New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Zaffino Wins Cecil Raymond Memorial for 26th PBA Regional Title

Stratford, N.J. (July 10, 2016) –Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa. defeated Marty Berke of Allentown, Pa., 279-232, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at 30 Strikes Sunday for his 26th overall QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.
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New York's Adam Zimmerman Captures Teen Masters Crown

TAMARAC, Fla. (July 8, 2016) – Adam Zimmerman of Deer Park, N.Y., and three-time Junior Team USA member Breanna Clemmer of Clover, S.C., won the boys' and girls' division titles in the Teen Masters High School Bowling Championships at Sawgrass Lanes Friday.
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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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PWBA Rochester Open Finalists

ON TO THE FINALS: Roger Buckman, president of the New York State USBC and a Rochester resident, congratulates the four women who advanced to the stepladder finals of the PWBA Rochester Open this afternoon (July 9) at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester. From left are Shannon O'Keefe, No. 1 seed; Clara Guerrero, No. 2 seed; Carolyn-Dorin Ballard, No. 4 seed, and Josie Earnest, No. 3 seed.  Earnest and Dorin-Balard defeated Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga and Shannon Pluhowsky, respectively, in matches that went down to the 10th frame to secure the final two spots for the finals, which will be taped on Aug. 7 in conjunction with the U.S. Women's Open and televised on Aug. 23 on CBS Sports Network.  Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

LARGE TURNOUT: The PWBA Rochester Open drew the largest crowds of the season, according to tournament officials, as this photo from Saturday's qualifying action attests. The event concludes with a Pro-Am at 1 p.m. Sunday.  To enter, call 585-426-0500.

O'Keefe Earns Tops Seed
at PWBA Rochester Open

JULY 10, 2016 -- Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, has been on a tear this season, and her torrid pace continued this week as she earned the top seed for the televised finals of the 2016 Professional Women's Bowling Association Rochester Open at AMF Gates Lanes.

O'Keefe, who led qualifying on Friday, only won two matches during match play Saturday, but she'd built enough of a lead to hold off the field and earn the top spot for the stepladder finals, which will be taped Aug. 7 during the U.S. Women's Open and air Tuesday, Aug. 23, on CBS Sports Network.

O'Keefe, originally from Oregon, was a Rochester resident for several years, along with her husband, Bryan, who is a native of the Flour City. She averaged more than 226 through 24 games in front of her friends and family and finished 56 pins ahead of left-hander Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, to lead Group A after six games of round-robin match play.

Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, who recently picked up her first PWBA title, topped the Group B standings to earn the No. 2 spot on the TV show.

Team USA member Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, each won their respective group stepladders to earn the third and fourth seeds for the finals.

This week's event brought about a different experience for O'Keefe, who had the chance to share her success with many familiar and supportive faces in a city she called home for nearly a decade.

"It was home for eight and a half years, and some of my best friends still live here, so it still is home," O'Keefe said. "Once I knew I'd locked up the top seed, it was very emotional for me. It hit me out of nowhere. I picked up my ball to throw my fill shot, and I had to keep blinking because my eyes were so teared up. I had to take a couple deep breaths just so when I turned around, people didn't see I was crying. I guess it meant more to me to be able to come here and do it here with all of our friends and family than I was expecting it to. It was very cool."

At AMF Gates Lanes, Rochester, N.Y.
Saturday's results
CASHERS' ROUND (18-game totals; top 12 advance)
1, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 4,077. 2, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,023. 3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,897. 4, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,885. 5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,878. 6, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 3,877.
7, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 3,870. 8, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,869. 9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,863. 10, Nicole Trudell, Bridgeport, Conn., 3,857. 11, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,856. 12, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 3,854.
13, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 3,849, $1,200. 14, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3,846, $1,200. 15, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,841, $1,200. 16, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 3,837, $1,200. 17, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,758, $1,200. 18, Valerie Calberry (a), Derry, N.H., 3,756, $1,200.
19, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 3,739, $1,200. 20, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 3,738, $1,200. 21, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,734, $1,200. 22, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 3,726, $1,200. 23, Anggie Ramirez Perea, Austin, Texas, 3,722, $1,200. 24, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 3,720, $1,200.
25, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 3,718, $1,200. 26, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,709, $1,200. 27, Shannon Sellens (a), Copiague, N.Y., 3,655, $1,200. 28, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 3,626, $1,200. 29, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 3,611, $1,200. 30, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y., 3,589, $1,200.
31, Jennifer Russo (a), Monmouth Junction, N.J., 3,520, $1,200. 32, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 3,056, $1,200 (WD).

1, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 2-4-0, 5,494
2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 5-1-0, 5,438
3, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 4-2-0, 5,281
4, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2-4-0, 5,244
5, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 4-2-0, 5,238
6, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1-5-0, 5,176

1, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-3-0, 5,365
2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-1-0, 5,298
3, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 3-3-0, 5,292
4, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3-3-0, 5,284
5, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2-4-0, 5,165
6, Nicole Trudell, Bridgeport, Conn., 2-4-0, 5,130

Group A Stepladder
Semifinal - Dorin-Ballard def. Higgins, 259-172 (Higgins finishes tied for seventh, earns $1,900).
Final - Dorin-Ballard def. Pluhowsky, 225-210 (Dorin-Ballard earns No. 4 seed for stepladder based on average; Pluhowsky finishes tied for fifth, earns $2,100).
Group B Stepladder
Semifinal - Earnest def. McEwan, 268-206 (McEwan finishes tied for seventh, earns $1,900).
Final - Earnest def. Johnson, 245-238 (Earnest earns No. 3 seed for stepladder based on average; Johnson finishes tied for fifth, earns $2,100).
(Will be taped Aug. 7 and will air Aug. 23 on CBS Sports Network)
Match No. 1: (4) Dorin-Ballard vs. (3) Earnest
Match No. 2: (2) Guerrero vs. Match No. 1 winner
Final: (1) O'Keefe vs. Match No. 2 winner

Around NYS – July 2016

Meet the Millers:
New Owners in Groton

GROTON – The husband and wife team of Robert and Desiree Miller have purchased Groton Corona Club and intend to change the name of the eight-lane facility to Heartlynn Café & Bowling.

The couple said the transaction should be finalized by the middle of this month, and they plan to continue to welcome bowlers – hoping to retain and form new leagues as part of the Seven Valley USBC while building their open bowling business.

Their remodeling plans include a new dining area and the addition of video games and a pool table.

Walton Lanes Reportedly Closes its Doors

WALTON – According to Lou Klinegardner, longtime association manager of the Catskill Mountain USBC BA, Walton Lanes has closed effective June 1. The closing affects about 120 certified bowlers in the men's and women's (Katskill Foothills USBC WBA) associations.

"After 55 years of being involved in bowling, I can say with confidence it will be bittersweet for all the local bowlers and the community that supported the bowling center," Klinegardner said, noting that some of the bowlers relocated to Oneonta and others to Hancock while many of the Margaretville house bowlers are going to the Kingston area.

"Unfortunately, many of our bowlers have just quit," he said.

The closing also will bring an end to the previously mentioned local associations, Klinegardner said.

NYS BPA's Summer Meeting is Aug. 7-9

ALBANY – The New York State BPA (Bowling Proprietors Association)'s Summer Meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 at Barton Hill Hotel & Spa in Lewiston, near Niagara Falls.

Open to BPA members and guests, the event will be highlighted by a presentation by C.J. Ullrich, WNY District Manager for the Boston Beer Co. He will speak about the importance of selling craft beer products and pairing beer and food specials.

The schedule includes a "Taste of Buffalo" reception dinner at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7; the craft beer seminar at 8 a.m. Aug. 8; dinner and installation of officers at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 8, and the NYS BPA meeting at 9 a.m. Aug. 9.

Registration is $120 per person. For more information, call the NYS BPA office at 518-464-1176.

'Find-A-Member' to Become
A Members-Only Benefit

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

Currently available to anyone through, Find A Member will be placed behind a protected login and accessible only to USBC members. USBC already uses logins for the Mobile application and on the 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 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 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 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:


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.


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.


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.

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