New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Butturff Leads Heading into Final Day of Match Play at U.S. Open

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, went 7-1 in the opening round of match play to build a 264-pin lead over the field Monday at the 2017 U.S. Open.
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Pennsylvania Bowler Wins PBA50 Event in Laurel, Del.

Laurel, Del. (October 22, 2017) – Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 198-182, to win the PBA50 Bryan's Bowling Center Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global at Bryan's Bowling Center Sunday.
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Conroy, Cavagnaro Capture PBA/PBA50 Event in Delaware

Millsboro, Del. (September 24, 2017) – John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y. and Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. and Matt O'Grady of Rahway, N.J., 447-432, 402-471, 436-427, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles Sunday at Millsboro Lanes.
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New York Youth Sets National Record
Hilton's Elena Carr Rolls 831
in High School Competition

Article courtesy of Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

DECEMBER 12, 2017 -- Hilton freshman Elena Carr set the high school girls national record for a three-game series in the Cadets' win over Penfield at Terrace Garden Lanes on Monday.

Carr rolled an 831 series that included a perfect game, breaking the 10-year-old national record previously held by Kristina Frahm (Kendall County, Illinois) by five pins. Her games were 265-300-266.

"I did know the score I needed to get an 800, but I didn't know about the national record part," said Carr, still shaking from excitement hours later.

It wasn't until the last shot of her third game that someone broke the news to her.

"It was at the very end of her third game and one of my girls sneaked up behind me and said, 'She only needs two strikes and three pins to tie the record,'" Hilton coach Jordan Roethel said. "It's not something we really think about, national records, because they are incredibly high, and after her 300 game none of us really remembered what her first game was."

After her 300 game, she went on to roll strikes in the first seven frames of her third game. Although another perfect game was in the back of her mind, she was still focused on one throw at a time and thanking everyone who congratulated her for rolling the first sanctioned perfect game of the season among Monroe County girls.

"Honestly, it was amazing," said Carr about setting the record. "I loved having my team there, and almost everyone who helped me get to that point was there watching."

Carr, 14, has been bowling for 10 years and on the Hilton varsity team since seventh grade and also bowls on a travel team on weekends.

Her brother Brad, a 16-year-old also on the Hilton bowling team, recently rolled his first 300 game in a sanctioned morning league in September.

"He was the first one to come up and give me a hug," Carr said. "It was amazing to share that connection with him."

Around NYS - December 2017

NYS Hall of Famer
Asselta Posts 300--846

In his 57 years of adult league bowling, New York State USBC Hall of Famer Frank Asselta (Utica Central NY USBC) has compiled numerous honor scores.

Now 74, the right-hander recorded his all-time best this week (Dec. 6) when he posted 34 out of a possible 36 strikes en route to an 846 series in the Wednesday Night Doubles League at AMF Pin-O-Rama Lanes in Utica.

Asselta, bowling with his partner, son-in-law Jim Calkins, rolled 278, 268 and 300 – leaving only a 4-7 spare midway through the opening game and a 7-10 split midway through the second game on lanes 11-12.

When it was mentioned that he was just two strikes away from a 900 series, Asselta, who is a part-time medical deliveryman, said, "If that would have happened, I probably would have passed out."

Asselta, a Yorkville resident, said he used an Ebonite Red Widow bowling ball for his latest accomplishment, adding that he has eight to 10 USBC-certified 800 series (he had an 806 last March) 24 certified perfect games.

A perennial 220-plus average bowler, he had a 211 average in the league in 2016-17.


A website developed by Michael Nyitray, USBC Gold certified coach, places the spotlight squarely on high school bowling and the high scores achieved by bowlers competing in high school leagues and tournaments throughout the United States.

Nyitray is president of the United States High School Bowling Federation (USHSBF), a non-profit organization that actively promotes the growth of high school bowling throughout the country.

"By developing innovative programs for high school bowling, academic administrators become more interested in the benefits and value high school bowling brings to high school students," said Nyitray, administrator of the Florida-based website –

Visitors to the site can find lists of honor and record scores from most states, as well as information about the organization's U.S. High School Bowling National Championship, the first-ever high school bowling national championship tournament.

The 2018 tournament is scheduled for June 23-25 in Fairview Heights, Ill.

For more information about the USHSBF or to report a high school honor scores and/or records that may be eligible for inclusion on the website, contact Nyitray at


Katie Lynch of Troy has been selected as president of the New York State Youth Leaders for 2017-18, advisor Nancy Howell announced.

Lynch will preside over the board, which also includes Erin Blank of Catskill Mountain, first vice president; Jessica Shufelt of Troy, sergeant-at-arms, and Amber Lupi of Schenectady, secretary-treasurer.

A second vice president has yet to be appointed.

NYS Youth Leader chapters are in place at several locations in New York. To find out more about the group, contact Howell at


Zachary Bogholtz of Nassau (Albany USBC) now has four 300 games and an 800 series to his credit – and he's only 14 years.

The freshman member of the Columbia High School bowling team recently registered his third perfect game of the year and first 800 series – 300-279-234—813.

His first 300 game came as a 12-year-old on Dec. 19, 2015. A right-hander, he is the son of Rick and Melissa Bogholtz, both avid bowlers.

Update: NYS Women's Championships

Paid Entries Up to 265;
14 Reserved Entries Not in Yet

DECEMBER 8, 2017 -- The number of paid entries for the 2018 NYS Women's Championships next spring in Fishkill has reached the 262 mark, but 14 team captains with reservations have yet to submit their entries and fees.

Paid entries from those with squad date reservations were due by Dec. 1.  The NYS USBC is extending the deadline until Dec. 15; after that date, those dates will become open.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entries and reservations, with confirmed times - through 12/10/17.

Those whose names on the reservation list not highlighted in yellow need to contact the NYS USBC office -- 585-343-3736 or -- to update us of your reservation status.

Also, for those wishing to enter the tournament, please contact the NYS USBC office for available dates and times.  The final entry closing date is March 25.

NYS USBC Now Accepting
Credit/Debit Card Payments

DECEMBER 1, 2017 -- As announced at the 2017 New York State USBC Annual Meeting, the NYS USBC is now able to accept credit card payments for tournament entry fees.

Team captains and individuals bowling in singles and doubles tournaments can pay for their entry using their debit or credit cards.

This option -- which comes with a small service charge -- will be available through the state association office in Batavia or on site (where walk-ins are permitted).

For more details or if you have any questions, call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736.

NYS Senior Masters Championship

SENIOR MASTERS FINALISTS: Mike Pettinella, left, congratulates champion Ray Textor of Kennedy and runner-up Sam Ventura of Norwich following an exciting final match of the 1st NYS Senior Masters on Saturday (Nov. 4) at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. The tournament drew 94 entrants, well beyond what organizers expected.

Jamestown Area Bowler
Captures $1,400 Top Prize
Textor Edges Ventura in Finals;
Inaugural Event Draws 94 Entries

NOVEMBER 5, 2017 – Ray Textor of Kennedy (Jamestown Area USBC) held off Sam Ventura of Norwich (Norwich USBC), 406-398, Saturday night to take first place in the 1st NYS Senior Masters Championship at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Textor rolled 188 and 218 in the two-game match while Ventura, a regular on the PBA50 Tour, posted 172-226, in a battle of 59-year-old right-handers with 229 and 230 league averages, respectively.

Both bowlers were coming off excellent performances in the NYS Open Senior Championships last month at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool, with Ventura placing first with 1,534 and Textor fourth with 1,440 in the 55-59 age group Six-Game Combine. 

The victory was worth $1,400 for Textor, while Ventura pocketed $800 for placing second.

CLICK HERE for the list of qualifiers and match play results.

Entering the second game with a 16-pin lead, Textor put together a string of five strikes to take a seemingly comfortable lead before Ventura roared back with five strikes starting in frame six. He left two pins on his second ball in the 10th, however, which meant that Textor needed a mark to prevail. He left the 10-pin and picked it up for the title.

In the semifinals, Textor squeezed past Larry Bailey of Vestal, 404-399, while -- in a match of heavyweights -- Ventura downed PBA Hall of Famer Doug Kent of Newark, 474-456, riding a 258 second game to victory.

Bailey and Kent each earned $475 for reaching the semis.

Other qualifiers were high qualifier Pat Brick of Buffalo, Ray Edwards of Middle Island, Chuck Pitts of Cortland and Ken Hoalcraft of Elbridge ($300 apiece); Joe Trigilio of Attica, Dave Demperio of Syracuse, Gary Reynolds of Groton and John Masiello of Kenmore ($225 apiece); Don Herrington of Ballston Lake, Robert Putman of Beaver Dams, Barry Clare of Bayside and Gary Kinyon of Lockport ($175 apiece).

Three additional cashers were Patric Donaghue of Honeoye Falls, Jim Pursel of Batavia and Bill Hasiotis of Rochester, $100 each. Donaghue lost a rolloff to Herrington after they tied for the 16th spot.

The tournament, open to NYS USBC members age 50 and over, attracted 94 entrants -- 30 on the first squad and 64 on the second squad -- a remarkable number for its initial year. Next year, the event is scheduled for Cort Lanes in Cortland.

Thanks to sponsors Bethmann Russell Financial Services of Syracuse, Brunswick, MOTIV, Storm and Columbia 300, the 19 bowlers that cashed shared a total prize list of $6,250 -- a bit more than the amount generated by entry fees.

The format featured two four-game qualifying rounds (with re-entry allowed), followed by the top 16 competing in a single-elimination, two-game match play finals. The top four qualifiers received a two-round bye and the next four received a one-round bye.

The tournament oil pattern was a special 41-foot "Challenge" condition created by Doug Dukes of Kegel Bowling.

Winners of the 60-and-over special prize list were Masiello ($75) , Demperio ($40) and Trigilio of ($20). Kinyon was the other 60-plus bowler to reach match play.

2018 Annual Meeting
to take place June 2
at Desmond Hotel Albany
Info emailed to local associations this morning

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 – The New York State USBC is heading back to the Capital Region for its 7th Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman announced today that negotiations with the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany have been finalized, and that the yearly gathering of state and local association leaders will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The Desmond Hotel also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, June 1, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 2.

It is located at 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany, NY, 12211 and the phone number is 1-800-448-3500. Room rate for NYS USBC delegates and guests is $139 plus taxes. The Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

This morning, the NYS USBC office emailed delegate forms to local association managers, who are asked to return list their representatives to the Annual Meeting on the forms and return them no later than Jan. 15, 2018. They can be scanned an emailed to or sent via U.S. mail to NYS USBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020.

Other attachments to the email include:

-- 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.

Positions up for election in 2018 are as follows:

-- Vice President (see resume form for specific qualifications).
-- Three Adult Directors.
-- Two Youth Directors.

Potential candidates must send a copy of the resume form to the Nominating Committee chair – Betty Kingsley, 61 Alta Vista Drive, Rochester, NY, 14625 -- by Jan. 15, 2018.

For qualifications, please refer to Article 5, Section B of the NYS USBC Bylaws, which can be found on the About Us page of this website.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2018 USBC Annual Meeting.

NYS Open Senior
Four Syracuse-Area Bowlers
Take 6-Game Combine Titles


CLICK HERE for the official prize list. 

Checks will be mailed on Thursday, Nov. 9.

OCTOBER 23, 2017 – Four members of the Syracuse USBC BA captured Six-Game Combine titles as the 39th NYS Open Senior Championships drew to a close Sunday at Flamingo Bowl in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool.

The lead in five of the six age classifications changed hands over the weekend in the tournament, which began on Oct. 14-15 with competition in Doubles, Singles and Six-Game Combine events.

Only Sammy Ventura (Syracuse USBC BA) held on as his 1,534 score in Class D (55-59) withstood a challenge from Ed Bauman Sr. (Fulton County USBC BA), who posted 1,526.

CLICK HERE for official standings.

Other Six-Game Combine leaders are as follows:

Super Senior (75-and-up) – Maria Johansen (Hudson Valley USBC), 1,365 – two pins higher than Constance Gerardi (Schenectady USBC).

Class A (70-74) – Joseph Moro (Ithaca USBC), 1,391 – nine pins better than Thomas Clark (Syracuse USBC BA).

Class B (65-69) – Charles Trudell (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,494 – 93 pins higher than David Miller (Rochester USBC).

Class C (60-64) – Benny Appleby (Syracuse USBC BA, Auburn USBC BA), 1,509 – topping previous leader R. Jeffery Ward (Greater Buffalo USBC) by 12 pins.

Class E (50-54) – Kenneth Dubois (Syracuse USBC BA), 1,470 – 17 pins more than previous leader Scot Friedhaber (Greater Buffalo USBC).

Bauman and Dubois teamed for the Class D Doubles title with 1,498, while Appleby and Patricia Wright combined for the Class C Doubles crown with 1,451.

Other Doubles leaders are James Germain and Andrew Wallace (Fulton USBC BA), Super Senior, 1,325; Richard Cook and Ken Fehlner (Finger Lakes USBC BA), Class A, 1,420; Thomas Clark and Joseph Noboa (Syracuse USBC BA), Class B, 1,476, and Jeff Lafave and Francis Cataldo (Adirondack USBC), Class E, 1,412.

In Singles, Ventura in Class D and James Miner (Syracuse USBC BA) in Class C held on to their leads with 803 and 781, respectively.

Other leaders are Nick DeSantis Sr. (Syracuse USBC BA), Super Senior, 674; Richard Bzdak (Twin Tiers USBC), Class A, 724; Trudell, Class B, 795, and Daniel Billington (Adirondack USBC), Class E, 783.

Mike McCracken (Syracuse USBC BA) rolled a 300 game on the last squad, while Cataldo had 298 on the first squad Sunday and Mike Callan (Rochester USBC) had 290 on Saturday. Gary Reynolds (Auburn USBC BA) posted the high series over the weekend – 764.

Rick Lambrecht (Auburn USBC BA) won the MOTIV bowling ball.

The NYS USBC would like to thank the Syracuse USBC WBA for its assistance with the tournament fundraisers and the managemen and staff of Flamingo Bowl.

NYS USBC Seeks Candidates
to Serve on Its Board of Directors

OCTOBER 3, 2017 -- Are you a United States Bowling Congress member who lives in New York or bowls in a USBC-certified league in New York State and is concerned about the future of our sport?

If so, you may be just the right person to take a place on the New York State USBC Board of Directors.

The NYS USBC's vision is to be the leading authority for tournament bowling in New York State, striving to provide fair tournaments and worthwhile programs to enhance and promote the sport.

If you are a critical thinker and a team player -- and have ideas that can move bowling forward by helping to recruit and retain members, and by working on behalf of our youth, then please fill out the resume form found on the About Us page and submit it per the instructions on the form.

NYS Directors Approve
Tournament Changes

Two Divisions, Entry Fee Increase
for Open Championships in '18

SEPT. 27, 2017 – New York State USBC directors, in an effort to increase tournament participation across the board, approved a two-division format for the NYS Open Championships beginning with the 2018 tourney next April and May at Patel's Kingston Lanes.

The board, meeting in New Hartford on Sunday morning, voted in favor of recommendations from its tournament committee to divide NYS Open participants into two groups based on averages of 1000 (Team), 400 (Doubles) and 200 (Singles).

The divisional format for 2018 will be as follows:

-- Team Event – Division 1, 1001 & over (1100-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 1000 & under.
-- Doubles Event – Division 1, 401 & over (440-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 400 & under.
-- Singles Event – Division 1, 201 & over (220-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 200 & under.
-- All-Events will continue, also based on the above Singles averages.

Handicap in Division 1 will be 90 percent of 220 and in Division 2 will be 90 percent of 200.

All handicaps will be computed on a Team Average basis – meaning that handicaps will be determined based on the cumulative averages of team members.

"Speaking for the (NYS USBC) board and after receiving input from some of our bowlers, we believe that a divisional format is the way to proceed if we wish to increase entries," said NYS USBC President Roger Buckman. "The Wisconsin USBC BA has had divisions for quite some time, and they are getting close to 2,000 teams every year."

Click on the Tournaments tab and 94th NYS Open to download an entry form.

The board also vote for a $5 per person per event increase in the entry fees. The Team entry fee will be $200; Doubles, $80; Singles, $40, and All-Events (no change), $10.

The payout ratio will continue at 1:5 and the top five scratch scores in each event will earn prize money as well.

For 2019, the board approved changes to the NYS Women's Championships and NYS Queens Championship.

The three divisions in the NYS Women's tournament, starting with 2019, will be revised by 10 pins per bowler to reflect the proliferation of higher averages in recent years.

The new setup is as follows:

-- Team Event -- Division 1 (Scratch), 800 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 640-799; Division 3 (Handicap), 639 & Under.
-- Doubles Event – Division 1 (Scratch), 400 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 320-399; Division 3 (Handicap), 319 & Under.
-- Singles Event – Division 1 (Scratch), 200 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 160-199; Division 3 (Handicap), 159 & Under.

For the 2019 Queens, the entry fee will be raised to $90, with the qualifying round continuing at five games.

Discount Offered to Local Associations
Wishing to Support NYS Youth Bowling

JUNE 8, 2017 -- Each year, local associations are given the opportunity to support the NYS USBC youth scholarship program by purchasing ads in the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi finals program books.

Now, and until the end of 2017, the state association is offering a 25 percent discount on two full-page ads in both books.

"Sponsorship ad forms received by December 31st will receive $25 off," said Tom Solimine, NYS USBC Youth Committee chair. "Local associations will get two full-page ads for $100 -- that's a 25 percent savings."

Hundreds of the program books are printed and distributed at the state finals. All proceeds from the ads go directly toward youth scholarships.

For more information, contact Solimine at

CLICK HERE for the Youth Team ad sponsor form -- front.
CLICK HERE for the Youth Team ad sponsor form -- back.

CLICK HERE for the Youth Pepsi ad sponsor form -- front.
CLICK HERE for the Youth Pepsi ad sponsor form -- back.

NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner

NYS USBC HONOREES: Six people were honored by the New York State USBC on Saturday night (June 3) at its Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at the Radisson Hotel Corning. Seated from left are Brad Buckert and Bill Fortino, both of Rochester, who received the Service to Youth and Proprietor/Manager Recognition awards, respectively; standing from left are Hall of Fame inductees Gary Kinyon of Lockport, superior performance; Joan Ashby of Auburn, meritorious service; Roseann DiFlorio of Syracuse, superior performance, and Peter Sheridan of Cortland, meritorious service. More than 100 people were in attendance. Click on the Hall of Fame tab for an article about the ceremony. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

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