New York State USBC Bowling Association News
Smallwood Tops Belmonte for PBA Players Championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 25, 2018) – Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., won four consecutive stepladder finals matches, including the title match against defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, to win the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl Sunday for his second major and third career PBA Tour title.
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O'Grady Climbs Ladder to Win PBA Tournament of Champions

FAIRLAWN, Ohio (Feb. 11, 2018) – Advancing from a pre-tournament qualifier earlier in the week all the way to the title match, four-time Professional Bowlers Association regional tournament winner Matt O'Grady of Rahway, N.J., won the 53rd PBA Tournament of Champions Sunday for his first PBA Tour title.
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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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New York State USBC Board of Directors

NYS USBC Annual Meeting

Delegates Return Incumbents
to Board of Director Posts

JUNE 5, 2017 – Delegates to the 6th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC expressed their confidence in the organization Saturday by returning all incumbent officers and directors to the state association's governing board.

In balloting for three Adult Director positions, incumbents Betty Kingsley and Barry Vee, both of Rochester, and Robert Kaverman of Jamestown easily retained their seats.

Kingsley received the most votes – 123 – followed by Vee (119) and Kaverman (112). Other votes were cast for Maresse Wager-Walawender of Auburn (16), Karen Astafan of Carthage (8) and Roger Chase of Oneonta (5).

One hundred thirty-one delegates from more than 40 USBC local associations in New York State were eligible to vote at the meeting, which took place at the Radisson Hotel Corning.

Two incumbent Youth Directors – Tom Clinton of Staten Island and Mike Callan of Rochester – were re-elected by voice vote as they were the only candidates for two open positions.

President Roger Buckman of Rochester and Sergeant-at-Arms Dennis O'Donnell of Auburn ran unopposed and also were re-elected by voice vote.

Delegates also approved two pieces of legislation, both focusing on the deadline for candidates to submit their qualifications to the NYS USBC Nominating Committee for consideration.

The approved amendments for both director and officer positions require qualifications to be submitted, in writing, at least 30 days prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting. The previous bylaw required qualifications to be submitted at least two weeks prior to the Annual Meeting.

Prior to voting, the delegation heard from United States Bowling Congress President Frank Wilkinson of Staten Island, who spoke about the USBC's continuing effort to ensure "average integrity" and its renewed investment in education. Later in the program, he moderated a "Meet the Candidates" session prior to voting.

"As you are aware, the USBC is operating in a different fashion than in years past, and I give our executive director (Chad Murphy) a lot of credit in moving us forward," Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson noted that the USBC is in the process of "right-sizing the organization" by requiring local associations that now may have separate entities for men, women and youth to merge by Aug. 1, 2018.

"In New York State, we have 53 non-merged associations and 20 of them already have come forward and some have already merged," he said. "On this (NYS USBC) board, you have a great support system since they have already gone through it."

The New York State USBC completed its merger in 2011 under the leadership of the late Priscilla "Pat" Zonneville, whose accomplishments were acknowledged by President Buckman. Zonneville passed away in September 2016.

Wilkinson also talked about the new Challenge league designation -- which is slotted between leagues that bowl on House and Sport conditions. He said that a new Challenge average adjustment chart is being developed in an effort to make sure that bowlers are given averages that truly reflect their abilities.

He said he was excited about the USBC's new Association Leadership Academy, a two-day, all-expense paid training at USBC headquarters in Arlington, Texas, for selected local associations.

"We have hired a new director of education, whose job is to train the USBC staff and provide you the tools to succeed," he said.

He also spoke about the $3 dues increase set for 2017-18 – the first national dues increase in 13 years – and promised that that the USBC board "will not ask for another increase in a very long time."

Both Buckman and Wilkinson stressed the need to recruit youth bowlers and encourage the "next generation" to get involved in leadership roles.

Buckman said he is exploring ways to develop youth participation on the NYS USBC Board of Directors.

Delegates participating in various fundraisers on Saturday raised more than $2,000 for the NYS USBC Pathways to the Cure efforts. Additional contributors to the cause were the Johnstown USBC WBA, NYS Bowling Writers and NYS Women's 700 Club.



Roger Buckman
Rochester (Rochester NY USBC)
Term Expires 2019

Vice President
Liz DeHart
Staten Island (Staten Island USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Dennis O'Donnell
Auburn (Auburn USBC BA)
Term Expires 2019


Mike Pettinella
55 Edgewood Drive
Batavia, NY 14020
(Genesee Region USBC)
585-343-3736 -- office
585-861-0404 -- cell



Michael Callan
Rochester (Rochester NY USBC) 
Term Expires 2019


A.S. "Doc" Doctorow
Coram (Long Island USBC)
Term Expires 2018


Robert Kaverman
Jamestown (Jamestown Area USBC)
Term Expires 2019

Betty Kingsley
Rochester (Rochester USBC WBA)
Term Expires 2019 

Kathy Leitgeb
Albany (Albany USBC)
Term Expires 2019

Rick O’Neil
Owego (Southern Tier USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Mark Scuderi
Pittsford (Rochester NY USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Dan Solimine
New Rochelle (Westchester County USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Tom Solimine Sr.
White Plains (Westchester County USBC)
Term Expires 2018

Barry Vee
Rochester (Rochester NY USBC)
Term Expires 2019

Corinthia Ward
Bronx (New York City USBC)
Term Expires 2018


Tom Solimine, White Plains, Chair, Team Tournament Chair
Penny Clinton-Jensen, Staten Island, Secretary
Nelson Chase, Hudson Falls, Pepsi Tournament Chair
Paul Terracciano, Hawthorne, Adult-Junior Tournament Chair

REGION 1 - Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara counties.

Beth O'Brien, Cheektowaga
Robert Snyder, Depew

REGION 2 - Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates counties.
Mike Callan, Rochester
Kathy Larson, Rochester

REGION 3 - Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins counties.
Michelle D’Angelo, Elmira
Patty Dichiara, Elmira

REGION 4 - Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego counties.
Jennifer Hardy, Liverpool
Matthew Hardy, Liverpool

REGION 5 - Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence counties.
Karen Astafan, Carthage
Ricki Westcott, Carthage

REGION 6 - Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Saratoga, Warren, Washington counties.
Brian Palmer, Queensbury
Carol Ann Rapp, Gansevoort

REGION 7 - Albany, Columbia, Delaware, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Schoharie counties.
Michelle Duchowny, Ballston Lake
Stephen Fawcett, Schenectady

REGION 8 - Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster counties.
Nancy Howell, Kingston
Robert Tyler

REGION 9 - Bronx, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond, Westchester counties.
Daniel Solimine
Nicole Martell, Brooklyn

REGION 10 - Nassau, Suffolk counties.
Doc Doctorow, Coram
Flo Janovsky, Smithtown

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