,525 – 30 pins more than QC Pinbusters (Ithaca USBC).  V B C Ladies (Sayre Athens Waverly USBC) placed third at 2,454.

Members of the Staib’s team are Amy Manson, Rosemary Robinson, Uteena Richards and Kelly Helm.

In the 600-759 Team division, Bi Polar Rollers of Fulton (Fulton USBC) finished on top with 2,454 – 20 pins better than Savona Storage (Corning USBC) and 25 ahead of Sunsetter’s (Finger Lakes NY USBC).

Members of the Bi Polar Rollers squad are Crystal MacDougall, Sara Mills, Jen Mills and Kelly Newton.

And in the 760-and-Over Scratch division, 3 B’s & 1E (Schenectady USBC) led the way with 2,748, outdistancing Towne Bowling I (Schenectady USBC) and Town Rock n Bowl (Schenectady USBC) by 10 and 53 pins, respectively.

Members of the winning team are Jessica Aiezza, Sarah Germano, Michelle Sterner and Liz Kuhlkin. Germano is a Rochester NY USBC member while Sterner is a Niagara Falls USBC member.

The top three in Doubles, Singles and All-Events are as follows:

299-and-Under Doubles -- Nicole Delaney and Suzzy Stowell (Auburn NY USBC), 1,345; Joann Votraw and Kathy Bennett (Northern Adirondack USBC), 1,305; Susan Godkin and Sonya Pettit (Lake Ontario USBC), 1,288.

300-379 Doubles – Margaret Randall and Vickie Tobias (Corning USBC), 1,317; Susan Pepe and Michele Gregg (Albany USBC), 1,299; Susan O’Toole and Belinda Floyd (SAW Valley USBC), 1,278.

380-and-Over Scratch Doubles – Patti TeNyenhuis and Laura Rotter (Hudson Valley USBC), 1,426; Anne Conner and JoAnna Carter (Central NY USBC), 1,425; Michelle Sterner and Theresa Porter (Niagara Falls USBC), 1,416.

149 & Under Singles -- Betty Cavazos (Fulton USBC), 690; Stephanie VanHorn (Central NY USBC), 685; Katherine Satterlee (Fulton County Regional USBC) and Amy Proctor (Fulton County Regional USBC), 683 (tie).

150-189 Singles – Brittany Cornell (Auburn NY USBC), 732; Amy Emens (Rochester NY USBC), 715; Margaret Randall (Corning USBC), 710.

190-and-Over Scratch Singles – Shanna Chepelsky (Rochester NY USBC), 761; Deanna Ort (Central NY USBC), 761; JoAnna Carter (Central NY USBC), 758.

149-and-Under All-Events – Linda Vannederynen (Ithaca USBC), 2,012; Kristina Seyfarth (Kingston USBC), 1,988; Lynn Baker (Seven Valley USBC), 1,964.

150-189 All-Events – Margaret Randall (Corning USBC), 2,054; Kelsey Broome (Finger Lakes NY USBC), 1,997; Terri Donahue (Rochester NY USBC), 1,994.

190-and-Over Scratch All-Events – Deborah Capullo (Schenectady USBC), 2,174; Julie Selk (Greater Buffalo USBC), 2,129; Caycee Landers (Genesee Region USBC), 2,090.

First-place winners in all of the events and special award winners will receive plaques from the NYS USBC.

Special award winners:

President’s Award (high series, 190-and-over average) – Julie Brady (Kingston USBC), 783.

Association Manager Award (high game, 190-and-over average) – Brady, Laura Zanrucha (Southern Tier USBC), 300.

Board of Directors Award (high series, 150-189 average) – Amy Emens (Rochester NY USBC), 697.

Board of Directors Award (high game, 150-189 average) – Beth Dziekan (Greater Buffalo USBC), 269.

Board of Directors Award (high series, 149-and-under average) – Betty Genninger (Central NY USBC), 552.

Board of Directors Award (high game, 149-and-under average) – Georgia DeLoach (New York City USBC), 225.


Service Award Honoree Lifts Up
Bowling as a Way to Unite People

JUNE 4, 2019 – An inspiring acceptance speech by Proprietor Recognition Award recipient Mark MacBain and words of support for the New York State USBC highlighted the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner ceremony on Saturday at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse.

MacBain, proprietor of Bowl-Mor Lanes in East Syracuse, was one of seven honorees during the ceremony, which was attended by 120 people.

Inducted into the NYS USBC Hall of Fame were:

In the Superior Performance category, Patrick Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC and Tonawanda USBC), William Young (Seven Valley USBC) and Kelley Foster (Ithaca USBC) were enshrined and in the Meritorious Service category, Robert Tyler (Hudson Valley USBC) was inducted.

Other Service Award winners were Sandy Aitchison (Westchester County USBC), Service to Youth Award, and Sandy Suchy (Fulton County Regional USBC), Service to Bowling/Community Award.

Their achievements and accomplishments can be found by scrolling down on this home page.

The message of the speech by MacBain, who was recognized for his pro-active approach to promoting the sport of bowling and the USBC, was that bowling is a bridge-builder – a valuable activity that unites people of all races, religions and lifestyles.

“Bowling is something that brings us together … in a divided world,” said MacBain, who shared that he stepped away from the sport for a period of time in the context of him being “an openly gay person.”

Since his return, he said he has found a true “bowling family” at Bowl-Mor, many of whom were at the dinner to support him.

MacBain serves as the vice president of the IGBO, which holds national conventions and oversees tournament competition.

Young, following a heartfelt introduction by longtime teammate Rick Lambrecht, and Brick, who was introduced by NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, talked about bowling’s role in their families and of the competitive drive that fuels them.

Both also thanked the NYS USBC for running outstanding tournaments for its members.

Foster thanked her family and teammates for supporting her from a young age through league and tournament play and as a former Empire State Games champion.


2019 NYS USBC Annual Meeting

GETTING TOGETHER: One hundred twenty-four voting delegates and about a dozen guests converged upon DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse on Saturday (June 1) for the 8th New York State USBC Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC OFFICERS, DIRECTORS: Elected at Saturday's Annual Meeting to serve on the New York State USBC board for two-year terms, effective Aug. 1, were, front from left, Adult Directors Maresse Wager-Walawender of Canandaigua and Randy Snyder of Apalachin and Youth Director Thomas Solimine Sr. of White Plains; back, Adult Director Robert Kaverman of Jamestown, Sergeant-At-Arms Dennis O'Donnell of Auburn, and President Roger Buckman of Victor. Snyder and Wager-Walawender are new to the board while Solimine was elected after sitting out a year due to term limits.

YOUTH LEADER AWARDS: Amber Lupi, left, president of the NYS Youth Leaders, presents the Youth Leader Coach of the Year Award of Jayu Kulkarni of Lake Ronkonkoma at Saturday's Annual Meeting, Also pictured, from left, are Emily Kulkarni, Youth Leader of the Year; Jamie Masclee of Rochester, Bridging of the Gap Adult Award recipient, and Mike Callan of Rochester, NYS USBC Youth Director.

HALL OF FAME, SERVICE AWARDS: Four people were inducted into the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and three others were presented with Service Awards on Saturday night in Syracuse. Front from left are Sandy Aitchison of Mamaroneck, Service to Youth Award, and Mark MacBain of Syracuse, Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award; back, Robert Tyler of Highland, HOF Meritorious Service; Kelley Foster of Ithaca, HOF Superior Performance; William Young of Cortland, HOF Superior Performance, and Patrick Brick of Buffalo, HOF Superior Performance. Sandy Suchy of Gloversville received the Service to Bowling/Community Award but was unable to attend.

Snyder, Wager-Walawender,
Solimine Sr. Elected
to NYS USBC Board

JUNE 3, 2019 – More than 120 delegates, representing 30 local associations, elected two new directors and got to meet the recently-appointed USBC Northeast regional manager at the 8th New York State USBC Annual Meeting on Saturday at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse in East Syracuse.

Randy Snyder of Apalachin (Southern Tier USBC) and Maresse Wager-Walawender of Canandaigua (Lake Ontario USBC) were elected as Adult Directors in a voice vote along with Robert Kaverman of Jamestown (Jamestown Area USBC), who will be continuing his service on the NYS USBC board.

Click on Memorial tab for another photo.

In voting for the one open Youth Director position, Thomas Solimine Sr. of White Plains (Westchester County USBC) received 67 votes to outdistance Mimi Lucey (Rochester NY USBC) and Jayu Kulkarni (Long Island USBC), who garnered 33 and 24 votes, respectively.

Solimine, the longtime NYS Youth Committee chair, returns to the board after having to sit out a year due to term limits.

President Roger Buckman of Victor (Rochester NY USBC) and Sergeant-at-Arms Dennis O’Donnell of Auburn (Auburn USBC) were re-elected to their posts as they ran unopposed.

Delegates heard from John McCarthy of Louisville, Ky., who is completing his first season as the Northeast regional manager. McCarthy gave a 15-minute presentation on the bowling ball specification changes that will take place over the next couple years.

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, only a dry towel can be used to clean a bowling ball during competition, and effective Aug. 1, 2020, balance holes on balls will be eliminated, meaning that any hole in a ball must be used for gripping purposes and all holes must be used on every delivery.

Another change effective on Aug. 1, 2020 is that a bowling ball’s oil absorption rate must be more than two minutes, 15 seconds for the ball to be approved.

President Buckman officiated, calling on committee members to give their reports and allowing time at the end of the meeting for affiliate associations – NYS 500, 600 and 700 clubs and NYS Bowling Writers – to address the delegates.

Highlights of the committee reports:

-- Pathways Committee chair Kaverman reported that $24,000 was donated to the state’s cancer hospitals, BVL and youth scholarships through tournament and other donations in 2017-18.

-- Youth Committee spokesman Mike Callan reported combined scholarships of more than $60,000 from the Team, Pepsi, Adult-Junior and Youth Scholarship tournaments.

-- Youth Leaders President Amber Lupi announced this year’s award winners (see photo above) and reported on their activities, including their work at the Youth Team tournament weekend in Syracuse in May.

-- YES Committee chair Kathy Leitgeb reported on the scholarships that were awarded to students at all grade levels, with Daniel Palmer of Niskayuna as the recipient of the $4,000 Pat Zonneville Memorial Award for 2018-19.

-- Public Relations Committee chair Barry Vee reported that the NYS USBC Facebook page “likes” have increased significantly, and announced that the board of directors has approved a major upgrade of the NYS USBC website.

More than $1,500 was raised for charity prior to the Annual Meeting, including donations from Fulton County Regional USBC ($500), 700 Club ($100) and Bowling Writers ($150). Claudia Cinelli (Long Island USBC) also donated $283 to the Youth Team tournament.

Bowling Writers President Lucille Daignault said the organization will be dissolving effective July 31, 2019, citing increased use of social media and digital communication, and thanked Patricia Fuller of Medina (Genesee Region USBC) for her 29 years of service its secretary.

-- Association Manager Mike Pettinella recognized Leitgeb, Callan, Vee and Betty Kingsley for their years of service as each will be going off the board, effective July 31.


Future NYS USBC Adult
Championship Tournaments

CLICK HERE for NYS Adult Championship tournaments through 2021.

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