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NYS USBC to Induct Four
into State Bowling Hall of Fame

Howell, Orr to Receive Service Awards

FEBRUARY 26, 2015 – Patti Tenyenhuis of Saugerties, Ron Priester of Delmar, Jane Abraham of Oswego and Marcel Fournier of Port Orange, Fla., formerly of Rochester are the 2015 inductees into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame.

Tenyenhuis and Priester will be enshrined into the Superior Performance categories while Abraham and Fournier will go into the Meritorious Service category.

The NYS USBC also has selected Nancy Howell of Kingston to receive the Service to Youth Award and Betty Lou Orr of Wells to receive the Service to Bowling/Community Award.

All six will be honored at the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and Awards banquet at 7 p.m. May 30 at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 State Route 298, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

The hotel phone number is 315-432-0200. Room rate for NYS Delegates and guests is $111 per night plus tax.

Tickets for the dinner are $40 each and can be obtained by contacting Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, at 585-343-3736 or bowlny300@yahoo.com.

Please click on the Hall of Fame tab for more about this year’s honorees.


Spare Time Latham to Host
NYS Masters on March 7th
Plenty of Openings on Both Squads

UPDATED -- FEB. 28, 2015

The Masters is heading to the Albany area – Spare Time in Latham, to be exact – and is being sponsored by Ron Gardner, owner of Gardner Excavating of Troy and a top bowler in the Albany area.

Ron is among those entered to compete for the $2,500 first prize.

In photo at right, Gardner presents Masters sponsor check to Carol Judge, general manager at Spare Time Latham.

CLICK HERE for a list of entries (through 2/27/15).

Bowlers planning to pay upon check-in at the tournament site are asked to sign up in advance by contacting the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 or by email at bowlny300@yahoo.com.

The 25th NYS Masters is offering an entry fee discount to bowlers who enter both the Masters and the Joe Donato scratch singles tournament that weekend in Schenectady. Bowlers who compete in both events will receive $10 off both entry fees.

The NYS USBC is sad to report that Tom Donato Sr. passed away on Feb. 11. Go to the Memorials page for his obituary.

CLICK HERE for the Joe Donato tournament flyer.

For those wanting to stay overnight on either Friday, March 6 and/or Saturday, March 7, LaQuinta Inns & Suites, is offering a rate of $99 plus tax. The address is 833 New Loudon Road, Latham, and the phone number is 518-640-2200. Please mention that you are with the NYS Masters Bowling Tournament when booking the room.

Once again, the NYS Masters is offering a $2,500 first prize plus a paid entry to the 2016 USBC Masters. It is SMART approved.

The oil pattern for the tournament will be WTBA SEOUL.


Adult Tournament Roundup

Open Championships at AMF Airport;
Queens scheduled for April 18
Women's Championships Entries Close on March 17


UPDATE -- FEB. 27, 2015

The New York State USBC has put together another great tournament package for its adult members.

CLICK HERE to view the tournament posters.

To download entry forms, please click on the Tournaments tab.

Following is a capsule look at the championship tournaments on the 2014-15 schedule:

91st NYS Open, April 11-May 3The 91st NYS Open Championships have been moved to AMF Airport Lanes in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga as a result of the Jan. 4 closing of the nearby AMF Thruway Lanes. AMF Airport Lanes has 66 lanes, more than enough to accommodate our Team, Doubles and Singles competition.

A revised entry form can be found by going to the Tournaments page of this website.  Bowlers can also use the previous entry form, since the dates and squads are still the same (except that the 6 p.m. Doubles/Singles squad on Saturday, May 2 has been pushed back to 7 p.m.).

The lane condition will be STONE STREET, a Kegel Recreational oil pattern.

Please go to Tournaments page to view a list of hotels and rates.

79th NYS Women, April 10-May 17 Close to 400 paid entries already have been received for the tournament, which is set for AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in the Syracuse suburb of Mattydale. Dates are April 10-12, 17-19, 24-26, May 15-17.

CLICK HERE to view a special web page created by the Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Although the reservation period has ended, entries will be accepted through March 17, 2015. Plenty of squad times are available.

Please click on the Tournaments tab for a list of hotels in the Syracuse area.

Following are squad time changes (different from the entry form):
-- Sunday, April 26 (Doubles & Singles Only) -- 2:30 p.m. instead of 1:30 p.m.
For that weekend, Team bowling is only on Saturday, April 25.
-- Friday, April 10 -- (Team and Doubles & Singles) -- One squad only at 6:30 p.m., eliminating the 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. squads.

The NYS USBC office is processing entry forms and will send email or U.S. mail confirmations as soon as possible, taking into account the abundance of entries coming in at this time.,

Competition will take place in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events in three separate divisions (two handicap and one scratch), based on team and individual averages. Please note that the 10-pin rule will be in effect (as of 4/1/15). The oil pattern will be the AMF Strike 'N Spare house shot.

44th NYS Queens, April 18Running in conjunction with the NYS Women's Championships, the 2015 Queens will take place at Thunderbird Lanes in Syracuse, with qualifying squads at 9 a.m. and noon. Semifinals and stepladder finals will follow.  We will be using lanes 3-24 for the tournament; lanes 1-2 will be used only in case of a lane breakdown.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entries and squad times -- through 2/26/15.

Both squads will be limited to 77 bowlers – seven bowlers per pair using 22 lanes.

As of 2/13/15, the noon squad is full. There are plenty of spots open on the 9 a.m. squad.

The lane condition will be ROUTE 66, a Kegel Challenge Series oil pattern.

Competition is broken into two divisions – Open and Classified (194-and-Under) – with one in four bowlers cashing in each division. This tournament is SMART approved.


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 associationservices@bowl.com by February 10, at which time the selection process will take place.


Seven Candidates on Slate
for Annual Meeting Elections
Workshop Set for May 31st

JANUARY 26, 2015 – The Nominating Committee of the New York State USBC has compiled a slate of Board of Director candidates for the 2015 NYS USBC Annual Meeting on May 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Syracuse. The Annual Meeting will commence at 1 p.m., following a Memorial Service (which begins at 12:30 p.m.).

Delegates will consider the following:

-- President, Roger Buckman (Rochester USBC BA), current Vice President.

-- Sergeant-at-Arms, Liz DeHart (Staten Island USBC), current Sergeant-at-Arms.

-- Adult Directors, Robert Kaverman (Jamestown Area USBC), current director; Betty K. Kingsley (Rochester USBC WBA), current director; Michael Pucino (Rochester USBC BA), new. Delegates will be voting for three Adult Directors.

-- Youth Directors, Mike Callan (Rochester USBC BA), current director; Thomas Clinton (Staten Island USBC), current youth committee member. Delegates will be voting for two Youth Directors.

Go to the Officers page to view the slated candidates resumes.

Anyone wishing to be nominated from the floor must have a signed resume to Betty K. Kingsley, Nominating Committee chair, at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Annual Meeting.

The Nominating Committee recommends the NYS USBC President and Association Manager be elected as Delegates to the 2016 USBC Convention with the NYS USBC Vice-President and Sergeant-at-Arms as Alternate Delegates.

CLICK HERE for a list of local associations that have returned their delegates forms to the NYS USBC office.  Note that 51 out of 110 NYS local associations returned their delegate forms and will have voting privileges at the Annual Meeting.

WORKSHOP TO ADDRESS KEY TOPICS

The NYS USBC has put together a workshop for its delegates on Sunday, May 31st from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Topics to be discussed include an overview of NYS championship tournaments, opportunities for youth bowlers, an inside look at the NYS Youth Leaders program, effective use of social media and recruitment of NYS USBC board members. The agenda will be included in the mid-April mailing to registered delegates.


Giving Back

DONATION TO ROSWELL PARK: The New York State USBC, on behalf of its members who donated to charitable causes at the 2013-14 state tournaments and other NYS USBC functions, presented a check last week for $10,000 to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo for research in the areas of breast cancer, prostate cancer and juvenile cancer. Taking part in the presentation were, from left, Carmen Evans, a longtime Buffalo bowler and breast cancer survivor; NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, Julia Harvey of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, and Greater Buffalo USBC President Greg Merkle. The NYS USBC also donated $10,000 to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and $2,000 to BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link).


Youth Leader Award Applications
Can Be Found on 'Youth' Page

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 -- The New York State Youth Leaders have revised their applications for their four major awards -- Coach of the Year, Bridging of the Gap (Adult), Bridging of the Gap (Youth) and Youth Leader of the Year.

To download these applications, please click on the Youth tab.


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