New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Kulick, Allen Rise to Top at PBA East Region Tournament in Hornell

Hornell, N.Y. (October 4, 2015) – Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. and Patrick Allen of Mt. Kisco, N.Y. scored victories in the PBA East Region’s doubleheader weekend at Maple City Bowl in Hornell, N.Y.
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LeClair Tops Ventura for Lakeview Lanes Eastern Open Crown

Fulton, New York. (Sept. 20, 2015) – Brian LeClair of Albany, N.Y., outscored Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., by 182 pins over 17 games to win the PBA50 Lakeview Lanes Eastern Open presented by Brunswick at Lakeview Lanes Sunday.
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Bohn III Rolls Three Perfect Games, Wins Howell Lanes East Open

Howell, N.J. (Sept. 13, 2015) – Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., rolled his third perfect game of the weekend to defeat Ernie Segura, Jr. of Taylor, Mich., 300-191, in winning the PBA50 Howell Lanes East Open presented by Radical at Howell Lanes Sunday.
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NYS Local Associations

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.

USBC Making Several Changes
to Sport Bowling Program

JUNE 1, 2015 -- To encourage more bowlers and leagues to take advantage of competing on challenging lane conditions and to improve certified tournament average integrity, the United States Bowling Congress will make several enhancements to the Sport Bowling program for the 2015-2016 season, which starts Aug. 1.

Leagues choosing to compete on Sport lane patterns now will have the opportunity to report as a Sport/Challenge league without submitting lane tapes or requiring bowlers to purchase membership upgrades. The USBC Sport membership, including the awards program, will be discontinued as bowlers no longer will need to purchase a membership upgrade to compete in Sport leagues.

“We are removing what historically has been noted as the two largest barriers to participation – the membership cost for the bowler and the additional work required by those running Sport leagues – so more leagues can take advantage of Sport patterns,” USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. “Removing the barriers will improve the average integrity for all certified tournaments, which is the key reason for the adjustment to the program.”

The Sport Bowling page of will re-launch July 1 with complete information and reference materials for bowlers, league secretaries and proprietors. The page will have Sport Bowling patterns, video tips on how to play certain Sport patterns, ideas for league formats and more information to help start and run a Sport Bowling league.

“USBC will lose some revenue as part of the switch, but average integrity is important to the future growth of the sport,” Murphy said. “We also want to encourage bowlers and leagues to take advantage of any Sport Bowling options they choose. Whether it is PBA Experience, Kegel Challenge, World Bowling or others, we should see more competition-level patterns in use because the process will be as simple as certifying the league with the new designation with no paperwork or tapes required.”

Starting with the 2015-2016 season, leagues that want to compete on Sport Bowling conditions will designate as a Sport/Challenge league on the league application form; bowlers competing in the league will have a corresponding icon next to their average for that league.

Because Sport Bowling conditions are more challenging than typical league conditions, bowler averages on Sport conditions usually are lower. Designating these leagues moving forward will assist league and tournament operators in automatically adjusting averages for a bowler.

The Sport Bowling Average Adjustment Scale also has been modified, based on data of more than 20,000 averages, as part of the Sport Bowling makeover. The new chart can be found here. The scale, of course, does not supersede a tournament director’s ability to adjust any bowler’s average upward for a tournament.

The Sport Bowling program started with the 2000-2001 season in response to technology changes in the sport. Sport Bowling emphasizes the bowler’s ability to make consistently accurate shots and to know when to make necessary adjustments. Most major USBC events, the PBA Tour, PWBA Tour and World Bowling events are conducted on Sport Bowling patterns.

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.

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.

Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame

GENESEE REGION USBC HALL OF FAME: From left, Sam Scopano, proprietor of Scopano's Lanes in Oakfield; Penny Brown, Mike Pettinella and Jerry Davis were inducted into the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame on Saturday (May 9, 2015) at a ceremony at Bennington Lanes. Scopano and Pettinella were inducted for Meritorious Service while Brown and Davis (her father-in-law) were enshrined for Outstanding Achievement. Pettinella was a 2001 inductee in the Outstanding Achievement category.

Ithaca USBC Hall of Fame

ITHACA USBC HALL OF FAME: From left, Mike Daghita, James Severino, Christopher Besemer and Russ Jacobs were inducted into the Ithaca USBC Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 3. Submitted photo.

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

USBC Introduces Non-Registered
Sport League Designation

AUGUST 16, 2014 -- USBC now has a new classification on its league application so leagues that compete on Sport Bowling or more challenging patterns, but choose not to certify as a Sport league, still can designate the league's tougher lane conditions.

The Non-Registered Sport league classification is located under the lane conditions section on the league application form; simply check the corresponding box under lane conditions for the league in WinLABS. You can do the same for any league that is using patterns that meet Blue or White requirements.

The leagues that designate as a Non-Registered Sport league will receive a special icon on the Find A Member section of, and the icon which will appear on members' averages in those leagues. The icon will be under lane conditions to denote averages bowled on what is believed to be a Sport condition.

USBC has received feedback stating there are a number of leagues that compete on Sport or more challenging patterns but are not certifying as Sport leagues. The purpose of this icon is to give tournament managers the most information possible, so they can make sure bowlers are using averages that accurately reflect their skill level.

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 Lynne Seyfarth
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 Edward Lawton
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 Tom Schanbacher
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 Joanne Soto
Syracuse USBC BA Sandy Argus
Syracuse USBC WBA Debora Deuel
Syracuse USBC Youth Theresa Lightaul
Theresa USBC William Lamere
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 Anne Church
Wellsville USBC BA Michael Woodworth
Wellsville USBC WBA Vicki Hilfinger
Westchester County USBC Barbara Campisi
Willsboro USBC Kristy Leerkes
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