New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Pa. Bowler Triumphs to Close Out PBA East Region Schedule

Manalapan, N.J. (Dec. 1, 2018) – Scott Kinkaid of Elizabethtown, Pa., defeated Steven Kotowski of Clark, N.J., 278-236, to win the Professional Bowlers Association MJK Pro Shop/Knob Hill Eastern Challenge presented by Brunswick on Saturday.
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New York's Haines Second at PBA Regional in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Md. (November 18, 2018) – Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Del., earned his second career PBA Regional title when he defeated Gary Haines of West Babylon, N.Y., 189-178, in the title match of the PBA Bowlers Discount Eastern Open presented by Track at Terrace Lanes Sunday.
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Pennsylvania Bowlers Stand Out in PBA50 Regional in Delaware

Laurel, Del. (Oct. 28, 2018) – Brent Hunter of Glenville, Pa., defeated Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 232-187, to win the PBA50 Bryan's Bowling Center Open presented by the Hopkins Automotive Group and 900 Global at Bryan's Bowling Center Sunday.
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Around NYS – Spring 2019

Buffalo Bowlers to Roll for Roswell

Bowlers in the Buffalo area and Western New York are invited to participate in a special singles no-tap handicap tournament on April 7 at Transit Lanes, sponsored by well-known restauranteur Russell J. Salvatore.

A portion of the entry fee for the tournament will go to support the “Roswell Park Cessation Services Ride for Roswell Team,” said organizers Patti and Fran Bax of North Tonawanda.

The entry fee is $50 or, for bowlers wanting to bowl in both the scratch and handicap divisions, $100. There will be one three-game squad – at noon – with 1:8 cashing.

The top four handicap and two four scratch scores will win prize money plus the following grand prizes donated by Salvatore:

First prize: Dinner for six (plus wine) at Russell’s Steak House on Transit Road, Buffalo;
Second prize: Overnight stay in suites plus dinner for two at Russell’s;
Third prize: $100 gift certificate from Russell’s;
Fourth prize: $50 gift certificate from Russell’s.

There also will be a “fun” event for non-competitive bowlers, along with various drawings and basket raffles. “Early bird” entry incentives are being offered.

For more information, contact Patti Bax at 716-284-6576.

Corning USBC Woman Posts First 300

Cheryl Rice of Bath (Corning USBC) registered her first USBC-certified 300 game on March 3 in the Atlas Pizza Early Sunday Mixed League at Crystal Lanes.

A longtime league bowler, Rice consistently has averaged around the 190 mark.

She has been on a hot streak of late, rolling several 700 series during February.

Rice is one of about 1,600 women who will be competing in the NYS Women’s Championships, which get under way on April 6 at Kingpin’s Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.


NYS Queens Championship
76 Bowlers Signed Up;
Entry Deadline is April 4

MARCH 18, 2019 -- Less than a month remains for New York State USBC women scratch tournament bowlers to enter the 48th annual NYS Queens Championship, which will be hosted by the upscale Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs on April 13.

As of today (3/18), 76 bowlers have entered the tournament – 63 in the Open Division and 13 in the Classified (194-and-under) Division. :Last year, there were 91 in the Open and 22 in the Classified.

Entries close on April 4.

CLICK HERE for a list of entrants (through 3/17/19).

The NYS USBC, in response to bowler comments, has added two new features this year.

For the first time, the champion of the Open Division will receive a paid entry to the 2019 USBC Queens and $150 in expense money to go along with the first-place check. The 2019 USBC Queens is set for May 15-21 in Wichita, Kansas.

Furthermore, a separate prize fund is being established as an incentive to attract more bowlers 50 and over.

Bowlers wishing to enter the “50-and-Over Bonus” can do so by paying an additional $10 on top of the $90 entry fee. One in eight bowlers will cash with winners determined by their five-game qualifying round scores, all grouped into one division.

Qualifying squads are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with match play semifinals and stepladder finals to follow.

The field is limited to 130 bowlers – a maximum of 65 per squad using 13 pairs. Currently, there are only THREE spots open on the 1 p.m. squad.

Note: Credit card payment by phone is permitted (5 percent service fee added).


NYS USBC Sponsor Feature
BowlerX.com takes ‘Pro’-Active
Approach to Promotion of Sport

MARCH 7, 2019 -- Lee Sandt, owner of BowlerX.com, a longtime sponsor on the New York State USBC’s website, says he sees the glass as half-full when talking about the future of the sport of bowling.

Sandt, whose Bethlehem, Pa.-based company is a national sponsor of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association, believes that having the right people in the right positions – on a local, state and national level – is the key to making bowling attractive to future generations.

“I think it takes a lot of things working together that will make bowling more successful,” he said. “Bowling is trending in a positive direction. Having the right people in positions that can make a difference is paramount.”

Like his bowling game, Sandt, a self-described “feel” player, says that he “feels that good things are happening.”

“I have met so many intelligent, motivated people in my travels over the past few years. People who care about the sport as much as I do and are doing the things that will propel it forward in the future.”

BowlerX Pro Shop opened for business in 2006 and the eCommerce site followed two years later. In recent years, Lee and his wife, Krista, (in photo at right) decided to expand their tournament sponsorships to include the PBA and PWBA.

“Without the PBA and PWBA, there is no future for the game,” contends Sandt, who has built his TeamX staff to 175 local, regional and professional bowlers.

He said that he and his wife debated for several weeks before making the decision to become a PBA Tour sponsor. Their title event was the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus (Ohio) Bowl. It proved to be a successful venture.

“After it was all said and done, I can tell you that my wife and I have ZERO regrets over that decision! The people that we have met and the friendships we have made … along with the rewarding feeling we get from giving back to something we love is truly priceless,” Sandt said.

From there, the Sandts got involved with the PWBA, sponsoring the Twin Cities Open from Cedarvale Lanes in Eagan, Minn., and the upcoming BowlerX Orlando (Fla.) Open from Boardwalk Bowl, which is scheduled for Aug. 15-17.

Sandt credited the people behind the scenes who work for the PBA and PWBA – “the ones whose names and faces you don’t know" – for their dedication and passion for the sport, along with the players, ball reps, manufacturers and distributors who are having an impact upon amateur bowlers of all ages.

“When you spend time with and get to know the professional bowlers who compete week in and week out (and the support staff), and then you go home and you see the college bowlers, the junior bowlers and others coming into your pro shop who are just getting back into the sport after taking several years off, it really makes me feel that our sport has a great future,” he said.

“There are a lot of passionate individuals out there who love this game as much as we do. Because of this, we plan to continue working with both the PBA and PWBA for years to come.”

Sandt realizes that only a small percentage of bowlers advance to professional status, which makes the process of establishing a relationship with and accommodating the average league bowler so important.

“The local pro shop operator should be well versed in the newest equipment on the market and how that equipment can help each individual bowler achieve better results on the lanes,” he said.

“I find that many times bowlers will come into the shop and have some kind of preconceived idea as to what ball they want based off of something they read on the Internet or a fellow league bowler may have suggested. Sometimes the information is from a knowledgeable source and will be a solid choice for the customer, but other times it becomes our job to try and educate the bowler as to why the choice may not be best suited for them and to steer them towards a product that they may have thought wouldn’t be right for them.”

It can be challenging at times, especially when talking about the technical aspects of ball layouts and drilling – terms such as rev rate, axis point, pin, drilling angles, etc.

That’s why Sandt and other successful pro shop operators like to see a person bowl to get a clearer picture of what will work for that individual. Taking the proper amount of time to make sure the layout and fit is just right is what leads to a happy and returning customer.

“That’s what the shop operator is there for -- to increase your enjoyment of the game and help make you a better/more knowledgeable bowler,” he said.

-- By Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager


VICK-TORIOUS: Mike Pettinella, left, New York State USBC association manager, congratulates Dan Vick, center, after winning the 29th NYS Masters Saturday night at Dixie Lanes in Elmira. Vick topped Jordan D'Angelo, right, of Elmira in the title match.

Dan Vick Captures
NYS Masters Crown
Lefty Rolls 'Sport' 300 on Way to Title

MARCH 3, 2019 -- Pittsford’s Dan Vick (Rochester NY USBC) solidified his place as one of the state’s finest scratch singles tournament bowlers Saturday by capturing the 29th New York State Masters Championship – and bowling a 300 game in the process – at Dixie Lanes in Elmira.

The 32-year-old left-hander added another title to his impressive resume as well as $2,000 to his bank account with a 485-388 victory over hometown favorite Jordan D’Angelo (Elmira USBC) in the two-game total pins title match.

CLICK HERE for qualifiers and match play results.

Vick, who also will receive a paid entry to the 2020 USBC Masters, rolled 254 and 231, while D’Angelo, who earned $1,000 for placing second, posted games of 195-193.

Vick reached the final match with a 422-403 win over Adam Chase of North Babylon (Long Island USBC) while D’Angelo made it to the last round by defeating high-qualifier Chris Bardol of Brockport (Genesee Region USBC), 396-361.

Chase and Bardol each won $400 from the $8,340 prize fund.

The tournament, which was contested on a specially-crafted 39-foot Sport oil pattern by Kegel, drew 110 entries – 38 on the 9 a.m. squad and a full field of 72 on the 12:30 p.m. squad.

All bowlers rolled five qualifying round games, with 1:5 from each squad advancing to the head-to-head finals.

Vick's 300 game came in the second round of match play.

A former Junior Team USA member, Vick's previous titles include the 2018 Super Bud Bowl in Oswego, Brockmyre Classic in Newark, Rochester USBC Masters (twice) and Intercollegiate Singles Tournament. 

After qualifying in the No. 2 position off the first squad with 1,175 to earn a bye, Vick came out strong in the second round of match play against Noel Ocasio of Holbrook (Long Island USBC) with a 223 game and followed that with a 300 game on lanes 21-22.

From there, he defeated Joseph Clarke of Westdale (Rome NY USBC), 367-358, escaping when Clarke missed the 2-pin in the 10th frame of the second game.

“I got lucky; that was an ugly match,” Vick said.

He put together a pair of 211 games to stop Chase in the semifinals before rolling past D’Angelo in the title match.

Bowling on a fresh pair -- lanes 7-8, Vick left a 2-7 split on the first shot but adjusted off of that – and changed to a Brunswick King Pin Rule ball – to get back in the 1-2 pocket.

“That pair hooked more than I expected and after I left the 2-7 I moved to where I bowled the 300 game and made the same shot. I managed to pick the split (hitting the 2-pin to the right),” he said. “After that I had a great reaction.”

With the NYS Masters under his belt, Vick, who is employed as a test engineer, said he will travel to Oswego next weekend to attempt to defend his Super Bud Bowl crown.

D’Angelo rallied from behind in three of his matches to reach the finals, using a 253 second game to oust second-squad high qualifier Matt White of Warren, Pa. (Jamestown Area USBC), a 225 second game to stop Josh Underwood of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC) and a 237 second game to defeat Bardol.

The 31-year-old right-hander, a painter for the Hilliard Corp., said he may have been “too amped up at the start” of those matches, but settled himself down.

He added that he doesn’t bowl in many tournaments, but was pleased that the Masters was held in Elmira to give the local bowling fans a chance to watch high-level bowling.

Eliminated in the quarterfinals were Shannon Sellens of Copiague (Long Island USBC), the four-time NYS Queens champion; Underwood, Clarke and Bill Hasiotis of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC). Sellens rolled 438 and 461 in her two victories before dropping a 454-438 decision to Chase.

The NYS USBC would like to thank the management and staff of Dixie Lanes and the volunteers who assisted at the tournament, which ran without a hitch.

The 2020 NYS Masters is scheduled for March 7 at King Pin Lanes in Rome.

FINAL FOUR: Reaching the "Final Four" of the NYS Masters on Saturday were, from left, Jordan D'Angelo, Chris Bardol, Dan Vick and Adam Chase.


Attention State Tournament Bowlers:
Make Your Reservations for NYS Open

FEBRUARY 25, 2019 -- With about seven weeks before the start of the 95th New York State Open Championships at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly, there are plenty of openings for both Team (five-person) and Doubles & Singles – especially on the two Friday squads on each of the four weekends.

Following is the lane availability as of Feb. 24, which will be updated frequently on this website.

Team captains are invited to contact the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736 or at bowlny300@yahoo.com to reserve their dates and times.

IMPORTANT -- Paid entries must be received in the state office at least a week before the entrant’s scheduled date.

UPDATED -- MARCH 18

Friday, April 12
2 p.m. – Team squad – plenty of openings
6 p.m. – Team or D/S squad – 18 lanes

Saturday, April 13 – Teams
11 a.m. – 10 spots
3 p.m. – full

Sunday, April 14 – D/S
9 a.m. – full
2:30 p.m. – full

Friday, April 26
2 p.m. – Team squad – plenty of openings
6 p.m. – Team or D/S squad – 18 lanes

Saturday, April 27 – D/S
9 a.m. – full
2:30 p.m. – full

Sunday, April 28 – Team
10 a.m. – full
2 p.m. – 19 spots

Friday, May 3
2 p.m. – Team squad – plenty of openings
6 p.m. – Team or D/S squad – 12 lanes

Saturday, May 4 – Teams
11 a.m. – 6 spots
3 p.m. – full

Sunday, May 5 – D/S
9 a.m. – full
2:30 p.m. – 5 spots

Friday, May 17
2 p.m. – Team squad – plenty of openings
6 p.m. – Team or D/S squad – plenty of openings

Saturday, May 18 – D/S
9 a.m. – 9 spots
2:30 p.m. – 1 spot

Sunday, May 19 -- Team
10 a.m. – 7 spots
2 p.m. – 24 spots

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE NYS TEAM, WOMEN'S AND QUEENS TOURNAMENTS, SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE.


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

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.

CLICK HERE for the Hall of Fame ticket order form.

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 won multiple New York State 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 35 800 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 com

peted 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-plus 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.

 She also 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.


State Tournament Changes
Include Way Average is Determined

DECEMBER 11, 2018 -- Several rule changes are in store for three New York State USBC adult tournaments in 2019 – NYS Women, Queens and Open championships.

Although they were announced previously – and can be found on the Tournaments tab of this website – the changes are summarized once again, as follows:

NYS WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
KINGPIN’S ALLEY FAMILY FUN CENTER, SOUTH GLENS FALLS

NOTE: ENTRIES CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20

The 83rd NYS Women's Championships are scheduled for April 6-7, 12-14, 26-28, May 3-5, 17-19, 2019 at Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls.

Changes for 2019 include:

-- Handicap will be computed on a Team basis, instead of Individual basis, continuing three divisions (one scratch and two handicap) in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events.

-- As announced in June, averages will be considered from the past two winter seasons, instead of one, continuing the use of the 10-pin rule (as of April 1, 2019).

-- Entrants shall use their highest USBC certified STANDARD, converted CHALLENGE or converted SPORT average to determine their entering average for the tournament. Previously, only a Standard league average was considered when a bowler had both a Standard and a Sport or Challenge league average.

Additionally, on Friday, May 3 and Friday, May 14, there will be just one squad – starting at 6:30 p.m.

A list of reservations and entries along with entry form and hotel information can be found by clicking on the Tournaments tab.

Note: Credit card payment by phone is permitted (5 percent service fee added).

NYS OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
VALLEY BOWLING CENTER, WAVERLY

The 95th NYS Open Championships are scheduled for April 12-14, 26-28, May 3-5, 17-19 at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly.

A revised entry form, showing correct Friday bowling times and including a new rule regarding the determination of a bowler’s entering average (same rule as in the Women’s Championships) can be found on the Tournaments page.

Additionally, with the two division set-up, there will no longer be monetary scratch prizes. Scratch champions, however, will be recognized as such.

Competition in Team and Doubles & Singles is set for all four Fridays and alternates each weekend on Saturdays and Sundays.  In Doubles & Singles, there will be six bowlers on a pair of lanes.

Team captains are advised to contact the NYS USBC office – 585-343-3736 or bowlny300@yahoo.com -- to reserve their lanes as soon as possible.

MOTIV has supplied several balls to be raffled for charity throughout the tournament.

Note: Credit card payment by phone is permitted (5 percent service fee added).


2019 Annual Meeting
Scheduled for June 1
at DoubleTree Syracuse

UPDATE -- MARCH 16

CLICK HERE for the list of delegates to the Annual Meeting.

Information about the Annual Meeting will be emailed to all delegates on or around March 29.

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 – The Ne York State USBC's 8th Annual Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY, 13057.

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

The DoubleTree also will host the NYS USBC board of directors meeting on Friday, May 31, and the Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner on the evening of Saturday, June 1.

The hotel's phone number is 315-432-0200. 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 2019 are as follows:

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

-- Sergeant-at-Arms
-- Three Adult Directors.
-- One Youth Directors.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2020 USBC Annual Meeting.


NYS USBC Announces State Tournament
Dates, Sites Through November 2021

CLICK HERE for a list of NYS USBC adult championship tournament dates, sites through November 2021.


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