New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Albany's LeClair Tops Weber for PBA50 Title in Minnesota

MONTICELLO, Minn. (July 12, 2019) – Wearing a brace to shore up his ailing left knee, Brian LeClair of Albany, New York recovered from a slow start to beat PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber 225-200 in the title match to win the PBA50 River City Extreme Open presented by Hammer Friday for his first win of the season and fourth of his career.
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Sam Ventura Captures PBA Ned Micelli Memorial Tournament

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (June 22, 2019) – Sammy Ventura of Norwich, N.Y., a two-time East Region PBA50 Player of the Year, compiled a 5-3 match play record and a 15-game total of 3,598 pins to win the PBA50 Ned Micelli Memorial at Herrill Lanes Saturday by a mere six pins over reigning PBA50 East Region Player of the Year Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa.
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Andretta Rallies Past Angelo for PBA East Regional Crown

York, Pa. (August 5, 2018) – Darren Andretta of Wantagh, N.Y., rallied from a 30-pin deficit after seven frames to defeat Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., 228-207, in the championship round of the PBA Bowlers Supply/Storm Open at Colony Park Lanes North Sunday.
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Greater Buffalo Youth on All-American Team

Alyssa Johnson of Lancaster (Greater Buffalo USBC) is one of 10 standout youth bowlers named to the 2018-19 Dexter High School All-American Team.

Johnson, who ranked third in her senior class at Clarence High School, was a two-time All-Western New York Scholar Athlete and received the Regents Award for Math and Science.

She did volunteer work at Ronald McDonald House, Meals on Wheels and Salvation Army. She was captain of the bowling team for three years and two-year captain of the field hockey team. 

Selected by Dexter Bowling in consultation with the International Bowling Campus Youth Development staff, the Dexter High School All-American Team is comprised of five girls and five boys who participated on a recognized interscholastic high school bowling team during the last school year.

To be considered for selection, candidates were required to have at least a 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) and submit a resume of their bowling and academic achievements, along with an essay. Applicants also had to provide two recommendation letters – one from their coach or athletic director and at least one additional letter.

The Dexter High School All-American Team will be recognized during the Junior Gold Championships Opening Ceremony in Detroit in July and each team member will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Re-Creation to Perform at NYS VAMCs

Re-Creation, the Broadway-style musical entertainment arm of The Bowlers to Veterans Link, will perform at six VA Medical Centers in New York State during the month of August.

The troupe members arrive at the VA facilities four hours before show time to set up, don their costumes and visit hospital rooms and wards. Then they assist patients to the show area and perform for them!

The August schedule is as follows:

August 12, 2019 -- Albany, NY VAMC, 10 a.m.

August 13, 2019 -- Castle Point, NY VAMC, 2 p.m.

August 14, 2019 -- Montrose, NY State Veterans Home, 2 p.m.

August 15, 2019 --  Montrose, NY VAMC, 10:30 a.m.

The public is welcome to attend.

USBC Members Have Single Sign-On

The United States Bowling Congress has launched the USBC Community Login for, providing USBC members with a single sign-on for many of USBC’s online platforms.

The USBC Community Login already is used by USBC members to register for the USBC Open and Women’s Championships, the Youth Open Championships and for, USBC’s livestream platform.

By incorporating user logins for, which allows members to use popular applications such as Find a Member, along with the mobile app and SMART accounts, USBC members now have one login for many of the programs and for tournament registration.

For those who already have an account on, they will notice a new look during the sign-in process through the USBC Community Login, though they will be able to use their current username and password.   

For those who already have a password for USBC’s Event Registration platform – used for the USBC Open and Women’s Championships, for example or for – users will use that username and password for the USBC Community Login.

McEwan Wins U.S. Women's Open;
Kuhlkin Places 4th, Sellens 5th

JUNE 24, 2019 – Danielle McEwan of Stony Point (Rockland County USBC) came through with a double in the 10th frame Sunday to capture the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at Texas Star Lanes in North Las Vegas, capping an exciting stepladder final round that featured two other standout New York State USBC members.

McEwan, a 27-year-old right-hander, defeated top-seeded Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia, 201-199, for the $20,000 top prize and now has won five events – including two major tournaments -- on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour.

The five-person finals were broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Roumimper had a chance to close out McEwan by rolling two strikes in the 10th frame but was thwarted by a solid 7-pin after getting the first strike. This left the door open for McEwan, who calmly struck twice and then broke for nine to win by two pins.

"This was one of my top goals - to win the U.S. Women's Open," said McEwan, who also won the 2015 PWBA Tour Championship. "When you look at the people who have won this event, they're the best in our sport. To add my name along theirs is amazing."

The finals began with a match between Liz Kuhlkin of Schenectady (Schenectady USBC) and Shannon Sellens of Copiague (Long Island USBC) – winners of the last six New York State Queens Championships.  Kuhlkin won in 2019 and 2019 and Sellens captured the Queens title the previous four years.

Kuhlkin, the defending U.S. Women’s Open champion, defeated Sellens, 213-183, but then lost to Shannon O’Keefe of Shiloh, Ill., a former Rochester, N.Y. resident, 233-192.

O’Keefe then went up against McEwan in a match that went down to the wire.

After O’Keefe finished first, doubling in the 10th frame for a 225, McEwan stepped up in her 10th frame and put together three strikes to finish with 229 and advance to the title match against Roumimper.

Roumimper earned $10,000 while O’Keefe won $7,700, Kuhlkin $6,600 and Sellens $5,600.

All competitors bowled 24 qualifying games over three days to determine the 36 players advancing to a cashers' round. After eight additional games, the field was cut to the top 24 bowlers for round-robin match play. The five finalists were determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

USBC Suspends Three-Unit Lane Dressing Rule

JUNE 24, 2019 – After reviewing recent research on lane dressing and examining the current rules about how lane oil is applied, the United States Bowling Congress Equipment Specifications Committee determined the three-unit rule, required at the time oil is applied to a lane, no longer is applicable and will be suspended.

The USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications team’s research has shown advancements in technology, including how today’s bowling balls drastically alter any oil pattern applied to a lane surface, have made the rule obsolete.

Instituted by the American Bowling Congress in 1992, the three-unit rule states lane dressing could be applied in any amount and any distance, as long as there was a minimum of three units, and it became the only standard oil pattern regulation.

The review of the three-unit rule is a continuation of the USBC’s commitment to continually explore all facets in bowling while thinking about the future of the sport.

“At this time, it makes sense to suspend the rule but continue to monitor leagues and competitions as the equipment we use, and the lanes on which we compete, continue to evolve,” USBC Equipment Specifications chair Andrew Cain said. “A review of the current lane-dressing regulation was simply the next logical phase of research and one within which the applicability of the three-unit rule itself was called into question.  This process of constant inquiry and ensuing research is central to maintaining the integrity of our sport.”

With the suspension of the three-unit rule, local associations no longer will be required to submit an annual Lane Dressing Inspection Report (LDIR) for its centers.

The research performed at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington showed lane patterns are drastically altered by the use of today’s bowling balls, and most patterns likely do not comply with the three-unit rule by the end of a league session.

USBC will continue to run Sport-compliant patterns for its national events, such as the USBC Open and Women’s Championships, the Junior Gold Championships and its major short-duration events. USBC also will maintain the Standard, Challenge and Sport lane conditions average conversion charts, for those who wish to compete in leagues and tournaments on challenging lane conditions.

The Equipment Specifications Committee also set the specification for any hole drilled in a bowling ball.

Effective Aug. 1, 2020, drilled holes cannot exceed a diameter of 1-9/16 inches and a hole cannot have a depth of more than 4-1/2 inches. The specification includes holes in which removable devices are used, though the holes size specifically was set to allow all existing removeable devises to remain.

Also, because any gripping hole that does not have the thumb or fingers inserted into it throughout the approach would be classified as a balance hole, which is not allowed as of Aug. 1, 2020, any secondary hole drilled inside of a gripping hole that is not intended for gripping purpose is considered a void and not allowed, except for vent holes. Visit for the drilling rule.

NYS Open Senior Entry Form is Posted

UPDATE -- JUNE 24, 2019

CLICK HERE for 2019 NYS Open Senior Championships entry form -- October, Schenectady.

Confirmation emails for NYS Women's Senior Singles Championships will be sent beginning Tuesday, June 25. Please note, only squad openings are on Friday/Saturday on both weekends. All other squads are full. Entries must be postmarked by July 1.

95th NYS Open Championships
SAW Valley, Rochester Teams Win;
Elmira Bowler Takes Three Events

JUNE 14, 2019 – Four Leary’s (Sayre Athens Waverly Valley USBC) and Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes (Rochester NY USBC) earned Team titles while Eric Benscoter (Elmira USBC) rolled his way to a rare “triple crown” at the 95th NYS Open Championships in April and May at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

Prize checks will be going out in Monday's (June 17) mail to team captains and group leaders for distribution to their bowlers. Captains are urged to get the checks to the individual bowlers right away and ask them to cash/deposit as soon as possible as they will not be valid after a certain date.

The tournament drew 239 Teams -- 57 more than last year -- as well as 486 Doubles, 971 Singles and 848 All-Events. The prize list totaled $89,700.

Four Leary’s posted 2,962 in the Team 1000 & Under division, outpacing Stump, Drop and Roll (Rochester NY USBC) by 15 pins. Members of the first-place team are Christine Leary, Blair Leary, Dylan Burns, Mark Leary and Michael Leary.

Dazed and Confused (Mid-Hudson USBC) placed third at 2,912.

In the Team 1001 & Over division, Rose Bowl Lanes fired 3,609 on the final day to claim top honors, with Sparetime Bowling (Greater Buffalo USBC) second at 3,503 and Goomba’s Gang (Rome NY USBC) third at 3,412.

Members of the Rose Bowl Lanes squad are Dan Vick, Chris Bardol, Bill Hasiotis, Steve Meyer and Doug Kent.

CLICK HERE for official final standings.

CLICK HERE for the prize list.

Benscoter, back into bowling after a lengthy absence, teamed with Mark Hammond (Bath USBC) for the Doubles 400 & Under title (1,295), and went on to place first in Singles 200 & Under (706) and All-Events 200 & Under (1,996).

Sarah Meath and Christopher Kardas (Rochester NY USBC) were second at 1,282, followed by Manuel Ortega and Craig Ward (Rochester NY USBC) at 1,279.

Kenneth Raines (Mid-Hudson USBC) placed second in All-Events 200 & Under with 1,978 and Angel Dingle (Ithaca USBC) was third with 1,924.

In Doubles 401 & Over, Michael Platter and David Kirsch (Greater Buffalo USBC) shot 1,520 on the opening weekend and it held up for first place.

They were followed by Ricky Zinone and Joshua Curtis (Rochester NY USBC) at 1,502 and R.J. Blanchard III and Jim Zimmerman (Central New York USBC) at 1,486.

The Singles 201 & Over title went to Tom Bennett (Tri-County NY USBC) with 813, three pins better than Robert Rudnick Jr. (Greater Buffalo USBC). Meyer placed third at 794.

Rudnick did take the All-Events 201 & Over title, however, with a sparking 2,245 score (all scratch), earning him a free entry to the 2020 USBC Masters. Pat Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC) was second at 2,238, followed by Meyer at 2,219.

The 2019 President's Award for the tournament's high series went to David Stoddard Jr. (Rome NY USBC), who posted 840.

83rd NYS Women's Championships
Northern Adirondack, Fulton,
Schenectady Teams Triumph

JUNE 13, 2019 – Teams from Northern Adirondack USBC, Fulton USBC and Schenectady USBC captured divisional titles at the 83rd NYS Women’s Championships.

Competition took place in April and May at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls, drawing 381 Teams, 751 Doubles, 1,502 Singles and 1,459 All-Events. Prize money totaled $64,153.50, including $2,000 from the NYS USBC’s expense fund.

Prize checks are going out in Friday's (June 14, 2019) mail to team captains or group leaders for distribution to their bowlers. Please get these checks to your bowlers right away and make sure they are cashed promptly as they will not be valid after a certain date.

CLICK HERE for official final standings

CLICK HERE for prize list.

Staib’s Transport (Northern Adirondack USBC) placed first in the 599-and-under Team category with 2,525 – 30 pins more than QC Pinbusters (Ithaca USBC).  V B C Ladies (Sayre Athens Waverly USBC) placed third at 2,454.

Members of the Staib’s team are Amy Manson, Rosemary Robinson, Uteena Richards and Kelly Helm.

In the 600-759 Team division, Bi Polar Rollers of Fulton (Fulton USBC) finished on top with 2,454 – 20 pins better than Savona Storage (Corning USBC) and 25 ahead of Sunsetter’s (Finger Lakes NY USBC).

Members of the Bi Polar Rollers squad are Crystal MacDougall, Sara Mills, Jen Mills and Kelly Newton.

And in the 760-and-Over Scratch division, 3 B’s & 1E (Schenectady USBC) led the way with 2,748, outdistancing Towne Bowling I (Schenectady USBC) and Town Rock n Bowl (Schenectady USBC) by 10 and 53 pins, respectively.

Members of the winning team are Jessica Aiezza, Sarah Germano, Michelle Sterner and Liz Kuhlkin. Germano is a Rochester NY USBC member while Sterner is a Niagara Falls USBC member.

The top three in Doubles, Singles and All-Events are as follows:

299-and-Under Doubles -- Nicole Delaney and Suzzy Stowell (Auburn NY USBC), 1,345; Joann Votraw and Kathy Bennett (Northern Adirondack USBC), 1,305; Susan Godkin and Sonya Pettit (Lake Ontario USBC), 1,288.

300-379 Doubles – Margaret Randall and Vickie Tobias (Corning USBC), 1,317; Susan Pepe and Michele Gregg (Albany USBC), 1,299; Susan O’Toole and Belinda Floyd (SAW Valley USBC), 1,278.

380-and-Over Scratch Doubles – Patti TeNyenhuis and Laura Rotter (Hudson Valley USBC), 1,426; Anne Conner and JoAnna Carter (Central NY USBC), 1,425; Michelle Sterner and Theresa Porter (Niagara Falls USBC), 1,416.

149 & Under Singles -- Betty Cavazos (Fulton USBC), 690; Stephanie VanHorn (Central NY USBC), 685; Katherine Satterlee (Fulton County Regional USBC) and Amy Proctor (Fulton County Regional USBC), 683 (tie).

150-189 Singles – Brittany Cornell (Auburn NY USBC), 732; Amy Emens (Rochester NY USBC), 715; Margaret Randall (Corning USBC), 710.

190-and-Over Scratch Singles – Shanna Chepelsky (Rochester NY USBC), 761; Deanna Ort (Central NY USBC), 761; JoAnna Carter (Central NY USBC), 758.

149-and-Under All-Events – Linda Vannederynen (Ithaca USBC), 2,012; Kristina Seyfarth (Kingston USBC), 1,988; Lynn Baker (Seven Valley USBC), 1,964.

150-189 All-Events – Margaret Randall (Corning USBC), 2,054; Kelsey Broome (Finger Lakes NY USBC), 1,997; Terri Donahue (Rochester NY USBC), 1,994.

190-and-Over Scratch All-Events – Deborah Capullo (Schenectady USBC), 2,174; Julie Selk (Greater Buffalo USBC), 2,129; Caycee Landers (Genesee Region USBC), 2,090.

First-place winners in all of the events and special award winners will receive plaques from the NYS USBC.

Special award winners:

President’s Award (high series, 190-and-over average) – Julie Brady (Kingston USBC), 783.

Association Manager Award (high game, 190-and-over average) – Brady, Laura Zanrucha (Southern Tier USBC), 300.

Board of Directors Award (high series, 150-189 average) – Amy Emens (Rochester NY USBC), 697.

Board of Directors Award (high game, 150-189 average) – Beth Dziekan (Greater Buffalo USBC), 269.

Board of Directors Award (high series, 149-and-under average) – Betty Genninger (Central NY USBC), 552.

Board of Directors Award (high game, 149-and-under average) – Georgia DeLoach (New York City USBC), 225.

Service Award Honoree Lifts Up
Bowling as a Way to Unite People

JUNE 4, 2019 – An inspiring acceptance speech by Proprietor Recognition Award recipient Mark MacBain and words of support for the New York State USBC highlighted the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner ceremony on Saturday at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse.

MacBain, proprietor of Bowl-Mor Lanes in East Syracuse, was one of seven honorees during the ceremony, which was attended by 120 people.

Inducted into the NYS USBC Hall of Fame were:

In the Superior Performance category, Patrick Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC and Tonawanda USBC), William Young (Seven Valley USBC) and Kelley Foster (Ithaca USBC) were enshrined and in the Meritorious Service category, Robert Tyler (Hudson Valley USBC) was inducted.

Other Service Award winners were Sandy Aitchison (Westchester County USBC), Service to Youth Award, and Sandy Suchy (Fulton County Regional USBC), Service to Bowling/Community Award.

Their achievements and accomplishments can be found by scrolling down on this home page.

The message of the speech by MacBain, who was recognized for his pro-active approach to promoting the sport of bowling and the USBC, was that bowling is a bridge-builder – a valuable activity that unites people of all races, religions and lifestyles.

“Bowling is something that brings us together … in a divided world,” said MacBain, who shared that he stepped away from the sport for a period of time in the context of him being “an openly gay person.”

Since his return, he said he has found a true “bowling family” at Bowl-Mor, many of whom were at the dinner to support him.

MacBain serves as the vice president of the IGBO, which holds national conventions and oversees tournament competition.

Young, following a heartfelt introduction by longtime teammate Rick Lambrecht, and Brick, who was introduced by NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella, talked about bowling’s role in their families and of the competitive drive that fuels them.

Both also thanked the NYS USBC for running outstanding tournaments for its members.

Foster thanked her family and teammates for supporting her from a young age through league and tournament play and as a former Empire State Games champion.

2019 NYS USBC Annual Meeting

GETTING TOGETHER: One hundred twenty-four voting delegates and about a dozen guests converged upon DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse on Saturday (June 1) for the 8th New York State USBC Annual Meeting.

NYS USBC OFFICERS, DIRECTORS: Elected at Saturday's Annual Meeting to serve on the New York State USBC board for two-year terms, effective Aug. 1, were, front from left, Adult Directors Maresse Wager-Walawender of Canandaigua and Randy Snyder of Apalachin and Youth Director Thomas Solimine Sr. of White Plains; back, Adult Director Robert Kaverman of Jamestown, Sergeant-At-Arms Dennis O'Donnell of Auburn, and President Roger Buckman of Victor. Snyder and Wager-Walawender are new to the board while Solimine was elected after sitting out a year due to term limits.

YOUTH LEADER AWARDS: Amber Lupi, left, president of the NYS Youth Leaders, presents the Youth Leader Coach of the Year Award of Jayu Kulkarni of Lake Ronkonkoma at Saturday's Annual Meeting, Also pictured, from left, are Emily Kulkarni, Youth Leader of the Year; Jamie Masclee of Rochester, Bridging of the Gap Adult Award recipient, and Mike Callan of Rochester, NYS USBC Youth Director.

HALL OF FAME, SERVICE AWARDS: Four people were inducted into the NYS USBC Hall of Fame and three others were presented with Service Awards on Saturday night in Syracuse. Front from left are Sandy Aitchison of Mamaroneck, Service to Youth Award, and Mark MacBain of Syracuse, Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award; back, Robert Tyler of Highland, HOF Meritorious Service; Kelley Foster of Ithaca, HOF Superior Performance; William Young of Cortland, HOF Superior Performance, and Patrick Brick of Buffalo, HOF Superior Performance. Sandy Suchy of Gloversville received the Service to Bowling/Community Award but was unable to attend.

Snyder, Wager-Walawender,
Solimine Sr. Elected
to NYS USBC Board

JUNE 3, 2019 – More than 120 delegates, representing 30 local associations, elected two new directors and got to meet the recently-appointed USBC Northeast regional manager at the 8th New York State USBC Annual Meeting on Saturday at DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse in East Syracuse.

Randy Snyder of Apalachin (Southern Tier USBC) and Maresse Wager-Walawender of Canandaigua (Lake Ontario USBC) were elected as Adult Directors in a voice vote along with Robert Kaverman of Jamestown (Jamestown Area USBC), who will be continuing his service on the NYS USBC board.

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n voting for the one open Youth Director position, Thomas Solimine Sr. of White Plains (Westchester County USBC) received 67 votes to outdistance Mimi Lucey (Rochester NY USBC) and Jayu Kulkarni (Long Island USBC), who garnered 33 and 24 votes, respectively.

Solimine, the longtime NYS Youth Committee chair, returns to the board after having to sit out a year due to term limits.

President Roger Buckman of Victor (Rochester NY USBC) and Sergeant-at-Arms Dennis O’Donnell of Auburn (Auburn USBC) were re-elected to their posts as they ran unopposed.

Delegates heard from John McCarthy of Louisville, Ky., who is completing his first season as the Northeast regional manager. McCarthy gave a 15-minute presentation on the bowling ball specification changes that will take place over the next couple years.

Effective Aug. 1, 2019, only a dry towel can be used to clean a bowling ball during competition, and effective Aug. 1, 2020, balance holes on balls will be eliminated, meaning that any hole in a ball must be used for gripping purposes and all holes must be used on every delivery.

Another change effective on Aug. 1, 2020 is that a bowling ball’s oil absorption rate must be more than two minutes, 15 seconds for the ball to be approved.

President Buckman officiated, calling on committee members to give their reports and allowing time at the end of the meeting for affiliate associations – NYS 500, 600 and 700 clubs and NYS Bowling Writers – to address the delegates.

Highlights of the committee reports:

-- Pathways Committee chair Kaverman reported that $24,000 was donated to the state’s cancer hospitals, BVL and youth scholarships through tournament and other donations in 2017-18.

-- Youth Committee spokesman Mike Callan reported combined scholarships of more than $60,000 from the Team, Pepsi, Adult-Junior and Youth Scholarship tournaments.

-- Youth Leaders President Amber Lupi announced this year’s award winners (see photo above) and reported on their activities, including their work at the Youth Team tournament weekend in Syracuse in May.

-- YES Committee chair Kathy Leitgeb reported on the scholarships that were awarded to students at all grade levels, with Daniel Palmer of Niskayuna as the recipient of the $4,000 Pat Zonneville Memorial Award for 2018-19.

-- Public Relations Committee chair Barry Vee reported that the NYS USBC Facebook page “likes” have increased significantly, and announced that the board of directors has approved a major upgrade of the NYS USBC website.

More than $1,500 was raised for charity prior to the Annual Meeting, including donations from Fulton County Regional USBC ($500), 700 Club ($100) and Bowling Writers ($150). Claudia Cinelli (Long Island USBC) also donated $283 to the Youth Team tournament.

Bowling Writers President Lucille Daignault said the organization will be dissolving effective July 31, 2019, citing increased use of social media and digital communication, and thanked Patricia Fuller of Medina (Genesee Region USBC) for her 29 years of service its secretary.

-- Association Manager Mike Pettinella recognized Leitgeb, Callan, Vee and Betty Kingsley for their years of service as each will be going off the board, effective July 31.

NYS USBC Announces Scholarship Winners

APRIL 23, 2019 -- The New York State USBC YES Committee has announced its Graduating Senior Scholarship, Spirit and Future Stars award winners for this season.

2019 Graduating Senior Scholarship Winners:

Daniel Palmer, Niskayuna, Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship, $4,000

Andrew Ritz, Rochester, $3,000

Andrew Schwartz, Clifton Park, $2,000

Taylor Eggert, Kings Park, $1,000 (Sponsored by NYS Youth Leaders)

Skyler Schrlau, Wellsville, $1,000 (Sponsored by NYS Youth Leaders)

Erin Blank, Mt. Marion, $1,000

Max Pedone, Seaford, $1,000

2019 Spirit Award Scholarship Winners:

1. $750 – Sydney Kraft, Rochester

2. $500 – Rachel Hines, Medford

3. $125 --- Brian Mclean, Nesconset

3. $125 -- Alexis Ingersoll, Oswego

2019 Future Star Scholarship Winners, Grades 5-8

1. $200 – Oscar Sybert, Newfield

2. $100 – Ava Mazella, Coram

3. $75 – Savannah Swiatocha, Scotia

2019 Future Star Scholarship Winners, Grades K-4

1. $200 – Kelsey Fischer, Frewsburg

2. $100 – Sadrianna Erb, Farmington

3. $75 – Ezra Sybert, Newfield

NYS USBC Hall of Fame
Brick, Young, Foster,
Tyler to be Inducted

DECEMBER 19, 2018 – The New York State USBC's Awards Committee has announced its selections for induction into the New York State USBC Hall of Fame for 2019.

In the Superior Performance category, Patrick Brick (Greater Buffalo USBC and Tonawanda USBC), William Young (Seven Valley USBC) and Kelley Foster (Ithaca USBC) will be enshrined, and in the Meritorious Service category, Robert Tyler (Hudson Valley USBC) will be inducted.

Sandy Aitchison (Westchester County USBC) will receive the Service to Youth Award, Sandy Suchy (Fulton County Regional USBC) will receive the Service to Bowling/Community Award, and Mark MacBain (Central NY USBC) will receive the Proprietor/Manager Recognition Award.

The Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner is scheduled for the evening of June 1, 2019, at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057, following the NYS USBC Annual Meeting that day.

Brick, one of the most accomplished bowlers in Western New York, has excelled at the state level, having won multiple NYS titles – including the 1999 NYS Masters crown, and the 2001 NYS Open All-Events (2,217) and Singles (799) titles.

He also has placed in the top 10 in state tournament competition on numerous occasions, highlighted by a second in the 2018 NYS Senior Masters, fourth in the 2001 and 2010 NYS Open Singles with 785 and 759, respectively, and sixth in the 2010 NYS Open All-Events (2,203).

A Tonawandas and Greater Buffalo USBC Hall of Famer, Brick won the prestigious George Obernauer Masters in 2004, the Tri-City Masters in 1996 and 2010 and the Tonawanda and Buffalo City tournaments several times. In 1999, he teamed with Jeff Walsh, Joe Jack, Jack Jurek and Jim Reese to win the Tonawanda City scratch title with a record 3,734 score.

Since 1998, the smooth left-hander has posted around 75 USBC-certified 300 games and 40 800 series, with a high of 834. He consistently averages in the 230’s. As a collegiate bowler, he was a member of the Erie Community College team that won the national championship in 1988.

Young, like Brick, has fared well in NYS competition over the past two decades, having captured the NYS Open Senior “triple crown” in 2015 – Doubles (with Steve Aloi), 1,404; Singles, 775, and Six-Game Combine (1,545). The right-hander rolled two of his 104 USBC-certified perfect games in that event.

He also was a member of the 2013 NYS Open champion RPM Auto team, rolling 696, and has placed in the top 10 in state tournaments several times. A Cortland Masters champion in 1995 and 1997, Young averaged 251 over two separate seasons, with that mark being the third best in the nation in 2006-07.

His 898 series (he has more than 20 800 sets) in 2004 was the highest in NYS at that time.

Young is a Seven Valley USBC Hall of Famer and a gold medalist at the 2015 Empire State Senior Games.

Foster has excelled in league and in a variety of tournament competition over the past 25 years, with titles in NYS Women’s Championships, 600/700 Club events, Empire State Games and local association tourneys to her credit.

A 25-year participant in the NYS Women’s event, the right-hander is a two-time Team champion (1988 and 2005) who placed ninth in Doubles in 2014. She also has competed in 15 NYS Queens events, with a 10th place finish in 2007 on her resume.

Foster has three Women’s 600 Club titles and one Women’s 700 Club title, along with eight local association titles in all the events. An Ithaca Women’s Bowling Hall of Famer (1998), she has a high average of 223, two 800 series, four 300 games and 87 700 series.

She competed in 10 Empire State Games, winning nine medals, including three gold, and was voted “Athlete of the Week” by an Ithaca radio station in April 1994 for her first 800 series – 800 on the nose.

Tyler is being recognized for his 20 years of service to USBC adult and youth members at the state, local and national levels.

The association manager of the Hudson Valley USBC since 2006, Tyler has made his mark as a past Empire State USBC BA director (2008-2010), secretary and assistant secretary for the Dutchess-Putnam association (2002-2006), as a league secretary-treasurer of three leagues for 15 years, as a Level I and II bowling coach and as a USBC national delegate.

He currently serves as a NYS USBC Regional Manager, serving youth in the Poughkeepsie area and beyond, and participates in state Open and Senior tournaments.  He has a NYS Open Senior title, placing first in Class A in 2009.

Aitchison has made a tremendous contribution to youth bowling in New York State, working tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of the NYS USBC Youth Committee.

A member of the Westchester County USBC board, Aitchison has volunteered her services over the past 20 years to design all of the state association’s program booklets for both the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi tournaments – never duplicating the program and never accepting reimbursement for her expenses. These booklets have helped the youth committee raise more than $15,000 in scholarships for junior bowlers.

With this being the 50th anniversary of the NYS youth program, Aitchison has continued her commitment and designed the anniversary patch (CLICK HERE). This patch will be given to each of the finalists at the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi tournaments in Syracuse and Rome, respectively.

Suchy, a 22-year USBC member in the Gloversville area and a Fulton County Hall of Famer, has volunteered countless hours as a bowling ambassador to her church and to the community’s charitable causes.

She has assisted the Sisters of the Holy Spirit’s fundraising efforts for many years, commits two or three days a week to visit patients and help out at the Gloversville Nathan Littauer Hospital Extended Care Unit, and has contributed to the success of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Fulton County “Bowl for Kids Sake” tournament.

A NYS Women’s 600 Club member, she has competed in numerous NYS tournaments and several WIBC and USBC national tournaments.

MacBain takes a proactive role in the promotion of USBC-certified bowling by using all avenues – social media (Facebook), email, electronic and printer flyers, traditional media and, above all, by personally handing out entry forms and information to bowlers at his Bowl-Mor Lanes in East Syracuse and at other area centers.

He also has been a consistent and generous sponsor of several tournaments, including the Post-Standard Masters, Women’s Masters, Christmas and New Year’s events, Central NY Queens, Van Wie Doubles and MS Fish Bowl, and several leagues. His commitment to “getting the word out” has more than kept bowling relevant in the Syracuse area.

On an international level, MacBain plays a key role in IGBO and serves as vice president on the organization’s national board.

Future NYS USBC Adult
Championship Tournaments

CLICK HERE for NYS Adult Championship tournaments through 2021.

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