New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Conroy, Cavagnaro Capture PBA/PBA50 Event in Delaware

Millsboro, Del. (September 24, 2017) – John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y. and Alex Cavagnaro of Massapequa, N.Y., defeated Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. and Matt O'Grady of Rahway, N.J., 447-432, 402-471, 436-427, in the best-of-three-game title match to win the PBA/PBA50 Millsboro Lanes Doubles Sunday at Millsboro Lanes.
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Edwards' Comes Through for 23rd Regional Title

Schenectady, N.Y. (September 10, 2017) – Ray Edwards of Middle Island, N.Y. rolled three clutch strikes in the 10th frame to achieve a 279 tie in the final match against Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., preserving his 12-pin lead and earning his 23rd Professional Bowlers Association Regional title in the PBA50 Towne Bowling Academy Open.
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Mahopac's Conroy Second at PBA Strike Zone Open

Pottsville, Pa. (September 3, 2017) – Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del. defeated John Conroy of Mahopac, N.Y., 220-201, to win the PBA50 Strike Zone Open presented by Track at the Strike Zone Alleys Sunday for his second career PBA50 Regional title.
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Attention NYS Women's Championships Captains:
2018 Hotel List is on Tournaments Page


NYS Open Senior

Ventura's 803 Highlights
Opening Weekend

OCTOBER 16, 2017 – Sammy Ventura (Syracuse USBC BA) rolled 1,534 over the weekend, setting a lofty bar in the Six-Game Combine event for his age group at the 39th NYS Open Senior Championships at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool.

The 59-year-old right-hander posted 731 in Doubles and 803 in Singles to take the lead in Class D (55-59). He received no handicap based on his 230 entering average.

Ventura and his doubles partner, Cliff Saliba (Syracuse USBC BA), are in third place in Class C (60-64) with 1,354. The age classification in Doubles is based on the average age of the two bowlers.

CLICK HERE for the unofficial standings after the first weekend.

Several other bowlers came up with impressive scores.

In Class C Singles, James Miner (Syracuse USBC BA) rolled 781 (762 scratch) to take the lead – 19 pins better than R. Jeffery Ward (Gr Buffalo USBC).

In Class D Singles, Gary Reynolds (Auburn USBC BA) registered 721 scratch, 731 with handicap, to place second behind Ventura.

In Class E Singles, Scot Friedhaber (Gr Buffalo USBC) totaled 778 with handicap (673 scratch) to take the lead while Chris Prestia (Syracuse USBC BA) shot 716 (all scratch) for second place.

Three others had 700 series – Saliba in Class C Singles (708), Glenn Hashizumi (Southern Tier USBC) in Class D Doubles (705) and Joseph Noboa (Syracuse USBC BA) in Class B, 65-69. Doubles (701).

High games – Ventura, 288, 279; Russell Jacobs (Ithaca USBC), 280; Friedhaber, 280.

Hashizumi and Randy Snyder lead in Class D Doubles with 1,428, while Noboa and Thomas Clark are in first place in Class B Doubles with 1,476.

Other Six-Game Combine leaders are as follows:

Super Senior (75-and-over) – Peg Gilmore (Auburn USBC WBA), 1,310.
Class A (70-74) – Thomas Root (Ithaca USBC), 1,313.
Class B (65-69) – Wayne Clark (Auburn USBC BA), 1,364.
Class C (60-64) – R. Jeffery Ward (Gr Buffalo USBC), 1,497.
Class E (50-54) – Scot Friedhaber (Gr Buffalo USBC), 1,453.

As of today, openings for next weekend are as follows:

-- Saturday, Oct. 21, 12:30 p.m. – four lanes.
-- Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. – no openings.
-- Sunday, Oct. 22, 12:30 p.m. – three lanes.
-- Sunday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m. – 12 lanes.

Call the NYS USBC office right away – 585-343-3736 -- to reserve a spot.


NYS USBC Seeks Candidates
to Serve on Its Board of Directors

OCTOBER 3, 2017 -- Are you a United States Bowling Congress member who lives in New York or bowls in a USBC-certified league in New York State and is concerned about the future of our sport?

If so, you may be just the right person to take a place on the New York State USBC Board of Directors.

The NYS USBC's vision is to be the leading authority for tournament bowling in New York State, striving to provide fair tournaments and worthwhile programs to enhance and promote the sport.

If you are a critical thinker and a team player -- and have ideas that can move bowling forward by helping to recruit and retain members, and by working on behalf of our youth, then please fill out the resume form found on the About Us page and submit it per the instructions on the form.


NYS Directors Approve
Tournament Changes

Two Divisions, Entry Fee Increase
for Open Championships in '18

SEPT. 27, 2017 – New York State USBC directors, in an effort to increase tournament participation across the board, approved a two-division format for the NYS Open Championships beginning with the 2018 tourney next April and May at Patel's Kingston Lanes.

The board, meeting in New Hartford on Sunday morning, voted in favor of recommendations from its tournament committee to divide NYS Open participants into two groups based on averages of 1000 (Team), 400 (Doubles) and 200 (Singles).

The divisional format for 2018 will be as follows:

-- Team Event – Division 1, 1001 & over (1100-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 1000 & under.
-- Doubles Event – Division 1, 401 & over (440-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 400 & under.
-- Singles Event – Division 1, 201 & over (220-plus bowl scratch); Division 2, 200 & under.
-- All-Events will continue, also based on the above Singles averages.

Handicap in Division 1 will be 90 percent of 220 and in Division 2 will be 90 percent of 200.

All handicaps will be computed on a Team Average basis – meaning that handicaps will be determined based on the cumulative averages of team members.

"Speaking for the (NYS USBC) board and after receiving input from some of our bowlers, we believe that a divisional format is the way to proceed if we wish to increase entries," said NYS USBC President Roger Buckman. "The Wisconsin USBC BA has had divisions for quite some time, and they are getting close to 2,000 teams every year."

Click on the Tournaments tab and 94th NYS Open to download an entry form.

The board also vote for a $5 per person per event increase in the entry fees. The Team entry fee will be $200; Doubles, $80; Singles, $40, and All-Events (no change), $10.

The payout ratio will continue at 1:5 and the top five scratch scores in each event will earn prize money as well.

For 2019, the board approved changes to the NYS Women's Championships and NYS Queens Championship.

The three divisions in the NYS Women's tournament, starting with 2019, will be revised by 10 pins per bowler to reflect the proliferation of higher averages in recent years.

The new setup is as follows:

-- Team Event -- Division 1 (Scratch), 800 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 640-799; Division 3 (Handicap), 639 & Under.
-- Doubles Event – Division 1 (Scratch), 400 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 320-399; Division 3 (Handicap), 319 & Under.
-- Singles Event – Division 1 (Scratch), 200 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 160-199; Division 3 (Handicap), 159 & Under.

For the 2019 Queens, the entry fee will be raised to $90, with the qualifying round continuing at five games.


New Yorkers Help BVL
Reach $1 Million Mark

New York State USBC members and their families and friends contributed more than $10,000 to the Bowlers to Veterans Link for the 2016-17 season, helping the charity break the $1 million mark for the first time since 2001.

The exact amount raised for the nation's veterans was $1,069,779.75, with more than $630,0000 of that derived from approximately 300 USBC associations and leagues throughout the country.

New York associations and groups donated $10,909 – with $1,500 coming from contributions from bowlers at New York State USBC tournaments and events.

BVL is entering its 75th year as a major fundraiser for America's veterans.

New York contributions for 2016-17 were as follows:

New York State USBC, $1,500; Tri-County NY USBC, $1,723; Waterville USBC, $893; Greater Buffalo USBC, $2,394; Corning USBC, $100; Hamburg Saturday Night Mixers, $125; Kingston USBC WBA, $125;

Syracuse USBC WBA, $1,500; New York City USBC, $1,498; Rochester NY USBC, $500; Schenectady Scotia USBC WBA, $50; Sidney Tuesday Night Alley Cats, $30; Adirondack USBC, $166; Northern Adirondack USBC, $305.


Lakeview Lanes to Host
Senior Masters in November

OCT. 16, 2017 – The NYS USBC office is taking entries for the 1st NYS Senior Masters Championship on Nov. 4 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton (north of Syracuse).

Go to the Tournaments section of this website to download an entry form.

The NYS Senior Masters Championship is a scratch singles tourney offering a first prize of $1,200 (based on at least 80 entries).

It is being sponsored by Bethmann Russell Financial Services of Syracuse and four bowling balls companies – Brunswick, MOTIV, Storm and Columbia 300.

Bowling ball raffles to support the tournament are taking place over the next several weeks at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady, Bowl-A-Roll Lanes in Rochester, Lakeview Lanes in Fulton, Tonawanda Bowling Center, Rainbow Lanes in Weedsport and Cort Lanes in Cortland.

The format features two four-game qualifying rounds (9:30 and 11:30 a.m.), with re-entry allowed, and followed by the top 16 competing in a single-elimination, two-game match play finals. The top 16 will include a guaranteed spot for a 60-and-over bowler, unless a 60-and-over bowler makes the cut outright.

The entry fee is $65.

CLICK HERE for a list of bowlers signed up thus far (through 10/15/17).


NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships

Carson's 289 Game & 1,564 Total
Highlight Closing Weekend

UPDATE -- SEPT. 6, 2017

Results of the 37th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships are official, with no changes at the top of the leaderboard.

CLICK HERE for the prize list.

CLICK HERE for the final standings.

Prize checks are going out in today's (Sept. 6) mail. Bowlers are asked to cash or deposit the checks as soon as possible.

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AUGUST 21, 2017 – A near-perfect game and a tournament-record 1,546 six-game score by Sharon Carson (Albany USBC) highlighted action on the closing weekend of the 37th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships at East Greenbush Bowling Center.

Competing in the tournament for the first time, the 50-year-old right-hander rolled a 289 game on Saturday – leaving a 10-pin on the 11th ball – for a 696 scratch series, and followed that up with 688 scratch on Sunday for a 1,384 scratch total.

With handicap, based on her 183 average, Carson registered 1,546 to claim the Class E (50-54 age group) title by 68 pins over previous leaders Isaura Simon (New York City USBC) and Donna DeGraw (Corning USBC WBA).

Close to 550 bowlers entered the tournament, which took place over the past two weekends at the 32-lane center located about 10 miles from Albany.

The lead changed hands in three other divisions over the weekend with bowlers from New York City USBC, Genesee Region USBC and Greater Buffalo USBC rising to the top.

In Class AA (75-and-over), Leola Brown (New York City USBC) posted 1,429 with handicap to lead the way, followed by Bettye Laird (Chen Del O USBC) and Janet Malmstrom (Albany USBC), who had 1,394 and 1,377, respectively.

In Class C (60-64), Mary Ann Stone (Genesee Region USBC) recorded 1,405 with handicap to take over first place while Keesa Bess (Southern Tier USBC) shot 1,352 to move into second place, overtaking previous leader Annie Howell-Benitez (Westchester County USBC) by seven pins.

In Class D (55-59), Kathleen Willy (Greater Buffalo USBC), a 2014 champion in Class E, rolled 1,388 with handicap to take over first place from previous leader Maryanne Faranda (Adirondack USBC) by 28 pins.

Two division leaders held on to the top spot – Jeannette Francis (Westchester County USBC) in Class A (70-74), 1,368, and Jessie Buck (Syracuse USBC WBA) in Class B (65-69), 1,384.

The champions of each of the six age groups will win a free entry to the 2018 USBC Senior Championships.

Sue Winne (Albany USBC) won the breast cancer awareness bowling ball.

The New York State USBC would like to thank directors of the Albany USBC for their support and the management and staff of East Greenbush Bowling Center for their excellent customer service.

Next year's tournament is scheduled for Aug. 17-19, 24-26, at Colonial Lanes in Chester (Orange County).


Four NY Bowlers Cash
at USBC Senior Event

AUGUST 11, 2017 – While none of the nine New York State USBC representatives made it to the medal round, four cashed at the USBC Senior Championships which concluded Thursday at Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nev.

Barbara Sim of Albany was the top finisher – placing seventh out of 35 bowlers in the Women's Division 70-74 age group -- and earned $205.

Sim rolled 719 with handicap yesterday to move from the 26th spot to seventh, missing the medal round by six pins. The top six bowlers in each of the age classifications advanced to the medal round on Thursday night.

In the Open Division, Ron VanDerLinden of Cuba, Michelle Duchowny of Ballston Lake and Charlene Brandow of Nassau cashed.

VanDerLinden placed ninth out of 30 bowlers in the 75-and-over group, posting 677 yesterday for a 1,271 total; Duchowny placed 12th out of 33 bowlers in the 50-54 age group with 1,320, and Brandow finished in 12th place out of 32 bowlers in the 55-59 age group with 1,361.

One in three bowlers in each age group earned prize money.

Other New Yorkers' results:

Women's Division:
-- Anne Haase of Dunkirk, 12th, 50-54, 1,269.
-- Tanga Stephenson of Hempstead, 17th, 60-64, 1,280.
-- Denice Hall of Scipio Center, 25th , 55-59, 1,235;

Open Division:
-- LeRoy Brady of South Glens Falls, 19th, 65-69, 1,246;
-- William Thompson of Jamestown, 17th, 60-64, 1,292


NYS USBC Lottery Fundraiser
Brings in $3,617 for Charity

AUGUST 2, 2017 – More than $3,600 has been raised for charity as a result of the NYS USBC's lottery fundraiser in July of this year.

Donations made by bowlers and friends have resulted in a total of $3,617 which will be used to support the state association's Pathways committee.

As in the past, contributions will be made to the Bowlers to Veterans Link, and for cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and Roswell Park Alliance Foundation in Buffalo.

The tickets were sold by NYS USBC officers, directors and youth committee members and at various state tournaments. Winners were determined by the NYS Lottery Evening Number.

CLICK HERE for a list of July 2017 lottery fundraiser winners.


Discount Offered to Local Associations
Wishing to Support NYS Youth Bowling

JUNE 8, 2017 -- Each year, local associations are given the opportunity to support the NYS USBC youth scholarship program by purchasing ads in the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi finals program books.

Now, and until the end of 2017, the state association is offering a 25 percent discount on two full-page ads in both books.

"Sponsorship ad forms received by December 31st will receive $25 off," said Tom Solimine, NYS USBC Youth Committee chair. "Local associations will get two full-page ads for $100 -- that's a 25 percent savings."

Hundreds of the program books are printed and distributed at the state finals. All proceeds from the ads go directly toward youth scholarships.

For more information, contact Solimine at solimine2000@aol.com.

CLICK HERE for the Youth Team ad sponsor form -- front.
CLICK HERE for the Youth Team ad sponsor form -- back.

CLICK HERE for the Youth Pepsi ad sponsor form -- front.
CLICK HERE for the Youth Pepsi ad sponsor form -- back.


NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner

NYS USBC HONOREES: Six people were honored by the New York State USBC on Saturday night (June 3) at its Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner at the Radisson Hotel Corning. Seated from left are Brad Buckert and Bill Fortino, both of Rochester, who received the Service to Youth and Proprietor/Manager Recognition awards, respectively; standing from left are Hall of Fame inductees Gary Kinyon of Lockport, superior performance; Joan Ashby of Auburn, meritorious service; Roseann DiFlorio of Syracuse, superior performance, and Peter Sheridan of Cortland, meritorious service. More than 100 people were in attendance. Click on the Hall of Fame tab for an article about the ceremony. Photo by Mike Pettinella/NYS USBC Association Manager.

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