New York State USBC Bowling Association News
McEwan Edges Johnson in WBT Finals Battle of New York Standouts

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26, 2017 – Two-time Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, successfully defended her World Bowling Tour Finals title Sunday by delivering a clutch strike in the final frame.

The 25-year-old right-hander's strike at The Orleans Bowling Center gave her a final score of 203, forcing two-time PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, to mark in her 10th frame to secure the win.

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Indiana Bowler Becomes Oldest to Roll 900 Series

ARLINGTON, Texas – Less than three weeks from his 71st birthday, John Buchanan III of Evansville, Indiana, gave himself an early gift as he connected on 36 consecutive strikes on January 11 to become the oldest bowler in United States Bowling Congress history to record a 900 series.
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Ozio Elected to 2017 USBC Hall of Fame Class

ARLINGTON, Texas - David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas, has been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.
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CLICK HERE for a cool video from Fairley Elementary
on the In-School Bowling Kit it received from NYS USBC


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.


Around NYS -- March 2017
Teen Masters Qualifier is April 22-23 in Latham

Spare Time in Latham (Albany area) will be hosting a 2017 Teen Masters scratch singles tournament on April 22-23, starting at 9 a.m. each day.

The event serves as a qualifier for the Teen Masters national championship event in early July in the Richmond suburb of Mechanicsville, Va.

Teen Masters competition features a level playing field with low-volume oil and neutral bowling balls, and is divided into high school and junior varsity divisions.

The entry fee for the Albany Open is $60 per person. Registration can be completed online by going to www.teenmastersbowling.com/events/?AlbanyOpen

For more information, go to teenmastersbowling.com.

Spare Time Latham is located at 375 Troy Schenectady Rd., Albany, NY, and the phone number is 518-785-6694.

National Breast Cancer Coalition Sets Sights on NYC

"Women with Balls," a fundraiser coordinated by the National Breast Cancer Coalition, is scheduled for May 2 at Bowlmor Lanes in Times Square, New York City.

Registration is at 5:30 p.m., with a champagne reception at 6 p.m. and bowling from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Food, refreshments and T-shirts will be provided, and prizes will be awarded to the top individual and team fundraisers.

Per the event's requirements, a team of eight must raise at least $3,600 to play and receive a private lane, and a team of four must raise at least $1,800 to play and share a lane with another team. Individuals are asked to raise at least $450 and will be paired with others.

Founded in 1991, NBCC's mission is to end breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. In 2010, NBCC set a deadline and launched a plan of action to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020: Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®.

NBCC, based in Washington, D.C., is a collaboration of activists, survivors, researchers, policy makers, grassroots groups, and national organizations that have come together as disruptive innovators for social change.

N.Y. Pros to Join Turbo Tech Expo Coaching Team

U.S. Open champions Liz Johnson and Ryan Ciminelli have been added to the coaching staff for the 2017 Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo in Cleveland on July 11-13.

Johnson, a five-time U.S. Women's Open champion, and Ciminelli, the 2015 U.S. Open winner, are part of an extensive list of coaches and presenters at the event, which will be hosted at Game of Wickliffe, in Wickliffe, Ohio.

Both Johnson and Ciminelli are from the Buffalo, N.Y. area, and bowled collegiately before seeing professional success. Johnson was both Rookie of the Year and Collegiate Bowler of the Year at Morehead State University, while Ciminelli was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association All-American at Erie Community College.

Johnson and Ciminelli will be part of an elite group of players, coaches and industry experts gathered for the 2017 Collegiate Expo. Students will receive two full days of on-lane and classroom instruction, and will test their skills in the 6-game Audition Tournament.


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.


BIG PRIZE: Rob Gotterbarn Jr., second from left, won some "big bucks" on Saturday night by winning the 27th NYS Masters Championship at Farmingdale Lanes, not far from his hometown of Garden City South on Long Island. Taking part in the check presentation are, from left, Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager and tournament director; Gotterbarn; Joe LaSpina of Farmingdale Lanes, and Anthony Martinez, president of the Long Island USBC.

Rob Gotterbarn Jr. Captures
NYS Masters Crown

MARCH 5, 2017 -- Rob Gotterbarn Jr. of Garden City South captured the New York State Masters Championship on Saturday night at Farmingdale Lanes, defeating Mike Dioguardo of Patchogue, in an all-Long Island two-game title match, 486-409.

Gotterbarn, an engineer for the Long Island Railroad and the 2016 Long Island Masters champion, posted games of 247 and 239 on the challenging special 41-foot NYS Masters "Sport" oil pattern to outdistance Dioguardo, who struggled out of the gate for 176 before finishing strong with 233.

The victory was worth $2,500 and a paid entry to the 2018 USBC Masters for Gotternbarn, while Dioguardo (left in photo at right) took home $1,100 for his runner-up finish.

"I haven't been able to bowl that much lately due to my job, so this is like a shock really," Gotterbarn said after accepting the first-place check and plaque, and thanking those who stayed to watch the finals.

The champion said he used a Hammer Scandal for most of the tournament and went to the Track Kinetic Emerald when conditions called for it. He bowled 264 in the fourth game of the qualifying round to propel him to a 1,047 total.

Gotterbarn is part of a bowling family that includes his father, Robert Sr., manager of the NYC USBC; mother, Frances, who cheered him on during match play, and sister, Rebecca, who bowls for Adelphi College and is a member of Junior Team USA.

Gotterbarn reached the final match with a 462-428 win over left-hander Darren Andretta of New Hyde Park, and Dioguardo advanced by edging Terry Thompson of East Islip, 415-395, in the semifinals.  Andretta and Thompson each earned $600.

In the Round of 16, Gotterbarn rolled 442 for his two games and survived by eight pins when Tom Solimine Jr. of Danbury, Ct., a member of the Westchester USBC, left a 10-pin in the 10th frame. Solimine won the NYS Masters in 2015.

Dioguardo, a former Long Island Masters champion and finalist in the PBA50 event at Farmingdale Lanes last year, also had a big fourth game in qualifying -- 258 -- to finish with 1,032.

An electrical engineer for BAE Systems, he then defeated PBA member Anthony Pepe of East Elmhurst, 441-427; Jeremy Milito of Holbrook, 401-393; and Justin Kampf of Levittown, 395-381, to advance to the semifinals. He said he had the most success when using a Storm Snap Lock.

The tournament, conducted by the NYS USBC with strong support from the Long Island USBC and the staff at Farmingdale Lanes, attracted a NYS Masters-record 179 entrants -- 87 on the 9:30 a.m. squad and 92 on the 1 p.m. squad.

Eighteen bowlers made the cut from the first squad (the cut was 974) and 19 advanced from the second squad (the cut was 986).

Shannon Sellens of Copiague, the three-time reigning NYS Queens champion, was the high qualifier on the first squad, posting 1,199 (a 239.8 average) for five games and Bill Hasiotis of Rochester, who won the Rochester NY USBC Senior Masters title earlier this year, led the second squad with 1,120.  

Both Sellens and Hasiotis dropped their first matches -- Sellens losing to Milito, 414-413, and Hasiotis falling to Thompson, 483-441.

John Laurita of Valley Stream posted the tournament's only 300 game, that coming in the second game of the 1 p.m. qualifying squad. 

Defending champion Nick Miseno of Ballston Lake tallied 924 for his five games, missing the cut by 62 pins.

CLICK HERE for list of qualifiers and match play results.


Attention Ladies: Hotel Information
for 2017 Women's Senior Singles
is Posted on the Tournaments Page


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.

CLICK HERE for additional information about the program.


State Tournament Update
402Teams Signed Up
to Compete in NYS Women;
Entries Close March 24th

UPDATE -- MARCH 24, 2017

The entry deadline for the 81st NYS Women's Championships has been extended to Friday, March 24.  Entries must be postmarked by that date to be considered for the tournament, which gets under way on April 8 at Tonawanda Bowling Center, not far from Niagara Falls.

Currently, 402 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.

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

CLICK HERE to go to the Niagara USA tourism website.

CLICK HERE for a website listing numerous attractions in Western New York.

Please call the NYS USBC office to check on date and squad availability as several squads are full.

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

93rd NYS OPEN -- Plenty of Openings on May 19-21

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:

Saturday, April 29 -- all three D/S squads.
Sunday, May 7 -- both D/S squads.

There is plenty of room on three Fridays (April 28, May 5, May 19) as well, with Team squads set for 4 p.m. and D/S squads scheduled for 8 p.m.

The tournament oil pattern will be posted on this website by the end of March.

CLICK HERE for updated hotel information as of 3/13/17.
Note: We have secured 10 rooms for Friday 5/19 and Saturday 5/20 at Candlewood Suites in Vestal at $175 per night.

CLICK HERE for a "things to do" in the Binghamton area website.

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 – bowlny300@yahoo.com or 585-343-3736 – to reserve your spots. Remember, entries close a week before the requested competition date.

46th NYS QUEENS -- 1 p.m. is Full; Entries Close March 29th

Ninety-six paid entries have been received thus far for the 2017 tournament at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entrants -- updated 3/23/17. Please note that the 1 p.m. squad is full; plenty of openings at 9:30 a.m.

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE TOURNAMENT OIL PATTERN -- TOWER OF PISA.

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.


IBC Launches New Learn-To-Bowl Youth Program

JANUARY 27, 2017 – The International Bowling Campus has launched the USA Bowling Learn the Sport program designed to help develop the next generation of bowlers.

USA Bowling Learn the Sport is a new four-week program that will provide bowling centers, pro shops, and United States Bowling Congress associations the tools to provide basic instruction to new youth bowlers. By teaching the sport, these newcomers not only will learn basic skills while having fun but quickly will see more success on the lanes and will want to continue to bowl.

For more about this new program, go to the Coaching page of this website.


BOWLING CENTER BANNER: This banner at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott is calling all NYS USBC adult members to sign up for the 93rd NYS Open Championships, which are scheduled for April 22 through May 21. Team captains are encouraged to contact the NYS USBC office to reserve their dates and squad times for the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition. Entry forms can be downloaded by clicking on the Tournaments tab.


Kinyon, DiFlorio, Sheridan,
Ashby to be Inducted
into NYS Hall of Fame

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 2101, 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 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 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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