New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Smallwood Tops Belmonte for PBA Players Championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 25, 2018) – Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., won four consecutive stepladder finals matches, including the title match against defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, to win the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl Sunday for his second major and third career PBA Tour title.
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O'Grady Climbs Ladder to Win PBA Tournament of Champions

FAIRLAWN, Ohio (Feb. 11, 2018) – Advancing from a pre-tournament qualifier earlier in the week all the way to the title match, four-time Professional Bowlers Association regional tournament winner Matt O'Grady of Rahway, N.J., won the 53rd PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday for his first PBA Tour title.
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Binghamton's Galli Named East Region Rookie of the Year

JAN. 16, 2018 -- Ryan Galli of Binghamton was named PBA East Region Rookie of the Year for 2017 based on his two fifth-place finishes and his four match play appearances.
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NYS Local Associations

CLICK HERE for the local association delegate
count for the NYS Annual Meeting.

Tonawandas USBC Hall of Fame

TONAWANDAS HALL OF FAMERS: The Tonawandas USBC Hall of Fame Dinner took place on Saturday (Nov. 25) at Classics V Terrace Room in Amherst. Inductees are. seated from left, Dan Eberl, Gail Krywcum and Art Mallwitz; standing, Brad Hamilton, Ron Sutton and Ken Pelletier. All were honored for outstanding ability except for Mallwitz, proprietor of Mallwitz Island Lanes, who was enshrined for meritorious service. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

Jamestown Area USBC Hall of Fame

JAMESTOWN HALL OF FAMERS: The 17th Jamestown Area USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet was held on Oct. 23 at the Celoron Legion. The Class of 2017 includes, from the left, Debbie Williams, Jeff Blasdell, Roger Volk, Linda Smith and Bob Kaverman. The five-member class brings the total number of inductees to 102. Post-Journal photo by Scott Kindberg.

Finger Lakes, Schenectady
Complete Assn. Mergers

SEPT. 6, 2017 -- Associations from the Finger Lakes and Schenectady areas have merged, according to the USBC.

Consolidations of men's, women's and youth associations have been completed, and the new associations are called Finger Lakes NY USBC and Schenectady USBC.

Lorie Hall is president and Michael Terpolilli is manager of the Finger Lakes NY USBC while William Nolan is president and Lloyd Denny is the manager of the Schenectady USBC.

USBC Introduces Tournament
Rerate List to

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

Rochester NY USBC Hall of Fame

ROCHESTER NY USBC HALL OF FAME: Eight people were inducted into the Rochester NY USBC Hall of Fame on Wednesday night (May 17, 2017) at Rick's Prime Rib House. Seated from left are Macey Secours, meritorious service; Cindy Burnett, meritorious service; Dottie Shannon, outstanding achievement - veterans; Kathy Larson, outstanding achievement; standing, Barry Vee, meritorious service; Rick Jewell Sr., outstanding achievement - senior level; Russell Pratt Jr., meritorious service; and Rick Schilling, outstanding achievement - veterans. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

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.

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.

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

CLICK HERE for info on the USBC Adult Basic Membership

CLICK HERE for a USBC membership benefits' graphic

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 Bob DelloStritto
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 Youth Robert Waldele
Chen Del O USBC Jolene Scott
Columbia Greene USBC Paul Drahushuk
Corning USBC BA Greg Millhollen
Corning USBC WBA Pat Osborn
Corning USBC Youth

Donald Millhollen
Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Michele Bouquin
Earlville USBC Edna "Dolly" Haas
Elmira USBC Michele D'Angelo
Finger Lakes NY USBC Michael Terpolilli
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
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 Stephen Ziesig
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 Brenda Johnson
Moira USBC Terry Grant
New York City USBC Robert Gotterbarn
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 NY USBC  Mark McClain
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 USBC Lloyd Denny Jr
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 Sue DuVall
Westchester County USBC Barbara Campisi
Willsboro USBC Kristy Leerkes
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