New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Jason Belmonte Wins Fifth PBA Player of the Year Award

AUSTIN, Texas (Dec. 11, 2019) – Australia’s Jason Belmonte was the overwhelming choice as 2019 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year for a fifth time, Professional Bowlers Association CEO Colie Edison and PBA Commissioner Tom Clark announced in a special FloBowling livestreaming event Wednesday from FloSports headquarters in Austin, Texas.


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Canastota Bowler First in PBA Regional Event in New Jersey

Manalapan, N.J. (Dec. 7, 2019) – Ryan Graywacz of Canastota, N.Y., defeated Rich Reynolds of Plantsville, Conn., 250-188, to win the Professional Bowlers Association MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick on Saturday.

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PBA's Couch, Others React to Brunswick's Purchase of Ebonite

DECEMBER 5, 2019 -- Brunswick’s purchase of Ebonite International last month was more than surprising to a Professional Bowlers Tour standout who has represented the Ebonite bowling ball brands for the past 26 years.
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The NYS USBC Office Will Be Closed
on Monday, January 20 for the Holiday

Attention Women's Championships Captains:
Confirmations are Being Sent Via Email 

JANUARY 15, 2020 -- To all captains of teams that have entered the 84th NYS Women's Championships at AMF Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Syracuse, the NYS USBC office is processing entries in the order that they are received and is sending email confirmations accordingly.

For a complete list of all entries that have been logged into our system (including CONFIRMED dates and times), go to the Tournaments page of this website, under 84th NYS Women's Championships.

More than 300 entries have been sent in thus far, and we're expecting many more.

Deadline to Send Delegates
to Annual Meeting is Jan. 15

JANUARY 7, 2020 -- Attention local association presidents and managers -- the deadline to send delegates to the New York State USBC Annual Meeting is January 15.

A reminder email was sent today to those associations that have yet to respond to the initial notification that was emailed on Oct. 31, 2019.

The 9th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at the Holiday Inn Binghamton Arena, 2-8 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY 13901.

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

The Holiday Inn also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, June 5, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of June 6.

The hotel’s phone number is 607-722-1212. Room rate for NYS USBC delegates and guests is $119 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 2020 are as follows:

-- Vice President (see resume form for specific qualifications).

-- Three Adult Directors.

-- Two Youth Directors.

Potential candidates must send a copy of the resume form to the Nominating Committee chair – Janet Moro, 102 Wickson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13219, by Jan. 15, 2020.

For qualifications, please refer to Article 5, Section B of the NYS USBC Bylaws, which can be found on the About Us page of this website.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2021 USBC Annual Meeting.

CLICK HERE for special microsite
about the NYS Open Championships

Rab Wilkinson Foundation Raises
$55,000 for Cancer Research,
Donates $500 to Pathways Fund

DECEMBER 27, 2019 -- The Rab Wilkinson Foundation in Staten Island has donated $500 to New York State USBC's Pathways after a record-breaking fundraising campaign.

Spearheaded by Frank Wilkinson, proprietor of Rab's Country Lanes, the 2019 campaign raised a remarkable $55,105.88.

"For the second consecutive year, we broke a record and this marked the most money raised in a single year … bringing our combined efforts to over $670,000, with all money raised funding local breast health initiatives," said Wilkinson, current NYS USBC director and former USBC president.

The $500 gift to the state association will be used to support cancer research, Bowlers to Veterans Link and scholarships.

CLICK HERE for a feature story about Wilkinson, who will be receiving the prestigious Louis R. Miller Leadership Award by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce and Staten Island Advance.

Six to be Inducted
into NYS Hall of Fame

JANUARY 3, 2020 – The New York State USBC's Awards Committee has announced its selections for induction into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame for 2020.

In the Superior Performance category, Jerry Brunette Jr. (Rochester NY USBC), George Barnes  (Greater Buffalo USBC) and Becky Ripic (Southern Tier USBC) will be enshrined, and in the Meritorious Service category, Kevin Martin (Rochester NY USBC), Barbara Rake (Southern Tier USBC) and Rosa Moro (Central NY USBC) will be inducted.

Stephen Fawcett (Schenectady USBC) will receive the Service to Youth Award.

The Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner is scheduled for the evening of June 6, 2020, at The Holiday Inn in Binghamton, following the NYS USBC Annual Meeting.

Brunette Jr. built an impressive resume that includes a New York State Masters title (1995), three Rochester Masters titles, more than 50 singles tournament victories and top 10 finishes in the 2016 USBC Senior Masters and 2017 PBA50 National Doubles.

The left-hander holds Rochester city records with a 250 Standard average in 2008 and a 227 Sport league average is 2008-09, both at Sunset Lanes. All told, he has more than 60 300 games and 40 800 series, including a 300-836 on a Sport condition – earning him a crystal pin from the USBC.

A resident of Florida for the past couple years, Brunette won two gold and two silver medals at the Empire State Games in 2006 and finished 11th in All-Events at the USBC Open Championships in 2007. He has a lofty 231 average in league play since 1999. He was inducted into the Rochester NY USBC Hall of Fame in 2010.

Barnes, a member of the Greater Buffalo USBC since 1954, was a regular participant in the NYS Open Championships for five decades through the early 1990s – with three NYS titles to his credit -- and continues to hold a 190 average in league play at the age of 82.

A top Buffalo Classic League bowler from the 1960s-1980s, Barnes was a member of the first-place team in the 1969 NYS Open Championships (in both handicap and scratch divisions) and won the 1975 doubles crow with partner Bill Hohensee.

Nationally, his Suburban Lanes All-Star team placed eighth at the ABC Championships in Syracuse in 1973. He has bowled in 56 ABC/USBC national tournaments and is tied for 51st place on the participation list and 34th place on the pin fall list.

Local awards include numerous top 10 finishes in the association tournament, including second place in scratch singles and all-events in 1975. A longtime local director and member of the Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Fame, Barnes has two 300 games, a high series of 785 (1998) and high average of 213 (2004).

Ripic has performed consistently well in NYS Women’s Championships competition since the early 1990s, cashing numerous times in all of the events and claiming a team title with the Laurel I team in 2013 in Albany.

Holder of two 800 series, eight perfect games and five 299 games, she has been the Southern Tier USBC “Bowler of the Year” three times and averaged 227 in 2007-08.

Ripic also has earned national recognition as a member of the Ripic's Pro Shop team that combined for a 2,378 scratch score on March 5, 2019 at Midway Lanes in Vestal. She rolled a 791 series during that league session and helped the trip place first in the 2-men, 1-woman team series category on the USBC National Team Score recognition list for the 2018-19 season.

Martin, owner of Parkview Bowl in Rochester, has been a strong supporter of NYS USBC and Rochester NY USBC tournament bowling since the early 1980s, regularly organizing large groups to participate.

A youth bowling coach and former Empire State Games coach, he has donated his time and lanes to the development of high school programs and supports various charitable causes as both a director and sponsor. His fundraising efforts have benefited organizations such as the American Diabetes Association, ARC and Bowlers to Veterans Link.

Martin’s commitment to tournament bowling has had a positive impact upon Rochester association events, and his annual memorial tournament for bowlers 60-and-over has developed a strong following. An avid bowler, he has a high game of 300, high series of 778 and high average of 203, and placed third in the NYS Open doubles in 1985.

Rake has been active on the national and state level as a member and officer of the Women’s 600 Club for more than 20 years, having served as club chairman, sergeant-at-arms, nominating committee chair. Additionally, she has bowled in the USBC Women’s Championships and NYS Women’s Championships for 33 years.

A local association hall of famer, Rake served on the transition committee to merge the former Binghamton-Johnson City – Endicott (B-JC-E) WBA with the men’s association to form the Southern Tier USBC, and has served the B-JC-E and Southern Tier USBC as an director and officer for over 30 years.

Moro has been a consistent participant in NYS Women’s and Queens Championships and Syracuse (now Central NY USBC) tournaments for the past 40-plus years, promoting the tournaments by enlisting new bowlers and providing on-lane instruction and advice.

She has contributed greatly to the sport not only as a tournament promoter, but also through her expertise at crafting distinct plaques, trophies and memorabilia for bowlers and other sport competitors.

On the lanes, she has averaged consistently in the 190s, and has had several top finishes in both the NYS Women’s and Queens events.

Fawcett has been a dedicated youth league and tournament organizer, director and coach in the Schenectady area for three decades, and his hard work and commitment have had a profound, positive effect on hundreds of youth bowlers.

Currently, he serves as treasurer for the local travel youth league and coach of the Sportsman Bowl girls’ teams, helps prepare a few of the girls to compete in the U12 Junior Gold Championships, and facilitates the awarding of scholarship money for bowlers in the travel league in the Capital District.

Fawcett also has been instrumental in raising more than $150,000 in scholarships through the youth tournament that he started – the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour, which also sends 40 to 50 young bowlers to Junior Gold every year (an event that he attends annually at his expense).

At the state level, Fawcett, a NYS USBC regional tournament manager, takes a lead role in promoting and directing state youth tournaments and programs, including the NYS Youth Leaders.

New York State USBC
Seeks Candidates to Apply
for Association Manager Post

DECEMBER 11, 2019 -- The New York State USBC is accepting resumes for the Association Manager position that will become open next season.

The position has been held since the organization's inception in 2011 by Mike Pettinella of Batavia, who announced that he will be stepping down effective Sept. 30, 2020.

CLICK HERE for a job description and information on where to send resumes and cover letters.

Resumes must be received by NYS USBC President Roger Buckman by Feb. 15, 2020.

Scholarship Opportunities Abound
NYS USBC to Award
$15,250 for 2019-20

CLICK HERE for a one-pager about the scholastic awards.

For more information, scroll over the Youth tab and click on the Youth Scholarships tab.

Changes Made to Tourney Rules;
Entry Forms Posted on Website

UPDATE - NOV. 19, 2019

A list of hotels and rates for the NYS Women's Championships can be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 -- Several changes to New York State USBC adult tournaments for 2019-20 -- including changing the handicap base in the Open Championships and going with one qualifying squad for the Queens Championship -- were made during the state association’s Board of Directors meetings over the weekend at the Holiday Inn in Binghamton.

Changes approved by the Tournament Committee primarily affect the NYS Women and Open Championships. Some of the changes to the Queens stem from the results of a survey of participants at the 2019 tournament in Saratoga Springs.

A summary of the 2019-20 events follows.

Entry forms for all the adult tournaments for this season can be downloaded from the Tournaments section of this website.


The 39th NYS Masters scratch singles event is scheduled for King Pin Lanes on March 7, 2020 and is limited to the first 120 paid entrants (maximum of 60 on each of two qualifying squads). There is no re-entry.

First prize is a guaranteed $2,500 and a free entry to the 2021 USBC Masters. The scratch tournament is open to NYS USBC men and women.

Dan Vick (Rochester NY USBC) won the 2019 tournament at Dixie Lanes in Elmira.


The 84th NYS Women’s Championships, consisting of Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition, will take place on April 4-5, 17-19, 24-26, May 15-17, 2020 at AMF Strike ‘N Spare Lanes in the Syracuse suburb of Mattydale.

A list of current reservations and paid entries can be found on the Tournaments page. Note that availability is limited on April 25-26.

Changes for this year are as follows:

-- Doubles and Singles will be bowled on the same pair of lanes – no moving to another pair after Doubles.

-- In Handicap Brackets, an individual bowler will be limited to entering 50 percent of the total number of brackets per squad. Handicap will continue to be based on 100 percent of 230.


The 49th NYS Queens is scheduled for April 28, 2020 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool (outside of Syracuse). It is a scratch singles event for NYS USBC women.

Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady is the two-time defending champion.

Changes for this year are as follows:

-- The Open Division will be for bowlers with averages of 200 and up; the Classified Division will be for bowlers with averages of 199 and under (see tournament rules for more details).

-- One qualifying squad (five games) is set for 11 a.m. with a maximum of 114 bowlers in the tournament (six per pair).

Survey results indicate that bowlers do not want re-entry (that is not a factor this year), want to continue to offer the USBC Queens entry to the Open Division champion, want to keep a Challenge/Sport oil pattern and want to continue the 1:4 cashing ratio.


The 96th NYS Open Championships (Team, Doubles, Singles, All-Events) are scheduled for April 18-19, 24-26, May 1-3, 15-17, 2020 at Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady.

Changes for this year are as follows:

-- The handicap format for Division 1 is now, Team 1150-plus bowls scratch, Doubles 460-plus bowls scratch and Singles 230-plus bowls scratch. Handicap is 90 percent of 1150, 460 and 230 in Division 1 and 90 percent of 1000, 400 and 200 in Division 2.

-- Doubles and Singles will be bowled on the same pair of lanes – no moving to another pair after Doubles.

-- Team and Doubles and Singles will be offered on Fridays; Saturdays will be for Doubles & Singles and Sundays will be for Team.

-- The first squad on Sundays will begin at 9 a.m.

-- A dress code and behavior code have been added to the rules.

-- For the Brackets, handicap will be based on 90 percent of 230.

Future NYS USBC Adult
Championship Tournaments

CLICK HERE for NYS Adult Championship tournaments through 2021.

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