New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Ryan Ciminelli Captures PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open

AURORA, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2016) – Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., converted a 244 game in his final qualifying game into his second PBA Tour title of the season, and the seventh of his career, in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Sunday.
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Michigan Bowler Captures PBA50 Regional in Pottsville

Pottsville, Pa. (September 4, 2016) – Ernie Segura Jr. of Taylor, Mich. defeated Michael Klosin of Windham, N.H., 210-199, to win the PBA50 Track Cyborg Open at Strike Zone Alleys Sunday for his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.
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Josie Earnest Climbs Ladder to Win PWBA Rochester Open Title

August 24, 2016, ADDISON, Ill. – To calm herself as she looked to capture her first Professional Women's Bowling Association title, Josie Earnest thought about the patches she received as a youth bowler, the ones that reminded her that bowling is fun.
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USBC Discontinues Local Association
Performance Standard Grading

OCTOBER 19, 2016 -- The USBC Local Association Performance Standards program was launched two years ago to create a better guide for associations on how best to serve USBC members.

Recently USBC assembled a task force of association representatives to review the performance standards and recommend changes. As a result of the task force recommendations, USBC will discontinue the current performance standard grading program.

The program has been successful by encouraging board training to thousands of individuals and coaching clinics across the country. USBC national also received valuable feedback from local associations and data to help all of us better serve our members.

With delegates having approved bylaw amendments requiring non-merged local and non-merged state associations to be merged by Aug. 1, 2018, USBC believes the focus should be on supporting association mergers and quality education for all associations rather than grading.

While local associations no longer will receive grades, it remains important for all associations to continue to provide great service to USBC members. The processing of memberships in a timely manner, improving annual tournaments, complying with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements by submitting required 990 forms, and updating its association information each season are critical functions to the success of your local association and USBC as a whole.

USBC will continue to make board member education available for the remainder of the year and encourage all board members to complete the online program, especially those new to leadership roles in an association. We also encourage associations to continue to provide coaching clinics in their areas to benefit all members, as the feedback from those who have held clinics has been very positive.

We hope the Local Association Performance Standards program provided you with positive feedback and foundation for a better association. We look forward to implementing new educational programs together in the future.

Association reports will be available in November for the 2015-2016 season. Please contact your Regional Manager to request the report when they are ready or if you have any questions about the program. 

Schenectady's Liz Kuhlkin Rolls 890
to Set National Record for Women

OCTOBER 18, 2016 -- ARLINGTON, Texas – Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour titlist Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady, New York, delivered 35 strikes Monday to set a national record for the highest three-game series by a woman with an 890.

The 23-year-old right-hander began her night at the Reis Group Kim Brown Memorial League at Schenectady's Towne Bowling Academy with back-to-back 300 games before leaving an 8 pin to start her final game. After converting the spare, Kuhlkin finished the evening by striking on her final 11 attempts for a 290.

Erica Cutler of Fort Wayne, Indiana, set the record earlier this year with an 889 series on Feb. 14.

Kuhlkin's achievement is pending approval from the United States Bowling Congress.

Kuhlkin, the 2015 PWBA Topeka Open champion, knew she had found the right ball to match up at Towne Bowling Academy after a strong performance the previous week, and a win at an eliminator in Syracuse, New York, on Sunday also boosted her confidence.

"I never fathomed that I could strike that much," said Kuhlkin, who also rolled a perfect game at the PWBA Topeka Open. "I had phenomenal ball reaction, and it just seemed like the ball was gliding into the pocket. Every ball was splitting the 8 and 9 pins."

After connecting on her first 24 shots, Kuhlkin made a small adjustment to start Game 3.

"I had three good strikes in the 10th frame of Game 2 but could tell the ball was hooking a little more on the backend, so I made a parallel move," said Kuhlkin, a two-time National Collegiate Athletic Association national champion at Nebraska. "It gave me the exact reaction I was looking for, but I stoned an 8 pin. I was disappointed that it stood, but I was satisfied that I had thrown a good shot and made the right move."

As Kuhlkin continued to strike on her way to the 10th frame, the nerves mounted as she decided to share the moment with the world through social media.

News of her run quickly spread as Kuhlkin finished off the performance, and she's thankful for the support she received throughout the worldwide bowling community.

"One of my teammates had the idea to show the final frame through Facebook Live," said Kuhlkin, a former Junior Team USA member who won a gold medal in doubles competition with Sarah Lokker at the 2014 World Bowling Youth Championships in Hong Kong. "I didn't want to go up there and throw a bad shot, so I'm thrilled that it worked out the way it did and I was able to execute the way I had been the entire night.

"It's been touching to have so many people reach out and congratulate me. I've gotten messages from people across the world, and that's such an incredible thing. It was so cool to have shared that moment with so many people."

Despite the attention, Kuhlkin notes the most important part of her effort on the lanes Monday was getting to share it with her parents, Mark and Ricki, and a local community that has supported her throughout the years.

"It's definitely an amazing accomplishment, and it's very special that I was able to share it with my parents and a lot of people that I care about," Kuhlkin said. "That moment is something I will cherish for the rest of my bowling career."

Several PWBA titlists have been involved in the progression of the woman's national high series record, including 2016 PWBA Lexington Open champion Bryanna Coté (879), three-time winner Jackie Mitskavich (877) and PWBA and USBC Hall of Famers Anne Marie Duggan (865) and Jeanne Naccarato (864). PWBA and USBC Hall of Famer Bev Ortner became the first woman to roll an 800 series in Oct. 1968, posting an 818 series.

NYS USBC Championship Tournament Posters

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Adult tournament lineup

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Youth tournament lineup

NYS Open Senior
Local Standout Morrell
Posts 300, Leads Combine

OCTOBER 17, 2016 – New York State USBC tournaments seem to bring out the best in left-hander Craig Morrell.

CLICK HERE for unofficial leaders after the first of two weekends.

CLICK HERE for projected prize list (subject to vary due to late entries and/or other changes)

Morrell, the Scratch All-Events champion at the 89th NYS Open Championships in Syracuse in 2013, rolled a 300 game on Sunday to cap a 770 effort in Doubles and went on to take the Six-Game Combine lead in Division D (55-59 age group) at the 38th NYS Open Senior Championships at Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in his hometown of South Glens Falls.

The Adirondack USBC association manager posted 576 in Singles for a 1,346 score -- 20 pins better than David Morgan, another Adirondack USBC member. Raymond Textor (Jamestown Area USBC) is third at 1,325.

The first weekend of the tournament drew 36 Doubles and 67 Singles, while the coming weekend's schedule lists twice as many bowlers in both events.

There are a few lanes open on three of the four squads; the 2:30 p.m. squad on Saturday, Oct. 22 is full.

Other Six-Game Combine leaders are as follows:

Super Senior (75-and-over) – John Scaia II (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,313.
Class A (70-74) – Judith Gagliardi (Columbia Greene USBC), 1,240.
Class B (65-69) – LeRoy Brady Jr. (Adirondack USBC), 1,423.
Class C (60-64) – William Thompson Jr. (Jamestown Area USBC), 1,394.
Class E (50-54) – Doug Bohannon (Adirondack USBC), 1,389.

Six-game combine winners in each age group will win a free entry to the 2017 USBC Senior Championships.

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

The oil pattern will be USBC White # 2.

Note: The Ramada Inn in Queensbury is offering $72 per night rooms, with an additional 5 percent off if $25 or more is spent at the restaurant there. Address: 1 Abby Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804. Phone:(518) 793-7701.

Other area hotels and special rates:

Days Inn/Budgetel (1 mile from bowling center), 1660 Rt.9 South Glens Falls, NY 12803, 518-793-8891, $74 per night

The Queensbury Hotel (less than 2 miles from bowling center), 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-1121, $84 per night,

Landmark Motel (3 miles from bowling center), 1418 Rt. 9, Fort Edward, NY 12828, 518-793-3441, $70 per night (king) $75 per night (2 doubles),

Open, Queens, Masters Tourney
Entry Forms are Finalized

CLICK HERE for a poster of NYS USBC adult championship tournaments for 2016-17.

SEPT. 28, 2016 -- Entry forms for the 2017 NYS Masters, Queens and Open Championships have been finalized and can be downloaded from this website.

The dates and places of the tournaments are as follows. Click on the tournament name here or go to the Tournaments page for an entry form.

Please note that both the Masters and Queens are now SMART approved, meaning that NYS youth bowlers are eligible to compete; the Queens entry fee has increased from $65 to $80, and the Open handicap base has jumped from 230 to 240.

NYS MASTERS -- Farmingdale Lanes, Long Island, March 4, 2017.

NYS QUEENS -- Rapids Bowling Center, Niagara Falls, April 22, 2017.

NYS OPEN -- Ideal Bowling Center, Endicott, April 22-23, 28-30, May 5-7, 19-21, 2017. This tournament will have bowling on three Friday nights to accommodate the expected number of entries.

Note to bowlers looking to compete in the NYS Open:

The weekend of May 19-21 is "Graduation Weekend" in Binghamton and hotel rooms will be limited. The NYS USBC is working on securing as many rooms as possible that weekend -- in the Binghamton, Owego, Apalachin, Waverly and Sayre, Pa. areas -- but also is encouraging teams and individuals within driving distance of Ideal Bowling Center to bowl on that weekend.

Entry forms for the 2016 NYS Open Senior and 2017 NYS Women's Championships can be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab.

Information about the NYS Youth Team, Youth Pepsi and Adult-Junior tournaments can be found by scrolling over the Youth tab and clicking on the Youth Tournaments tab.

NYS USBC to Establish
'Pat' Zonneville Scholarship
Bequest from Late President
to Advance Youth Bowling

SEPT. 27, 2016 – The New York State USBC's top scholastic award will be renamed the Priscilla M. "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship as a result of action taken by the state association's Board of Directors over the weekend.

Directors, at meetings on Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton, gratefully accepted a bequest of $20,000 from the estate of the late Zonneville, who passed away on Sept. 6, and agreed to use those funds to support youth scholarships per her request.

Zonneville was elected as the first president of the New York State United States Bowling Congress in 2011, and served for four years.

Before that she was president of the New York State USBC Women's Bowling Association for more than a decade and, all told, she served in various capacities at the local, state and national levels for more than 30 years.

"Pat had a heart for the sport of bowling, and this generous gift will serve to perpetuate her desire to see young people who have taken a keen interest in the bowling achieve their personal goals," NYS USBC President Roger Buckman said.

Buckman said that $2,000 of the bequest will be allocated annually for 10 years to support the NYS USBC's maximum scholarship of $4,000 ($1,000 each year up to four years) to a graduating senior based on academics and bowling accomplishment. The NYS USBC will be funding the rest of that scholarship, along with other scholarships for graduating seniors (see below).

He also noted that local associations and individual bowlers will be able to donate to a fund is being set up in Zonneville's name.

The board also voted to award a pair of $250 scholarships at the 2017 NYS Youth Team Championships in Syracuse in memory of Zonneville.

In related action, the board:

-- Approved recommendations by the Youth Education Services (YES) Committee to support these additional scholarships for the 2016-17 season – $3,000 ($750 renewable annually up to four years), $2,000 ($500 renewable annually up to four years) and four $1,000 awards for graduating seniors; three Spirit Awards totaling $1,500 for grades 8-11, and five Future Stars Awards totaling $750 for grades K-7.

Information on how to apply for these scholarships will be posted in the near future on the Youth Scholarships page of this website.

-- Approved recommendations from the Finance Committee to send contributions of $10,000 to Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, $1,500 to Bowlers to Veterans Link and $2,000 to the YES Committee for scholarships as a result of member donations at state tournaments and at the Annual Meeting during the 2015-16 season.

-- Approved a recommendation from the YES Committee to allocate up $7,400 in 2016-17 to fund up to two High School Assistance Grants and up to two In-School Bowling Kits, both programs of the International Bowling Campus Youth Development Team.

Last season, the NYS USBC awarded $2,500 to Sachem East High School in Farmingdale to assist its scholastic bowling program and $1,200 to Lockport City School District for an In-School Bowling Grant consisting of six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with teaching curriculum.

-- Forwarded a Bylaws amendment stating that qualifications (resume) of those wishing to run for a spot on the NYS USBC Board of Directors must be submitted, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting. The current bylaw reads that the resume must be submitted at least two weeks prior.

The 2017 Annual Meeting is scheduled for June 3 at a site to be determined by next month.

Board Votes to Let Youth Bowlers
Participate in NYS Queens, Masters

SEPT. 27, 2016 – Youth bowlers in good standing in New York State are eligible to compete in the NYS Masters and Queens singles championships starting with the 2017 tournaments in Farmingdale (Long Island) and Niagara Falls, respectively.

The NYS USBC Board of Directors over the weekend approved a recommendation by its Tournament Committee to allow youth members to bowl in the Masters and Queens as long as the participant signs a waiver prior to competition that all prize winnings will be put into the bowler's SMART account in the form of a scholarship.

Last year, the board voted against youth participation in these two events, citing complaints from adult participants and possible eligibility problems when youth bowlers move on to college. The United States Bowling Congress and many local associations do allow youth participation in singles tournaments.

"The Tournament Committee determined that there are no eligibility issues when it comes to collegiate bowling provided the proper waiver and parental consent forms, if necessary, are submitted before bowling," NYS USBC President Roger Buckman said.

"As a result, the board felt that the NYS USBC would be best served to fall in line with the USBC at the national level and give these talented young individuals opportunities to bowl against the best in the state."

Other Tournament Committee recommendations approved by the board are as follows:

-- An increase in the entry fee of the Queens Championships from $65 to $80 to offset the loss of a $2,000 allocation from the former NYS USBC Women's Bowling Association which expired with the 2016 tournament. The state association is seeking a sponsor for the 2017 event, which is set for April 22 at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

-- An allocation of $2,000 to the Women's Senior Singles Championships in 2017, only, and an entry fee increase from $30 to $35 starting with the 2018 tournament. There will be no NYS USBC funding after 2017.

-- A change in the average base for handicap purposes for the NYS Open Championships from 230 to 240, starting with the 2017 tournament at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott. The handicap percentage remains at 90 percent. As a result, Team handicap will be based on 1200, Doubles handicap on 480 and Singles handicap on 240.

-- Establish a committee to explore the possibility of a NYS Senior Masters Championship for the 2017-18 season, preferably in November. Those interested in serving on this committee can send an email to

-- Conduct the NYS Open Championships in 2018 at a site not close to Syracuse, which will be hosting the 2018 USBC Open Championships.

2016 Women's Senior Singles

NYS USBC Mails Out
Prize Checks to 103 Bowlers

SEPT. 16, 2016 -- Prize checks for the 103 women who cashed at last month's 36th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships went out in today's (Friday, Sept. 16) mail.

The tournament took place on Aug. 19-21, 26-28 at Crystal Lanes in Corning.  Five hundred fifty women entered the event, with about 40 of them having to withdraw due to various reasons.

Final official results show the following champions in the six age classifications:

Shirley Ebron (New York City USBC), 75-and-over; Cindy Baker (Adirondack USBC), 70-74; Janet Jacob (Syracuse USBC WBA), 65-69; Tanga Stephenson (Long Island USBC), 60-64; Denice Hall (Auburn USBC), 55-59; and Jane Duffer (Lowville USBC), 50-54.

CLICK HERE for official prize list.

CLICK HERE for official final standings.

In Class AA, Ebron posted 1,353 with handicap while Dorothy Pecha (Southern Tier USBC) had 1,334, and Dolores Seamans (Genesee Region USBC) finished with 1,331.

In Class A, Baker's 1,296 edged Barbara Sim (Albany USBC) by four pins, while three bowlers -- Virginia Connell (Tri-County NY USBC), Arleen Strecker (Tri-County NY USBC) and Sandra Gates (Genesee Region USBC) tied with 1,279 each.

In Class B, Jacob tallied 1,345 -- 12 pins more than Bonnie View (Mohawk Valley Towns USBC). Darlene Amarilla (Tri-County NY USBC) is third with 1,289.

In Class C. Stephenson shot 1,322, two pins better than Barbara Knoll (Wayne County USBC WBA) and 10 pins higher than Karen Wilson (Tri-County NY USBC).

In Class D, Hall's 1,374 is 46 more than Donna Gilfus, also of Auburn USBC WBA. Teri Gayton (Mid-Hudson) is next with 1,285.

And in Class E, Duffer registered 1,284, while Lori Heneka (Hudson Valley USBC) and Anne Haase (Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC) posted 1,268 and 1,266, respectively.

The champions of each of the six age groups are eligible to receive a free entry to the 2017 USBC Senior Championships.


Priscilla 'Pat' Zonneville,
First NYS USBC President

UPDATED SEPT. 11, 2016

SEPT. 7, 2016, MARION, NY – Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville, the first president of the New York State United States Bowling Congress and president of the New York State USBC Women's Bowling Association for more than a decade, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 6, 2016) after a long illness.

She was 74.

Zonneville played a significant role in the advancement of the sport of bowling at the local, state and national levels for more than 30 years. She was a respected leader of the women's association and chairperson of the Transition Team that coordinated the formation of the New York State USBC, and went on to guide the NYS USBC in its early years.

Zonneville was elected president of the NYS USBC in June 2011, and stepped down four years later.

Current NYS USBC President Roger Buckman said that the news of Pat's passing "saddens all of us in the bowling community -- far and wide."

"Pat touched many people in her tenure as NYS Women's BA President for many years and as the first President of the merged NYS USBC," Buckman said. "She will be greatly missed by the bowlers of New York State and the many bowlers nationwide that Pat had connections with.

"It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to know and mentor with Pat over the years, and on behalf of the NYS USBC Board of Directors, I send my deepest condolences to her family and many friends."

During Zonneville's tenure, the state association provided its members with a variety of championship tournaments, generated thousands of dollars for youth scholarships and charitable causes and built a website that has been embraced by New York State bowlers.

Robin Marshall, a USBC regional manager, praised Zonneville for her "forward thinking" and ability to teach others.

"She was such a great woman, great leader and amazing person, inside and out," Marshall said. "I cherished the times spent with her and all that I learned. (She was) such a forward thinking individual that loved this great game of bowling."

A longtime resident of Marion, Zonneville served on just about every committee and held just about every officer position for the Wayne County Women's Association and NYS Women's Association, and also served as Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms for the Women's International Bowling Congress from 1989-2001.

Additionally, she helped sustain the NYS Women's 600 Bowling Club and, as a result of her efforts, she was elected president of the organization in 2008.

A member of the New York State USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service (2009 inductee), Zonneville also found success on the lanes as a Wayne County WBA Tournament champion, and with a high game of 289 and high series of 693.

She retired in 1991 after a 32-year career as a site chemical manager for Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester.

During her farewell address at the 2015 NYS USBC Annual Meeting, Zonneville reflected upon her long career as a bowling administrator, and expressed appreciation for the opportunities to serve.

She is survived by her siblings, Gayle (William) Shaver, Pamela (Michael) Abraham and Steven I. (Mary) Zonneville; aunt, Lee VanKouwenberg; special friend, Margaret Lancaster; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Donations in her name may be directed to the New York State Women's 600 Bowling Club. For a complete obituary and to leave a condolence, please visit

CLICK HERE for 2017 NYS Women's
Championships Reservation List

Thank You, Bowlers!

ON THE RIGHT PATH-WAYS: Julia Harvey, special events coordinator for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, accepts a check for $10,000 from Roger Buckman, left, NYS USBC president, and Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, on behalf of the state association's members who donated to the Pathways to the Cure charity fundraisers at state tournaments during the 2014-15 season.  The NYS USBC is expected to authorize, in September, a similar donation to Roswell, and also to Memorial Sloat-Kettering Cancer Institute in New York City for donations received during the 2015-16 season.

July Lottery Fundraiser Brings In
$3,159 for NYS USBC Charities

AUGUST 1, 2016 – Contributions to the New York State USBC's July fundraiser have raised $3,159 to help support cancer programs, youth scholarships and other charities

The fundraiser was based on the New York Lottery evening number.

Thank you to all those who purchased a ticket or block of tickets and to those who help sell them across the state.

CLICK HERE for a list of winners.


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