New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Belmonte Undefeated, Ciminelli in Contention at USBC Masters

INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Belmonte again proved why he's considered the best bowler in the world by battling back from a 38-pin deficit to remain undefeated at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters.
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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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NYS Local Associations

CLICK HERE for Local Association Delegate Allotment
for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Albany

Robin Marshall Bids Farewell
to Northeast USBC Members

JUNE 8, 2015 -- As you may know, Jim Zebehazy has retired after 33 years of service to the bowling industry.  Starting June 8th, I will begin transitioning as the Southern Regional Manager to be effective August 1, 2015.  I have enjoyed the last 3 years working with each and everyone of you!!  I have learned so much and thank you for your tireless efforts to make bowling a great family sport!

At this time, I would like to introduce, Ben Brose, the new Northeast Regional Manager. Ben has been with USBC for 6 years serving in the roles of Rules Counselor and most recently, the Manager of Membership Services.  

Over the next couple of months, Ben will be reaching out to introduce himself and will be attending upcoming Local and State events.  Ben looks forward to continuing our mission of a united bowling community that’s educated and engaged.

Feel free to contact Ben and welcome him aboard!!

Ben Brose -- -- 817-385-8394

Robin Marshall

Greater Buffalo USBC
Shares Services Document

The Greater Buffalo USBC, at its Annual Meeting in late July, distributed a USBC and Greater Buffalo USBC Services and Annual Dues Structure document listing all of the services available to those who join the United States Bowling Congress and the local association.

Greater Buffalo Association Manager Bill Palumbo agreed to share the form with other local associations in New York State. The NYS USBC encourages other associations to use this document as a template to be able to communicate the benefits of USBC membership.

CLICK HERE for the form.

Planning For Success: A guide for local associations

JANUARY 30, 2015 -- To help local associations become more equipped for change and to expand the skill-sets of its board, the United States Bowling Congress has developed a program called "Planning For Success" designed to assess the current state of the association, identify what programs are successful as well as which ones need improvement, and how to bring in new volunteers.

The program uses a self-assessment of the association to allow USBC to design action plans around areas needing improvement. The associations involved will receive a visit from their Regional Manager and monthly conference calls to review the status of the action plan. 

We are offering this opportunity to two associations in each of the four regions of the country. Associations interested in applying should click here for the application form and email a completed application to by February 10, at which time the selection process will take place.

Lockport USBC Hall of Fame

LOCKPORT HALL OF FAME: The Lockport USBC conducted its Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Lockport Town & Country Club. Inductees are, seated from left, Vivian Malcomb, Meritorious Service; Patricia Stoddard, Superior Performance; Jennifer Grabowski, Superior Performance; standing, Henry Poole, Superior Performance; Scott Koker, Superior Performance; Leo LaPort, Superior Performance; Timothy Incardona, Meritorious Service. Photo by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager.

Seven Valley USBC Hall of Fame

SEVEN VALLEY HALL OF FAME: Inducted into the Seven Valley USBC (Cortland area) Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 21 are, front from left, Dan Moore, Veteran; Jim Grant Sr., Veteran; back, President Roger Allen, Michael W. Root, Service; Steven Aloi, Accomplishments; Michael T. Root, Accomplishments.

Auburn USBC BA Hall of Fame

AUBURN USBC BA HALL OF FAMERS: Rick Lambrecht, left, and Steve Walawender were inducted into the Auburn USBC BA Hall of Fame on Nov. 14 at the Sunset Restaurant in Auburn.

Syracuse USBC BA, WBA Hall of Fame


SYRACUSE HALL OF FAMERSSix men and three women became the newest members of the Syracuse Bowling Hall of Fame in a joint Syracuse Men’s and Women’s Bowling Association ceremony Nov. 7 at Gilfillan's West Hill in Camillus. The Class of 2015 included (seated, left to right), Joe Cordone (Outstanding Veteran), Ginny Bottorff (Outstanding Veteran), Danielle "Dee" Cote (Outstanding Performance); (standing, left to right), Richie Sposato (Outstanding Bowler), Jan Moro (Distinguished Service), David Silvernail (Outstanding Veteran), Brian Langdon (Meritorious Service) and Jody VanLiew (Outstanding Bowler). The late Ray Bresee (Meritorious Service) was also inducted. Photo by Fran Piraino.

Fulton County USBC Hall of Fame

FULTON COUNTY USBC HALL OF FAME: James Aldrich and Terry Murray are congratulated by NYS USBC Director Karen Krauss upon their induction into the Fulton County USBC Hall of Fame Sunday (Oct. 25).

Southern Tier USBC Hall of Fame

SOUTHERN TIER USBC HALL OF FAME: The Southern Tier USBC inducted three into its Hall of Fame on Sunday (Aug. 9) at Donoli's Restaurant in Apalachin. From left are George "Butch" McNeill, husband of Joyce McNeill, who was inducted posthumously in the Special Merit category; Michael McNeill, Superior Performance category; and Richard Harvey, Senior Star category. Michael McNeill is George and Joyce's son. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

Staten Island USBC Hall of Fame

STATEN ISLAND HONORS MOFFiT: Dan Moffit, center, is congratulated by board member Ray Laursen and President Donna Zajac after becoming just the fourth person to be inducted into the Staten Island USBC Hall of Fame. He was recognized for Meritorious Service at a ceremony on May 22. Dan has served as the Exceptional Children's Social Club President and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the past 30 years.  The Colonial Pals, as they are known, is celebrating 52 years of continuous operation.  The program has bowled at the former Colonial Lanes and Bowling on the Green before moving to its new home, Showplace Entertainment Center, in 2004. Dan's involvement with the Colonial Pals brought him to the former S.I. Young American Bowling Alliance (YABA) just prior to merging the local bowling membership organizations (NYBA, SIYABA, & SIWBA).  After serving on the SIYABA Board of Directors, Dan was elected chairman of the Transition Team to create what is now known as the Staten Island USBC.  Moffit was elected to the Board of Directors to serve as the organization’s first President.  He continues to serve on the board of directors and is chair of the Awards Committee.

Rochester USBC BA, WBA Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER USBC BA, WBA HALL OF FAME: The Rochester USBC BA and WBA held its joint Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday night (May 20, 2015) at the Radisson Hotel RIT. Honorees are, seated from left, Joseph Argento Sr. (Meritorious Service) and Sandra Whitmore (Outstanding Achievement); standing, Brad Buckert (Meritorious Service), Peter Chapman (Outstanding Achievement - Senior Level), Norm Bialuski (Outstanding Achievement), Ray Bardol (Meritorious Service) and Robert Wrights, who received a League Leadership Award. Sylvester Sampson Jr. also was inducted into the HOF in the Outstanding Achievement - Veterans category. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Assn Mgr.

CLICK HERE for an article on the benefits of USBC membership,
written by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager

CLICK HERE for a one-pager about
the new USBC Adult Basic Membership

CLICK HERE for a graphic
of USBC membership benefits

Who Wants to Help?

A call for leaders across the state to voluntarily assist the NYS USBC in its effort to promote bowling through fair, competitive tournaments and worthwhile, effective programs and services.


The NYS USBC is recruiting one or two people in each of the state’s 10 regions – see Regional Map on the Officers page of this website -- to provide valuable assistance to the state’s bowling operation in the capacities listed below.  These ambassadors not only will enhance the NYS USBC’s level of service, but also will become familiar with the administration of bowling on the state level, potentially paving the way for them to become NYS USBC officers and directors in future years.

          a. Help distribute state tournament entry forms, flyers and other materials generated through the NYS USBC office.
          b. Represent the NYS USBC (when requested) at local association meetings, local Hall of Fame and Awards gatherings and at other events as warranted.
          c. Help communicate NYS USBC directives and “news” – such as new programs, coaching clinics, workshops – and help get the word out about the value of regularly visiting our website –
          d. Help promote NYS youth scholarships and other youth initiatives and activities.
          e. Help identify potential Hall of Fame or Special Award nominees and assist in the nomination process when necessary.
          f. Be our “eyes and ears” at the regional and local level, provide information and insight as we strive to improve communication with and service to our membership.
         g. Assist at NYS Open, Women, Senior and Youth Tournaments as requested by the state’s association manager.


Similar in scope and function to the Regional Ambassadors, Youth Ambassadors would primarily focus on the following:

          a. promoting youth bowling;
          b. helping to recruit new youth bowlers;
          c. assisting at youth tournaments;
          d. spreading the word about the NYS USBC scholarship program;
          e. gaining experience necessary to move into leadership roles on the state level.

If you are interested in becoming a Regional or Youth Representative, please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at or 585-343-3736.

CLICK HERE for NYS bowling centers by local association.


Association Name Assn. Manager Association Email Address
Adams USBC Michael Lapp
Adirondack USBC Craig Morrell
Albany USBC Karen Krauss
Amsterdam USBC Celinda Holik
Au Sable Forks USBC BA John McDonald JMcDonald2400@Charter.Net
Au Sable Valley USBC Youth John McDonald JMcDonald2400@Charter.Net
Auburn USBC BA Michael Ryan
Auburn USBC WBA Ann Fenton
Auburn USBC Youth Tom Ostrander
Bath USBC John Coumbe
Boonville USBC BA Brian Simpson
Boonville USBC WBA Carol Taft
Canandaigua USBC Jon Barkley
Catskill Mountain USBC BA Louis Klinegardner
Catskill Mountain USBC Youth Robert Waldele
Chen Del O USBC Jolene Scott
Columbia Greene USBC Paul Drahushuk
Corning USBC BA Greg Millhollen
Corning USBC WBA Linda Cevette
Corning USBC Youth

Donald Millhollen
Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Michele Bouquin
Earlville USBC Edna "Dolly" Haas
Elmira USBC Michele D'Angelo
Finger Lakes USBC BA David Bellis
Finger Lakes USBC WBA Sandy Covert
Finger Lakes USBC Youth William O'Neil
Fulton City USBC Youth Paula Distin
Fulton County USBC BA Gregory Simonson
Fulton USBC BA Paul Kupelian
Fulton USBC WBA Paula Distin
Genesee Region USBC Laurie Cole
Gouverneur USBC Marion Bowhall
Gr Buffalo USBC Bill Palumbo
Gr Otsego USBC Janice Harrison
Grape Belt USBC Youth Priscilla Seybold
Greene USBC Wendell McGrath
Harrisville USBC Diane Thomas
Hornell USBC Jeff Fetzner
Hudson Valley USBC Robert Tyler
Hudson Valley USBC Youth Tina Vredenburg
Ithaca USBC Patricia Stage
Jamestown Area USBC William Thompson Jr
Johnstown USBC WBA Ramona Cole
Johnstown USBC Youth Kati-lyn Meher
Katskill Foothills USBC WBA Cheryl Green
Kingston NY USBC BA Robert Boughton Sr.
Kingston USBC WBA Pamela Boyle
Lake Ontario USBC BA Robert Tierson RTierson@Rochester.RR.Com
Lockport USBC Timothy Kirsch
Long Island USBC James Maguire
Lowville USBC BA Everette Haggerty Jr
Lowville USBC WBA Rhonda Vary
Lowville USBC Youth Derek Crouse
Malone USBC Robert Black
Malone USBC Youth George McLaughlin
Massena-Waddington USBC Tammy LaPoint
Mid-Hudson USBC Janet Sullinger
Mohawk Valley Towns USBC
Don Null
Mohawk Valley USBC Youth Teresa Wolcott
Moira USBC Terry Grant
New York City USBC Corinthia Ward
New York State USBC A@L Penny Clinton
Niagara Falls USBC BA Anthony Quaranto Sr
Niagara Falls USBC WBA Bobbi-Lynn Marshall
Niagara Frontier USBC Youth Bobbi-Lynn Marshall
Northern Adirondack USBC Theresa Bosley
Norwich USBC Brian Drake
Ogdensburg USBC Youth Chris Smith
Penn Yan-Dundee USBC WBA Laurie Rogers
Potsdam USBC BA Lloyd Howe II
Potsdam USBC WBA Norma Cyrus
Rochester USBC BA Kayla Burnett
Rochester USBC WBA Nancy Starken
Rochester USBC Youth Mimi Lucey
Rockland Co USBC Youth Robert Larkin
Rockland County USBC Robert Larkin
Rome USBC Howard York
Rome USBC Youth Pamella Spencer
Salamanca USBC BA Alan Milks
Salamanca USBC WBA Mary Forness
Saranac Lake USBC BA George Cole
Sara-Placid USBC WBA Nancy Hurteau
Saugerties USBC Matthew Kordich
Sayre Athens Waverly Valley USBC Nathan Johnson
Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA Anne Torak
Schenectady USBC BA Lloyd Denny Jr
Schenectady USBC Youth Kristen Zadrozny
Schoharie County USBC
Sara Masterson
Seven Valley USBC Brenda Allen
Sherrill USBC Michael Keenan
Southern Tier USBC Benjamin Armberge
Staten Island USBC Robert Sullivan
Syracuse USBC BA Sandy Argus
Syracuse USBC WBA Debora Deuel
Syracuse USBC Youth Theresa Lightaul
Theresa USBC Debbie Collett
Tonawandas USBC Tom Glass
Triboro USBC Youth Corinthia Ward
Tri-County NY USBC Michele Bensley
Troy USBC Kathy Klar
Troy USBC Youth Stephanie Mallette
Twin Tiers USBC Ronald VanDerLinden
Utica Central NY USBC BA Tony Felitto
Utica USBC WBA Linda Hunter
Watertown USBC Diane Sykes
Waterville USBC Elsie Towne
Wayco USBC Youth Lori-Lynn Lancaster
Wayne Co USBC WBA Tina Gulbe
Wellsville USBC BA Michael Woodworth
Wellsville USBC WBA Vicki Hilfinger
Westchester County USBC Barbara Campisi
Willsboro USBC Kristy Leerkes
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