New York State USBC Bowling Association News
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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Butturff Leads Heading into Final Day of Match Play at U.S. Open

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. – Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Arizona, went 7-1 in the opening round of match play to build a 264-pin lead over the field Monday at the 2017 U.S. Open.
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The NYS USBC Office Will be Closed
on Monday, Feb. 19 Partners with Professional Tours

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 – A longtime sponsor of the New York State USBC has become a major partner with the Professional Bowlers Association and Professional Women's Bowling Association., an online bowling superstore based in Bethlehem, Pa., has signed on to the title sponsor of next week's PBA Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship in Columbus, Ohio, and the PWBA PWBA Twin Cities Open on Aug. 9-11 in Eagan, Minn.

"All of us at BowlerX are super excited to partner with the pro tours and to add the name to tour events," said Lee Sandt, who opened BowlerX Pro Shop in 2006 and launched its online store in 2010. "To be able to give back to the sport we love and support these athletes is extremely rewarding for myself and our staff."

BowlerX, located at Town and Country Lanes, has had an ad on the NYS USBC website for several years. It offers bowling balls, bags, shoes and accessories along with professional fitting and drilling services, and lessons through its staff of USBC certified coaches.

As part of its sponsorship deal with the PWBA, BowlerX will receive a 30-second TV spot and signage on the BowlerX PWBA Twin Cities Open broadcast, plus a presence on all PWBA live stream broadcasts. The logo will be displayed at all standard PWBA Tour events.

USBC Honors State Director Betty Kingsley

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 – New York State USBC Director Betty Kingsley of Rochester, who has served in bowling leadership capacities at the national, state and local levels for more than 35 years, is the 2018 recipient of the Helen Baker Award for Outstanding Association Service from the United States Bowling Congress.

The former president of the Rochester women's association under both the Women's International Bowling Congress and USBC, Kingsley has served on the state association board since its merger in 2011 – acting as the chair of the Legislative, Operations and Nominating committees and as recording secretary.

She became involved in bowling when she began her career at Eastman Kodak Company, where she worked as a Quality Control Engineer for almost 30 years, because "someone asked me to." Her volunteer service in the sport started on the local level and she eventually became involved on the state and national levels, too.

She has served as president and secretary-treasurer of the Rochester Bowling Council, was a youth association director and chaired the Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) tournament. Currently, she is a director on the New York State USBC board.

Kingsley was active in the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC), serving as a director from 1996-2005. She also served as the WIBC Area Recruitment Coordinator and was a regional coordinator for the WIBC Membership Development Program. She was on the WIBC Hall of Fame board from 1997-2005.

"It is great to be recognized among your bowling friends for providing programs and services for all bowlers to enjoy," Kingsley said.

Kingsley will be honored along with Lowell Lovgren of Kelso, Washington, who will receive the Joyce Deitch Unity Award; the father-daughter team of Butch Cardoza and Natalie Cardoza Clark of Cottage Grove, Oregon, who were named USBC Proprietors of the Year.

The National Recognition Awards will be presented during the 2018 USBC Convention and Annual Meeting, April 23-26, at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.

NYS Queens Championship
Only 15 Spots Left
on 1 p.m. Squad
for April 21st Event

UPDATE -- FEB. 16, 2018

FEBRUARY 6, 2018 -- The 2018 NYS Queens Championship is more than two months away, but already 61 women have signed up to bowl in the scratch singles tournament on April 21 at Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh.

Fifty-three bowlers are on the 1 p.m. squad thus far – which means there are only 15 spots left on that squad. Seven bowlers have registered for the 9:30 a.m. squad.

Qualifying round (five games) spots are filled when paid entries are received. The field is limited to 136 bowlers.

CLICK HERE for a list of entrants (through 2/15/18).

The tournament consists of competition in two divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-under). The format includes qualifying, head-to-head semifinals and stepladder finals.

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

Shannon Sellens of Long Island is the four-time defending champion in the Open Division, while Amy Emens of Rochester captured the Classified Division title in 2017.

NYS USBC Provides Grant
to Newburgh Free Academy

FEB. 1, 2018, ARLINGTON, Texas – Continuing its support of the International Bowling Campus initiative to introduce bowling to young people, the New York State USBC is funding the cost of a Bowler's Ed kit to be placed in Newburgh Free Academy's main campus.

The Newburgh school is one of 24 schools and organizations nationwide that will receive the kits -- six carpet bowling lanes with balls and pins along with a teaching curriculum – that provide educators with the tools needed to engage children in a true bowling experience by providing a bowling-center atmosphere inside a classroom or gymnasium.

The easy-to-follow curriculum features activities to enhance cardiovascular health, coordination and endurance as children are introduced to the lifelong sport of bowling.

A second New York school, St. Joseph Hill Academy of Staten Island, also will receive the kit through a grant from the IBC.

Bowler's Ed kits are valued at $2,200 and the schools and organizations were selected based on submitted applications.

Since 2009, the Bowler's Ed Grant Program, with assistance from the New York State USBC and Bowling Proprietors' Association of America member centers, has subsidized more than $450,000 in costs for more than 200 in-school bowling equipment grants to support schools and organizations in 41 states.

NYS Masters Championship
Sign Up Now
for March 3rd Event
at Allie Brandt Lanes

JANUARY 30, 2018 -- The NYS Masters Championship returns to Western New York for the first time in eight years when Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport hosts the prestigious scratch singles tournament on March 3.

"We're pleased to be able to offer this high-caliber competition close to the bowlers in the Buffalo and Rochester areas and, of course, welcome all of the best bowlers in New York State to participate," said Roger Buckman, NYS USBC president. "Last year we had a tremendous turnout on Long Island, and we hope for the same in 2018."

CLICK HERE for a list of entries (through 2/15/18).

The tournament offers $2,500 and a free entry to the 2019 USBC Masters to the winner, and one in five bowlers will cash.

The entry fee is $100; there is no re-entry.

Qualifying squad times (five games) are at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with a maximum of 85 bowlers per squad. One in five bowlers from each squad will advance to the head-to-head, two-game match play finals with seedings based on total pinfall.

The event will be contested on a 40-foot "Sport" lane condition.

CLICK HERE for an entry form. A dress code will be in effect, and is indicated on the entry form.

Although walk-ins will be accepted, bowlers are asked to call or email NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella at to reserve their squad time in advance.

Entry forms and checks are to be mailed to the NYS USBC office at 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020. Credit card payment will be accepted by phone.

NYS Open Championships
First-Place Teams
at 2018 Tournament
to Receive $500 Boost

JANUARY 25, 2018 – The two teams that finish in first place at the 2018 NYS Open Championships in Kingston will win a top prize that includes an additional $500 from the tournament expense fund.

The NYS USBC tournament committee on Wednesday approved the allocation as a "thank you" to the state association's men and women members that will be competing in the 94th annual event, which is scheduled for April 21-22, 27-29, May 4-6, 18-20 at Patel's Kingston Lanes.

Entry forms and hotel information for this and other 2018 NYS adult tournaments – Masters, Queens, NYS Women's Championships and NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships -- can be downloaded from the Tournament section of this website.

"With our decision to go to a two-division format this year, based on feedback from our bowlers, we wish to give back to our tournament bowlers by taking a portion of the moneys generated by entry fees and adding $500 for the winning teams in both divisions," said NYS USBC President Roger Buckman. "Our desire is to continue to make this tournament an attractive event for our members."

Buckman also said that the NYS USBC will continue to allocate prize money to the top five scratch scores in the Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events categories.

The divisional format for 2018 is 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.

Team captains wishing to reserve their spots are encouraged to do so as soon as possible by contacting Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at 585-343-3736 or

Entry fees must be paid in full at least a week prior to the bowling date(s).

Attention: Women's Senior Singles Bowlers

CLICK HERE for list of hotels for 2018 tourney in Chester.

USBC Reclassification Effort
Targets 39 Leagues in NYS

UPDATE -- JAN. 25, 2018

Twenty-two leagues that potentially would have been reclassified by USBC have been informed that they will remain as Standard, based on further information.

UPDATE -- JAN. 24, 2018

CLICK HERE for a letter from USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy

JANUARY 19, 2018 -- Thirty-nine leagues in 17 local associations in New York State have been identified thus far by the United States Bowling Congress as leagues that could be reclassified to either Sport or Challenge Leagues, based on data compiled from the averages of bowlers who competed in multiple leagues during the 2016-2017 season.

Through Thursday, representatives of the 30 leagues received letters from the USBC informing them that the lane conditions used in those leagues were more difficult than conditions in Standard leagues and, as a result, will be reclassified.

Nationwide, the USBC reported that a total of 605 leagues will be reclassified to Challenge leagues and 99 leagues will be reclassified as Sport leagues based on statistics that showed the scoring pace was significantly different from the scoring pace its members had on Standard league conditions.

These leagues do have the right to appeal and the NYS USBC office has learned that some of them will be doing just that.

Thus far in New York, five leagues each in the Long Island USBC and Rochester NY USBC are slated for reclassification, as well as four apiece in the Albany, Greater Buffalo, Hudson Valley and New York City USBC associations.

Two leagues in the Rome and Troy USBC are on the list, along with one each from Adirondack, Canandaigua, Chen Del O, Lockport, Staten Island, Syracuse BA, Twin Tiers, Tri-County NY and Westchester County USBC associations.

CLICK HERE for further information about the reclassifications.

NYS USBC Hall of Fame
Demperio, Waite, Ward,
Cornicelli to be Inducted

UPDATE -- FEB. 1, 2018

CLICK HERE  for Hall of Fame Dinner ticket information.

DECEMBER 19, 2017 – The New York State USBC's Awards Committee has announced its selections for induction into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame for 2018.

In the Superior Performance category, David Demperio (Syracuse USBC) and Helen Waite (Adirondack USBC) will be enshrined, and in the Meritorious Service category, Frank Cornicelli (Schenectady USBC) and Corinthia Ward (New York City USBC) will be inducted.

Doug Bohannon, proprietor of Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls, will receive the Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award and Nelson Chase (Adirondack USBC) will receive the Service to Youth Award.

The Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner is scheduled for the evening of June 2 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, following the NYS USBC Annual Meeting that day.

Demperio, a Syracuse resident and association member for 40 years, has bowled in NYS Championship tournaments since 1977 and has a NYS Open Senior Doubles title (2011 with Charles Trudell) and numerous top 10 finishes on his resume.

His 738 series in the NYS Open Championships in 2016 led his team to an eighth-place finish. He placed third in the NYS Open Senior in Doubles, Singles and Six-Game Combine in 2017 and also was a finalist in the first NYS Senior Masters in November 2017.

A Syracuse USBC BA Hall of Famer, Demperio has seven 800 series and 10 perfect games, and a high average of 227.

His regional tournament titles include the Syracuse Herald Masters in 1988 and 1989, the Van Wie Doubles in 1989, the Lilac City Team event and Bud Light Shootout. In 1987-88, he captured the Syracuse BA tournament All-Events title.

Waite, a Glens Falls resident, has numerous NYS tournament victories to her credit, including four Team titles (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016), a Singles title (2010), two Doubles titles (2008, 2010) and two All-Events titles (2009, 2010).

A Glens Falls WBA Hall of Famer, Waite has nine 800 series, with a high of 832 in 2015, and 24 300 games, spanning from 2000-2017. She has been a consistent 220-plus average bowler, with a high of 232 in 2005-06.

Waite is a former Empire State Games medalist, and she placed second in the Team event at the USBC Women's Championships in El Paso, Texas, in 2010.

Other achievements include a 779 series and 290 game at the NYS Women's Championships, two top-five finishers at the NYS Queens, a WASA Singles title (2007), national record-holder for a two men/women team game of 875 in 2011, and multiple league team, high average, high series and high game awards.

Cornicelli, affectionately known as the "Mayor" in the Schenectady area for his personable demeanor, has served the sport of bowling without wavering for nearly 40 years. And he continues to do so, at the age of 95.

A NYS director for 20 years, he is two-time past president of the Schenectady BA and now is an honorary director. He was voted into the Schenectady BA Hall of Fame in 1995.

While serving on every committee, Cornicelli made his mark as the association's sole lane inspector, beginning in 1983. He often would have to go to several centers in one evening to check the lanes following an honor score.

Later on, he chaired the association's certification crew, continuing those duties – including lying down in the pit to take lane measurements -- until he was 89!

He also assisted the neighboring Albany association with lane inspection and Sport league certification, and helped in the office – processing sanction applications, award requests.

As chair of the Schenectady banquet committee, he was able to attract nationally-known speakers such as Parker Bohn III, Johnny Petraglia, Mark Roth, Kelly Kulick, Bob Learn, Liz Kuhlkin and Ryan Ciminelli.

Ward, a longtime Bronx resident, has been instrumental as a director, officer and delegate at the local and state levels for 35 years, and for her tireless efforts was elected to the Northeast Council Hall of Fame (2009) and New York City USBC Hall of Fame (2010).

A director on the New York State BA, Empire State USBC BA and New York State USBC for the past 10 years, Ward has service as the association manager for New York City USBC and Triboro USBC Youth organizations, and has been a league secretary, treasurer, youth supervisor and coach since 1983.

An avid bowler (high game, 279; high series, 704), she was the first woman elected to the New York Bowling Association board (1995), and was the first woman line officer of the NYBA (2001). She has attended numerous state meetings and national conventions, and her work on various committees has gone a long way to advance the sport of bowling.

Currently, she serves as NYS USBC chaplain, and is on the Awards, Legislative/Rules and Pathways committees in her role as state association director. She also organizes large groups of bowlers who participate in the NYS Women's Senior Singles, NYS Women's Championships and USBC Women's Championships.

Bohannon purchased the former Spare Time center in South Glens Falls in 2013 and has made it a priority to enhance the bowling experience through promotions, tournaments and fundraisers for local charities.

He supports USBC membership, even offering a $10,000 prize for a bowler who rolls a 900 series during a USBC-certified league or event. An Adirondack USBC director, he runs several tournaments throughout the season, including a local monthly 9-pin handicap team event. His "Chase 4000" tournament on the house pattern offers a $4,000 prize for the first team to post a 4,000 scratch score.

Bohannon supports the Adirondack Thunder hockey team through advertisement and "meet-and-greets," sponsors Cancer Free Kids, conducts a Big Brother/Big Sisters event, runs a Special Olympics program every Saturday, and holds coaching clinics for bowlers of all ages.

Chase, a Hudson Falls resident, has been a key member of the NYS USBC team in his role asf the Youth Pepsi Championships coordinator -- a job he took on in 2004 -- and has proven to be an effective teacher of the sport as a youth bowling coach for the Adirondack USBC for 20-plus years.

A former Adirondack USBC president, he has been instrumental in establishing and developing the association's youth programs, and mentoring its scholarship program. Hundreds of young bowlers from throughout the state have benefitted as a result of Chase's dedication, organizational skills and leadership.

Update: NYS Women's Championships
Plenty of Openings Exist,
Entry Deadline is March 25

UPDATE -- JAN. 29, 2018 -- The new owners of the Ramada Inn in Fishkill have informed the NYS USBC that the hotel will not be closing -- and the updated hotel list on the Tournaments page reflects this.

About 350 teams have signed up for the 2018 NYS Women's Championships next spring, and there are plenty of openings for teams wishing to participate in the five-weekend tournament at Fishkill Bowl (Hudson Valley USBC).

Team captains are encourage to contact the NYS USBC office for available dates and times. The final entry closing date is March 25.

Note: Several squads are full, including the Sunday, April 22 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. squads.

Last year's tournament drew over 400 teams.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entries, with confirmed times - through 2/15/18.

NYS USBC Now Accepting
Credit/Debit Card Payments

DECEMBER 1, 2017 -- As announced at the 2017 New York State USBC Annual Meeting, the NYS USBC is now able to accept credit card payments for tournament entry fees.

Team captains and individuals bowling in singles and doubles tournaments can pay for their entry using their debit or credit cards.

This option -- which comes with a small service charge -- will be available through the state association office in Batavia or on site (where walk-ins are permitted).

For more details or if you have any questions, call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736.

2018 Annual Meeting
to take place June 2
at Desmond Hotel Albany

UPDATE -- FEB.16, 2018

CLICK HERE for a list of eligible delegates.

CLICK HERE for reservation instructions.

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 – The New York State USBC is heading back to the Capital Region for its 7th Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC President Roger Buckman announced today that negotiations with the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany have been finalized, and that the yearly gathering of state and local association leaders will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The Annual Meeting will begin at 1 p.m., and will be preceded by a Memorial Service at 12:30 p.m.

The Desmond Hotel also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, June 1, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 2.

It is located at 660 Albany Shaker Rd., Albany, NY, 12211 and the phone number is 1-800-448-3500. Room rate for NYS USBC delegates and guests is $139 plus taxes. The Hall of Fame dinner information will be announced in the near future.

All registered delegates will have voice and voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

Positions up for election in 2018 are as follows:

-- Vice President (see resume form for specific qualifications).
-- Three Adult Directors.
-- Two Youth Directors.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2018 USBC Annual Meeting.

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.

Support Youth Bowling with a Sponsor Ad

You can support youth bowling in New York State by purchasing an ad for the NYS Youth Team and NYS Youth Pepsi program books. 

For more information, contact Tom Solimine at

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.

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