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FOUR-PEAT FOR SHANNON: A check presentation to Shannon Sellens of Long Island has become an annual ritual for the New York State USBC. On Saturday night, it was Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, having the honor of rewarding Sellens with the $1,050 first prize check at the 46th NYS Queens Championship at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.
Shannon Sellens Captures
Queens Open Division Title
for Fourth Straight Year;
Emens 1st in Classified
APRIL 22, 2017 -- Shannon Sellens of Copiague, Long Island claimed her fourth consecutive NYS Queens Open Division title on Saturday, defeating Amber Dominic of Latham, 216-172, in the title match of the 46th NYS Queens Championship at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.
Sellens joined Barbara Leicht-Bowers of Albany as the only four-time winner of the state's most prestigious women's scratch singles tournament and continued her domination of the event by leading all qualifiers with an 1,158 five-game score (a 231 average) on the challenging Kegel Tower of Pisa oil pattern.
Leicht-Bowers won the event in 1982, 1983, 1986 and 1992.
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In match play, the 34-year-old right-hander defeated Kristina Szczerbinski of Tonawanda, 203-181, and Emily Notebaert of Rochester, 259-191, to capture the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals.
With the victory, she earned $1,050, and another tiara and bracelet to add to her collection.
"I think I used a different ball every game (of the tournament)," said Sellens, who used a 900 Global Dream On in the title match. "I switch balls a lot to get the right feel."
Her strategy worked as she posted 210-244-221-224-259 in qualifying to outdistance No. 2 qualifier Laura Rotter of Schenectay, who posted 1,073.
A mortgage banker during the week, Sellens bowls in numerous tournaments and has her sights set on the USBC Queens in Baton Rouge in May.
Dominic, 24, won $650 as she reached the finals in only her second Queens appearance.
She made it to the title match with a 204-171 win over Michelle Sterner of Niagara Falls. Sterner had advanced with a 177-168 triumph over Alexandra Stein of Brooklyn.
Sterner won $475 for third and Stein made $325 for placing fourth.
The Open Division attracted 94 entrants -- with the top 16 advancing to match play and the top 23 cashing.
EMENS FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH!
In the Classified (194-and-under) Division, Amy Emens of Rochester won for the first time after a half-dozen top four finishes, including a second-place finish in 2003.
Emens topped No. 1 seed Donna Fitzpatrick of Buffalo, 151-128, for the $450 first prize, after eliminating Michelle Scioria of Rochester, 171-154, in the semifinal match.
"My nerves were a mess so it was hard to make consistent good shots," said Emens, who is on the IT support team for a Rochester law firm. "So it wasn't so much skill that got me the win, but luck."
Luck aside, Emens rolled 609 for the last three qualifying games to shoot 954, only nine pins behind Fitzpatrick, who topped the list of 25 participants in the Classified Division.
"During qualifying I followed my teammates Steph Alexander and Ruth Rose and they would tell me what they were experiencing on their pairs, which helped me adjust for my next game," the 43-year-old righty said.
"After starting with two 170 games, I watched Shannon Sellens' ball reaction so I slowed down my ball speed and relaxed my back swing and ended up finishing plus-9 for the last three games."
Scioria had advanced with a 175-126 win over Tina Becciu of East Syracuse. Fitzpatrick earned $275, Scioria $225 and Beccui $175.
Defending champion Dena Alberti of Rochester qualified in the sixth position before dropping her semifinal match to Scioria.
CLASSIFIED FINALISTS: Amy Emens, right, of Rochester took top honors in the Classified (194-and-under) Division on Saturday at the 46th NYS Queens Championship. Other stepladder finalists were, from left, Donna Fitzpatrick of Buffalo, Tina Becciu of East Syracuse and Michelle Scioria of Rochester.
OPEN DIVISION FINALISTS: Reaching the stepladder finals in the Open Division were, from left, Shannon Sellens, Amber Dominic, Michelle Sterner and Alexandra Stein.
Seamans Spins 300-298--815
to Spark Cardinal Lanes II Team
to Early Lead at NYS Open
April 25, 2017 – Led by Matt Seamans' opening squad 300-298—815, bowlers in the 93rd NYS Open Championships last weekend put up some prolific numbers at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott.
CLICK HERE for unofficial standings.
Seamans (Southern Tier USBC), in photo at right, sparked the Cardinal Lanes II team to a 3,709 score with handicap to take the lead after the first of four weekends of competition.
The 46-year-old Berkshire resident fired 23 of the first 24 strikes on Saturday before finishing with a 217 for the 815. It was his first perfect game and second 800 series, with the first 800 coming five nights earlier in league play at Cardinal Lanes in Newark Valley.
A contractor by trade, the right-hander said he used a Roto-Grip Loco on the Kegel High Street oil pattern.
During Sunday's Doubles & Singles action, Robert Combs Jr. (Syracuse USBC BA) rolled 300 to help him and partner, Chad Corcoran, post 1,511 – a good score but 102 pins off the pace set by Robert Yeomans and Scott Hasselbarth (Chen Del O USBC).
Yeomans, with a 154 entering average, shot 1,713 scratch for nine games (a 190 average) and leads Handicap All-Events with 2,409.
In Singles, Cody Arliss (Lake Ontario USBC), bowling with a group from Auburn USBC BA, leads the Handicap division with 829 (748 scratch). He entered with a 210 average.
Please note that all Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events scores are unofficial.
Other high scores included 299 games by Matt Chetney and Jim Zimmerman (both Syracuse USBC BA) and a 290 game by Mark MacBain (Syracuse USBC BA).
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Long Island Squad Takes Lead;
Szczerbinski Posts 2,188 A-E
at NYS Women's Championships
APRIL 26, 2017 – The Islanders No. 4 team (Long Island USBC) moved into the top spot in the 760-and-over Scratch Division over the weekend at the 81st NYS Women's Championships at Tonawanda Bowling Center.
CLICK HERE for unofficial standings through April 23.
In the 600-759 Handicap and 599-and-under Handicap divisions, Sunshine Girls II (Albany USBC) and SACK (Columbia Greene USBC) held on to their leads, respectively.
The weekend produced many high scores as participants in the NYS Queens on Saturday competed in the Women's Championships on Friday and Sunday.
Traci Spanitz (Rochester NY USBC) rolled a 300 game in the Team event – a little over a year after posting a perfect game in the 2016 NYS Queens in Rochester. She ended with a 757 series.
Hometown favorite Kristina Szczerbinski (Tonawandas USBC) recorded 706 in the Team event on Friday night and, coupled with her previous scores of 740 and 742 in Singles and Doubles, respectively, moved into first place in the 760-and-Over Scratch All-Events with 2,188.
Spanitz is second at 2,124 and Liz Kuhlkin (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA) is in third at 2,069.
The Islanders No. 4 team shot 2,696 – 23 pins better than Kenmore Lanes (Niagara Falls USBC WBA). Members of the L.I. team are Cristina Reale (661), Vonetta Joliffe (648), Dianna Molenko (751) and Alexandra Stein (636).
Other leaders after two of the tournament's five weekends:
380-and-over scratch – Jessica Aiezza and Liz Kuhlkin (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), 1,409.
300-379 handicap – Lynn Kistner and Shelly Fulton (Fulton USBC WBA), 1,306.
299-and-under handicap – Mabel Mills and Jo Ellen Saumier (Northern Adirondack USBC), 1,311.
380-and-over scratch – Kristina Szczerbinski (Tonawandas USBC), 742.
150-189 handicap – Rebekah Partridge (Hornell USBC), 763.
149-and-under handicap – Jenn Snow (Ithaca USBC), 697.
150-189 handicap – Kiamesha Philhower (Earlville USBC), 1,982.
149-and-under handicap – Connie Hulbert (Chen Del O USBC), 2,018.
Other high games: Reale 297, Courtney Radick (Syracuse USBC WBA), 280; Ruth Rose (Rochester NY USBC), 280; Laura Cestra (Long Island USBC), 279.
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NYS USBC Annual Meeting Information
Emailed to Delegates of Record This Week
APRIL 10, 2017 -- Delegates of record scheduled to attend the NYS USBC Annual Meeting on June 3 in Corning are advised to check their email Inboxes over the next few days for pertinent information about the meeting -- including Nominating and Legislative committee reports and Hall of Fame dinner reservation forms.
The meeting will take place at the Radisson Hotel Corning, beginning with a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.
For more about the Annual Meeting, scroll down for articles on this page.
Eight to Receive Spirit, Future Stars Awards
MARCH 24, 2017 – Eight youth bowlers have been selected to receive Spirit and Future Stars scholarship awards by the NYS USBC's Youth Education Services committee for 2016-17.
Spirit Awards are given to students in grades 8-11 who exhibit sportsmanship, commitment and leadership, as nominated by their youth bowling coaches.
Spirit Award winners:
1 -- McKinley Mulstay, Port Ewen, 10th grade, $750
2 -- Erin Blank, Mt. Marion, 10th grade, $500
3 -- Hunter Payne, Wellsville, 10th grade, $250
Future Stars Awards go to students in grades K-7 who were asked to submit (electronically) a bowling related photo ("selfie") with an appropriate caption explaining "Why I like to bowl!"
Future Stars Award winners:
1 -- Parker Boorom, Binghamton, 7th grade, $250
2t -- Keegan Alexander, Victor, 4th grade, $175
2t -- Jason Henze, New Hampton, 1st grade, $175
4 -- Brianna Mowry, Kingston, 3rd grade, $100
5 -- Mark Hammersley, Kingston, 4th grade, $50
The scholarships will be deposited into the students' SMART accounts through the USBC.
Scholarship awards to graduating seniors will be announced at a later date.
NYS USBC to Offer
Senior Masters Event
Lakeview Lanes in Fulton to Host
Scratch Singles Tournament on Nov. 4
MARCH 22, 2017 – The New York State USBC has added another state championship tournament to its late summer/early fall lineup of events for its men and women members age 50 and over.
The 1st NYS Senior Masters Championship, a scratch singles tourney offering a first prize of $1,200 (based on at least 80 entries), will take place on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
This one-day tournament comes on the heels of the 37th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships on Aug. 11-13, 18-20 at East Greenbush Bowling Center (Albany area) and the 39th NYS Open Senior Championships on Oct. 14-15, 21-22 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool (Syracuse area).
"Thanks to the efforts of a small group of men committed to advancing our sport and to several companies who have signed up to sponsor the tournament, we are pleased to be able to offer the New York State Senior Masters," said Roger Buckman, NYS USBC president.
Buckman was referring to a committee comprised of Martin Fichera of Syracuse, Mike Tryniski of Fulton, Russ Mills of Auburn, Sam Ventura of Norwich and NYS USBC Director Dennis O'Donnell of Auburn, working with NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, who developed the format for the tournament.
The tournament is being sponsored by Joe Bethmann of Bethmann Russell Financial Services in Syracuse, along with bowling ball companies Brunswick, MOTIV, Storm and Columbia 300.
The format features two four-game qualifying rounds (9:30 and 11:30 a.m.), with re-entry allowed, and followed by the top 16 competing in a single-elimination, two-game match play finals. The top 16 will include a guaranteed spot for a 60-and-over bowler, unless a 60-and-over bowler makes the cut outright.
The entry fee is $65.
For more details, go to the Tournaments page to download an entry form.
Entry forms for the NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships and the NYS Open Senior Championships also can be downloaded from the Tournaments page.
Both of those tournaments are handicap events, with divisions based on the bowlers' age.
Staten Island Youth to Receive
Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship
MARCH 7, 2017 -- Courtney Gervais of Staten Island, president of the New York State Youth Leaders and an honor student at Michael J. Petrides School, is one of five United States Bowling Congress Youth members selected to receive the Earl Anthony Memorial Scholarship in recognition of their community involvement and academic achievements.
Named in honor of bowling great Earl Anthony, who was dedicated to helping youth bowlers, the five scholarship recipients were selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee based on applications. Each of the youth bowlers selected will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
Gervais is a senior at Michael J. Petrides School and a member of the National Honor Society. She has taken AP classes in U.S. and world history, language and composition, biology, government and calculus, and holds a 4.0 GPA.
She is co-president of the Petrides Against Cancer Society, which plans, organizes and carries our fundraisers and events each school year, is editor of the student-run newspaper, a student government representative and has been involved in the school's musical production competition each year.
She is co-founder and secretary of the Staten Island Student Advocate Association, which works under the guidance of the Staten Island Borough President's Office to provide children the tools to deal with substance abuse, bullying or domestic violence.
She also is captain of the bowling team and was the Public School Athletic League individual champion in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Also selected were Taylor Ausec, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rachel Bamford, Rochester, N.H.; Eric Cowan, Rogersville, Mo., and Connor Jones, Madison, Miss.
Attention Ladies: Hotel Information
for 2017 Women's Senior Singles
is Posted on the Tournaments Page
CLICK HERE for a special website dedicated to this tournament, complete with much useful hotel, entertainment and other information about the Albany area.
NYS USBC YES Program
Funding Teaching Grants
to Hannibal, S.I. Schools
FEBRUARY 9, 2017 – The New York State USBC, through its Youth Education Services program and in conjunction with the International Bowling Campus, is awarding grants to two schools in its ongoing effort to promote the sport of bowling to young people.
In-School Bowling Grants, in the amount of $1,200 each, will be going to Fairley Elementary School in Hannibal and to Public School 11 in Staten Island.
The equipment purchased through the grant consists of six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with a teaching curriculum.
Five years ago, the NYS USBC partnered with the Bowling Foundation and YES fund to fund these types of grants for New York schools demonstrating the need.
Three other New York State schools are receiving similar grants via funding by the IBC. They are Tremont Elementary School in Medford, Nathaniel Rochester Community School 3 in Rochester and Andrew Jackson Elementary School 145 in Brooklyn.
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NYS Open Championships
About 225 Teams Signed Up
for Tournament in Endicott
APRIL 4, 2017 -- While squads are either full or filling up fast on the first three weekends, plenty of "prime times" are available for the tournament's final weekend -- May 19-21 -- at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott (Binghamton area).
As an added incentive, Ideal Bowling Center is offering a $100 "rebate" to the top team on the three Team squads on May 19 and May 21, as long as there are a minimum of eight teams per squad.
Bowlers within an hour's drive of Endicott are encouraged to sign up for the last weekend, during which hotel rooms are limited due to graduation weekend. However, the NYS USBC has secured many rooms at hotels in Sayre, Pa. -- only 30 miles from Ideal Bowling Center right off Route 17 -- at a great rate of $99 per night.
The hotels are the Best Western Grand Victorian Inn -- 570-888-7711 -- and the Comfort Inn -- 570-888-1110. Just mention NYS Bowling Tournament when booking your rooms to get the preferred rate.
Also, check with the Candlewood Suites in Vestal, which has blocked off rooms for NYS bowlers -- 607-770-0007.
The following squads are full:
Sunday, April 23 -- 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. D/S squads.
Saturday, April 29 -- all three D/S squads.
Friday, May 5 -- 8 p.m. D/S squad.
Saturday, May 6 -- 3 p.m. Team squad.
Sunday, May 7 -- both D/S squads.
Saturday, May 20 -- 2 p.m. D/S squad.
There is plenty of room on two Fridays (April 28 and May 19) as well, with Team squads set for 4 p.m. and D/S squads scheduled for 8 p.m.
Note, squad time changes -- Friday, April 28 -- 1 squad only at 6 p.m.
The tournament oil pattern will be the Kegel Recreation pattern -- High Street.
CLICK HERE for updated hotel information as of 3/29/17.
Note: We have secured 10 rooms for Friday 5/19 and Saturday 5/20 at Candlewood Suites in Vestal at $175 per night.
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.
Contact the NYS USBC office – firstname.lastname@example.org or 585-343-3736 – to reserve your spots. Remember, fully paid entries must be received in the NYS USBC office at least a week before the requested competition date.
Kinyon, DiFlorio, Sheridan,
Ashby to be Inducted
into NYS Hall of Fame
UPDATE -- APRIL 24, 2017
CLICK HERE FOR NYS USBC HALL OF FAME DINNER ORDER FORM
To purchase tickets for the NYS USBC Hall of Fame Dinner on June 3, send a check for $45 for each dinner -- made out to NYS USBC -- to NYS USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020, no later than May 15.
Dinner choices are as follows: Prime Rib, Roasted Salmon or Artichoke & Roasted Red Pepper Turnover. Please indicate the dinner choice next to the person's name.
See article on Annual Meeting and hotel information below.
DECEMBER 19, 2016 – Three Central New Yorkers and a Western New Yorker have been deemed worthy of induction into the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame.
In voting by the NYS USBC awards committee, Gary Kinyon of Lockport and Roseann DiFlorio of Syracuse were selected in the Superior Performance category while Peter Sheridan of Cortland and Joan Ashby of Auburn were chosen in the Meritorious Service category.
They will be inducted at the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Corning, 125 Denison Pkwy E., Corning, NY 14830.
Bill Fortino and Brad Buckert, both of Rochester, also will be honored that evening. Fortino, general manager of Bowl-A-Roll Lanes, was selected to receive the Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award while Buckert, coach of the Rochester Institute of Technology bowling team, was selected to receive the Service to Youth Award.
Kinyon is a two-time NYS tournament champion – having won the Open scratch all-events title in 1989 and the Open Senior Class E doubles title in 2013, and has compiled numerous tournament victories, league awards and honor scores over 40-plus years as a USBC member.
His tournament titles include the Tri-City Masters three times, the Western New York Senior Masters four times, and singles wins in the Domm's Open, Mancuso's Open, Mount Morris Lanes Open, Oak Orchard Open, 60-and-Over Tour and Cascio's 40-and-Over Tour. He also has many Greater Buffalo, Lockport and Tonawandas USBC association tournament titles.
A Greater Buffalo and Lockport USBC Hall of Famer, Kinyon has recorded 59 300 games, a dozen 299 games and 35 800 series, including a high of 288-280-300—868 in January 2006 at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls. He also has a 300-300-256--856 series, highlighted by the first 31 strikes.
He has averaged 200 or better every year since 1984, with a high average of 238 in 2009-10.
Kinyon is a regular participant in NYS championship tournaments and has competed in 37 ABC/USBC Open Championships, starting in 1977 and continuing to this day.
DiFlorio has two NYS Women's Championship victories to her credit as a member of the first-place team in 1992 and 2010, and has placed in the top 20 at the state tournament at least 10 times in team, doubles, singles and all-events. She also has a fifth-place finish in the NYS Queens Championship.
A Syracuse USBC WBA Hall of Famer, she won that association's Queens scratch tournament four times (1990, 1993, 2011 and 2014). Her league titles include the Tbird Ladies Classic, Bowl-Mor Doubles and Erie Ladies Classic.
Bowling with partner Tina Fabrizio, DiFlorio placed second in the nation with a 536 two-woman team game in 2011 and set a Syracuse city record for two-woman series of 1,567 – with DiFlorio posting 789.
DiFlorio has compiled five perfect games, four 299 games, and three 800 series – with a high of 813 in December 2015 -- and has carried an average of 200 or more for more than 20 years, with 226 (2003-04) being her best.
Sheridan has been involved in the Cortland (now Seven Valley USBC) bowling scene for more than 50 years as an active league and association officer and director, proprietor, tournament promoter and youth program coordinator.
For his tireless efforts, he was honored by a half-dozen league sportsmanship awards and, in 1976, received the association's prestigious Rol Randall Award.
A member of the Cortland and Seven Valley Halls of Fame, Sheridan served as president of the bowling council for eight years. local association secretary for 10 years and was honored by having the Junior Bowler of the Year award named after him.
As proprietor of Recreation Lanes, he hosted several PBA Senior Regional tournaments, along with state BPA and VFW events. He is credited with building the local association's Hall of Fame ceremony through attracting notable guest speakers and the inception of a program book to cover expenses.
Today, he continues to bowl in a weekly senior men's league.
Ashby has been a key figure in Auburn women's bowling for more than 30 years, including the past six as president of the Auburn USBC WBA.
Her credits include being a life member of the Les Dames de 700 Bowling Club, charter member of the NYS 700 Club (she is the current vice president), member of the NSY Bowling Writers Association, tournament director of the Auburn Citizen Masters and secretary of the Auburn women's classic league.
A former WIBC national teller's committee member, Ashby has attending more than 30 ABC/USBC conventions, and just as many New York State annual meetings.
Ashby was inducted into the Auburn Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1994. She has a high game of 296 and high series of 747.
Fortino has been a "friend" to the NYS USBC for four decades as host of state tournaments, and meetings (at no charge) and as a proponent of the importance of USBC certification.
His efforts at last year's NYS Women's Championship (doubles & singles) – including his work with the Rochester visitors' bureau and local hotels -- were well received by NYS USBC leaders and by the bowlers.
A Syracuse native, Fortino places a high priority on customer service, and makes it a point to know all of his bowlers by name. He runs numerous programs for youth and open bowlers, including nightly specials and discounts.
Buckert, owner of Begin'rs to Pro's pro shop with two locations in Rochester, has devoted much of his time to youth bowling over the past 20-plus years, starting as a youth coach at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes and progressing to the coach of the intercollegiate bowling team at RIT.
He and Jack Moran, proprietor of Roseland Bowl in Canandaigua, started the Youth Bowlers Tour in the Rochester area and have coordinated a program that has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships over the past 10 years.
Buckert has served as assistant coach at Greece Athena High School (which won the state championship in 2004), organized the first Junior Sport League in the nation at Clover Lanes, earning recognition from Bowlers International magazine, coordinated the Junior Gold tournament, served as a Rochester USBC Youth Association director, and coordinated the New York State Teen Masters qualifiers.
He also worked for the USBC at the 2012 Junior Gold Championships in Indianapolis, and organized the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo at Clover Lanes in 2014.
2017 Annual Meeting
to Take Place June 3
at Radisson Hotel Corning
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.
In November (and again in December), the NYS USBC office emailed delegate forms to local association managers, who were asked to return these forms with a list of their representatives to the Annual Meeting no later than Jan. 15.
Other attachments to the email included:
-- 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.
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. Back to Top