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NYS Masters Part of ‘Super’
Challenge Weekend March 4-6
JANUARY 25, 2016 – The New York State USBC, in conjunction with the Super Bud Bowl, has announced the NYS Masters Super Challenge Weekend – an action-packed three days of scratch and handicap tournament bowling – for March 4-6 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.
“This is a golden opportunity for New York’s ‘weekend warriors’ to display their talents and earn some serious cash,” said Bob Hoefer, proprietor of Lighthouse Lanes, who will be kicking off his weeklong Super Bud Bowl on Sunday, March 6. “The NYS Masters is a premier event – and we’re pleased to be able to join forces with the state association.”
The big weekend begins on Friday, March 4 with a Four-Person Team Tournament, limited to the first 24 fully paid teams. First place, based on a full house, is $2,000, and 1:4 will cash. The entry fee is $260 per team.
Teams will bowl three games across six lanes on the Kegel Beaten Path oil pattern.
The 26th NYS Masters takes place on Saturday, March 5, with qualifying squads at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The maximum number of bowlers on each squad will be 72 – six bowlers per pair – and there is no re-entry.
Bowlers are asked to contact NYS USBC Association Manager Mike Pettinella at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve their squad time. First place will pay $2,500 plus a paid entry to the 2017 USBC Masters. The oil pattern will be announced in mid-February.
On Sunday, March 6, the Super Bud Bowl A Squad, starting at noon, will feature the option for entrants to pay an additional $45 and use their handicap qualifying score to possibly advance to a bonus match play roll-off immediately following the squad.
First place of the bonus roll-off is set at $1,000, based on 56 entries. The number of Super Bud Bowl entries will determine the number of roll-off finalists.
For more information, go to
Links to the entry forms also are available at
Mike Pettinella

SEPT. 1, 2015 – The New York State USBC heads into the 2015-16 bowling season with a full head of steam, once again offering an array of championship tournaments for its adult bowlers.

A few changes are in store for some of the events, including the NYS Masters Championship in March in Oswego and the NYS Open Championships in April and May in Utica.

To download entry forms for the tournaments, go to the Tournaments page.

Here is a rundown of our adult tournaments, with changes highlighted in red:

MARCH 5, 2016 -- OSWEGO


The Masters Championship, the state’s premier scratch singles tournament, is the feature event of the opening weekend of the Super Bud Bowl at Lighthouse Lanes.

Proprietor Bob Hoefer said he plans to run a special 4-person Team tournament on Friday night (maximum of 24 teams), prior to the Masters on Saturday and the opening squad of the Super Bud Bowl on Sunday. He also plans to run an optional finals for the opening squad of the Super Bud Bowl. In other words, there will be plenty of opportunities for NYS bowlers over that three-day period.

For the Masters, the field will be limited to 144 bowlers – a maximum of 72 per squad – and competitors will be permitted to enter only once. Qualifying squad times are 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Once again, the guaranteed first prize is $2,500, and a paid entry to the 2017 USBC Masters.




Reservations are being taken through Nov. 1 (with payment due by Dec. 1) and entries close on March 18, 2016, for the tournament, which will run for five weekends at the two bowling centers. Queens Championship participants have preference for reservations for the weekend of April 15-17 until Nov. 1.

 The NYS USBC office staff will do its best to accommodate requests, but specific times cannot be guaranteed. For a list of current reservations, go to the Tournaments page.

The Sunday Team squad times have been revised, so please check the updated entry form on the Tournaments page.


Once again, $2,000 will be added to the scratch singles tournament from the NYS USBC, with the prize list based on entries. Each squad will have a maximum of 90 bowlers – six bowlers per pair of lanes using up to 30 lanes.

Semifinalists will be determined by five-game scores from the total field. For details on the number of bowlers who advance, see the entry form on the Tournaments page. One in four will cash in both the Open and Classified (194-and-Under) divisions.

The entry fee is $65. Entries close on March 16.

APRIL 16-MAY 15, 2016 – UTICA

The NYS USBC returns to Utica for the first time in seven years to conduct the four-weekend Open Championships’ Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events competition. Team and D/S events will alternate Saturdays and Sundays in an attempt to accommodate as many bowlers as possible.

New this year: An entry closing date of April 9 (unless extended). Team captains are urged to get their teams together and sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out.  Only paid entries received by the final closing date will be considered.

Please note that the D/S squads on Sundays, April 17 and May 1, are set for 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and may have six bowlers per pair depending upon the number of entries.

Also, bowlers with averages of 220 or higher are allowed to compete in scratch brackets only.

For more information, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC Association Manager, atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NYS USBC Annual Meeting

Buckman Elected President;
Delegates Reject Term Proposal

MAY 31, 2015 – Delegates to the 4th Annual Meeting of the New York State USBC on Saturday (May 30) unanimously elected Roger Buckman of Rochester as their new president, replacing Priscilla “Pat” Zonneville of Marion who is retiring after a long and successful career of service to bowling.

Buckman, the current NYS USBC vice president, will take over as the state association’s leader on Aug. 1.

The Annual Meeting at The DoubleTree in Syracuse drew 139 delegates from NYS local associations and several guests.

Please click on the Memorials tab for a photo from the Memorial Service.

“I assure you that I will give everything that I possibly can to make the NYS USBC the best that it can be,” Buckman said.

He acknowledged Zonneville (see photo at right) for her strong role in leading the NYS USBC, which formed in 2011. “Thank you for being a mentor to me. I hope that I can continue to reach out to you in the future,” he said.

Earlier in the meeting, Zonneville was honored by the NYS USBC board of directors with a gift card and a bouquet of flowers in an emotion-filled ceremony.

“Truly this has been a labor of love,” a teary-eyed Zonneville said.. “I come from a small town, Marion, barely a speck on the map. Today, I stand as a testament to the opportunities afforded us.”

Delegates sent three incumbent NYS USBC Adult Directors – Betty K. Kingsley of Rochester, Robert Kaverman of Jamestown and Barry Vee of Rochester – as well as Sergeant-at-Arms Liz DeHart of Staten Island back to office for two-year terms. DeHart, like Buckman, ran unopposed.

Kingsley received 116 votes, Kaverman 110 and Vee 109. Jonathan Burke of Wappingers Falls received 57 votes as a write-in candidate while Michael Pucino of Seneca Falls received 4 votes.

Two Youth Director positions -- also two-year terms -- were filled by acclimation as incumbent Mike Callan of Rochester and newcomer Tom Clinton of Staten Island ran unopposed.

Delegates rejected an amendment to the bylaws that proposed an unlimited number of terms for directors. Needing 93 Yes votes for approval (a two-thirds majority), the vote was 79 Yes and 59 No. A similar amendment that would have applied to Officers was withdrawn.

Thus, the current bylaw – stating that Directors and Officers of the board may serve a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms remains in force.

The NYS USBC accepted scholarship and charitable donations from the Johnstown USBC WBA and NYSWBA 700 Club and a donation of $668.10 from C.C. “The Quarters Lady” Cinelli of Long Island.


Written and Contributed by Mike Petinella