New York State USBC Bowling Association News
McEwan Edges Johnson in WBT Finals Battle of New York Standouts

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26, 2017 – Two-time Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, successfully defended her World Bowling Tour Finals title Sunday by delivering a clutch strike in the final frame.

The 25-year-old right-hander's strike at The Orleans Bowling Center gave her a final score of 203, forcing two-time PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, to mark in her 10th frame to secure the win.

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Indiana Bowler Becomes Oldest to Roll 900 Series

ARLINGTON, Texas – Less than three weeks from his 71st birthday, John Buchanan III of Evansville, Indiana, gave himself an early gift as he connected on 36 consecutive strikes on January 11 to become the oldest bowler in United States Bowling Congress history to record a 900 series.
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Ozio Elected to 2017 USBC Hall of Fame Class

ARLINGTON, Texas - David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas, has been elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.
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NYS Local Associations

USBC Introduces Tournament
Rerate List to Bowl.com

Tournament Managers Encouraged to Share
Rerate Information for Publication

JANUARY 24, 2017 -- ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress continually looks at ways to strengthen the integrity of the averages used by participants in USBC-certified tournaments. To provide tournaments managers with additional resources, USBC has created a process for tournament managers to share bowler rerate information.

Tournament managers now can submit information on bowlers who have had averages rerated or adjusted per Rule 319c, including the reason for the rerate. USBC will compile a list of bowlers who have been rerated, and the list will be available for other tournament managers.

"We must continue to look for ways to reduce average manipulation so tournament bowlers can be more confident they are competing on a level playing field when they enter an event," USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said. "It will be important for those who operate events to share their information on rerates so that all tournament managers can have the tools to make informed decisions when it comes to rerates or adjustments of a bowler's average."

Bowlers who have been rerated are required to report any adjustment under Rule 319c – Average Adjustments (Rerating). The rule states that the average of a bowler may be adjusted upward before participation in any event and if the assigned average is not accepted by the bowler, the entry fee shall be refunded.

The rule further reads that unless the tournament rules state otherwise, in a handicap or classified tournament, a bowler who has had his/her average adjusted/rerated in accordance with this rule is required to report all previous assigned average adjustments/rerates, whether the bowler accepted the adjustment/rerate or not, at the time of bowling.

The following information must be submitted prior to participation for possible average adjustment/rerate:

1. The name of each tournament in which an average adjustment/rerate was assigned
2. The adjusted/rerated average.

Failure to comply with these provisions is cause for a forfeiture of entry fees and prize winnings.

Tournament managers will be provided access to an online form to submit information and also will be provided access to a list of bowlers who have received an adjustment/rerate.

The USBC Rules team will be responsible for updating the information weekly during the tournament season, approximately December through May. During the remainder of the year, the information will be updated at least monthly.

To provide USBC members with the information they need to report their proper entering average, they should go to Find a Member on BOWL.com.


Seven Valley USBC Hall of Fame

SEVEN VALLEY USBC HALL OF FAME: The Seven Valley USBC held its Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 18, 2017, at the Homer Elks Lodge. Seated from left, Terri Wood, service; Merrit Seamans, veteran; standing, Ken Smith, past president, speaker;; Rick Rosato, accomplishment; Chris Dewey Sr., veteran; Michael Scott, ability; Roger Allen, Seven Valley USBC president. Sue Miller was inducted for service.


Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Fame

GREATER BUFFALO HALL OF FAME: Twelve people were inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Nov. 26 at Samuel's Grande Manor in Williamsville. Front from left: Kathy McDonald (Ability); Beth O'Brien (Service); Linda Bardol (Service to Youth); Dewey Dobson (Service); Janette Piesczynski (Ability); Michelle Sterner (Ability) Back: Ken Duke (Service); Pat Brick (Ability); Ted Czajka (Ability); John Meczynski (Ability); Mike Zarcone (Ability); Greg Merkle (Service).


Tri County Bowling Hall of Fame

TRI COUNTY BOWLING HALL OF FAMERS: NYS USBC President Roger Buckman, right, was the guest speaker on Nov. 12 in Sidney at the Tri County Bowling Hall of Fame dinner (Chen Del O USBC).  Inductees are, from left, Bernice Daley, Mary Deck, Robert Wells and Earnest Cawley.


Auburn USBC BA Hall of Fame

AUBURN HONOREES: The late Kevin Gabak and Tom "Rabbit" Winslow were elected into the Auburn USBC BA Hall of Fame for superior performance on Nov. 12. From left are Kevin's wife, Maureen, and Winslow.  Becca O'Donnell-Young and Mike Ryan were honored as the association's Bowlers of the Year. O'Donnell-Young and Rick Lambrecht paced the association with 230 averages.


Syracuse USBC BA, WBA USBC Hall of Fame

SYRACUSE HONOREES: The annual combined Syracuse Men's and Women's Bowling Hall of Fame dinner and ceremony was held on Nov. 5, 2016 at Borio's Restaurant. This year's induction class includes, seated from left, former state champion Marcia Russo (Outstanding Performance); longtime SWBA director Betty Genninger (Distinguished Service), and 2016 Post-Standard Women's Masters and Syracuse Queens champion Jennifer Creno (Outstanding Performance); standing, from left, Vince DeFlorio (Outstanding Veteran), former SBA officer/director and youth coach Carl Pawlick (Meritorious Service); and 1994 USBC national champion Jeff Gordon (Outstanding Bowler). Photo by Fran Piraino.


Southern Tier USBC Hall of Fame

SOUTHERN TIER USBC: The Southern Tier USBC Hall of Fame Class of 2016 is, from left, Alexander Johnson Jr., Senior Star; Rosemary Whyte, Special Merit; Gary Palma, Superior Performance; Sarah Krager, Superior Performance, William Gleim, Meritorious Service. The ceremony took place on Aug. 14.


Rochester USBC BA, WBA Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER USBC BA, WBA HONOREES: The Rochester USBC BA and WBA held their Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Wednesday night (May 18) at Brook-Lea Country Club. Honorees are, from left, Laura Branch, youth career achievement; Mike Rose Jr., outstanding achievement (BA); Susan Strait, outstanding achievement (WBA), and Justin Larson, youth career achievement. Photo by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager.


CLICK HERE for Local Association Delegate Allotment
for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Corning


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 bowlny300@yahoo.com.


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.


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 -- ben.brose@bowl.com -- 817-385-8394

Sincerely,
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 associationservices@bowl.com by February 10, at which time the selection process will take place.


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.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES (“REPS”)

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 – www.bowlny.com.
          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.

YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES (“REPS”)

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 bowlny300@yahoo.com or 585-343-3736.


CLICK HERE for NYS bowling centers by local association.

NEW YORK STATE USBC LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS

Association Name Assn. Manager Association Email Address
Adams USBC Michael Lapp AdamsUSBC300@hotmail.com
Adirondack USBC Craig Morrell adkusbc11@gmail.com
Albany USBC Karen Krauss albanynyba@albany.twcbc.com
Amsterdam USBC Celinda Holik cmh11101954@hotmail.com
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 auburnusbc@roadrunner.com
Auburn USBC WBA Ann Fenton afenton1@rochester.rr.com
Auburn USBC Youth Tom Ostrander
tomo7948@roadrunner.com
Bath USBC John Coumbe john@coumbe.net
Boonville USBC BA Brian Simpson Phantazm88@aol.com
Boonville USBC WBA Carol Taft mamataft1951@yahoo.com
Canandaigua USBC Jon Barkley j.barkley@frontiernet.net
Catskill Mountain USBC Youth Robert Waldele rwaldele@hvc.rr.com
Chen Del O USBC Jolene Scott
jellybena79@yahoo.com
Columbia Greene USBC Paul Drahushuk dvader57@gmail.com
Corning USBC BA Greg Millhollen corningusbcba@stny.rr.com
Corning USBC WBA Pat Osborn posborn1@stny.rr.com
Corning USBC Youth

Donald Millhollen

dmillhol@stny.rr.com
Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Michele Bouquin
chellybo69@yahoo.com
Earlville USBC Edna "Dolly" Haas dehaas@frontier.com
Elmira USBC Michele D'Angelo
mitchyd298@aol.com
Finger Lakes USBC BA David Bellis dbellis1@rochester.rr.com
Finger Lakes USBC WBA Sandy Covert scovert@rochester.rr.com
Finger Lakes USBC Youth William O'Neil woneil@rochester.rr.com
Fulton City USBC Youth Paula Distin
pjdbowl@aol.com
Fulton County USBC BA Gregory Simonson gsimonso@nycap.rr.com
Fulton USBC BA Paul Kupelian fultonusbcba@gmail.com
Fulton USBC WBA Paula Distin
pjdbowl@aol.com
Genesee Region USBC Laurie Cole
lcole@bowlgr.com
Gouverneur USBC Marion Bowhall gouverneurbowl@yahoo.com
Gr Buffalo USBC Bill Palumbo contact@gbusbc.com
Gr Otsego USBC Janice Harrison jharriso@nycm.com
Grape Belt USBC Youth Priscilla Seybold cilla@netsync.net
Greene USBC Wendell McGrath mcgrathwm@hotmail.com
Harrisville USBC Diane Thomas dndithom@aol.com
Hornell USBC Jeff Fetzner jeff.fetzner@gmail.com
Hudson Valley USBC Robert Tyler office@hvusbc.org
Hudson Valley USBC Youth Tina Vredenburg omash@us.ibm.com
Ithaca USBC Patricia Stage pstage1055@aol.com
Jamestown Area USBC William Thompson Jr crankinbill@gmail.com
Johnstown USBC WBA Ramona Cole
meconoma@gmail.com
Johnstown USBC Youth Kati-lyn Meher
kmeher1182@gmail.com
Kingston NY USBC BA Robert Boughton Sr. Kgnbowlingassoc@AOL.com
Kingston USBC WBA Pamela Boyle assocmanager@kusbcwba.com
Lake Ontario USBC BA Robert Tierson RTierson@Rochester.RR.Com
Lockport USBC Timothy Kirsch LockportUSBC@aol.com
Long Island USBC Stephen Ziesig liusbca@verizon.net
Lowville USBC BA Everette Haggerty Jr golfer700@twcny.rr.com
Lowville USBC WBA Rhonda Vary bowling-honda@hotmail.com
Lowville USBC Youth Derek Crouse lewislanes@frontiernet.net
Malone USBC Robert Black patcat52@yahoo.com
Malone USBC Youth George McLaughlin lslmalone@aol.com
Massena-Waddington USBC Tammy LaPoint tomkayshad@yahoo.com
Mid-Hudson USBC Janet Sullinger
jsullinger@mhbaonline.com
Mohawk Valley Towns USBC
Don Null nucker@verizon.net
Mohawk Valley USBC Youth Brenda Johnson bren_371@yahoo.com
Moira USBC Terry Grant tkg@slic.com
New York City USBC Robert Gotterbarn nycusbc@gmail.com
New York State USBC A@L Penny Clinton NYSYABASECY@aol.com
Niagara Falls USBC BA Anthony Quaranto Sr nfba1935@gmail.com
Niagara Falls USBC WBA Bobbi-Lynn Marshall bouttime02@wmconnect.com
Niagara Frontier USBC Youth Bobbi-Lynn Marshall
bouttime02@wmconnect.com
Northern Adirondack USBC Theresa Bosley tbosley@twcny.rr.com
Norwich USBC Brian Drake brian_1381@yahoo.com
Ogdensburg USBC Youth Chris Smith ogdbowl@twcny.rr.com
Penn Yan-Dundee USBC WBA Laurie Rogers lauralye914@rochester.rr.com
Potsdam USBC BA Lloyd Howe II lhoweii@twcny.rr.com
Potsdam USBC WBA Norma Cyrus ncyrus@twcny.rr.com
Rochester NY USBC  Mark McClain bowl@rochesternyusbc.org
Rockland Co USBC Youth Robert Larkin rgl113@aol.com
Rockland County USBC Robert Larkin rgl113@aol.com
Rome USBC Howard York romenyusbcba@gmail.com
Rome USBC Youth Pamella Spencer bubbajean11@verizon.net
Salamanca USBC BA Alan Milks kalam2@verizon.net
Salamanca USBC WBA Mary Forness
mary_f412@hotmail.com
Saranac Lake USBC BA George Cole sidsandy2@aol.com
Sara-Placid USBC WBA Nancy Hurteau nancyhu@roadrunner.com
Saugerties USBC Matthew Kordich Mattkordich@yahoo.com
Sayre Athens Waverly Valley USBC Nathan Johnson n99nate@yahoo.com
Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA Anne Torak piano@nycap.rr.com
Schenectady USBC BA Lloyd Denny Jr lloyd.denny2@verizon.net
Schenectady USBC Youth Kristen Zadrozny
ktzad@aol.com
Schoharie County USBC
Sara Masterson
sarabowls@midtel.net
Seven Valley USBC Brenda Allen sevenvalleyusbc@verizon.net
Sherrill USBC Michael Keenan
mkeenan3@twcny.rr.com
Southern Tier USBC Benjamin Armberge bowling@stnyusbc.com
Staten Island USBC Robert Sullivan bob@siusbc.org
Syracuse USBC BA Sandy Argus syracuseba@gmail.com
Syracuse USBC WBA Debora Deuel syracusewba@gmail.com
Syracuse USBC Youth Theresa Lightaul
syracuseyouthbowling@gmail.com
Theresa USBC Debbie Collett debbiecollett84@yahoo.com
Tonawandas USBC Tom Glass
TONUSBC@roadrunner.com
Triboro USBC Youth Corinthia Ward cww49@aol.com
Tri-County NY USBC Michele Bensley tcnyusbc80949@gmail.com
Troy USBC Kathy Klar secretary@troynyba.org
Troy USBC Youth Stephanie Mallette
smalette@bowlne.com
Twin Tiers USBC Ronald VanDerLinden rvdlinden16@gmail.com
Utica Central NY USBC BA Tony Felitto afelitto@roadrunner.com
Utica USBC WBA Linda Hunter aph2869@frontiernet.net
Watertown USBC Diane Sykes WatertownUSBC@aol.com
Waterville USBC Elsie Towne etowne30@frontiernet.net
Wayco USBC Youth Lori-Lynn Lancaster lori.lancaster@waynecap.org
Wayne Co USBC WBA Sue DuVall waynecountywba@gmail.com
Wellsville USBC BA Michael Woodworth michael_wdwrth@yahoo.com
Wellsville USBC WBA Vicki Hilfinger victo248@yahoo.com
Westchester County USBC Barbara Campisi bcampisi1@optonline.net
Willsboro USBC Kristy Leerkes
krissygay1@yahoo.com
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