New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Team USA Standout Captures USBC Masters Championship

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Team USA's Andrew Anderson completed his schooling of the 360-player field at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters as he captured his first career Professional Bowlers Association Tour title on Sunday.
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England's Williams Leads; Seven New Yorkers Advance

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – England's Stuart Williams paced the field for the second consecutive day at the 2018 United States Bowling Congress Masters to finish as the top overall qualifier for the tournament's double-elimination match-play bracket.
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Bohn III Tops Graham for Rossi Lanes Eastern Open Regional Title

Elmira, N.Y. (March 25, 2018) – PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., defeated Rick Graham of Lancaster, Pa., 245-212, to win the PBA50 Rossi Lanes Eastern Open at Rossi Lanes Sunday.
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NY USBC DIRECTOR HONORED: Betty Kingsley of Rochester, third from left, was among those honored for outstanding service during the USBC Convention in Reno, Nev., last month. Kingsley, a NYS USBC director and former Rochester WBA and USBC WBA director and president, received the Helen Baker Award for outstanding association service. From left are Butch Cardoza and daughter Natalie Cardoza Clark of Oregon, proprietors of the year; Kingsley, and Lowell Lovgren of Washington, recipient of the Joyce Deitch Unity Award.

Schenectady County's Favata Selected
to Receive 'Pat' Zonneville Scholarship

APRIL 27, 2018 – Dominick Favata of Niskayuna (Schenectady County) has been selected to receive the Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville Memorial Scholarship awarded by the New York State USBC for the 2017-18 season.


The $4,000 scholarship -- $1,000 annually, renewable for up to four years -- is named after Priscilla Zonneville, the first president of the NYS USBC and NYS Hall of Famer, who passed away on Sept. 6, 2016.

Six other graduating senior scholar-athletes will be receiving scholarships from the state bowling association as a result of judging by the NYS USBC Youth Education Services committee.

They are:

-- Tristan Turner, Schuylerville, $3,000 ($750 renewable annually for up to four years)

-- Christina Aldridge, Webster, $2,000 ($500 renewable annually for up to four years)

-- Nicholas Nawrocki, Lewiston, $1,000.

-- Christopher Wollschleger, Bloomfield, $1,000.

-- Michael Mirabile, Coram, $1,000.

-- Cassandra Bowman, Waverly, $1,000.

The NYS Youth Leaders contribute $1,000 to these scholarships

2018 Spirit Award Scholarship Winners:

1. $750 - Skyler Schrlau, Wellsville, Region 3, 11th Grade
2. $500 - Corinne Saluste, Batavia, Region 2, 11th Grade
3. $250 - Joseph Yang, Rye, Region 9, 11th Grade

2018 Future Star Scholarship Winners:

1. $250 - Sarah Doud, Henrietta, Region 2, 1st Grade
2. $200 - Zachary Whittaker, Kingston, Region 8, 6th Grade
3. $150 - Rebecca Wells, Connely, Region 8, 4th Grade
4. $100 - Jesse Taccone, Spencerport, Region 2, 5th Grade
5. $ 50 - Brayden Masclee, Fairport, Region 2, 5th Grade

All scholarship recipients will be receiving a congratulatory letter from NYS USBC President Roger Buckman.

NYS Open Championships
Maltman Takes Singles Lead;
Top Teams Hold Onto 1st

MAY 21, 2018 – Ball Bangers (Long Island USBC and Rochester NY USBC) held on to the Team 1001 & Over division lead – but not without a major challenge from a team from the Utica area – while Brad Maltman (Rochester NY USBC/Canandaigua USBC) took over the top spot in the Singles 201 & Over division as the 94th NYS Open Championships ended its four-weekend run at Patel's Kingston Lanes.

GoomBa's Gang (Utica Central NY USBC), captained by Dave Jecko, took aim at the Ball Bangers' 3,494 score on Sunday but fell 36 pins shy, finishing with 3,458 for a third-place finish behind Silver Foxes, another LI/Rochester combo squad.

Dave Stoddard Jr. led the way for GoomBa's Gang with 751 while Jecko posted 696, Chuck Adams Jr. 672, Doug Stoddard 671 and Sal Acquaviva Jr. 668.

Members of the Ball Bangers' team are Michael Wodzinski, Tommy Grunwald, Noel Ocasio, Anthony Pepe and Adam Sher.

CLICK HERE for current unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE for projected prize list.

In Team 1000 & Under, The Scapadels (New York City USBC) rolled 2,851 to move into fourth place. Owego Bowl (Southern Tier USBC) is on top with 2,926.

Maltman edged previous leader Terry Thompson Jr. (Long Island USBC) by four pins with games of 288-228-256 for 770 scratch. With his 13 pins handicap, he recorded 783. Thompson's 779 held on to the Singles Scratch lead.

Other divisional leaders pending final average verifications:

Doubles 401 & Over – Derek Magno (Syracuse USBC BA) and Steve Meyer (Rochester NY USBC), 1,570.
Doubles 400 & Under – Ronald Weeks and Jon LaRock (Auburn USBC BA), 1,267.
Doubles Scratch – Magno/Meyer, 1,570.
Singles 200 & Under – Weeks, 724.
All-Events 201 & Over Handicap -- Antonio Zaia (Fulton USBC BA), 2,219.
All-Events 201 & Over Scratch – Jim Zimmerman (Syracuse USBC BA) and Art Alexander III (Syracuse USBC BA), tie, 2,218. They will split the prize money awarded for the 2019 USBC Masters should they wish to compete.
All-Events 200 & Under Handicap -- Charlene Brandow (Albany USBC) and Jeffrey Brown (Southern Tier USBC), tie, 2,041.

Two bowlers – Zechariah Gentile (Hudson Valley USBC) and Tim Beaver (Kingston NY USBC BA) rolled 299 games over the weekend, while Jon Keenan (Rochester NY USBC) had the weekend's high series of 785 during the Team event. Charles loVaglio (New York City USBC) won the bowling ball raffle.

One in five entries in the Handicap divisions will cash. The prize fund includes $500 bonuses for the two first-place teams and $2,500 added to pay the top five scratch scores in each event. Winners will receive the higher prize from either the handicap or scratch scores – not both. The prize fund will be paid out by June 20 unless an extension is requested.

The NYS USBC wishes to thank the Kingston USBC local associations – men and women (soon to be merged) and the management and staff of Patel's Kingston Lanes for their outstanding support and service during the tournament.

NYS Women's Championships
Niagara Falls Team on Top
as Tournament Concludes

MAY 22, 2018 – Team B O D (Niagara Falls USBC WBA) moved into first place in the Team 600-759 division on the final weekend of the 82nd NYS Women's Championships at Fishkill Bowl.

Pending final average verification, Team B O D will become repeat champions in the handicap division as its 2,697 score jumped past previous leader M Y D (Earlville USBC) by 90 pins.

CLICK HERE for current unofficial standings.

CLICK HERE for projected prize list, which includes $2,000 added by the NYS USBC.

Scratch bowlers Theresa Porter and Christina Yamonaco led the way with 689 and 685 series, respectively, while newcomer Christine Hein (155 average) added 610 and Brenda Chatt chipped in with 515.

All of the other divisional leads in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events remained intact, with Jenny's Gals (Mid-Hudson USBC) and Striking Queens (Finger Lakes NY USBC) moving into third and fourth, respectively, in the Team 599 and Under division, and Amy Gelder and Holly Swarthout (Finger Lakes NY USBC) finishing in fifth place in Doubles 299 and Under.

High series for the weekend was posted by Bobbi-Lynn Marshall (Niagara Falls USBC WBA), 708, while Kathleen Young (Northern Adirondack USBC) posted 691 in Doubles and 698 in Singles. Both have 190-plus averages.

Final unofficial leaders:

Team 760 and Over Scratch – Kenmore Lanes (Gr Buffalo USBC), 2,831.
Team 600-759 Handicap – Team B O D (Niagara Falls USBC WBA), 2,697.
Team 599 and Under Handicap – The Drew Crew (Auburn USBC WBA), 2,530.
Doubles 380 and Over Scratch – Krista Voelker-Burt and Michelle Sterner (Gr Buffalo USBC), 1,436.
Doubles 300-379 Handicap – Stephanie Muraca and Julie Hooks (Rome NY USBC), 1,385.
Doubles 299 and Under Handicap – Margie Gordon and Melanie Allen (Syracuse USBC WBA), 1,309.
Singles 19- and Over Scratch – Rhonda Holt (Tri-County NY USBC), 762.
Singles 150-189 Handicap – Kimberly Hawkins (Mid-Hudson USBC), 743.
Singles 149 and Under Handicap – Lois Erdman (Tri-County NY USBC), 745.
All-Events 190 and Over Scratch
– Danielle Merino (Long Island USBC), 2,129.
All-Events 150-189 Handicap – Doris Moorer (Long Island USBC), 2,049.
All-Events 149 and Under Handicap
– Brittney Morgan (Tri-County NY USBC), 2,108.

Doris Gilliam (NYC USBC) won the breast cancer awareness bowling ball.

In photo at right, Marilyn Johnson, left, and daughter, Lori Heneka, both Hudson Valley USBC members who assisted during the tournament, celebrated milestones this year -- receiving NYS Women's Championships participation pins for 45 years and 30 years, respectively.

The NYS USBC wishes to thank the Hudson Valley USBC officers, directors and volunteers, and the management and staff at Fishkill Bowl for their excellent service and support of the tournament.

NYS Queens Championship
Kuhlkin Captures 'Open' Crown;
Holt Tops 'Classified' Field

APRIL 22, 2018 -- Liz Kuhlkin of Rotterdam (Schenectady USBC) threw two clutch strikes in the 10th frame Saturday to oust four-time defending champion Shallon Sellens of Copiague (Long Island USBC) in the opening match of the stepladder finals and went on to capture the NYS Queens Championship Open Division crown at Pat Tarsio Lanes in Newburgh.

CLICK HERE for qualifying and match play results.

GO TO TOURNAMENTS PAGE -- Queens -- for more photos.

Kuhlkin, 24, a Professional Women's Bowling Association tournament winner, claimed the $1,050 first prize with a 253-202 victory over high qualifier and top-seeded Kelly Leskoske of Syracuse (Syracuse USBC WBA) in the title match of the stepladder finals.

In her previous matches, Kuhlkin edged Sellens, who was looking for her fifth straight Open victory, 207-201, by striking twice in the final frame. She then defeated Rebekah Van Scoyk of Kingston (Kingston USBC), 223-197.

The Open Division drew 91 entrants.

Rhonda Holt of Warwick (Tri-County NY USBC) prevailed in the Classified Division (194-and-under) with a 170-162 win over Tina Becciu of East Syracuse (Syracuse USBC WBA) in the title match. She earned $400.

Becciu had advanced with a 170-167 win over Mallory Stachnik of East Syracuse (Syracuse USBC WBA) following Stachnik's 163-153 victory over defending champion Amy Emens of Rochester (Rochester NY USBC).

The Classified Division had 22 entrants.

The tournament was bowled on the Kegel "Chichen Itza" Challenge oil pattern -- 40 feet with a 3:1 ratio.

The NYS USBC would like to thank directors of the Mid-Hudson USBC and the management and staff of Pat Tarsio Lanes for their support during the tournament.


Kuhlkin qualified in the sixth position with a 1,088 score for five games, and then topped Devan Hodlik of Watervliet and Brittany Frament of Renselaer to reach the stepladder finals.

Bowling in her third Queens, the right-hander rallied after missing a 10-pin late in the first match of the stepladder finals against Sellens.

"I was pretty fortunate against Shannon, who is a really good competitor," Kuhlkin said. "She left me a few openings and I was able to take advantage of them."

After that, Kuhlkin said she used two different DV8 balls -- the Creed Revelation and the Vandal Strike -- in the final two matches to claim the title.

"Those balls are a good complement to each other," she said.

Kuhlkin is leaving later this week for the PWBA Tour, and said her Queens triumph is "an incredible tune-up and an incredible feeling."

She also said she was glad to win the tournament with her parents, Mark and Ricki, cheering her on.

In the qualifying round, Leskoske led the way with an 1,129 total, eight pins more than Stephanie Casey of Yonkers (Westchester County USBC). Leskoske won two matches to reach the stepladder finals, while Casey fell to Sellens in the second round.

Sellens qualified in the seventh position with 1,045 (coming back after a 152 start) and made it to the stepladder round once again. She said that while the number of entries were about the same, the level of competition increased.

"The competition is definitely higher ... which is good for New York State," she said. "I noticed a lot of new faces, and see that a lot of college girls are coming out."

Leskoske won $625 for her runner-up finish while VanScoyk earned $425 and Sellens $325.


Holt captured her first Queens Classified title in her first attempt, going wire-to-wire by leading the qualifying round, defeating Rosa Moro of East Syracuse (Syracuse USBC WBA), 200-170, in match play, and then downing Becciu in the stepladder finals.

"This is pretty scary," said Holt, 57, as an initial reaction to her victory in her first-ever Queens competition. She said that she decided to bowl at the urging of her friend, Sharon Alexander, who competed in the Open Division.

Holt said picking her spares was the key to her success because "it was so hard to find the strike zone."

"I've never seen oil like that before. The ball didn't hook in like on a normal shot. It was quite an experience," she said, adding that she intends to defend her crown next year when the tournament moves to Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs.

Becciu won $225 for placing second while Stachnik earned $175 and Emens took home $150.

(Photos -- Kuhlkin, top, and Holt are congratulated by Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager).

Youth Leader Award Forms Available

APRIL 18, 2018 -- The NYS Youth Leaders' award nomination forms for 2017-18 can be found by clicking on the Youth tab of this website. 

2019 Women's Championships
to Take Place in S. Glens Falls;
Open is Heading to Waverly

MARCH 27, 2018 – The NYS USBC has secured its lineup of adult state championship tournaments for the 2018-19 season -- heading to the Adirondack Region for the NYS Women's and Queens and to the Sayre-Athens-Waverly Valley for the NYS Open.

Agreements have been reached with the 42-lane Kingpin's Alley Family Fun Center in South Glens Falls and the 28-lane Saratoga Strike Zone in Saratoga Springs to host the NYS Women's and Queens championships, respectively, and with the 32-lane Valley Bowling Center in Waverly to host the NYS Open in April and May 2019.

Both the Team and Doubles/Singles competition will take place in South Glens Falls (Women) and Waverly (Open).

The dates for the 2019 Women's tournament are April 6-7, 12-14, 26-28, May 3-5, 17-19, and the dates for the 2019 Open tournament are April 12-14, 26-28, May 3-5, 17-19.

The Queens is scheduled for April 13, 2019.

Other NYS USBC 2018-19 adult championships were previously announced.

They are:

Women's Senior Singles – Aug. 17-19, 24-26, 2018, Colonial Lanes, Chester.

Open Senior Doubles & Singles – Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 2018, Sunset Bowl, Waterloo.

Senior Masters – Nov. 3, 2018, Cort Lanes, Cortland.

Masters – March 2, 2019, Dixie Lanes, Elmira.

Bowling center proprietors interested in bidding for 2019-20 NYS USBC tournaments may contact the NYS Bowling Proprietors Association office at for information.

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

UPDATE -- FEB. 1, 2018

CLICK HERE  for Hall of Fame Dinner ticket information.

Note: Seating will be 10 to a table.

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 finishes 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).

A director on the New York State BA, Empire State USBC BA and New York State USBC for the past 10 years, Ward has served 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 New York Bowling Association 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, NYS Women's Championships and USBC 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 as 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.

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 -- MAY 11, 2018

CLICK HERE for bios of candidates for NYS USBC officer, director positions.

CLICK HERE for a list of eligible delegates.

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.

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.

Delegates at the Annual Meeting also will elect the NYS delegate and alternate to the 2018 USBC Annual Meeting.

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