New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Teen Masters Adds $4,000 Billy Hardwick Scholarship Award

FEB. 3, 2016 -- Billy Hardwick is a bowling legend, but at the end of his first year on the PBA Tour, 1962, no one would have predicted it. In that first season, he entered 17 events and failed to cash in any of them. He was discouraged to say the least, but not defeated. While most people would have stayed home, Billy came back the very next year, won four titles, and earned 1963 PBA Player of the Year honors. His story is one of the most remarkable turnarounds in sports history.
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Belmonte Edges New Yorker Ciminelli for PBA Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Jan. 20, 2016) -- Landmark wins in two 2015 PBA Tour major championships helped Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte of Australia earn his third consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award, PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark announced Wednesday during a special webcast on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.
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McEwan, Marshall Kent Capture Team USA Trials Crowns

LAS VEGAS - Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, captured the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials titles Thursday, while Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, and Stephanie Schwartz of Racine, Wisconsin, capped the week with wins at the United States National Amateur Bowling Championships.
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NYS Masters Part of ‘Super’
Challenge Weekend March 4-6

Entries Limited to 144 - Act Fast! 

FEBRUARY 11, 2016 – The 26th NYS Masters Championship is less than a month away -- and with only 72 spots available on each squad, the state's best scratch bowlers are encouraged to register soon. As of today, 42 bowlers are signed up for the tournament that features a guaranteed $2,500 first prize.

The New York State USBC, in conjunction with the Super Bud Bowl, is proud to announce the NYS Masters Super Challenge Weekend – an action-packed three days of scratch and handicap tournament bowling – on March 4-6 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

CLICK HERE for a list of current paid and reserved entrants for the NYS Masters as of 2/11/16.

“This is a golden opportunity for New York’s ‘weekend warriors’ to display their talents and earn some serious cash,” said Bob Hoefer, proprietor of Lighthouse Lanes, who will be kicking off his weeklong Super Bud Bowl on Sunday, March 6. “The NYS Masters is a premier event – and we’re pleased to be able to join forces with the state association.”

The big weekend begins on Friday, March 4 with a Four-Person Team Tournament, limited to the first 24 fully paid teams. First place, based on a full house, is $2,000, and 1:4 will cash. The entry fee is $260 per team.

Teams will bowl three games across six lanes on the Kegel Beaten Path oil pattern.

CLICK HERE for the Team Tournament entry form (March 4).


The 26th NYS Masters takes place on Saturday, March 5, with qualifying squads at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The maximum number of bowlers on each squad will be 72 – six bowlers per pair – and there is no re-entry.

Bowlers are asked to contact NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella at to reserve their squad time. First place will pay $2,500 plus a paid entry to the 2017 USBC Masters.

for a link to the tournament oil pattern -- Kegel Sport Series - Turnpike.

CLICK HERE for the NYS Masters entry form (March 5).


On Sunday, March 6, the Super Bud Bowl A Squad, starting at noon, will feature the option for entrants to pay an additional $45 and use their handicap qualifying score to possibly advance to a bonus match play roll-off immediately following the squad.

First place of the bonus roll-off is set at $1,000, based on 56 entries. The number of Super Bud Bowl entries will determine the number of roll-off finalists.

CLICK HERE for the Super Bud Bowl A Squad Bonus entry form (March 6).

CLICK HERE for the Super Bud Bowl tournament flyer (all squads). 

Links to the entry forms also are available at

CLICK HERE for hotels in Oswego and in Clay -- updated 2/10/16.

Attention: 2016 Women's Senior Singles Bowlers
CLICK HERE for Hotel Info for the Corning Area

USA Bowling Coaching Seminar
set for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 6
at East Greenbush Bowling Center 

CLICK HERE to see a flyer on a free youth coaching seminar in the Albany area sponsored by the New York State USBC's Youth Education Services program.

The class is limited to 25 people so sign up right away by sending an email to or calling 585-343-3736. Participants will have a chance to earn Level I coaching certification.

CLICK HERE for a list of participants as of 2/9/16.

CLICK HERE for a list of the NYS USBC
Championships Tournaments for 2015-16

NYS USBC Championship Tourneys
Set for April, May in Rochester, Utica 

80TH NYS WOMEN’S -- APRIL 9-MAY 15, 2016

Entries close on March 18, 2016, for the tournament, which will run for five weekends at the two bowling centers.

The NYS USBC office staff will do its best to accommodate requests, but specific times cannot be guaranteed.

CLICK HERE for a list of hotels -- UPDATED on Feb. 10 -- and rates in the Bowl-A-Roll (Henrietta) and Dewey Gardens (Greece) areas, as well as three hotels in the Empire Lanes (Webster) area. Please be sure to mention NYS Women's Bowling Tournament when booking your rooms to get the listed rate.

The Sunday Team squad times have been changed to 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please check the updated entry form on the Tournaments page.

Due to the numerous average adjustments that had to be made in accordance with the 10-pin rule during last year's tournament, captains of teams competing in 2016 will be required to submit verification of the highest averages of their bowlers as of April 1, 2016 BEFORE BOWLING OR UPON CHECK-IN. This will speed up the verification process considerably.

In 2016, the 10-pin rule once again will be in effect: Any bowler whose 2015-16 highest league average as of April 1, 2016 for at least 21 games is 10 or more pins higher than her highest 2014-15 average, will be required to use the 2015-16 average.

45TH NYS QUEENS -- APRIL 16, 2016

Once again, $2,000 will be added to the scratch singles tournament from the NYS USBC, with the prize list based on entries. Each squad will have a maximum of 90 bowlers – six bowlers per pair of lanes using up to 30 lanes.

CLICK HERE for a current list of entrants as of 2/11/16.

Semifinalists will be determined by five-game scores from the total field. For details on the number of bowlers who advance, see the entry form on the Tournaments page. One in four will cash in both the Open and Classified (194-and-Under) divisions.

The entry fee is $65. Entries close on March 16. The oil pattern will be posted on this website by mid-March.

92nd NYS OPEN -- APRIL 16-MAY 15, 2016

The NYS USBC returns to Utica for the first time in seven years to conduct the four-weekend Open Championships’ Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition. Team and D/S events will alternate Saturdays and Sundays in an attempt to accommodate as many bowlers as possible.

CLICK HERE for a list of hotels and rates.

New this year: An entry closing date of April 9 (unless extended). Team captains are urged to get their teams together and sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out.  Only paid entries received by the final closing date will be considered.

Please note that the D/S squads on Sundays, April 17 and May 1, are set for 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and may have six bowlers per pair depending upon the number of entries.

Also, bowlers with averages of 220 or higher are allowed to compete in scratch brackets only.

For more information, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at

Rochesterian, 80, Rolls 868 Series

JANUARY 23, 2016 – The opportunity to excel in bowling exists for all ages -- just ask a pair of New York residents who experienced crowning achievements in recent weeks.

Last month, we reported that 12-year-old Zachary Bogholtz of Nassau rolled a USBC-certified 300 game at East Greenbush Bowling Center (Albany area) – becoming one of the youngest in New York State (but not the youngest) to ever reach perfection. Click on the Youth tab for more about Zach's accomplishment.

Well on Jan. 19, 80-year-old Charlie Gfeller of Rochester connected on 33 of a possible 36 strikes for an 868 series while substituting in the Tuesday Triples League at Domm’s Bowling Center.

The Rochester USBC BA Hall of Famer said he used a new Storm Haywire drilled by Dave “Ham” Werner at AMF Terrace Gardens to post games of 299-279-290. He left a 4-pin in game one, 4-pin in the third frame of game two and a 6-10 in the opening frame of game three – breaking his previous high of 835.

“I’ve had about six or seven 700 sets with this ball at Domm’s. I am able to play between the 5 and 10 board and everything is consistent,” said Gfeller, a 200-plus average bowler.

The retired sheet metal worker said he wonders if anyone else at his age has ever rolled that high of a series.  Our research led us to an 810 series rolled by 84-year-old Chuck Foudray of Green Bay, Wis., on Dec. 15, 2015, making him the oldest bowler to record an 800 series.

If anyone has knowledge of a series higher than 868 being bowled by an octogenarian, let us know by sending an email to

Three Schools to Receive Grants
from NYS USBC YES Program

JANUARY 22, 2016 – The New York State USBC, through its Youth Education Services program and in conjunction with the International Bowling Campus, is awarding grants to three schools in its ongoing effort to promote the sport of bowling to young people.

A High School Assistance Grant in the amount of $2,500 will be going to Sachem East High in Farmingville (Long Island) to help the school sustain its varsity interscholastic bowling program, which has been affected by budget cuts.

The NYS USBC will be giving In-School Bowling Grants to the Lyncourt Union Free School District in Syracuse and to the Brockport Central School District. In-School grants, valued at $1,200 each, consist of six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with a teaching curriculum.

Four 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.

NY Bowlers Raise $12,576
to Support BVL Programs

WASHINGTON, DC, December 22, 2015 – The bowlers of New York raised $12,576 in support of the BVL this year which will be used for New York veterans’ recreation therapy programs to help boost spirits and improve morale by providing outlets for an active and engaged lifestyle.

“BVL dollars pick up where government funding leaves off,” said BVL Chairman John LaSpina.  “These programs are a vital link in the recuperation process.  Time and time again, studies show that programs like the ones BVL provides are the key in speeding recuperation and reducing stressors like isolation and loneliness.

“We thank our friends in New York for helping us in our mission to make a positive difference in the lives of our veterans and active duty military.”  

Founded in 1942, BVL is a national 501 (c) (3) charity which is consistently acknowledged for efficient and effective programming delivered with extremely low overhead (6 percent).  BVL has been recognized as one of “America’s Best Charities,” earned a “Top Rated” Nonprofit distinction, and accepted into the Combined Federal Campaign (#93325).   

New York association and league contributions for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2015 were as follows:

-- Albany USBC, $1,400;
-- Canandaigua USBC, $100;
-- Greater Buffalo USBC, $2,905;
-- Kingston USBC WBA, $125;
-- New York City USBC, $1,584;
-- New York State USBC, $2,000;
-- Northern Adirondack USBC, $395;
-- Orange Sullivan Women’s 500 Club, $130;
-- Rochester Bowling Council, $500;
-- Schenectady-Scotia USBC WBA, $50;
-- Tri-County NY USBC, $2,015;
-- Tuesday Night Alley Cats, $30;
-- Waterville USBC, $1,342.

NYS USBC Directors Vote to Change
Eligibility Rules for Masters, Queens

DECEMBER 16, 2016 – The NYS USBC Board of Directors have voted to change the eligibility rules of the annual NYS Masters and NYS Queens championship tournaments as they pertain to youth bowlers.

Effective with the 2016 Masters (March 5) and Queens (April 16) events, only NYS USBC-certified Adult members will be eligible to participate.

Go to the Tournaments page for entry forms, which have been revised to reflect the new rules.

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman said the change was made to encourage youth bowlers to compete in as many state and local youth USBC tournaments as possible and to safeguard youth bowlers’ amateur status.

“New York State youth bowlers have a number of tournament opportunities provided by NYS USBC and their local associations and are urged to participate in these and other local and national youth tournaments,” Buckman said.

“Furthermore, the rules of amateur status vary from college to college; so where one school may accept the SMART (scholarship fund) money for expenses, others may not. Should a youth bowler have to claim those winnings as cash, it could jeopardize his or her amateur status.”

Youth Championship Tournaments conducted by the NYS USBC -- all of which award scholarships -- include the Youth Team, Youth Pepsi (scratch singles), NYS Youth Scholarship (handicap singles) and Adult-Junior Championships. 

Information on these events can be found by scrolling over the Youth tab and clicking on the Youth Tournaments tab.

NYS USBC to Induct Four
into State Hall of Fame

DECEMBER 11, 2015 – A pair of longtime Rochester area bowling standouts headline the 2016 New York State Hall of Fame class.

Tommy Kress of Hilton and Bambi Asmuth of Rochester will be inducted into the Superior Performance category at the state association’s Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on June 4, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel Albany on Wolf Road (formerly Holiday Inn Albany), 205 Wolf Road, Albany.

They will be joined by two longtime New York City/Long Island area bowling promoters – John LaSpina of Long Beach and Margaret “Penny” Clinton-Jensen of Staten Island. Both will be inducted into the Meritorious Service category.

The NYS USBC awards committee also selected two people for “service” awards – Mike Callan of Rochester, Service to Youth; and Fran Piraino of Syracuse, Service to Bowling/Community.


Delegate count at 187 for 2016 Annual Meeting

DECEMBER 15, 2015 – More than 180 delegates, representing 48 United States Bowling Congress local associations in New York, will be eligible to vote at the 5th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on June 4, 2016.

The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Albany (formerly Holiday Inn Albany), 205 Wolf Road, Albany, NY, 12205. A Memorial Service will precede the meeting, starting at 12:30 p.m. The phone number for the hotel is 518-458-7250. Room rate for NYS Delegates and guests is $111 per night plus 14% tax.

USBC President Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island is tentatively scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting.

The delegate count is as follows:

-- NYS USBC Directors – 10 Adult delegates;
-- NYS USBC Directors – 4 Adult/Youth delegates;
-- Adult Delegates – 128;
-- Youth Delegates – 34
-- Adult/Youth Delegates -- 11. 

More information about the Annual Meeting and that evening’s Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner will be mailed to delegates in April. All registered delegates will have voice and voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

CLICK HERE for a list of delegates and alternates that were submitted by local association officials to the NYS USBC office.

Positions up for election in 2016 are as follows:

-- Vice President (see resume form for specific qualifications), currently held by Liz DeHart.
-- Three Adult Directors, currently held by Karen Krauss and Corinthia Ward and one vacant.
-- Two Youth Directors, currently held by A.S. “Doc” Doctorow and Tom Solimine.

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, 2016. 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 2017 USBC Annual Meeting.

Color Brochure Highlights
Youth Benefits Provided
by New York State USBC

NOVEMBER 13, 2015 --  The New York State USBC has created a high-quality, color tri-fold brochure outlining the benefits and services it provides to youth bowlers.

The brochure touches upon state championship tournaments for youth, Youth Education Services scholarships and grants, the NYS Youth Leaders program and NYS USBC-sponsored coaching clinics and seminars. It also has a page listing the benefits of USBC membership -- valuable information to local associations as they work to retain their members and recruit new members.

The brochures are available to local associations for distribution to youth league directors, parents and bowling centers. Please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at to request a supply of these brochures. The NYS USBC will mail them to local associations free of charge.

By working together we can ensure a Future for the Sport!

CLICK HERE to view the outside panel of the brochure.

CLICK HERE to view the inside panel of the brochure.

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