New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Pennsylvania Man Captures PBA Eastern Challenge

Manalapan, N.J. (December 3, 2016) – Scott Denlinger of Lancaster, Pa., defeated Tommy Dakouvanos of Belford, N.J., 209-188, to win the Professional Bowlers Association MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge on Saturday. PBA Challenge events are open to any member or non-member who has never won a PBA event.
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Houston Bowler Rolls First 900 Series in the Lone Star State

ARLINGTON, Texas - If you're at Copperfield Bowl in Houston on a Thursday night during the bowling season, you'll likely run into Sean Osbourn.
But, it was an unexpected guest appearance at the center Monday that yielded a record-setting performance for the 24-year-old right-hander, who became the 29th bowler to roll three consecutive 300 games for a 900 series in United States Bowling Congress-certified competition.

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Open Championships Standout Shady Elected to USBC Hall of Fame

ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame will welcome Mike Shady of Fairview, Pennsylvania, in 2017 after his election by the USBC Hall of Fame Committee.
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Attention Local Association Leaders
Help Ensure the Future of the Sport
with Specially-Priced Youth Program Ads

NOVEMBER 15, 2016 -- The New York State USBC is committed to our youth bowlers -- awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships annually through tournament competition and scholastic achievement.

We're asking the state's local associations to participate in our effort to keep the sport of bowling alive and well by taking out a full-page ad -- at a discounted price -- in the NYS USBC Youth Team and Youth Pepsi program books for 2017.

The total cost for both ads -- if paid by Jan. 1 -- is only $100, which represents a $25 savings over the regular price.

All proceeds from these souvenir booklets will go toward scholarships for our young bowlers. Furthermore, bowlers throughout NYS will be able to see that your association understands that the future success of bowling depends upon increased youth participation.

Please scroll over the Youth tab and click on Youth Tournaments to download the program book ad forms. 

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

BVL Sponsoring Writing Contest for Students

NOVEMBER 14, 2016 -- The Bowlers to Veterans Link is sponsoring a writing contest for high school students who are USBC Youth members.

Students are encouraged to submit essays of at least 500 words based on the theme, "One Veteran's Story," by interviewing or relating the military service of a veteran in their life, and sharing their thoughts about their service and sacrifice.

First prize is 50 scholarship points and second and third prize is 10 scholarship points.

Entries should be submitted via the BVL website -- -- by Dec. 31. There is no fee to enter.

2017 Annual Meeting
to Take Place June 3
at Radisson Hotel Corning
Forms to be Emailed to Locals Next Week

UPDATE NOV. 14 -- The forms were emailed to local association managers this morning. Please acknowledge receipt of the materials by responding to the email from Association Manager Mike Pettinella.

NOVEMBER 7, 2016 – The New York State USBC is heading to the Crystal City for its 6th Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman announced today that negotiations with the Radisson Hotel Corning have been finalized, and that the yearly gathering of state and local association leaders will take place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 in the Steuben County city.

"We're thrilled that our Annual Meeting will be in Corning, at the Radisson – just a 15-minute walk from the world-famous Corning Museum of Glass, and a stone's throw from historic Market Street," Buckman said. "We're confident that our stay at the Radisson will be delightful and that everyone will have a great time."

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The Radisson Hotel Corning also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, June 2, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 3.

It is located at 125 Denison Pkwy E., Corning, NY, 14830, and the phone number is 607-962-5000.

Room rates are as follows, plus 12 percent tax:
Room with 1 Queen Bed: $125
Room with 1 King Bed: $135
Room with 2 Double Beds: $135
Room with 2 Queen Beds: $145

Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

Next week, the NYS USBC office will be emailing delegate forms to local association managers, who are asked to return these forms with a list of their representatives to the Annual Meeting no later than Jan. 15. Please return the delegates forms by U.S. mail or by scanning and emailing them to NYS USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY, 14020, or

Other attachments to the email will include:

-- A letter about the Annual Meeting and about serving on the NYS USBC Board of Directors.
-- A chart indicating the number of delegates each local association can send to the Annual Meeting. This chart has been posted on the Associations page of this website.
-- A resume form for those interested in running for a position on the NYS USBC Board of Directors. This form also can be downloaded by going to the Officers page of this website.

All registered delegates will have voice and voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

State Tournament Update
More Than 325 Teams Already
Signed Up for NYS Women

UPDATE -- DEC. 6, 2016

Six hotels in the Niagara Falls area have offered rooms for the NYS Women's Championships.

Reservations and entries for the 81st NYS Women's Championships next April and May at Tonawanda Bowling Center, not far from Niagara Falls, have been coming into the NYS USBC office at an impressive rate.

Through Nov. 26, 325 teams have signed up to participate in the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournament, which is scheduled for April 8-9, 21-23, 28-30, May 5-7, 19-21, 2017.

Paid entries for those who have reserved spots are due in the NYS USBC office by Dec. 1. Confirmations will be emailed beginning Dec. 1 in the order that paid entries were received.

CLICK HERE for a list of reservations (updated 12/6/16).

CLICK HERE for an updated hotel list, including those in the Niagara Falls area.

CLICK HERE to go to the Niagara USA tourism website.

Several squads are already full (provided the final entries match the reserved numbers):

April 29, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
April 30, 1 p.m.
May 20, 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
May 21, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

But, there are plenty of openings available for those who wish to bowl.

An update of the various NYS adult championship tournaments is as follows:


The 27th NYS Masters Championship is set for March 4, 2017, at Farmingdale Lanes on Long Island. Once again, a $2,500 first prize and paid entry to the 2018 USBC Masters awaits the winner of this scratch singles event.

As noted previously on this website, NYS USBC directors voted to allow NYS USBC youth members to compete in the tournament, with any prize winnings to go into their SMART (scholarship) accounts. The same holds true for the NYS Queens Championship on April 22, 2017, at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

Hotel information - Mention New York Masters

Days Inn Hicksville Long Island, 828 South Oyster Bay Rd. (I-495), Hicksville, NY 11801 -- $92.65 plus tax -- 516-433-1900

Days Inn Woodbury, 8030 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797-1204 -- $119 plus tax -- 516-921-8500


Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott (Binghamton area) will host the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events tournament, on April 22-23, 28-30, May 5-7, 19-21, 2017. Competition will take place on three Fridays to accommodate the expected amount of participants.

Although hotel rooms are limited on the weekend of May 19-21 (graduation weekend), the NYS USBC has secured rooms in the Binghamton area, and also in nearby Owego and Sayre, Pa.

Directors also approved a change in the average base for handicap purposes from 230 to 240, starting with the 2017 tournament. 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.

It's not too early for team captains to contact the NYS USBC office – or 585-343-3736 – to reserve your spots.


Eight entries have been received for the 2017 tournament in Niagara Falls.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entrants.

The entry fee was upped to $80 this year to offset the loss of a $2,000 contribution from the former NYS USBC Women's Bowling Association. The NYS USBC is hoping to attract a tournament sponsor.

Shannon Sellens of Long Island has won the Open Division for three straight years.

The field is limited to 150 bowlers – with a maximum of 75 bowlers on each squad. Squads will be assigned on a first-paid, first-served basis.

Competition takes place in Open and Classified (194-and-under) Divisions. All competition is scratch.

Entry forms for all the above tournaments and hotel information for the Women's and Open Championships can be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab.

NYS Open Senior
Three Men, Three Women
Capture 'Combine' Titles

UPDATE -- NOV. 7, 2016

Three men and three women claimed Six-Game Combine titles at the 38th NYS Open Senior Championships at Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

CLICK HERE for final official standings.

CLICK HERE for official prize list.

Prize checks will be going out in the mail this week.

The two-weekend tournament concluded on Oct. 23 with a full house of Doubles and Singles competition. Overall, the tourney drew 111 Doubles teams and 199 Singles, down slightly from last year's turnout in Fulton.

Nick Santis Sr. (Syracuse USBC BA), Howard Hunt (Adirondack USBC) and LeRoy Brady Jr. (Adirondack USBC) led the way in the Super Senior (75-and-over), Class A (70-74) and Class B (65-69) divisions, respectively.

Janet Argus (Columbia Greene USBC), Charlene Brandow (Columbia Greene USBC) and Michelle Duchowny (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA) led the way in the Class C (60-64), Class D (55-59) and Class E (50-54) divisions, respectively. Brandow also was the Class D champion in 2014.

All six will be eligible to represent the NYS USBC at the 2017 USBC Senior Championships Aug. 8-10 in Las Vegas.

DeSantis also placed first in Class A Doubles, teaming with Michael Savanovitch for 1,412 with handicap. Doubles divisions are based on the average age of the bowlers.

Brady won the Class B Singles with 761 and Duchowny, who entered with a 134 average, posted 529 scratch for a 788 total to win Class E Singles.

Leaders in all divisions are as follows. Plaques will be issued to champions in each of the divisions and age classifications.


Super Senior – Edward Lyon Sr. and John Underwood (Adirondack USBC), 1,284.
Class A – DeSantis Sr. and Savanovitch (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,412.
Class B – John Williams Sr. and Wyman Swinton (Jamestown Area USBC and Adirondack USBC), 1,309.
Class C – William Thompson Jr. and Raymond Textor (Jamestown Area USBC), 1,397.
Class D – Ronald Carrara and David Morgan (Adirondack USBC), 1,405.
Class E – Daniel Billington and Douglas Bohannon (Adirondack USBC), 1,328.


Super Senior – John Urban (Adirondack USBC), 688.
Class A – Richard Bzdak (Twin Tiers USBC), 686.
Class B – LeRoy Brady Jr. (Adirondack USBC), 761.
Class C – Ellen Marcantonio (Adirondack USBC), 748.
Class D – Lisa Mahar (Columbia Greene USBC), 723.
Class E – Michelle Duchowny (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), 788.


Super Senior – DeSantis Sr. (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,354.
Class A – Hunt (Adirondack USBC), 1,336.
Class B – Brady Jr. (Adirondack USBC), 1,423.
Class C – Argus (Columbia Greene USBC), 1,419.
Class D – Brandow (Columbia Greene USBC), 1,384.
Class E – Duchowny (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), 1,397.

The NYS USBC would like to thank the management and staff at Kingpin's Alley and the Adirondack USBC board of directors for their assistance.

Winners of the MOTIV bowling ball giveaways were Bill McGaffin (Schenectady USBC BA) and Jim Antkowiak (Greater Buffalo USBC).

The 2017 NYS Open Senior Championships will take place on Oct. 14-15, 21-22 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool (Syracuse).

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.

NYS USBC Championship Tournament Posters

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Adult tournament lineup

CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Youth tournament lineup 

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.

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