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Championships Tournaments for 2015-16

NYS USBC Gearing Up
for Tournament Competition

SEPT. 1, 2015 – The New York State USBC heads into the 2015-16 bowling season with a full head of steam, once again 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:

OCT. 10-11, 17-18, 2015 – FULTON

Large groups from the Adirondack USBC and Rochester USBC BA already have reserved lanes for the tournament, which features Doubles and Singles competition for men and women bowlers 50-and-over in six separate age classifications.

The Six-Game Combine winners in the various age groups will qualify to represent NYS in the 2016 USBC Senior Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Adirondack USBC contingent has locked up the 2:45 and 4:30 p.m. squads on Oct. 17, while the Rochester USBC BA group has reserved 10 lanes on both the 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. squads the same day.

There are plenty of openings on all squads on the other three days. Entry fees are $25 per person for Doubles, $25 for Singles and $10 for the Six-Game Combine. At least one in five entries in each event will cash.

MARCH 5, 2016 -- OSWEGO


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, plus 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. For a list of current reservations, go to the Tournaments page.

The Sunday Team squad times have been revised, so please check the updated entry form on the Tournaments page.


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.

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.

APRIL 16-MAY 15, 2016 – UTICA

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 bowlny300@yahoo.com.

Advertising Spots Available
on NYS USBC Website

AUGUST 18, 2015 -- The NYS USBC will be revamping its website in the near future to provide a greater advertising presence for those wishing to promote their businesses.

The state association website has become one of the most popular sources of bowling information in the nation -- with more than 40,000 visitors and about 80,000 page views last season.

Plans are in place to be able to display more sponsor ads "above the fold," so to speak, on the home page; to have rotating ads as viewers scroll from page to page, and to create a Sponsors page -- all featuring links to the companies' website.

For more information about content and pricing, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at bowlny300@yahoo.com.

NYS Women’s Senior Singles

Bowlers from Six Associations
Top Senior Singles Standings

AUGUST 24, 2015 – Bowlers from six different local associations are unofficial champions of the 35th NYS Women’s Senior Singles Championships. The tournament concluded its two-weekend run on Sunday at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Ann DeHaney (Long Island USBC), Grace Bogle (Genesee Region USBC), Carol Hess (Hudson Valley USBC), Donna Flugel (Tri-County NY USBC), Karen Brouwere (Corning USBC WBA) and Pamela Burns (Southern Tier USBC) placed first in their respective divisions in the All-Events (six games) category.

CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.

One in six bowlers will cash in All-Events of each division. Prize checks will be mailed within 30 days.

Should their scores hold up, after official average verification, they will be eligible to represent the New York State USBC at the 2016 USBC Senior Championships that reportedly will take place in Las Vegas, Nev.

Bogle and Flugel were among around 350 women who competed over the weekend. Bogle posted 1,390 with handicap in Class A (70-74) to edge Maria Carroll (Tri-County NY USBC) by 21 pins while Flugel registered 1,439 in Class C (60-64), which was 108 pins better than Pamela Jones (Long Island USBC).

The other four division leaders competed from Aug. 14-16.

DeHaney is first in Class AA (75-and-over) with 1,370, followed by Bettye Laird (Chen Del O USBC) with 1,346.

Hess leads in Class B (65-69) with 1,425, followed by Kathy Madore (Lowville USBC WBA) with 1,394.

Brouwere is on top in Class D (55-59) with 1,395, followed by Yvonne Super (Columbia Greene USBC) with 1,357.

Burns is the leader in Class E (50-54) with 1,414 – all scratch – and is followed by Theresa Dziekonski (Wayne Co. USBC WBA) with 1,390.

The bowling ball raffle winner was Lois Drake (Elmira USBC).

This year’s tournament attracted 571 entrants and generated 30 percent more in donations to charities supported by the NYS USBC over last year. The state association also would like to thank the SAW Valley USBC men and women, and the management and staff at Valley Bowling Center and the Waverly High School bowling team and volunteers for a tremendous job as hosts of the event.

USBC Senior Championships
Charlene Brandow Places 4th,
Earns $300 in Green Bay

AUGUST 10, 2015 – Charlene Brandow (Columbia Greene USBC) staged a big comeback on Friday to capture fourth place in the Open Division 55-59 age group at the USBC Senior Championships at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis.

The Nassau resident rolled 532 scratch during the qualifying round to jump from 16th place to fifth place -- earning a spot in the medal round that featured the top six bowlers on Friday night. She then posted scratch games of 170 and 180 to move within a few pins of the first place before suffering through five splits and managing only 118 in her last game.

Still, her 1,918 total with handicap for nine games was good enough for fourth place and a prize check of $300. Brandow was in 16th place after Thursday's opening round.

William Hatch of Woodstock, Ill., placed first with 1,941 -- 23 pins better than Brandow -- and won $1,000.  Defending champion Patrick Foley of Sparks, Nev., was second, two pins behind Hatch.

Brandow was one of six NYS USBC members competing in the national event. The other Open Division participants were Ruth Bailey (New York City), Robert Walawender (Auburn USBC BA), Al Vlietstra (Genesee Region USBC) and Howard Miller (Greater Buffalo USBC). Miller had the best finish, placing 26th in the 60-64 age group. Kathleen Willy (Greater Buffalo USBC) competed in the Women's Division, placing 15th in the 50-54 age group.

CLICK HERE for more information on the USBC Senior Championships.

Attention: Tournament Cashers

JULY 28, 2015 -- In June, the NYS USBC issued more than 1,300 prize checks from the NYS Open and NYS Women's Championship tournaments. As of Monday, 200 of those checks have not been cashed or deposited.

With that being said, prize checks for the Open will become void on Sept. 2 and prize checks for the Women's will become void on Sept. 20 -- and the NYS USBC is not obligated to reissue checks that have not been cashed or deposited. Therefore, we urge bowlers to cash or deposit their checks immediately.

If you cashed in either of the tournaments and have not received your check, please contact your team captain or contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at bowlny300@yahoo.com.

Thank you.

Around NYS – July/August 2015

NYS USBC Fundraiser
Raises $2,665 for Charity

The New York State USBC’s Pathways Fundraiser that took place in July raised $2,665 for the 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.

The fundraiser was based on the NYS Lottery “Evening Number."  Tickets were sold by NYS USBC directors and youth committee members, and also at this year’s state tournaments.

CLICK HERE for a list of winners.


The Greater Buffalo USBC, at its Annual Meeting in late July, distributed a USBC and Greater Buffalo USBC Services and Annual Dues Structure document listing all of the services available to those who join the United States Bowling Congress and the local association.

Greater Buffalo Association Manager Bill Palumbo agreed to share the form with other local associations in New York State. The NYS USBC encourages other associations to use this document as a template to be able to communicate the benefits of USBC membership.

CLICK HERE for the form.


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 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.

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.

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