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New USBC Youth Membership
Starts August 1; Cost is $4

JULY 30, 2014 -- Starting Aug. 1, 2014, the new USBC Youth membership will be offered by International Bowling Campus (IBC) Youth Development at a price of $4. The new membership includes a membership card, a certified average and the eligibility to participate in USBC-certified events.

Many associations are ready to kick off the new season after working with their centers and Youth Directors on a product that is desired locally. Is your association ready? Has your association worked toward the creation of Youth membership services to offer your centers and Youth leagues this coming fall? If not, the new season will be here in no time and your association needs to prepare. The financial flexibility is there for your association to focus on the wants and needs of your youth bowlers.

To assist associations with the USBC Youth membership, a how-to guide has been created. The guide includes the benefits of membership, what the membership means for local associations, how to achieve success with the new membership and some templates for association use. The guide can be found by clicking here.

For further information about the program, including the original news release and FAQ, click here.

Cheektowaga's Hannon
Receives Welu Scholarship

  JULY 28, 2014 – The PBA announced today that Melanie Hannon, a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson University and $4,000 scholarship recipient from the NYS USBC in 2013, has been awarded the PBA’s Billy Welu Scholarship Award for 2014.

 The Welu scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence.

 Hannon, of Cheektowaga, N.Y., has had a very productive year in 2014 earning NCAA and Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year honors as well as First Team All-America  honors bowling for the FDU Knights. The 18-year-old also earned a spot on Junior Team USA 2015 as top qualifier in the U20 division of the 2014 USBC Junior Gold Championships (see the article in the News section of this website).

She was selected to the Dexter High School All-America Team in 2010-11 and in 2011 and 2012 was a Teen Masters finalist. Locally, she was named the Greater Buffalo  USBC Female Bowler of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012. She has been involved with the Greater Buffalo USBC Youth Leaders since 2007, serving as president from 2010-2013. She received USBC’s Alberta E. Crowe Star of Tomorrow Award in 2013.

Among her other bowling accomplishments include three New York State Pepsi Tournament titles (2011, 2012 and 2013), 2011 North Pointe Singles Championship title, and a top finish of sixth in the Junior Gold Championships which came in 2013.

“I’m very honored to win a scholarship where you know there are so many other great candidates who are being considered for it,” Hannon said. “Bowling has been very important to me not only because of the lessons I’ve learned in the sport but what it has also taught me in life including the importance of qualities such as teamwork, persistence and determination.”

Hannon, who is studying nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson, holds a 3.76 GPA and is a member of the honor roll.

She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. To be eligible candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college (preceding the application date) and maintaining at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA or equivalent.

Welu, who passed away in 1974, was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-time PBA Tour champion and a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.

Cort Lanes to Host
NYS Open Senior Event

JULY 25, 2014 -- Cort Lanes in Cortland will be the site of the 36th NYS Open Senior Championships, a Doubles and/or Singles tournament, on Oct. 11-12, 18-19.

CLICK HERE for an entry form -- revised on 6/11/14.

Call the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 to check on openings.

Women's Senior Singles
Draws 548 Entrants

JULY 16, 2014 -- A total of 548 bowlers from throughout New York State have entered the 34th NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships, which are scheduled for Aug. 15-17 and 22-24 at Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls.

Participants in six age classifications will bowl six games over their two days of competition, with at least one out of every seven bowlers earning prize money. The champions in each division (six-game totals with handicap) will receive paid entries to the 2015 USBC Senior Championships.

CLICK HERE for the website of the Niagara Falls Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Entrants and their lane assignments are as follows:

CLICK HERE for Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 16 at Noon and Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 16 at 2:30 p.m. and Aug. 16 at Noon.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 9:30 a.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. and Aug. 23 at 9:30 a.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 23 at Noon and Aug. 24 at 2:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 23 at 2:30 p.m. and Aug. 24 at Noon.

CLICK HERE for Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. and Aug. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

NYS USBC Co-Sponsors Collegiate Expo

COLLEGIATE EXPO SPONSORS: The New York State USBC, in conjunction with the Rochester USBC BA and the Rochester USBC Youth, co-sponsored a Coaches Reception at last week's TurboTech Collegiate Expo at Clover Lanes in Rochester. The fourth annual event served as an instructional clinic and tournament testing venue for about 150 high school bowlers and attracted coaches from 27 U.S. colleges. Coaches included professional stars Diandra Asbaty, Jeff Carter, Joe Ciccone, Jason Couch, Mike Fagan, Clara Guerrero, Bob Learn Jr. and Bill O'Neill. From left are Learn, NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, Heather D'Errico (representing Rochester USBC Youth), Rochester USBC BA President Mike Callan, Ray Bardol (representing Rochester USBC Youth) and TurboTech President Lori Mraz. Photo by Krystal Zamesnik/TurboTech Collegiate Expo.

Around NYS – June/July 2014

Staten Island to Host USA Bowling Event

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Rab’s Country Lanes will be the site of one of eight USA Bowling regional events this fall. USA Bowling is a team-based youth program offered through the International Bowling Campus. The USA Bowling Regional events were introduced last year to provide additional opportunities for team competition.

The eight centers that will host USA Bowling Regional events in 2014:

•Oct. 4-5: Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl, Lafayette, Ind.
•Oct. 11-12: Paradise Bowl, Tacoma, Wash.
•Oct. 18-19: Don Carter Lanes, Rockford, Ill.
•Oct. 25-26: Pin Chasers Midtown, Tampa, Fla.
•Nov. 1-2: Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.
•Nov. 8-9: Rab’s Country Lanes, Staten Island, N.Y.

•Nov. 15-16: Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.
•Nov. 22-23: Vestavia Bowl, Birmingham, Ala.

Rosters can have up to six bowlers, though only four will compete at a time, and teams do not have to be a member of a USA Bowling league to compete in the events. There will be two divisions at each USA Bowling Regional – Under 12 (born Aug. 1, 2002 or later) and Under 15 (born between Aug. 1, 1999 and July 31, 2002).

To register, go to www.bowl.com and click on the USA Bowling tab.

Syracuse Bowler is Top New Yorker
at USBC Senior Championships

JULY 10, 2014 -- Charles Trudell of Syracuse (Syracuse USBC BA) finished in ninth place in the Open Division 60-64 age group to lead the New York contingent that competed in the USBC Senior Championships this week at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

Trudell rolled 1,330 with handicap for six games to place ninth out of 30 competitors in his age group in the Open Division.

Other New York state bowlers who participated and their totals were as follows:

Open Division
50-54 -- Michael Kime of Honeoye Falls (Rochester USBC BA), 1,211, 19th place.
55-59 -- Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls (Genesee Region USBC), 1,092, 33rd place.
65-69 -- John Walker of North Tonawanda (Tonawandas USBC), 1,185, 33rd place.
70-74 -- Alvin Conner Jr. of Buffalo (Greater Buffalo USBC), 1,322, 13th place.
75-79 -- Sandy Corbelli of Williamsville (Greater Buffalo USBC), 1,262, 21st place.
Women's Division
55-59 - Joy Blair of Brooklyn (New York City USBC), 1,133, 30th place.

Their entry fees were paid by the NYS USBC as a result of their high ranking in the NYS Open Senior and Women's Senior Singles tournaments.

For complete results of the USBC Senior Championships, go to bowl.com.

USBC Tabs Chad Murphy
As New Executive Director

JUNE 24, 2014 -- Chad Murphy has been named Executive Director of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) by the USBC Board of Directors. Murphy had been serving as USBC Interim Executive Director since February, 2014.

Reporting to the USBC Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as an officer of the corporation and has overall operational responsibility for staff, programs, finance and execution of the strategic plan.

For more, please go to the News section of this website.

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Buffalo's Melanie Hannon Earns Junior Team USA Spot

JULY 18, 2014 -- BUFFALO, N.Y. - Four bowlers, including Melanie Hannon of Cheektowaga (Buffalo), earned automatic spots on Junior Team USA in 2015 as qualifying concluded and the first rounds of match play took place Thursday at the 2014 Junior Gold Championships presented by Ebonite, Columbia 300, Track and Hammer.
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