New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Albany's LeClair Places Second in PBA50 Event That He Sponsors

Schenectady, N.Y. (Sept. 9, 2018) – Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa. compiled a 6-1-1 match play record on his way to a 69-pin victory over tournament sponsor Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y. in the PBA50 Brian LeClair's Revolutions Pro Shop Eastern Open at Boulevard Bowl Sunday.
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Andretta Rallies Past Angelo for PBA East Regional Crown

York, Pa. (August 5, 2018) – Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y., rallied from a 30-pin deficit after seven frames to defeat Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 228-207, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday.
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New Jersey Man Tops Edwards for PBA50 Regional Title

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (July 29, 2018) – Steven DiMartino of Upper Saddle River, N.J., bowling in his first PBA regional event as a member, compiled a 5-2-1 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,352 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes Saturday by 49 pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y.
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NYS Open Senior Championships

Rochester Duo Clicks for 1,411
to Lead in 50-54 Age Group

OCTOBER 15, 2018 – Rochester NY USBC members Troy McClure and Bob Wiley combined for a 1,411 score Sunday to take the Class E (50-54 age group) Doubles lead after the first of two weekends of the 40th NYS Open Senior Championships at Sunset Bowl in Waterloo.

McClure posted 684 and Wiley shot 709 for 1,393 scratch and they received 18 pins for three games based on McClure's 213 entering average.

Their effort was one of several high scores on the 42-foot "Challenge" pattern (6:1 ratio) being used for this year's tournament.

CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.

In Class D (55-59) Singles, Pat Donaghue (Rochester NY USBC) finished with a 279 game for a 708 series (all scratch) to go past Saturday's leader, Scott Shields (Genesee Region USBC), who registered a 697 (681 scratch).

In Class C (60-64) Singles, R. Jeffery Ward (Greater Buffalo USBC), a NYS representative in this year's USBC Senior Championships, posted 683 to move into first place.

In the Six-Game Combine, Kimberly Hawkins (Mid-Hudson USBC) posted 1,343 to lead in Class D (55-59). Her total is the highest in the Six-Game Combine event across the six age classifications, which means that those scores are well within reach.

The champions in the Six-Game Combine earn the right to represent New York in the 2019 USBC Championships next summer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Event leaders after week one:

Super Senior (75-and-Up) – Dennis Frawley (Southern Tier USBC) and Robert Mossotti (Central New York USBC), 1,193.
Class A (70-74) – Ken McJury (Rochester NY USBC) and Abe Hara (Finger Lakes NY USBC), 1,214.
Class B (65-69) – Bruce Kraus and Roger Stone (Genesee Region USBC), 1,257.
Class C (60-64) – Lloyd Amidon and Mike Cottrell (Central NY USBC), 1,355.
Class D (55-59) – Kim and Curtis Hawkins (Mid-Hudson USBC), 1,239.
Class E (50-54) – Troy McClure and Bob Wiley (Rochester NY USBC), 1,411.

Super Senior (75-and-Up) – Mossotti, 689.
Class A (70-74) – Hara, 611.
Class B (65-69) – Wayne Potter (Canandaigua USBC), 639
Class C (60-64) – Ward, 683.
Class D (55-59) -- Donaghue, 708.
Class E (50-54) – Teresa Goldman (Auburn NY USBC), 678.

Super Senior (75-and-Up) – Mossotti, 1,307.
Class A (70-74) – Hara, 1,219.
Class B (65-69) – Potter, 1,304.
Class C (60-64) – Ward, 1,287.
Class D (55-59) – Kim Hawkins, 1,343.
Class E (50-54) – Goldman, 1,320.

A few openings remain for next weekend's competition. Those interested in entering are asked to contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at 585-343-3736.

Steuben Center to Close as a Result of Wall Collapse

OCTOBER 11, 2018 -- A collapse of a back wall last month has brought an end to the Steuben Bowling Academy in the Steuben County village of Bath.

According to David Fusco, he and co-owner Mark Foster have decided to close the doors for good and will be attempting to "sell everything we can."

"Insurance doesn't want to pay; they're telling us it's due to erosion plus the building is over 100 years old," Fusco said. "It would take too much time (to repair) and we'd lose the bowlers anyway."

Fusco said there are about 130 league bowlers who either will be relocating to centers in Hornell or Corning or, unfortunately, will be giving up the game.

He said that the wall collapsed around 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.

"A league was on ... we we're rocking and rolling," Fusco said. "Before you knew it, the fire marshal and police were there, yelling at everyone to get out. But the building has a steel frame and would not collapse, and the roof wouldn't collapse."

Fusco, 69, has spent 22 years there as proprietor and mechanic. He said damage was confined to a storage area; the lanes (which feature above-ground ball returns) and the pinsetters were not affected.

NYS Senior Masters
is Nov. 3 in Cortland

OCTOBER 11, 2018 -- Cort Lanes in Cortland will host the NYS Senior Masters on Nov. 3. Qualifying squads (four games) are set for 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

First place in the scratch singles tournament, based on at least 80 entries, is $1,200. The entry fee is $65. Re-entry is allowed.

The top 16 bowlers, including a guaranteed spot for a 60-and-over entrant, will advance to single-elimination, two-game matches.

The tournament is being sponsored for the second straight year by Brunswick, MOTIV, Storm, Roto-Grip and Columbia 300 bowling ball companies.

CLICK HERE for Senior Masters tournament roster - updated frequently.

Tournament entry forms can be downloaded by going to the Tournaments tab of this website.

November is BVL Month in America

Strike Ten Entertainment is assisting with the launch of a national fundraising effort for BVL (The Bowlers to Veterans Link) -- an effort that could generate some added income for bowling centers and USBC associations.

Running for the month of November, Strike Ten has collaborated with the BVL to create a "Soldier Pin Fund Raising Program". As a participating center, you get a generous supply of soldier pin cutouts for use when your customers donate and support "BVL Month in America."

When your customers make a contribution to BVL, they'll write their name on their soldier pin and you can post it around the front desk or any other high traffic area. You will gain lots of local community goodwill for your effort and that will translate into more customers visiting your center more often.

For more information, contact or call her at 703-934-6039 today.

NYS USBC Board of Directors

'At-Large' Seats,Youth Leader Push
Approved at Meetings in Rochester

SEPT. 25, 2018 -- New York State USBC directors over the weekend voted to accept the appointment of at-large directors to the board and to continue its commitment of more than $15,000 annually to academic scholarships through the Youth Education Services committee.

Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford, the state governing body also pledged to lead an effort to expand the role of the NYS Youth Leaders program with the goal of holding a workshop after the first of the year.

Committee meetings took place throughout the day Saturday, followed by the full board meeting Sunday morning. The sessions were the first for newly-elected directors Janet Moro (Central NY USBC), Beth O'Brien (Greater Buffalo USBC) and Stephen Fawcett (Schenectady USBC).

NYS Bowling Proprietors Association representative Doug Bohannon (Adirondack USBC) was unable to attend due to tournaments at his bowling center, Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

"With three more directors terming out after this season, the 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," NYS USBC President Roger 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) and have voting privileges.

Acting on the recommendation of the YES committee, the board again approved allocating $15,250 for scholarships, including $13,000 for seven graduating senior scholarships. The top three – Priscilla Zonneville Memorial for $4,000 and two others for $3,000 and $2,000 – no longer will be renewable scholarships, broken into quarterly amounts over four years.

Four other graduating senior scholarships will be for $1,000 apiece.

Directors also revised the scholarships for underclassmen – dividing the Future Stars scholarship into two categories: Grades K-4 and Grades 5-8. Each division will award $375. The Spirit Award scholarship will be available for those in Grades 9-11.

Details on these scholarships can be found by scrolling over the Youth tab and clicking on the Youth Scholarships tab of this website.

Concerning the Youth Leaders program, both the Youth and Future for the Sport committees agreed that the time is right to support existing NYS chapters and help start and build chapters throughout the state.

"Youth engagement – both on the lanes and in leadership roles – is the future of our sport, and it is incumbent upon us at the state association level to spearhead this initiative," Buckman said. "The Youth Leaders program has much to offer boys and girls who seek to put their leadership skills to use in their leagues and, hopefully, at the state level."

Youth Leaders have the opportunity to have a role in making important decisions for bowling, including coordinating and leading meetings, coordinating youth programs and recruiting bowlers, fundraising, planning tournaments, awarding scholarships, and coaching, training and mentoring youth bowlers. Scholarships are available through the Youth Leaders program.

Buckman said that Mike Callan (Rochester NY USBC), chair of the Youth and Future for the Sport committees, and Fawcett have been tabbed to facilitate the workshop.

The board also approved the site selection of its adult championship tournaments, as submitted by Association Manager Mike Pettinella, through October 2021.

CLICK HERE for the tournament list.

In other action, Buckman:

-- Reported that he and Pettinella have been selected to represent the NYS USBC on the NYS BPA board of directors;

-- Reminded local association officials to submit nominations for the NYS Hall of Fame and service awards as outlined in the Hall of Fame section of this website;

-- Advised that the 2019 NYS USBC Annual Meeting will take place on June 1 in Syracuse. Hotel selection will be announced in the near future.

NYS YOUTH BOWLING MILESTONE: The New York State USBC, in recognition of the 50th year of the NYS Youth Team Championships, has commissioned a special 50th Anniversary patch that will be awarded to the state finalists of both the NYS Youth Team (Syracuse) and NYS Youth Pepsi (Rome) tournaments. For entry forms and information about the 2018-19 NYS youth tournaments, scroll over the Youth tab and click on the Youth Tournaments tab.

2019 NYS Queens
Champion to Receive Paid Entry
to USBC Queens in Wichita, Kan.

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.

"We're acting upon suggestions from our Queens bowlers and are 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 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).

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

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 Women's Senior Singles
Bowlers from Six Associations
Capture Divisional Titles

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 – Bowlers from six NYS local associations earned six-game combine titles at the 38th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships last month at Colonial Lanes in Chester.

Official results are as follows:

CLICK HERE for the official standings.

CLICK HERE for the prize list.

The tournament attracted 412 entrants, age 50 and over. The first-place finishers in the six age groups have the opportunity to represent New York State at the 2019 USBC Championships on Aug. 6-9 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Prize checks are going out this weekend (Sept. 14-15).

Divisional leaders are as follows:

Class AA (75-and-over) – Albertha Thomas (New York City USBC), 1,427; Katrul White (New York City USBC), 1,394; Janice Thompson (Mid-Hudson USBC), 1,359.

Class A (70-74) -- Linda Fetterman (Southern Tier USBC), 1,415; DeLois Sweeney (New York City USBC), 1,395; Carol Johnson (New York City USBC), 1,368.

Class B (65-69) – Linda Simpson (Long Island USBC), 1,467; Darlene Spivey (Albany USBC), 1,422; Patricia Hatcher (New York City USBC), 1,410.

Class C (60-64) – Katherine Yochum (Corning USBC), 1,356; Regna Peart (New York City USBC), 1,343; Sandra Lambert (New York City USBC), 1,342.

Class D (55-59) – Janice Markowitz (Hudson Valley USBC), 1,453; Isaura Simon (New York City USBC), 13,45; Vickie Tobias (Corning USBC), 1,344.

Class E (50-54) -- Maureen Pantley (Tri-County NY USBC), 1,444; Terri Romeyn (Fulton County Regional USBC),1,406; Sharon Carson (Albany USBC) at 1,384.

The 2019 NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships are scheduled for Aug. 16-18, 2325 at North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh.

Help Support Youth Bowling in NYS
by Purchasing Ads in Tourney Booklets

SEPT. 10, 2018 -- Local associations and businesses in New York State can play an important role in the future of youth bowling by taking out an ad (or ads) in the NYS USBC youth championship tournament program booklets.

Through Jan. 1, 2019, full page ads in both programs -- the NYS Youth Team Championships and the NYS Youth Pepsi Championships -- are being priced at $100, a savings of $50 over the regular price.

CLICK HERE for the Youth Team ad form (front)
CLICK HERE for the Youth Team ad form (back)

CLICK HERE for the Youth Pepsi ad form (front)
CLICK HERE for the Youth Pepsi ad form (back)

For more information, contact Tom Solimine, NYS USBC Youth Committee chair, at

STRIKING OUT AGAINST CANCER: Alexandria Hoaglund, Team Roswell coordinator, accepts a check for $11,000 from New York State USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, right, and NYS USBC Director Bob Kaverman today (Sept. 5, 2018) at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo on behalf of bowlers who donated to the state association's charitable causes during the 2016-17 season. A similar presentation will be taking place in the near future at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Through the generosity of its membership, the NYS USBC has been able to contribute annually to the two cancer hospitals as well as to the Bowlers to Veterans Link and to the youth scholarship program.

NYS Open Championships
Long Island, Southern Tier
Squads Finish on Top

JUNE 12, 2018 – Ball Bangers (Long Island USBC) and Owego Bowl (Southern Tier USBC) claimed divisional titles at the 94th NYS Open Championships.

The tournament took place from April 21 through May 20 at Patel's Kingston Lanes.

CLICK HERE for final standings.

CLICK HERE for prize list.

Ball Bangers posted 3,494 (all scratch) to edge its companion team, Silver Foxes, by 16 pins for the $2,400 first prize in the 1001 & Over Handicap division. Team members are Michael Wodzinski, Adam Sher, Noel Ocasio, Thomas Grunwald and Anthony Pepe.

In the 1000 & Under Handicap division, Owego Bowl recorded 2,926 to take home the first prize of $1,250. Oomsdale Farm (Albany USBC) was second at 2,893.

Members of the first-place team are Pamela Carney, Shannon Rhodes, William Eynon, Bryant Craft and Randy Crooks Jr.

Winners of the tournament's other events are as follows:

Doubles 401 & Over – Derek Magno (Syracuse USBC BA) and Steve Meyer (Rochester NY USBC), 1,570, $800. The 1,570 was the high scratch score.

Doubles 400 & Under – Ronald Weeks and Jon LaRock (Auburn USBC BA), 1,267, $550.

Singles 201 & Over – Brad Maltman (Rochester/Canandaigua USBC), 783, $500. Terry Thompson (Long Island USBC) had the high Singles scratch score of 779.

Singles 200 & Under – Weeks, 724, $325.

All-Events 201 & Over – Antonio Zaia (Fulton USBC BA), 2,219, $250. Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA) and Art Alexander III (Syracuse USBC BA) tied for the All-Events scratch title with 2,218 and will split the prize money awarded for the 2019 USBC Masters should they wish to compete.

All-Events 200 & Under – Charlene Brandow (Albany USBC) and Jeffrey Brown (Southern Tier USBC), tie, 2,041, $125 each.

One in five entries in the Handicap divisions cashed. The prize fund includes $500 bonuses for the two first-place teams and $2,500 added to pay five scratch scores in each event. Winners will receive the higher prize from either the handicap or scratch scores – not both.

Prize checks were mailed to group leaders/captains today (June 15), and must be cashed/deposited within 90 days.

SCRATCH CHAMPIONS: Members of the Kenmore Lanes team that took first place in the NYS Women's Championships scratch division are, from left, Krista Voelker-Burt, Jessica Aiezza, Michelle Sterner and Sarah Germano.

NYS Women's Championships
Buffalo, N,F., Auburn Teams
Claim Tournament Titles

JUNE 11, 2018 – Teams based out of Greater Buffalo USBC, Niagara Falls USBC WBA and Auburn USBC WBA captured divisional titles at the 82nd NYS Women's Championships which ran from April 14 through May 20 at Fishkill Bowl in the Hudson Valley.

CLICK HERE for final standings.

CLICK HERE for prize list.

In the 760 and Over Scratch Division, the Kenmore Lanes squad (Greater Buffalo USBC) took home the top prize of $812 with a 2,831 effort. Team members (see photo) are Krista Voelker-Burt, Jessica Aiezza (Schenectady USBC), Michelle Sterner and Sarah Germano (Rochester NY USBC).

In the 600-759 Handicap division, Team B O D (Niagara Falls USBC WBA) won for the second straight year, posting 2,697 for the $1,200 top prize. Team members are Theresa Porter, Christina Yamonaco, Christine Hein and Brenda Chatt.

And in the 599 and Under Handicap division, the Drew Crew (Auburn USBC WBA) placed first with 2,530, good for $1,200. Team members are Amber Preston, Nicki Wheaton, Nikki Bennett and Theresa Armstrong.

Voelker-Burt and Sterner also won the 380 and Over Scratch doubles title with 1,436, while Stephanie Muraca and Julie Hooks (Rome NY USBC) teamed for first place in the 300-379 Handicap division with 1,385 and Margie Gordon and Melanie Allen (Syracuse USBC WBA) won the 299 and Under Handicap division with 1,309.

In Singles, champions are Rhonda Holt (Tri-County NY USBC), 762, 190 and Over Scratch; Kimberly Hawkins (Mid-Hudson USBC), 743, 150-189 Handicap, and Lois Erdman (Tri-County NY USBC), 745, 149 and Under Handicap.

All-Events champions are Danielle Merino (Long Island USBC), 2,129, 190 and Over Scratch; Doris Moorer (Long Island USBC), 2,049, 150-189 Handicap, and Brittney Morgan (Tri-County NY USBC), 2,108, 149 and Under Handicap.

NYS USBC Now Accepting
Credit/Debit Card Payments

DECEMBER 1, 2017 -- As announced at the 2017 New York State USBC Annual Meeting, the NYS USBC is now able to accept credit card payments for tournament entry fees.

Team captains and individuals bowling in singles and doubles tournaments can pay for their entry using their debit or credit cards.

This option -- which comes with a small service charge -- will be available through the state association office in Batavia or on site (where walk-ins are permitted).

For more details or if you have any questions, call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736.

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