New York State USBC Bowling Association News
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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Pennsylvania Bowler Wins PBA50 Event in Laurel, Del.

Laurel, Del. (October 22, 2017) – Darryl Bower of Middletown, Pa., defeated Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, 198-182, to win the PBA50 Bryan's Bowling Center Open presented by The Insurance Market and 900 Global at Bryan's Bowling Center Sunday.
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Fire Destroys Port Jervis Center

JANUARY 22, 2018 -- The New York State USBC is sad to report that a fire on Saturday (Jan. 20) has destroyed Minisink Lanes, an 18-lane bowling center in the Orange County city of Port Jervis.

The center, owned by Ray Willis, was home to USBC members of the Tri-County NY USBC association.

CLICK HERE for a link to a story and video in the Middletown Times Herald-Record.

USBC Reclassification Effort
Targets 39 Leagues in NYS

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 are being 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.

Around NYS – January 2018
Stony Point Siblings Record
Perfect Games on Same Day

Information courtesy of LoHud.

Nick and Victoria Varano of Stony Point each rolled 300 games on Jan. 7 for North Rockland High School at Fishkill Bowl, becoming what is believed to be the first siblings to reach perfection on the lanes on the same day in New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament history.

Nick's perfect game (his second of the season) came in the first game of the six-game tournament, and Victoria registered her first 300 game ever in the fifth game. Nick, 15, is a sophomore, and Victoria, 13, is in eighth grade.

They are the children of Rob and Susan Varano, who also are the parents of professional and Team USA star Danielle McEwan. Rob is co-owner of H-Tor Lanes in West Haverstraw.

Canandaigua Girl Posts First 300 Game

Seventeen-year-old Sara Barkley recorded her first USBC-certified 300 game on Jan. 6 in the Junior-Major Mixed League at Roseland Bowl in her hometown of Canandaigua.
Sara eclipsed her previous high game of 278 en route to a 685 series.

She is the daughter of Jon and Barb Barkley. Jon is association manager of the Canandaigua USBC. Sara said she is dedicating the perfect game to her late grandfather.

The last 300 shot in the Roseland Bowl youth bowling program was by Corey Christensen on Jan. 5, 2013.

East Syracuse Minoa Girl Rolls 3rd 300 Game

Haley Youker, a senior at East Syracuse Minoa High School, recorded her third career perfect game on Jan. 16, collecting a 300 in the first game of a 3-0 match victory against Oswego.

After posting a 197 in the second game at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego, Haley was close to perfection again in the third, racking up a 290 for a total of 787.

The left-hander also had two 300 games last year.

Haley will be continuing her bowling career on a four-year, full-ride scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Yates County Entrepreneur Buys Penn Yan Center

Businessman Kurt Brockman of Penn Yan has ventured into the bowling center world, purchasing the former Lakeside Lanes in that Yates County village from Doug Kent recently.

Brockman and partner Kiley Harmon have renamed the 16-lane center Brock's Bowl & Pizzeria, and will offer leagues from Monday through Friday and open bowling every day of the week.

The new owners said they plan to update the automatic scoring over the summer and look to install synthetic lanes within five years.

Brockman said he has owned several businesses in the past, including bars, taverns, restaurants and pizza shops.

Sign up Now
for NYS Masters
March 3 in Lockport

JANUARY 10, 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 1/22/18).

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 "Sport" lane condition.

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

Bowlers are asked to contact NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella at to reserve their squad time.

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.

Attention: Local Association Officials

DECEMBER 22, 2017 -- A reminder to NYS USBC local association presidents and managers that the delegate forms emailed to you in early November for the 2018 NYS USBC Annual Meeting are due back in the state association office no later than Jan. 15, 2018.

By returning the forms by the deadline, local associations are eligible for voice and votilng privileges at the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for June 2 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany.

A second email was sent out to local associations today (Dec. 22).

For more information, see the article toward the bottom of this home page or contact the NYS USBC office at

NYS Open Championships
It's Not Too Early
to Enter Kingston Event

DECEMBER 19, 2017 -- Entry reservations are being accepted for the 2018 NYS Open Championships, scheduled for Aprill 21-22, 27-29, May 4-6, 18-20 at Patel's Kingston Lanes in  Kingston.

Competition will take place in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events in two separate divisions, based on bowler averages. The divisional set-up -- new for the Open Championships -- is an effort to increase the number of entries, which have leveled off to around 225 teams the past few years.

See the article below for more information.

CLICK HERE for an entry form.

CLICK HERE for a list of hotels and rates (to be updated).

To reserve your spot, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at 585-343-3736 or send an email to

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

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), and was the recipient of the Service to Youth award.

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 NYS BA 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 and NYS 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. 8, 2018 -- The Ramada Inn in Fishkill is closing Jan. 31, 2018, has been removed from the hotel list on the Tournaments page.

DECEMBER 17, 2017 -- While nearly 300 teams have signed up for the 2018 NYS Women's Championships next spring, 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.

Last year's tournament drew over 400 teams.

CLICK HERE for a list of paid entries, with confirmed times - through 1/22/18.

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 -- JAN. 22, 2018

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.

Other attachments to the email include:

-- A letter about the Annual Meeting and about serving on the NYS USBC Board of Directors.
-- A chart indicating the number of delegates each local association can send to the Annual Meeting. This chart has been posted on the Associations page of this website.
-- A resume form for those interested in running for a position on the NYS USBC Board of Directors. This form also can be downloaded by going to the Officers page of this website.


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.

Potential candidates must send a copy of the resume form to the Nominating Committee chair – Betty Kingsley, 61 Alta Vista Drive, Rochester, NY, 14625 -- by Jan. 15, 2018.

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 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.

NYS Directors Approve
Tournament Changes

Two Divisions, Entry Fee Increase
for Open Championships in '18

SEPT. 27, 2017 – New York State USBC directors, in an effort to increase tournament participation across the board, approved a two-division format for the NYS Open Championships beginning with the 2018 tourney next April and May at Patel's Kingston Lanes.

The board, meeting in New Hartford on Sunday morning, voted in favor of recommendations from its tournament committee to divide NYS Open participants into two groups based on averages of 1000 (Team), 400 (Doubles) and 200 (Singles).

The divisional format for 2018 will be 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.

"Speaking for the (NYS USBC) board and after receiving input from some of our bowlers, we believe that a divisional format is the way to proceed if we wish to increase entries," said NYS USBC President Roger Buckman. "The Wisconsin USBC BA has had divisions for quite some time, and they are getting close to 2,000 teams every year."

Click on the Tournaments tab and 94th NYS Open to download an entry form.

The board also vote for a $5 per person per event increase in the entry fees. The Team entry fee will be $200; Doubles, $80; Singles, $40, and All-Events (no change), $10.

The payout ratio will continue at 1:5 and the top five scratch scores in each event will earn prize money as well.

For 2019, the board approved changes to the NYS Women's Championships and NYS Queens Championship.

The three divisions in the NYS Women's tournament, starting with 2019, will be revised by 10 pins per bowler to reflect the proliferation of higher averages in recent years.

The new setup is as follows:

-- Team Event -- Division 1 (Scratch), 800 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 640-799; Division 3 (Handicap), 639 & Under.
-- Doubles Event – Division 1 (Scratch), 400 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 320-399; Division 3 (Handicap), 319 & Under.
-- Singles Event – Division 1 (Scratch), 200 & Over; Division 2 (Handicap), 160-199; Division 3 (Handicap), 159 & Under.

For the 2019 Queens, the entry fee will be raised to $90, with the qualifying round continuing at five games.

Discount Offered to Local Associations
Wishing to Support NYS Youth Bowling

JUNE 8, 2017 -- Each year, local associations are given the opportunity to support the NYS USBC youth scholarship program by purchasing ads in the Youth Team and Youth Pepsi finals program books.

Now, and until the end of 2017, the state association is offering a 25 percent discount on two full-page ads in both books.

"Sponsorship ad forms received by December 31st will receive $25 off," said Tom Solimine, NYS USBC Youth Committee chair. "Local associations will get two full-page ads for $100 -- that's a 25 percent savings."

Hundreds of the program books are printed and distributed at the state finals. All proceeds from the ads go directly toward youth scholarships.

For more information, contact 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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