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Attention:
Women's Championships
Team Captains

APRIL 1, 2015 -- All captains of teams signed up to bowl in the NYS Women's Championships that have members with no averages from the 2013-14 season are requested to contact the NYS USBC office right away to provide the bowlers' highest averages for this season.

Per rules of the tournament, which gets under way on April 10 at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse, bowlers with no averages from last season are required to use their highest USBC-certified average for this season --  2014-15 -- as of April 1, 2015 -- today. Failure to provide correct averages -- including documentation -- will result in the bowler having to use a 190 average and receive no handicap.

Currently, there are 65 teams that fall into this category. Please call Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at 585-343-3736 to complete the application process.


USBC Selects New York Youth
as Zeb Scholarship Recipient

MARCH 12, 2015 -- Christopher Kenny of Garnerville, New York, has been selected to receive the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Annual Zeb Scholarship.

INDUSTRY UNITES TO LAUNCH NATIONWIDE YOUTH INITIATIVE
Click on Youth tab for details.

The award recipient must be a USBC Youth member who is a junior or senior in high school, has strong academic success and has given back to their community through service. The winner is selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as this year’s Annual Zeb Scholarship winner,” Kenny said. “It is a humbling feeling to have been selected with the criteria of being a young bowler, working hard academically and giving back to my community through service.  These are three very important parts of my life.”

Kenny is a senior at North Rockland High School and has taken Advanced Placement courses in physics, literature and composition, world history and American history. He has received several scholastic honors, is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.3 grade-point average based on a 4.0 scale.

He is a member of the Academic League, Alternative Energy Club, Drama Society, New York State Math League and Science Olympiad.

Much of his community service has been through Teens Connected by Christ, his youth group at church, where he has been involved in the planning and leadership of the group for more than two years, and as an Eagle Scout. He has more than 200 hours of community service with Teens Connected by Christ that included the Breakfast Run and Midnight Run programs, trips into New York City to deliver food and clothing to the homeless.

His Eagle Scout project was the renovation and organization of a room at Immaculate Conception Parish that was allocated to the Midnight Run program.

As the Annual Zeb Scholarship winner, Kenny will receive a $2,500 scholarship and an expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Junior Gold Championships, set for July 11-17 in Dupage County, Illinois.


Adult Tournament Roundup

Open Championships Taking Entries
Women: 500 Teams; Queens: 127 Entries

UPDATE -- MARCH 30, 2015

The New York State USBC has put together another great tournament package for its adult members.

CLICK HERE to view the tournament posters.

To download entry forms, please click on the Tournaments tab.

Following is a capsule look at the championship tournaments on the 2014-15 schedule:

91st NYS Open, April 11-May 3The 91st NYS Open Championships have been moved to AMF Airport Lanes in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga as a result of the Jan. 4 closing of the nearby AMF Thruway Lanes. AMF Airport Lanes has 66 lanes, more than enough to accommodate our Team, Doubles and Singles competition.

A revised entry form can be found by going to the Tournaments page of this website.  Bowlers can also use the previous entry form, since the dates and squads are still the same (except that the 6 p.m. Doubles/Singles squad on Saturday, May 2 has been pushed back to 7 p.m.).

NOTE: The D/S squad at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 is full.

The lane condition will be STONE STREET, a Kegel Recreational oil pattern.

Please go to Tournaments page to view a list of hotels and rates.

79th NYS Women, April 10-May 17 More than 500 paid entries have been received for the tournament, which is set for AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in the Syracuse suburb of Mattydale. Dates are April 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, May 15-17.

CLICK HERE to view a special web page created by the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Also, Dave & Busters at Destiny USA in Syracuse is offering discounts to groups of 10 or more.  IIf booked at least 1 week in advance, they will offer 20% off the package as well us discounted add-ons to your Power Cards.  Call 315-401-3706 to make your reservations.

Please click on the Tournaments tab for a list of hotels in the Syracuse area.

Following are squad time changes (different from the entry form):
-- Sunday, April 26 (Doubles & Singles Only) -- 2:30 p.m. instead of 1:30 p.m.
For that weekend, Team bowling is only on Saturday, April 25.
-- Friday, April 10 -- (Team and Doubles & Singles) -- One squad only at 6:30 p.m., eliminating the 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. squads.

Competition will take place in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events in three separate divisions (two handicap and one scratch), based on team and individual averages. Please note that the 10-pin rule will be in effect (as of 4/1/15). The oil pattern will be the AMF Strike 'N Spare house shot.

44th NYS Queens, April 18We have received 127 entries for the Queens, which is running in conjunction with the NYS Women's Championships. The 2015 Queens will take place at Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, with qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and noon. Semifinals and stepladder finals will follow.

We will be using lanes 3-24 for the tournament; lanes 1-2 will be used only in case of a lane breakdown.

CLICK HERE for a final list (pending substitutions, withdrawals) of paid entries and squad times.

There are 93 entries in the Open Division and 34 in the Classified (194-and-Under) Division.

The lane condition will be ROUTE 66, a Kegel Challenge Series oil pattern.

Competition is broken into two divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-Under) – with one in four bowlers cashing in each division. This tournament is SMART approved.


MASTERS FINALISTS: Tom Solimine Jr., center, placed first in the 25th NYS Masters Championship on Saturday night at Spare Time Latham, winning $2,000 and a paid entry to the 2016 USBC Masters. At left is runner-up John Bickel of Slingerlands and at right is tourney sponsor Ron Gardner of Gardner Excavating in Troy. Photo by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager and tournament director.

NYS Masters

Solimine Jr. Tops Bickel for Title;
Tourney Draws Record 153 Entries

MARCH 9, 2015 -- LATHAM – Tom Solimine Jr. captured the 25th NYS Masters title on Saturday night at Spare Time Latham by defeating local favorite John Bickel, 387-341, in the two-game championship match to claim the $2,000 first prize plus a paid entry and $200 expense money to the 2016 USBC Masters.

Click on the Tournaments tab – 25th NYS Masters Championship – for a detailed report along with qualifying and match play stats.

Solimine, a NYS USBC league bowler out of Westchester County, rolled 187 and 200 in the finals, after knocking off defending champion Alex Cavagnaro of Long Island, 476-418, in the semifinals. Last year, Solimine, a Danbury, Ct. resident, lost to Cavagnaro in the final match at the Masters in Newburgh.

This year’s event drew 153 entries to the Albany area – the most ever in its history – and paid out more than $10,000 to the 32 bowlers who made it to the match play rounds.

The tournament was contested on the challenging WTBA Seoul oil pattern, which yielded five-game squad cuts of plus-6 on the 9:30 squad (12 of 57 bowlers advanced) and minus-14 on the 1:30 squad (20 of 96 bowlers advanced).

Bickel earned $1,000 for placing second.

Cavagnaro and Shannon Sellens, also of Long Island, each won $600 for making it to the semis. Sellens' 3rd-4th place finish is believed to be the best for a woman in NYS Masters history. She will be defending her NYS Queens Open Division title next month in Syracuse.

Brian Le Clair of Delmar was the high qualifier with 1,179, which included a 299 game.


NYS USBC to Induct Four
into State Bowling Hall of Fame

Howell, Orr to Receive Service Awards

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 – Patti TeNyenhuis of Saugerties, Ron Priester of Delmar, Jane Abraham of Oswego and Marcel Fournier of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Rochester are the 2015 inductees into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame.

TeNyenhuis and Priester will be enshrined into the Superior Performance categories while Abraham and Fournier will go into the Meritorious Service category.

The NYS USBC also has selected Nancy Howell of Kingston to receive the Service to Youth Award and Betty Lou Orr of Wells to receive the Service to Bowling/Community Award.

All six will be honored at the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards banquet at 7 p.m. May 30 at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

The hotel phone number is 315-432-0200. Room rate for NYS Delegates and guests is $111 per night plus tax.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 each and can be obtained by contacting Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at 585-343-3736 or bowlny300@yahoo.com. The deadline to obtain tickets is May 15.

Please click on the Hall of Fame tab for more about this year’s honorees.


Seven Candidates on Slate
for Annual Meeting Elections
Delegates Asked to Pre-Register
for Workshop on May 31st

JANUARY 26, 2015 – The Nominating Committee of the New York State USBC has compiled a slate of Board of Director candidates for the 2015 NYS USBC Annual Meeting on May 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse. The Annual Meeting will commence at 1 p.m., following a Memorial Service (which begins at 12:30 p.m.).

Delegates will consider the following:

-- President, Roger Buckman (Rochester USBC BA), current Vice President.

-- Sergeant-at-Arms, Liz DeHart (Staten Island USBC), current Sergeant-at-Arms.

-- Adult Directors, Robert Kaverman (Jamestown Area USBC), current director; Betty K. Kingsley (Rochester USBC WBA), current director; Michael Pucino (Rochester USBC BA), new. Delegates will be voting for three Adult Directors.

-- Youth Directors, Mike Callan (Rochester USBC BA), current director; Thomas Clinton (Staten Island USBC), current youth committee member. Delegates will be voting for two Youth Directors.

Go to the Officers page to view the slated candidates resumes.

Anyone wishing to be nominated from the floor must have a signed resume to Betty K. Kingsley, Nominating Committee chair, at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Annual Meeting.

The Nominating Committee recommends the NYS USBC President and Association Manager be elected as Delegates to the 2016 USBC Convention with the NYS USBC Vice-President and Sergeant-at-Arms as Alternate Delegates.

CLICK HERE for a list of local associations that have returned their delegates forms to the NYS USBC office.  Note that 51 out of 110 NYS local associations returned their delegate forms and will have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

WORKSHOP TO ADDRESS KEY TOPICS

The NYS USBC has put together a workshop for its delegates on Sunday, May 31st from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Delegates planning to attend the free workshop need to pre-register by contacting Tom Solimine at solimine2000@aol.com no later than May 1st.

Topics to be discussed include an overview of NYS championship tournaments, opportunities for youth bowlers, an inside look at the NYS Youth Leaders program, effective use of social media and recruitment of NYS USBC board members. The agenda will be included in the mid-April mailing to registered delegates.


Giving Back

DONATION TO ROSWELL PARK: The New York State USBC, on behalf of its members who donated to charitable causes at the 2013-14 state tournaments and other NYS USBC functions, presented a check last week for $10,000 to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo for research in the areas of breast cancer, prostate cancer and juvenile cancer. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Carmen Evans, a longtime Buffalo bowler and breast cancer survivor; NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, Julia Harvey of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, and Greater Buffalo USBC President Greg Merkle. The NYS USBC also donated $10,000 to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and $2,000 to BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link).


Youth Leader Award Applications
Can Be Found on 'Youth' Page

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 -- The New York State Youth Leaders have revised their applications for their four major awards -- Coach of the Year, Bridging of the Gap (Adult), Bridging of the Gap (Youth) and Youth Leader of the Year.

To download these applications, please click on the Youth tab.


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