New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Ryan Ciminelli Captures PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open

AURORA, Ill. (Oct. 2, 2016) – Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., converted a 244 game in his final qualifying game into his second PBA Tour title of the season, and the seventh of his career, in the PBA Xtra Frame Parkside Lanes Open Sunday.
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Michigan Bowler Captures PBA50 Regional in Pottsville

Pottsville, Pa. (September 4, 2016) – Ernie Segura Jr. of Taylor, Mich. defeated Michael Klosin of Windham, N.H., 210-199, to win the PBA50 Track Cyborg Open at Strike Zone Alleys Sunday for his first QubicaAMF PBA Regional title.
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Josie Earnest Climbs Ladder to Win PWBA Rochester Open Title

August 24, 2016, ADDISON, Ill. – To calm herself as she looked to capture her first Professional Women's Bowling Association title, Josie Earnest thought about the patches she received as a youth bowler, the ones that reminded her that bowling is fun.
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NYS Local Associations

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 2016 Annual Meeting in Albany

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

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 -- -- 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.

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 Youth Robert Waldele
Chen Del O USBC Jolene Scott
Columbia Greene USBC Paul Drahushuk
Corning USBC BA Greg Millhollen
Corning USBC WBA Kathleen Leipold
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
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 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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