New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Jason Belmonte Back on Top at USBC Masters

INDIANAPOLIS - Three-time defending champion Jason Belmonte knew he was guaranteed a spot in the double-elimination bracket at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Masters, but he made sure to remain focused and aggressive throughout qualifying this week at Woodland Bowl.
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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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Youth Bowling

12-year-old Zack Bogholtz
Records Perfect Game

UPDATED - JAN. 7, 2016

JAN. 5, 2016 -- Twelve-year-old Zachary Bogholtz of Nassau (Albany USBC) rolled a USBC-certified 300 game in the Youth Semi-Classic League at East Greenbush Bowling Center on Dec. 19.

The right-hander reached perfection in the first game of his four-game session during which he posted an impressive 913 total. A seventh grader at Goff Middle School, he holds a 184 average.

Zack bowls for the Columbia High School junior varsity team and recently qualified for the Huck Finn Tournament Adult-Junior Doubles semifinals. He is the son of Rick and Melissa Bogholtz, both 200-plus average bowlers.

According to Mark McClain, Rochester bowling historian, Zack is among the youngest New Yorkers to register a USBC-certified 300 game, but not the youngest.

Sam Arnone of Rochester was 11 1/2 years old when he reached perfection on Dec. 19, 1993 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Ithaca.

Jeff Blind, also of Rochester, was 12 1/2 years old when he rolled a 300 game on Jan. 29, 2005 at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster. Amy Brongo of Honeoye Falls was 13 years old when she hit the 300 mark at Fairview Lanes in Fairport on June 29, 1990.

If anyone has more information regarding the youngest New Yorkers to bowl a perfect game, please contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at

USBC Selects New York Youth
as Zeb Scholarship Recipient

MARCH 12, 2015 -- Christopher Kenny of Garnerville, New York, has been selected to receive the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Annual Zeb Scholarship.

The award recipient must be a USBC Youth member who is a junior or senior in high school, has strong academic success and has given back to their community through service. The winner is selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

“I am honored and excited to have been chosen as this year’s Annual Zeb Scholarship winner,” Kenny said. “It is a humbling feeling to have been selected with the criteria of being a young bowler, working hard academically and giving back to my community through service.  These are three very important parts of my life.”

Kenny is a senior at North Rockland High School and has taken Advanced Placement courses in physics, literature and composition, world history and American history. He has received several scholastic honors, is a member of the National Honor Society and has a 4.3 grade-point average based on a 4.0 scale.

He is a member of the Academic League, Alternative Energy Club, Drama Society, New York State Math League and Science Olympiad.

Much of his community service has been through Teens Connected by Christ, his youth group at church, where he has been involved in the planning and leadership of the group for more than two years, and as an Eagle Scout. He has more than 200 hours of community service with Teens Connected by Christ that included the Breakfast Run and Midnight Run programs, trips into New York City to deliver food and clothing to the homeless.

His Eagle Scout project was the renovation and organization of a room at Immaculate Conception Parish that was allocated to the Midnight Run program.

As the Annual Zeb Scholarship winner, Kenny will receive a $2,500 scholarship and an expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony that will be held in conjunction with the 2015 Junior Gold Championships, set for July 11-17 in Dupage County, Illinois.

PBA, PWBA, IBC, Strike Ten
to Roll Out 'Bowl Like' Youth Program

ARLINGTON, Texas (March 11, 2015) – The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) have teamed with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development and Strike Ten Entertainment to launch a new league program that encourages kids nationwide to Bowl Like a Girl! or Bowl Like a Boy! The industrywide youth bowling initiative, which is open to youth bowlers up to age 20, kicks off April 6, 2015.

Title ambassadors for the youth program include bowling’s elite professional athletes from the PBA and PWBA Tours including the PBA’s Bill O’Neill, Mike Fagan, Sean Rash and the PWBA’s Missy Parkin, Lynda Barnes and Danielle McEwan.

Offered for any league season to participating bowling centers across the country, the PBA/PWBA’s “Bowl Like” 8-12-week leagues will provide instructional curriculums for beginner and advanced youth bowlers, plus weeks of bowling fun for all.

Each participant who completes the league will receive the following:

  • A complimentary bowling ball (plastic or introductory reactive performance ball, depending on skill level)
  • USBC Youth Membership
    • A USBC certified average
    • A USBC membership card
    • Access to participate in USBC certified competitions (leagues, tournaments)
  • PBA/PWBA Certificate of Merit

“This program offers kids a great chance to not only learn the sport of bowling, but to stay active, build teamwork skills, and have fun with other kids,” said Kelly Kulick, a six-time major champion who serves as PWBA spokeswoman.  Kulick, who famously became the first woman to ever win a national title on the male-dominated PBA tour continued, “And with the added inspiration from the upcoming re-launch of the PWBA tour, the timing couldn’t be better to encourage our kids to learn to bowl and improve their skills in a “Bowl Like” Youth League at their local bowling center.”

“This is a turn-key youth bowling development initiative aimed at driving youth certifications and participation,” said Strike Ten Entertainment president John Harbuck.  “This industry-wide program not only includes a comprehensive marketing kit complete with digital assets for online and social marketing, it also features an attractive incentive package for youth bowlers who complete the league. Top industry manufacturers, 900 Global, Brunswick, Columbia 300, Hammer and Storm are also supporting the effort by offering participating centers who certify their youth bowlers deep discounts on the bowling balls provided through “Bowl Like” Youth League programs.”

The “Bowl Like” Youth League programs will be offered to all BPAA and USBC affiliated bowling centers and comes with comprehensive marketing materials that include a standee, posters, counter card and customizable sales flyers. To activate this promotion, bowling centers can purchase a marketing kit through Strike Ten Entertainment. A detailed informational mailer with all the program details is scheduled for late March 2015.

The promotion is scheduled for leagues starting from April 6, 2015 through December 31, 2015. For more details, please contact Toby Brown, Director of Strike Ten Entertainment at 800-871-7869 ext.8444, or email or visit

Bowler's Ed Header

The In-School Bowling program is a vital step to developing a new generation of bowlers, creating awareness about the lifetime sport of bowling and showcasing bowling as an activity without participation barriers. Operating as an extension of the bowling center, it provides the scholastic community "A Lane of New Opportunities" as budgets are cut and educators seek valuable programs at the academic level.

If you are new to the In-School Bowling program, we are here to help your bowling center or association understand how it can help deliver new youth league bowlers, increase open play traffic, introduce membership and scholarship opportunities, and enhance the future of youth bowling. 

A variety of resources are available to convey the Bowler's Ed message and connect with educators. Doing so has never been easier through our updated marketing materials, customizable resources, supporting partners and dedicated initiative - Bowler's Ed.

1. Customizable Bowler's Ed Marketing and Communication Materials (Click HERE)
The Youth Resource Center is available 24/7, 365 days a year. These resources are fully customizable to promote your Bowler's Ed program. Reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to help solidify your program!  

2. Bowler's Ed Educator How-To Guide (Click HERE)
Updated with new content promoting Bowler's Ed through program values, social, emotional and physical health benefits, and how the program aligns with national standards. Apply the Educator How-To Guide to highlight the academic and athletic impact of Bowler's Ed.

3. Bowler's Ed Introduction Letters (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > General) 
Deliver a consistent and comprehensive message surrounding the Bowler's Ed program in an educators language. The different letters (general and detailed) reduce the time spent composing the communication and use our branded Bowler's Ed materials to solidify your program!

4. Bowler's Ed Customizable Flier (Click HERE > Letters & Fliers > Bowler's Ed Flier) 
A customizable advertisement designed to bring awareness to an upcoming community event. Utilizing the marketing material will help create awareness to any event through an artistically designed flier allowing for individual customization. 

5. Bowler's Ed Program Recognition (Click HERE > Certificates & Recognition) 
These items create a recognition opportunity for the bowling center and school. Utilize the achievement certificate to better award the students and a coupon for continued participation opportunities within the bowling center. 

Contact for additional program support and information!

NYS Youth Leaders
Officers for 2014-15

President — Daniel Passonno, Watervliet,

1st Vice President — Courtney Gervais, Staten Island,

2nd Vice President — Ashley Martinez, Staten Island,

Secretary-Treasurer — Mariah Williams, Bloomington,

Sergeant-at-Arms — Autumn Rivet, Cohoes,

Advisor — Judith Phillips, Kingston,

Advisor — Nancy Howell, Kingston,

USBC Junior Gold Competition
Doesn’t Violate NYSPHSAA Rules

FEBRUARY 17, 2012 – Reacting to questions about amateur status and participation in USBC youth tournaments, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued an interpretation that during the 2011-12 school year, participation in a USBC North Point Junior Gold Qualifier and/or qualifying for and participating in the USBC North Pointe Junior Gold Championship will not violate the NYSPHSAA Amateur Rule.

The NYSPHSAA rule states, in part, that a student athlete forfeits his or her amateur status in a sport by “competing for money or other compensation (allowable travel, meals, and lodging expenses may be accepted)”. With this interpretation, the NYSPHSAA is saying that USBC Junior Gold competition is permissible under its rules.

Representatives from NYSPHSAA and USBC will be working together to ensure participation in these types of events will not violate high school eligibility rules and regulations.

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