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OFF & ROLLING: Yvonne Super (Columbia Greene USBC) gets lined up during Sunday's action at the NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Assn. Manager

Pair of L.I. Bowlers on Top
at Women's Senior Tourney

AUGUST 18, 2014 – The 34th NYS Women’s Senior Singles Championships got off to a “wonder"-ful start over the weekend in Niagara Falls – a city that is home to one of the wonders of the world.

About 180 of this year’s 549 entrants participated in the event hosted by Rapids Bowling Center in the Cataract City. The tournament concludes next weekend with eight squads (one on Friday night, four on Saturday and three on Sunday).

Bowlers roll six games over two days with prize money going to leaders – at least 1:7 will cash – in six separate age classifications. Here are the top two bowlers in each group after the first weekend:

Class AA (75-and-over) – Ann DeHaney, Long Island, 1,333; Ruth Bailey, New York City, 1,297.

Class A (70-74) – Lucille Ebert, Kingston USBC WBA, 1,295; Annette Morganti, Greater Buffalo USBC, 1,267.

Class B (65-69) – Grace Bogle, Genesee Region USBC, 1,305; Linda Cevette, Corning USBC WBA, 1,293.

Class C (60-64) – Linda Thompson, Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA, 1,299; Donna Ahnert, Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA, 1,288.

Class D (55-59) – Melissa Bunn, Long Island USBC, 1,293; Gail Tiller, Canandaigua USBC, 1,282.

Class E (50-54) – Kathleen Willy, Greater Buffalo USBC, 1,415; Ruth Fisher, Wayne Co. USBC WBA, 1,334.

CLICK HERE for current unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE for the website of the Niagara Falls Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Next weekend's entrants and their lane assignments are as follows:

CLICK HERE for Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 23 at Noon and Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 23 at 2:30 p.m. and Aug. 24 at Noon.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Entries Starting to Come in
for NYS Open Senior in Cortland

AUGUST 19 2014 -- Cort Lanes in Cortland will be the site of the 36th NYS Open Senior Championships, a Doubles and/or Singles tournament, on Oct. 11-12, 18-19. The tournament is open to NYS USBC men and women who are at least 50 years of age.

CLICK HERE for an entry form -- revised on 6/11/14. Please note that the correct address of Cort Lanes is 391 Tompkins St. Ext., Cortland, NY 13045.

Call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 to check on squad availability. The 2:15 and 4 p.m. squads on Saturday, Oct. 18 are full.

Attention League Secretaries:
USBC Introduces Non-Registered
Sport League Designation

AUGUST 16, 2014 -- USBC now has a new classification on its league application so leagues that compete on Sport Bowling or more challenging patterns, but choose not to certify as a Sport league, still can designate the league's tougher lane conditions.

The Non-Registered Sport league classification is located under the lane conditions section on the league application form; simply check the corresponding box under lane conditions for the league in WinLABS. You can do the same for any league that is using patterns that meet Blue or White requirements.

The leagues that designate as a Non-Registered Sport league will receive a special icon on the Find A Member section of BOWL.com, and the icon which will appear on members' averages in those leagues. The icon will be under lane conditions to denote averages bowled on what is believed to be a Sport condition.

USBC has received feedback stating there are a number of leagues that compete on Sport or more challenging patterns but are not certifying as Sport leagues. The purpose of this icon is to give tournament managers the most information possible, so they can make sure bowlers are using averages that accurately reflect their skill level.

NYS USBC Lottery Fundraiser
Brings in $6,269 for Charity

AUGUST 7, 2014 – More than $6,000 has been raised for charity as a result of the NYS USBC’s lottery fundraisers in January and July of this year.

Donations made by bowlers and friends have resulted in a total of $6,269 which will be used to support the state association’s Pathways committee. As in the past, contributions will be made to the Bowlers to Veterans Link, and for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Roswell Park Alliance Foundation in Buffalo.

The tickets were sold by NYS USBC officers, directors and youth committee members and at various state tournaments. Winners were determined by the NYS Lottery Evening Number; daily prizes were $25 ($100 on holidays and Sundays).

The NYS USBC plans to conduct another lottery fundraiser toward the end of the 2014-15 season.

CLICK HERE for a list of January 2014 daily winners.

CLICK HERE for a list of July 2014 daily winners.

New USBC Youth Membership
Starts August 1; Cost is $4

JULY 30, 2014 -- Starting Aug. 1, 2014, the new USBC Youth membership will be offered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development at a price of $4. The new membership includes a membership card, a certified average and the eligibility to participate in USBC-certified events.

Many associations are ready to kick off the new season after working with their centers and Youth Directors on a product that is desired locally. Is your association ready? Has your association worked toward the creation of Youth membership services to offer your centers and Youth leagues this coming fall? If not, the new season will be here in no time and your association needs to prepare. The financial flexibility is there for your association to focus on the wants and needs of your youth bowlers.

To assist associations with the USBC Youth membership, a how-to guide has been created. The guide includes the benefits of membership, what the membership means for local associations, how to achieve success with the new membership and some templates for association use. The guide can be found by clicking here.

For further information about the program, including the original news release and FAQ, click here.

Cheektowaga's Hannon
Receives Welu Scholarship

JULY 28, 2014 – The PBA announced today that Melanie Hannon, a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University and $4,000 scholarship recipient from the NYS USBC in 2013, has been awarded the PBA’s Billy Welu Scholarship Award for 2014.

The Welu scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence.

Hannon, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has had a very productive year in 2014 earning NCAA and Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as First Team All-America  honors bowling for the FDU Knights. The 18-year-old also earned a spot on Junior Team USA 2015 as top qualifier in the U20 division of the 2014 USBC Junior Gold Championships (see the article in the News section of this website).

She was selected to the Dexter High School All-America Team in 2010-11 and in 2011 and 2012 was a Teen Masters finalist. Locally, she was named the Greater Buffalo  USBC Female Bowler of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She has been involved with the Greater Buffalo USBC Youth Leaders since 2007, serving as president from 2010-2013. She received USBC’s Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award in 2013.

Among her other bowling accomplishments include three New York State Pepsi Tournament titles (2011, 2012 and 2013), 2011 North Pointe Singles Championship title, and a top finish of sixth in the Junior Gold Championships which came in 2013.

“I’m very honored to win a scholarship where you know there are so many other great candidates who are being considered for it,” Hannon said. “Bowling has been very important to me not only because of the lessons I’ve learned in the sport but what it has also taught me in life including the importance of qualities such as teamwork, persistence and determination.”

Hannon, who is studying nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson, holds a 3.76 GPA and is a member of the honor roll.

She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent.

Welu, who passed away in 1974, was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.

NYS USBC Co-Sponsors Collegiate Expo

COLLEGIATE EXPO: The New York State USBC, along with the Rochester USBC BA and the Rochester USBC Youth, sponsored a Coaches Reception at last week's (July 10) TurboTech Collegiate Expo at Clover Lanes in Rochester. The fourth annual event served as an instructional clinic and tournament testing venue for about 150 high school bowlers and attracted coaches from 27 colleges. Coaches included pro bowlers Diandra Asbaty, Jeff Carter, Joe Ciccone, Jason Couch, Mike Fagan, Clara Guerrero, Bob Learn Jr. and Bill O'Neill. From left are Learn, NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, Heather D'Errico (representing Rochester USBC Youth), Rochester USBC BA President Mike Callan, Ray Bardol (representing Rochester USBC Youth) and TurboTech President Lori Mraz. Photo by Krystal Zamesnik/TurboTech Collegiate Expo.

Around NYS – June/July 2014
Staten Island to Host
USA Bowling Event

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Rab’s Country Lanes will be the site of one of eight USA Bowling regional events this fall. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus. The USA Bowling Regional events were introduced last year to provide additional opportunities for team competition.

The eight centers that will host USA Bowling Regional events in 2014:

•Oct. 4-5: Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl, Lafayette, Ind.
•Oct. 11-12: Paradise Bowl, Tacoma, Wash.
•Oct. 18-19: Don Carter Lanes, Rockford, Ill.
•Oct. 25-26: Pin Chasers Midtown, Tampa, Fla.
•Nov. 1-2: Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.
•Nov. 8-9: Rab’s Country Lanes, Staten Island, N.Y.
•Nov. 15-16: Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.
•Nov. 22-23: Vestavia Bowl, Birmingham, Ala.

Rosters can have up to six bowlers, though only four will compete at a time, and teams do not have to be a member of a USA Bowling league to compete in the events. There will be two divisions at each USA Bowling Regional – Under 12 (born Aug. 1, 2002 or later) and Under 15 (born between Aug. 1, 1999 and July 31, 2002).

To register, go to www.bowl.com and click on the USA Bowling tab.

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