New York State USBC Bowling Association News
New Yorker Britaney Myers Named to All-American Team

ARLINGTON, Texas – The 2015-2016 Dexter/United States Bowling Congress All-American Team includes a national award winner, a national youth champion and a returning member of the team.
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Weber Makes History with Win at USBC Senior Masters

LAS VEGAS - Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, made history Sunday at Sam's Town Bowling Center by winning the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters to become the first player with five Professional Bowlers Association 50 Tour titles in a season.
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SMART Releases $450,000 in Income Earnings Distribution

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 16, 2016 – An income earnings distribution of $450,000 to providers' funds recently was made by the Scholarship Management and Accounting Reports for Tenpins (SMART) Corporation Board of Directors.
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'Find-A-Member' to Become
A Members-Only Benefit

JUNE 17, 2016 -- The Find-A-Member search application available on BOWL.com will become a members-only benefit on July 6.

Currently available to anyone through BOWL.com, Find A Member will be placed behind a protected login and accessible only to USBC members. USBC already uses logins for the BOWL.com Mobile application and on the BOWL.com website to access the Sub Boards for the Open and Women's Championships.

If you already are a USBC member and have created a login for BOWL.com or the Mobile app, starting July 6 you can access Find A Member simply by using the same email address login/password you already use.

If you are a USBC member who has not created a login, go to BOWL.com and click the "Login" button at the top of the page or go here. Every member will be required to log in with a unique email address and must have a birthday on file with USBC to authenticate the account.

USBC membership is required to create a login, so anyone seeking to use Find A Member must be a USBC member. Also, a grace period is set for USBC members so they will not have any disruption from season to season while memberships are processed or if a member's league is later in the season.

Those who do not hold USBC membership can purchase a membership online. But they should be aware that if they are a new member, or their membership expired more than a season ago, after purchasing a membership online they will not be able to create BOWL.com login until the next business day, after their online purchase has been processed.

Once logged in, users may stay logged in from the same device without re-entering a password each time they visit.

Please be sure to pass along this information any individuals you know who might currently use Find a Member.


NYS Open Championships
Troy USBC Team Places First;
Syracuse, Kingston, Buffalo,
Schenectady Bowlers Triumph

JUNE 16, 2016 – Mastropietro Concrete (Troy USBC) captured the Handicap Team first prize of $3,350 at the 92nd NYS Open Championships, which took place from April 16 through May 15 at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

"We've been bowling for quite some time, and never really won too much," said Marc Scelsi, team captain.

Scelsi's teammates were John Zecca, John Ellison, Michael Scelsi (his father) and Jason Mastropietro, who had to be replaced after the first game due to an arm injury. Ed Horvath Sr. of Utica filled in and the team posted 3,617 with handicap on the tournament's opening weekend.

The score held up, edging Bowlievers (New York City USBC) by seven pins. The tournament drew 229 teams – 29 more than last year.

CLICK HERE for final standings. Local association designations after the team or bowlers' names indicate the association of the contact person on the entry.

CLICK HERE for the prize list. Checks were mailed earlier this week.

Checks were mailed to the people that were designated as the contact for the team(s). Please be advised that checks must be cashed or deposited within 30 days or they will be void. The NYS USBC is not obligated to re-issue checks that have not been cashed during that time frame.

Other event champions are as follows:

Scratch Team – El Paso Delay (Rochester USBC), 3,547. This is the team's second straight scratch title, and Steve Meyer's third straight. Other members are Dan Vick, Sarah Germano, Derek Magno and William Hasiotis.

Handicap & Scratch DoublesR.J. Blanchard and Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA) led the way with 1,541 – all scratch – to lead both divisions. They split $1,650.

Handicap SinglesPaul Scism Jr. (Kingston NY USBC BA) topped the list with 826 – 810 scratch – to earn the $800 first prize.

Scratch SinglesAnthony Palumbo (Schenectady USBC BA) rolled 822 scratch to place first. He won $700 as his score was the second best in the Handicap division.

Handicap All-EventsGeorge Johnson (Kingston NY USBC BA) posted 2,331 with handicap – 2,187 scratch – to claim the $400 first prize.

Scratch All-EventsMichael Zarcone (Greater Buffalo USBC) earned a paid entry to the 2017 USBC Masters by virtue of his 2,294 score, which was seven pins more than hometown favorite Ray Cyr Jr. Zarcone's total was second in the Handicap division, earning him $300.


NYS Women's Championships
Schenectady-Scotia, Jamestown,
Greater Buffalo Teams Place 1st;
Spanitz Tops in All-Events at 2,186

JUNE 16, 2016 – Make it a "three-peat" for Helen Waite (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA) as her team captured first place in Division I (760-and-Over Scratch) for the third straight year at the 80th NYS Women's Championships.

Waite, Laura Rotter, Deb Capullo and Carol Crandall combined for a 2,850 score to beat out 35 other scratch teams and win the $940 first prize at the 80th annual tournament at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes in Rochester.

Doubles and singles competition took place at Bowl-A-Roll Lanes. The tournament ran for five weekends, starting on April 9 and ending on May 15.

In Division II (600-759 Handicap), Jamestown Bowling 3 placed first with 2,674, winning $1,400. Team members are Theresa Jackson, Jennifer Peters, Kate Foti and Chelsey Mee.

In Division III (599-and-Under Handicap), Pierce Milling (Greater Buffalo USBC) led the way with 2,527, good for $1,300. Team members are Amanda Wielkie, Kathleen Wilson, Jaime Ann Bray and Staci Ward.

CLICK HERE for final standings. Local association designations after the team or bowlers' names indicate the association of the contact person on the entry.

CLICK HERE for the prize list. Checks were mailed earlier this week. Please be advised that checks must be cashed or deposited within 30 days or they will be void. The NYS USBC is not obligated to re-issue checks that have not been cashed during that time frame.

Other event champions are as follows:

Doubles:

Division I – Kara Struffolino and Jessica Aiezza (Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA), 1,508, for their second straight title.
Division II – Nicole Esposito and Courtney Radick (Fulton USBC WBA), 1,472.
Division III – Gloria Rodriguez and Lori Holcomb (Wayne Co USBC WBA), 1,348.

Singles:

Division I – Suzanne Morine (Albany USBC), 791.
Division II – Deanna Rose (Rochester USBC WBA), 771.
Division III – Christine Angus (Johnstown USBC WBA) and Clara Seyfarth (Kingston USBC WBA), 712, tie.

All-Events:

Division I – Traci Spanitz (Rochester USBC WBA), 2,186.
Division II – Stephanie Piechuta (Auburn USBC WBA), 2,028.
Division III – Lori Kimmes (Tri-County NY USBC), 2,009.


NYS Open Senior Championships
Set for Oct. 15-16, 22-23 in S. Glens Falls

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

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.


Attention Senior Ladies:
Entries Close July 1
for Event in Corning

JUNE 7, 2016 -- It's not too late to enter the 2016 Women's Senior Singles Championships, set for Aug. 19-21, 26-28, at Crystal Lanes in Corning.

Plenty of openings exist on the first weekend, especially the noon squad on Saturday, Aug. 20. Participants bowl three games on one day and three games on the next. Competition takes place in six age classifications, starting at age 50.

The noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. squads on Saturday, Aug. 27 are full.

More than 500 women have signed up thus far.

For squad availability, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at bowlny300@yahoo.com or 585-343-3736,

For those who have already entered, email confirmations will be going out beginning this week.

CLICK HERE FOR HOTEL INFORMATION. 


NYS USBC Annual Meeting
Mark Scuderi, Dan Solimine
to Join Board of Directors

JUNE 5, 2016 – Delegates at the 5th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC approved four pieces of legislation Saturday (June 4), including a key measure that increased term limits for Directors and Officers.

Action by the 133 voting delegates at the gathering at The Radisson Albany set the stage for a six-person ballot for three Adult Director positions – and resulted in the election of incumbent Corinthia Ward (New York City USBC) and newcomers Mark Scuderi (Rochester USBC BA), photo top right, and Dan Solimine (Westchester County USBC), photo bottom right, to the board.

Please go to the Youth page for a photo of the NYS Youth Leaders' flag presentation.

Ward received 87 votes, Scuderi 81 and Solmine 70 to outpoll Lauren Sutton (Tonawandas USBC), Michelle Duchowny (Troy USBC Youth) and Jonathan Burke (Mid-Hudson USBC), who garnered 54, 52 and 38 votes, respectively. Sutton was a slated candidate while Duchowny and Burke ran from the floor.

Incumbent Youth Directors Thomas Solimine Sr. (Westchester County USBC), Dan's father, and A.S. "Doc" Doctorow (Long Island USBC) ran again for the two open seats and were elected by voice vote.

Vice President Liz DeHart (Staten Island USBC) ran unopposed and also was elected by voice vote.

All new terms commence on August 1.

Ward and Solimine Sr. were able to run for election this year from the floor due to the delegates' unanimous approval of legislation forwarded by the NYS USBC Board of Directors to immediately extend term limits of Directors (Amendment No. 3) and Officers (Amendment No. 4) from a maximum of three two-year terms to a maximum of four two-year terms. Otherwise, both longtime NYS bowling board members would have "termed out."

NYS USBC board members proposed the legislation in an effort to sustain a continuous membership on the board, in light of a lack of candidates in recent years.

Delegates also approved two other amendments to the bylaws:

-- Amendment No. 1 which gives local associations more time to submit their lists of delegates to the NYS USBC office – moving the deadline from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15;

-- Amendment No. 2 which will require those wishing to run for a position on the board from the floor to submit their resumes to the Nominating Committee at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting. Previously, those potential candidates had until 24 hours before the Annual Meeting to submit their qualifications.

USBC President Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island addressed the delegates, reminding them to be proud of bowling -- the largest participation sport -- and to support the national governing body's efforts to keep up with the changes in society.

"We're challenged every day to operate our business in different ways," he said. "We strive to be smarter and more efficient, focusing on core competencies such as technology, youth development, championship tournaments, membership value and marketing."

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman thanked the delegates, the Board of Directors and Association Manager Mike Pettinella for their efforts, and encouraged everyone to recruit new bowlers to lift the NYS USBC from its position as the second-largest merged association in the nation to the largest.


NYS USBC Hall of Fame
Kress, Asmuth, LaSpina,
Clinton-Jensen Inducted

JUNE 5, 2016 – Humility and thankfulness were on full display Saturday night (June 4) as Tommy Kress of Hilton, Bambi Asmuth of Rochester, John LaSpina of Long Beach and Margaret "Penny" Clinton-Jensen of Staten Island were inducted into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame.

Eighty-six people attended the dinner at The Radisson Albany, an event that also included the presentation of service awards to Fran Piraino of Syracuse (Service to Bowling/Community) and Mike Callan of Rochester (Service to Youth).

Kress and Asmuth were inducted into the Superior Performance category while LaSpina and Clinton-Jensen were enshrined in the Meritorious Service category.

To view photos of the honorees, please go to the Hall of Fame page.

All of the recipients, supported by their family members and friends, expressed their gratitude and thanked the numerous people who helped them along the way.

Clinton-Jensen was recognized for her contributions to youth bowling over the past 30 years. Her positions at the state level have included secretary-treasurer of the NYS Young American Bowling Alliance, New York State Bowling Council and (currently) of the NYS USBC Youth Committee.

Her efforts have helped grow youth bowling and scholarship programs in Staten Island and in New York State.

"It's truly an honor to be inducted (into the state Hall of Fame), and I'm especially proud of my three sons and six grandchildren – all of whom are bowlers," she said.

LaSpina, proprietor of four bowling centers in the New York/Long Island area and another in Florida, has made his mark as a leader of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and as a staunch advocate for the Bowlers to Veterans Link. Through his dedicated service, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to the charity.

A 2002 Victor Lerner Memorial Medal winner (BPAA Hall of Fame), LaSpina encouraged those in attendance to support those who have given us the "freedom to be able to enjoy the sport of bowling."

Asmuth, who said she was "proud and honored to be joining this elite group of bowlers," talked about the passion for the sport and competitive attitude she acquired as she progressed through the junior ranks to adult league and tournament play.

"Three things stand out for me – my first 300 game, my Rochester Queens victory with my dad watching me bowl and tonight, this is No. 3," she said.

A consistent 200-plus average bowler with seven 300 games, Asmuth's other accomplishments include several Rochester WBA scoring records – high three-player team series (2,165); two-player team series (1,447); four-player team game (962), and three-player team game (773).

Kress, a 2009 inductee into Rochester's Frontier Field Walk of Fame and a former professional bowler, said he was both "honored and humbled" to be inducted.

"Who would have thought a tall, skinny kid with the worst Afro in the world and a backswing that didn't pass my ankles would have made it (to the NYS Hall of Fame)?" he said.
Kress won nearly 20 singles tournaments from 1975-2005, including three Bowl-Inn titles in Buffalo and the 1979 Ideal Open in Endicott, which listed a field of 500 bowlers.

On the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, he placed second in two national events, including the 1985 ABC Masters in Tulsa, Okla., and rolled six of his 22 perfect games on the PBA Tour.

He said his "reward" for defeating Earl Anthony by 96 pins in a four-game match at the 1985 Masters was to then face Pete Weber in another four-game match.

"I remember needing a strike in the 10th frame to beat him and happened to make the best shot I ever threw," he said. "I ran it out across three lanes and slid ... I don't even remember doing it. When I see Pete now, I don't bring that up."

Callan was honored for his prominent role in youth bowling administration and coaching in the Rochester area and as a NYS USBC Region 2 director responsible for the promotion of the state Youth Team and Youth Pepsi championship tournaments.

He recently was elected president of the newly-merged Rochester NY USBC.

Piraino, known as "the bowling writer" in Syracuse and Central New York, has covered the sport of bowling for nearly 20 years, both as a reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers and as a free-lance journalist.

She has been awarded for her writing by the International Bowling Media Association, New York State Bowling Writers Association and the USBC.


USBC to Send Out Documents
to Assist Non-Merged Associations

MAY 26, 2016 -- To assist associations through the merger process, USBC will be sending all non-merged associations and state association a packet, which includes all the documents necessary to complete the merger process.

Additional documents with helpful process guides and answers to common questions will be included as well. Associations should begin receiving the packets within the next week or two.

Please be sure to review these with your board of directors and if further questions exist, feel free to contact the Association Development Team at 1-800-514-2695 with questions.

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