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Association News....

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Masters Tournament is Set for Oct. 23-24

SEPT. 15, 2021 -- Medina Lanes is hosting the Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament, a scratch singles event with a top prize of $1,000 (based on 80 entries) on Oct. 23-24.

Qualifying squads are at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, with semifinals at 6:30 p.m.  The finals on Sunday will begin at noon.

Entry fee is $60.

CLICK HERE for the entry form.

2021-22 GRUSBC ASSOCIATION WELCOME

AUGUST 13, 2021 -- Greetings, league secretaries, presidents and representatives:

Currently, things are looking good as we head into the 2021-22 bowling season, but the situation could change depending upon the extent of the COVID “Delta variant.”  I’m sure we all agree that we don’t want to go through another season wearing face coverings and bowling with plastic sheets between the lanes.

The Genesee Region USBC has a new president, Mike Johnson of Batavia, a longtime avid bowler who is dedicated to providing superior service to all of our members – with an emphasis on increasing tournament participation at all levels.

Along those lines, the Annual Association Team and D/S Tournament is scheduled for March 18-20, 25-27 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia with five squads each weekend. Entry forms will be available soon.

NOTE: THERE WILL BE AN ENTRY CLOSING DATE – ALL ENTRIES MUST BE PAID IN FULL BY MARCH 11.

Former President Gary Kuchler has been appointed to the board as a director, while the other officers – Vice President Jerry Davis and Sergeant-At-Arms Karen Bonner – remain the same.

For up-to-date information about our association, go to www.bowlgr.com.

1 – MEMBERSHIP DUES – NO INCREASE

Standard dues will stay at --$22 – with $13 going to USBC national, $1 to the New York State USBC and $8 to the Genesee Region USBC.

For those bowling in short season (16 weeks or less) leagues, the Adult Basic membership fee is $14 – which breaks out to $7 for national, $6 for local and $1 for state.

If a bowler bowls in both a regular and short-season league in the GRUSBC, the Standard dues fee is $22.

If the member starts in a short season league and then joins a regular league, the initial fee would be $14 for an Adult Basic membership and the additional fee would be $8 to upgrade to the Standard membership.

If a bowler is fully certified through a league in another association, the Local Only Adult fee to bowl in a GRUSBC league is $8.

Youth league membership dues are $11 per bowler – with $4 going to USBC and $7 to GRUSBC.

2 – WHO NEEDS TO PAY THE MEMBERSHIP FEE?

Simply put, ALL who bowl in a league in the GRUSBC are required to pay a fee – whether it is $22, $14, $8 or (for youth, $11).

Subs are not exempt from paying a membership fee, even if he or she only bowls one game! It is the secretary’s responsibility to collect the sanction fee and complete the membership application BEFORE the bowler participates.

We will be obtaining league average sheets at the midway point of the season (January) and will be contacting secretaries with bowlers who have not paid the membership fee. Please make sure that all bowlers, including all subs who have bowled at least one game, are listed on the league average sheets.

Furthermore, we ask that secretaries submit their league sanction application, sanction cards and check made out to GRUSBC within 15 days after the start of their league – as required by USBC.

Also, as a courtesy, please submit the cards in alphabetical order by last name and remember. Your league bowlers DO NOT have to fill in the league name at the bottom of the card UNLESS they are certifying in another league.

Also, very important – please ask your bowlers to make any corrections on their pre-printed membership applications (cards) and to print legibly, especially when it comes to email addresses.

PER USBC, ALL CARDS MUST HAVE AN ACCURATE DATE OF BIRTH OR THEY WILL NOT PROCESS THEM.

3 – LEAGUE PRESIDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES

A note to league presidents:

It is your job to make sure a bank account is opened in the name of the league, that all funds are deposited promptly by the secretary (treasurer) and that the account is verified with a bank statement each month. If this is not done and there is malfeasance re: funds, your league will not be fully bonded by the USBC.

4 – AWARDS PROGRAM

Information about the GRUSBC’s extensive awards program is included in your packet. Director John Wood has put much time and effort into this program, so you are urged to participate by going to our website and using the award submission form.

If you need assistance, contact John Wood (jgwood@rochester.rr.com).

5 – RULE CHANGES

Effective Aug. 1, 2021, a new addition to Rule 16 in the USBC General Playing Rules, which limits adult membership to individuals 18 and older, and creates a clear line between USBC Youth and USBC Adult membership.

Also, a modification to USBC Rule 113c, Interrupted Game/Series, now will allows a league officer to authorize practice if a team needs to change lanes or if there is an extended period of time to fix a breakdown.

Adult leagues allowing USBC youth members 18 or younger to participate must be certified as an adult/youth league, must comply with USBC Rule 400 and those 18 or older must complete U.S. Center for SafeSport training. All officers must be a Registered Volunteer (SafeSport trained & background screening through NCSI).

Thank you.

Mike Pettinella, GRUSBC Association Manager
55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020

585-343-3736

mikep@bowlgr.com


Genesee Region USBC 2020-21 Average Books

CLICK HERE for adult league averages.

CLICK HERE for adult averages -- 200 and above

CLICK HERE for youth averages.


GRUSBC Caps Season by Inducting Three into HOF,
Recognizing Rich Wagner for His 300-300-299--899

Hall of Famers: From left, Matt Balduf, Mark Brown and Brian Weber.

Guest speaker Tommy Kress with Rich and Jennifer Wagner.

MAY 9, 2021 -- The Genesee Region USBC on Saturday night celebrated the completion of a successful 2020-21 league and tournament season by inducting Brian Weber of Perry, Matt Balduf of South Byron and Mark Brown of Attica into the Hall of Fame and honoring Batavian Rich Wagner for his remarkable 899 series.

About 80 association members and guests attended the GRUSBC annual awards banquet at Batavia Downs Gaming. Tommy Kress of Hilton, New York State USBC and Rochester NY USBC Hall of Famer, was the guest speaker.

Weber and Balduf were enshrined in the Achievement Regular category and Brown was inducted into the Meritorious Service category.

Weber thanked former Perry Bowling Center owner Bill Beachner and current owners Brett and Joann Van Duser for supporting him on the lanes, which enabled him to win numerous association tournaments and events throughout Western New York. He has recorded more than 20 perfect games and two 800 series, posting honor scores in six different GRUSBC bowling centers.

Balduf thanked his wife, Darleen, for giving him the freedom to bowl in tournaments on the weekends, and his teammates, especially Mike Johnson of Batavia, whom he paired with in 2018 to win the association doubles crown. Balduf has 10 300 games, including a perfect game in a PBA Experience League on a demanding “Sport” lane condition. He also has three 800 series, with a high of 836.

Brown thanked his parents, Jerry and Donna Davis, and his wife, Penny, for encouraging and assisting him in running tournaments at local bowling centers, most of them for charitable causes. He credited Frank Formicola of Rochester, a noted tournament promoter, for instilling in him the need to distribute entry forms to area halls in an effort to attract bowlers to his events.

Following the Hall of Fame ceremony, association officials surprised Wagner with a special “shadow box” award recognizing his 300-300-299—899 series on Feb. 11 in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Wagner’s wife, Jennifer, shared her thoughts on the accomplishment – noting that the left-hander now has 44 perfect games, with the first one coming at the age of 15.

“We are all so proud of you and are excited to see what else you’re able to achieve,” she said. “Continue to stay humble but also stay hungry.”

Wagner, upon receiving the award from Association President Gary Kuchler, said he couldn’t feel his legs for the final six frames of that eventful night but managed to hit the 1-2 pocket each time – even on the final ball which resulted in the 6-pin standing.

“I played all sports growing up and baseball in college, but I never thought that it would be in bowling where I would be the most nervous,” he said.

Nevertheless, his 899 is the best in the nation thus far this season, which officially ends on July 31.

Other honorees were youth bowlers Haylee Thornley of Batavia and Jayden Neal of Albion, 12th graders who received $750 and $500 scholarships, respectively, from the GRUSBC.

Thornley will be attending Daemen College to study Physical Therapy and Neal will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology to study Robotics & Manufacturing Technology.

Kress shared stories from his illustrious amateur and professional career, which includes a dozen local tournament victories, as many Rochester NY USBC association titles and more than 30 top 24 finishes on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour.

Major accomplishments include a second place finish in the 1985 USBC Masters, highlighted by match play victories over legends Earl Anthony and Pete Weber on television, and leading the qualifying of the 1980 Quaker State Open in Grand Prairie, Texas.

His message was that everyone should follow their dreams and don’t listen to those who say you’re not good enough.

“They said that I wasn’t good enough because I have a short backswing, but I didn’t listen to them,” he said. “I practiced and developed my game, what works for me, and I went into each match with confidence,” he said.

Kress, who is enshrined in the Frontier Field Walk of Fame, continues to excel on the lanes, despite two knee replacements. Two months ago, he rolled a 300 game in the Rochester Senior Masters – giving him perfect games in six consecutive decades.

The GRUSBC also presented plaques to its association tournament winners and season leaders.

Association Tournament

Open Team, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion, Ben Lennox, Matt Baker, Richard Heise, Robbie Hanks; Women’s Team, Brown II, Le Roy, Judy Blaun, Donna Davis, Robin Blaun, Penny Brown.

Open Doubles, Todd Mortellaro and Scott Shields, Batavia; Women’s Doubles, Patricia Gilbertson and Jeanne Rosa, Perry.

Open Singles, Harris Busmire Jr., Bergen; Women’s Singles, Katy Bzduch, Perry.

Open All-Events, Nathan Cordes, Batavia; Women’s All-Events, Rachel Huntz, Perry.

Season Leaders

Adult

High Game, Men – 300, 32 perfect games; High Series, Men, Rich Wagner, 899; High Average, Men, Curtis Foss, Medina, 249; High Game, Women, Amy Allis, Medina, 287; High Series, Women, Diane Hurlburt, Warsaw, 738; High Average, Women, Hurlburt, 201.

Foss’ 249 average is an association record.

Youth

High Game, Boys, Gavin Baney, Albion, 278; High Series, Boys, Ryleigh Culver, Medina, 751; High Average, Boys, Culver, 195; High Game, Girls, Thornley, 257; High Series, Girls, Juliana Allis, Medina, 676; High Average, Girls, Allis, 184.

Grand prize drawing winners for $500 each were Jamie Watson of Leicester, Darleen Balduf of South Byron and Samantha Bacon of Pike. Twenty-five dollars winners were John Kamakaris of Geneseo, Tiffany Jewell of Holley and Mark Brown.

In an election for president, Johnson defeated Kuchler and will begin a three-year term on Aug. 1. Directors Pat Fuller of Medina, Tom Sardou of Bergen and Sharon Willett of Mount Morris were re-elected for another three years.

Scholarship winners Haylee Thornley and Jayden Neal with President Gary Kuchler.

Association Tournament champions, front from left, Patricia Gilbertson and Jeanne Rosa; back, Penny Brown, Donna Davis and Robbie Hanks.

Kuchler presents high average plaque to Curtis Foss.


GR Youth Travel League Leaders

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: The Mount Morris Lanes team placed first this season in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League. From left are Coach Dan Santini, Brett George, Gianna LaPiana, Dominic LaPiana and Trea Nickerson. Other members are Lexi Patterson, Brad June and Trent Willis. 

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS: Earning plaques for individual honors are, front from left, Gavin Slocum, most improved; Allie Faryna, high game scratch (239); Gracelin Mahnke, high series handicap (705); Juliana Allis, high average (184) and high series scratch (676); Dominic LaPiana, high series handicap (746); back, Tyler Klein, high series handicap (749); Gavin Baney, high series scratch (729); Aaron Leone, high game scratch (265), and Ryleigh Culver, high average (193).


Mount Morris Lanes Wins GR Youth Travel League

APRIL 14, 2021 -- Mount Morris Lanes captured 27 of 28 points on Sunday to claim the Genesee Region Youth Travel League championship for the 2020-21 season.

Lexi Patterson rolled a 258 game and 637 scratch series and Dominic LaPiana added a 590 scratch series as Mount Morris moved up from third place in its position round match against Oak Orchard Bowl. Jesse Keller led the Albion team with 532.

Mount Morris finished with a 163-117 record, four points better than Rose Garden Bowl. Oak Orchard Bowl 3 placed third, followed by Perry Bowling Center.

Other high series for the week were Ben Sputore, Mancuso Bowling Center, 559; Juliana Allis, Oak Orchard Bowl 3, 545. High games: Allie Faryna, Perry, 220; Allis, 213; Brooke Jarkiewicz, Rose Garden Bowl, 210.

The league's banquet and fun tournament are set for 1 p.m. Sunday at Mancuso Bowling Center.


Oak Orchard Bowl, Brown II Teams
Finish on Top in Association Tourney

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL STANDINGS - revised 4/12/21

CLICK HERE FOR PRIZE LIST

UPDATE -- APRIL 12, 2021 -- The Genesee Region USBC Board of Directors met on Sunday and made the Association Tournament results official.

APRIL 12, 2021 -- The Oak Orchard Bowl team of Albion and the Brown II team representing Legion Lanes in Le Roy placed first in the Open and Women's Team events, respectively, at the 14th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament.

The Team event took place March 19-21, 26-28 at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen (Team) and at Legion Lanes (Doubles & Singles).

Led by Robbie Hanks' 791 series, the Oak Orchard Bowl team posted 3,020 with handicap. Other members of the team were Ben Lennox, Matt Baker and Richard Heise.

Lawrence Four, sparked by Ron Lawrence's 810 series, placed second at 2,880, followed by the Trigger Tribute team (2,876), which featured a 300 game by GRUSBC Hall of Famer Mike Pettinella -- the tournament's only perfect game. Trigger Tribute had the high scratch score, 2,777.

The Open Team event drew 33 entries.

In the Women's Team event, the Brown II team of Judy Blaun, Donna Davis, Robin Blaun and Penny Brown placed first out of the six entries with 2,394 -- 61 pins better than Perry All-Stars II. Robin Blaun led the way with a 597 scratch series.

Other event champions are as follows:

Open Doubles -- Todd Mortellaro and Scott Shields, 1,321; Gary MacDonald and Frank Jarkiewicz, 1,311.

Women's Doubles -- Patricia Gilbertson and Jeanne Rosa, 1,234; Montana Copeland and Katy Bzduch, 1,203.

Open Singles -- Harris Busmire Jr., 765; Ballard Maye, 763.

Women's Singles -- Katy Bzduch, 673; Rachel Huntz, 660.

Open All-Events -- Nathan Cordes, 2,111; Richard Pernicone II, 2,087.

Women's All-Events -- Rachel Huntz, 1,899.

The following bowlers recorded scratch series of 700 or better:

Lawrence, 810; Jason Hurlburt, 793; Hanks, 791; Kevin Gray Jr., 765; Kevin Gray Sr., 760, 748; Matt Balduf, 736, Cordes, 736; Mark Brown, 733; Pettinella, 729, 717; Rob Manners, 728; Busmire, 722; Geoff Harloff, 721, 712; Mike Johnson, 720; Frank Jarkiewicz, 719, 700; Josh Elliott, 719; Tom Baker, 712, 711; Rob Husted, 710; Dick Cousins, 706; Pernicone, 705; John Lowe, 702.

The following bowlers recorded scratch games of 279 or better:

Pettinella, 300; Lowe, 279; Brown, 279; Hurlburt, 279; Lawrence, 279; Hanks, 279; Pettinella, 279.

The GRUSBC would like to thank Tom Sardou and his staff at Rose Garden Bowl and Scott O'Neill and his staff at Legion Lanes for a fine job as tournament hosts. The 2022 tournament is scheduled to take place at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia on March 18-20 and 25-27.


In Memoriam

Valerie "Val" Falco -- Batavia -- Former Ladies Classic League bowler who participated in leagues until the age of 92. She passed away on Feb. 19, 2021 at age 96.

Arnold "Arnie" Kelly -- Le Roy -- Feb. 12, 2021

Lawrence "Larry" Bordonaro -- Batavia -- Feb. 10, 2021

William Barrett Jr. -- Pavilion -- Jan. 31, 2021

Steven Clattenburg -- Batavia -- Jan. 24, 2021

Dianna Shumaker -- Honeoye -- Jan. 23, 2021

John Gravante -- Batavia -- Jan. 5, 2021 -- GRUSBC Hall of Famer, 1980 Masters Champion

Angelo Steffenella -- Le Roy -- GRUSBC Hall of Famer -- Dec. 15, 2020

Ray Bardol -- Brockport -- Bowling manager/youth league supporter -- Nov. 30, 2020

Eric Galton -- Portageville -- GRUSBC Hall of Famer -- Sept. 11, 2020

Margaret "Pegi" Warner -- Geneseo -- Jan. 15, 2020


Batavian Rich Wagner rolls 300-300-299--899

FEBRUARY 12, 2021 -- Entering tonight’s (Feb. 11) league bowling competition, 36 bowlers had registered 900 series – 36 consecutive strikes over three games – that have been officially recognized by the United States Bowling Congress, the sport’s national governing body.

And if it wasn’t for one stubborn 6-pin on the final delivery of the final game, Batavian Rich Wagner, one of the best bowlers in the Genesee Region USBC over the past 20-plus years, would have added his name to the list.

The 38-year-old left-hander rolled games of 300, 300 and 299 for an 899 series while competing on lanes 23-24 for the Toyota of Batavia team in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

“On the last ball (on lane 24 at the 24-lane center), I was thinking just hit the head pin; don’t throw it in the gutter,” Wagner said. “My legs were shaking. I couldn’t feel them. I didn’t want to fall down on the lanes. It was just get it there. I tugged it just a little bit, but it could have gone.”

Wagner said he was grateful to have the opportunity to potentially etch his name into the record book.

“The more I’m thinking here, processing it a bit, I had a chance. I can’t complain,” he said. “I can’t get upset or anything like that.”

He said he used two different balls throughout the night -- a DV8 Turmoil II Solid on lane 23 and a Turmoil II Pearl on lane 24, balls drilled by Brian Green of Striking Effects Pro Shop last year.

“I was swinging 23 a little bit and I was pretty straight up the boards on 24,” he said.

Wagner said every ball was in the 1-2 pocket, some driving the 5-pin into the 10-pin (a “swishing” strike) but most packed solidly in the sweet spot. He said he caught a break in the sixth frame of game three.

“I drifted just a little to the right and hit the pocket a little soft, but a messenger came back (off the side wall) and ripped out the 7-pin,” he said. “Other than that, every shot – minus a few swishers – was just dead on.”

Wagner actually had three perfect games in a row in the league as he finished with a 300 last week in a 751 series on lanes 17-18. Ironically, he tripped a 6-pin on the last ball.

Tonight’s outburst raised his league-leading average to 235, and shattered his previous high series of 812. He now has 43 perfect games.

Mancuso Bowling Center manager Mike Sputore called the feat "the most impressive three-game set I'll ever see."

"It was unbelievable and I'm really glad for Rich as he's just a great guy," he added. "You could see how very humbled he was by it, which says a lot about his character."

A sergeant at Albion Correctional Facility, Wagner said he appreciated the support he received from his teammates – Tom Fluker, Matt Buckley, Leon Hurd and Nathan Cordes – as well as from the other league bowlers.

His team won its match against the Eastown Beverage team of Geoff Harloff, Jim Pursel, AJ Allenbrandt, Mike Johnson and Matt Balduf -- rolling 3,334 scratch with Cordes chipping in with 697. Pursel rolled 697, starting with a 279 game, for Eastown Beverage.

“It didn’t get all quiet. They kept it loud and not making it as nerve-wracking, even though it was,” he said, adding when the messenger took out the 7-pin in the sixth frame, “I didn’t feel my legs the rest of the night.”

One of those who was looking on was Wagner’s wife, Jenn, who bowls with another team in the league.

“I hid behind two people so he wouldn’t see me,” Jenn said. “It was pretty amazing. Afterwards, I told him it didn’t matter whether he got that last strike or not because it was incredible either way. It’s bittersweet, but incredible at the same time.”

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The previous all-time high series in the Genesee Region USBC was an 858 rolled by lefty Brian Cline of Middleport on Jan. 13, 2018, also at Mancuso Bowling Center. His games were 279-279-300.

-- Story by Mike Pettinella, The Batavian.


Allis Crew Captures Youth Team Tournament

FEB. 7, 2021 -- The Allis Crew team of Gracelin Mahnke, Juliana Allis and Ryleigh Culver of Medina and Bailee Snook of Albion rolled 2,454 with handicap to place first in the Genesee Region USBC Youth Team Tournament on Jan. 23-24 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 scholarship -- which has been posted to their SMART accounts -- and a trophy.

The second- and third-place teams also earned trophies.

They are:

Rose Garden, 2,397, Megan Jarkiewicz, Madelynn Pimm, Brooke Jarkiewicz, Brendan Pimm;

Mount Morris #1, 2,378 – Kylie Regatuso, Hannah McKenzie, Ava Tortorice, Allie Faryna.


Brett Family Bowlers Place First
in GRUSBC Adult-Junior Doubles

JANUARY 21, 2021 -- Members of the Brett family of Albion took top honors in the 7th annual Genesee Region USBC Adult-Junior Doubles Tournament at Mount Morris Lanes on Jan. 9-10.

In the 13-and-over Division, Wayne and son, Tyler, placed first with a 1,451 score with handicap for the $200 top prize ($100 gift card to the adult and $100 scholarship to the youth).

In the 12-and-under Division, Reid Cole teamed with Kyle Brett for a 1,409 score with handicap to take first place, good for $176 (split equally between a gift card and scholarship).

Other cashers in the tournament are as follows:

13-and-over Division

Second place – Rich and Ryleigh Culver, Medina, 1,409, $150.

Third place – Alex and Julianna Allis, Medina, 1,368, $120.

Fourth place – Tim and Jesse Keller, Albion, 1,358, $100.

12-and-under Division

Second place – Chad and Dominic LaPiana, Mount Morris, 1,405, $120.

Third place – Rick Pernicone and Trea Nickerson, Mount Morris, 1,330, $90.

The tournament drew 28 teams.

The GRUSBC Youth Team Tournament is scheduled for this weekend, Jan. 23-24, at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia. Contact Frank Jarkiewicz at 319-8268 to enter.


TOURNAMENT FINALISTS: Reaching the stepladder finals were, from left, Champion Jake Rosenbeck of Medina, Matt Balduf of Batavia, Brady Weber of Perry, Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls and Dennis Van Duser of Perry.

Medina's Jake Rosenbeck Wins Scratch Memorial

JANUARY 3, 2021 -- Jake Rosenbeck of Medina, bowling in just his third scratch singles event, captured the 67th Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial Tournament on Sunday with a 233-212 victory over top-seeded Matt Balduf of Batavia.

Rosenbeck, a strong right-hander with a high-powered release, struck on six of his last eight deliveries – including three strikes in the 10th frame – to close out Balduf for the $600 first prize.

Balduf was the tournament’s high qualifier with an 893 four-game series on Sunday morning, and followed that up with an 882 four-game series in the semifinals to earn the No. 1 seed. He earned $340.

CLICK HERE for tournament statistics.

The two-day tournament drew 58 entries – up from 37 when it was held at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion last year. Thirteen of the bowlers – five from the Saturday 12:30 p.m. squad, four from the Saturday 4 p.m. squad and four from the Sunday 10 a.m. squad -- advanced to the semifinals.

Rosenbeck, 34, a manufacturing group leader at General Motors in Rochester, qualified off the Saturday 12:30 p.m. squad with 859 for four games and then posted 778 in the semifinals to earn the No. 3 seed for the five-bowler stepladder finals.

In the first match, four-time champion Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls defeated 18-year-old Dennis Van Duser of Perry, 231-170, before dropping a 209-185 decision to Rosenbeck.

Rosenbeck then knocked off second-seeded Brady Weber of Perry, 224-186, before meeting Balduf in the title match.

Weber, who rolled a 275 final game in the semifinals to advance, won $260, while defending champion Culp pocketed $225 and Van Duser $200.

He said he was expecting a challenging oil pattern – which it was – and had the mindset to not give away the 1-3 pocket and pick his spares.

“I knew that it was going to be a tough condition out there – as it should be for a scratch tournament -- and I was just trying to make my spares – fill the frames,” Rosenbeck said. “I figured that being on the plus side of 800 after four games would put me in a pretty good spot.”

Using a Roto-Grip Halo throughout the tournament, he played around the third arrow, staying behind the ball for maximum forward revolutions.

“My game is up and in -- not to covering a lot of boards – and that’s where I get my best carry,” he said. “The big hook is not my game. I try to stay behind the ball and not get around it too much.”

Rosenbeck competed in the tournament last year, but didn’t make the cut. He finished in second place two years ago in the GRUSBC Masters at (then) Scopano’s Lanes in Oakfield.

He and his wife, Kayla, have a son, Henry, almost 2, and are expecting another child in April. He bowls in the Thursday Firefighters League at Medina Lanes.

Balduf’s effort was marked by several big games, including 253 in qualifying (his 893 was good for a $25 bonus) and 259 and 269 in the semifinals.

Geoff Harloff of Batavia, the leader of the Saturday 4 p.m. squad with 872, fell one pin short of tying Van Duser and Culp for the fourth and fifth spots in the stepladder finals – shooting 771 in the semis. He earned $130.

Mickey Hyde of Le Roy placed seventh at 765 in the semifinal round and won $120.

Other cashers were Brian Weber of Perry, $110; Mike Pettinella of Batavia, $105; Mike Johnson of Batavia, $100; Don Parrott of Warsaw, $95; Chris Huntz of Castile, $90, and Kevin Reigle of Elba, $90.


Hyde Claims 2nd Straight Senior Masters Title

DECEMBER 24, 2020 -- Mickey Hyde of Le Roy was a model of consistency on Sunday as he captured the Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters Tournament for the second straight year, this time at his hometown Legion Lanes.

Hyde pocketed the $250 first place check along with a plaque and paid entry to next month’s GRUSBC Scratch Memorial Tournament with a 200-184 victory over Batavian Mike Pettinella in the title match. (Photo at top, Pettinella, left, and Hyde).

The 54-year-old right-hander, manager of Tompkins Bank of Castile in Le Roy, won the 2019 event at Mount Morris Lanes.

Pettinella, a two-time GRUSBC Senior Masters champion (2007 and 2011), earned $150 for placing second.

CLICK HERE for tournament results.

Hyde led the three-game qualifying round with a 626 score, one of only five series of 600 or better on challenging lane conditions.

He went on to post 466 in the 12-bowler, two-game second round and then rolled a 181 game in the six-bowler, one-game semifinals to earn the No. 1 seed in the three-bowler stepladder finals based on his six-game total.

In the title match, Hyde doubled in the eighth and ninth frame to secure the victory after a pocket split in the eighth frame hurt Pettinella’s chances.

“I thought the shot was very tough but it was really fair, and there was less oil than normal,” said Hyde, who is the secretary of the Thursday night American Legion Men’s League in Le Roy. “It was fair because you were penalized if you missed your mark.”

He said he used a Hammer Black Widow ball during the qualifying round and a Black Hammer urethane ball for the second round and finals -- averaging 210 for his seven games.

“I liked my chances because I knew it wasn’t going to be a carry contest and you had to be able to pick your corner pins,” he said. “I was a nice surprise to win and thanks to Paul Spiotta for running a great tournament.”

Pettinella qualified in the 10th position with a 563 series but then posted 418 in the second round (to capture the sixth and final spot) and 224 in the semifinals – the only bowler of the six to hit the 200 mark.

In the opening match of the finals, the GRUSBC Hall of Famer defeated Brett Van Duser of Perry, 202-192, with Van Duser being victimized by a split in the 10th frame.

Van Duser won $100 for his third-place finish.

Other cashers were as follows:

John Lowe of Le Roy, Rick Pernicone of Dansville (who had the high second-round score of 499) and Al Vlietstra of Geneseo, $70 each.

Spiotta of Batavia, Matt Balduf of South Byron, Jim Pursel of Batavia, Mike Johnson of Batavia, John LaGeorge of Retsof, Paul Bacon of Lockport, $50 each.

Mike Kime of Honeoye Falls, $35 (lost to Van Duser in a one-game rolloff after tying for the 12th and final qualifying spot).

The tournament drew 34 entries.

ALBION DUO WINS NO-TAP EVENT

Bill Logan and Jim Passarell of Albion combined for a 1,725 score with handicap to win the first GRUSBC No-Tap Doubles Tournament on Saturday at Medina Lanes.

Logan rolled 890 and Passarell had 820 for 1,710 scratch in the event, which awards a strike for a first ball of nine or 10 pins. The victory was worth $320.

Seven other teams (out of the 33 entries) cashed as follows:

Kyle and Mike Johnson, Batavia – 1,596 -- $220;

Chase Cone, Bergen, and Josh Elliott, Attica – 1,592 -- $160;

Tom Rohl, Le Roy, and Mark Brown, Attica – 1,586 -- $130;

Samantha and Mickey Hyde, Le Roy – 1,576 -- $120;

John Wolff and Bill Neubert, Batavia – 1,571 -- $110;

Gary Kuchler, Batavia, and Frank Jarkiewicz, Byron – 1,569 -- $100
Paul Bacon, Lockport, and Derek Leach, Batavia – 1,567 -- $90.


GR Youth Doubles Tournament Results

DECEMBER 8, 2020 – Twenty-one teams participated in the Genesee Region USBC Youth Doubles Tournament over the weekend (Dec. 5-6) at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion – 16 in Division A (250 and over combined average) and five in Division B (249 and under combined average).

Bowlers on the first-place teams in both divisions will earn $100 scholarships, while members of the top three teams in both divisions will receive trophies.

The top three in each division of the handicap tournament are as follows:

DIVISION A

Trenton Willis and Brad June, Mount Morris Lanes, 1,267.

Bailee Snook and Ryleigh Culver, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion, 1,254.

Evan Phillips, Rose Garden Bowl, and Ben Sputore, Mancuso Bowling Center, 1,226.

DIVISION B

Ethan Clarke and Anthony Cuozzo, Mount Morris Lanes, 1,280.

Adelynn Neal and Bailee Snook, Oak Orchard Bowl, 1,265.

Dominic LaPiana and Brett George, Mount Morris Lanes, 1,242.

GRUSBC Youth Directors Frank Jarkiewicz and Joann Van Duser wish to thank the parents and bowlers for participating in the event, and Oak Orchard Bowl staff for hosting the tournament.

The GRUSBC Adult-Junior Tournament is scheduled for Jan, 9-10, 2021, at Mount Morris Lanes and the GR Youth Team tournament is set for Jan. 23-24, 2021, at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

CLICK HERE for complete results.


GRUSBC Member Wins Geneseo Tournament

NOVEMBER 30, 2020 -- Mike Johnson of Batavia, a longtime Genesee Region USBC member, defeated Pat Brick of Buffalo on Sunday to win the C.B. Shootout 15 tournament at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo.

In a low-scoring match after a long day on the lanes, Johnson edged Brick, 156-153, in a battle of left-handers to capture the $600 top prize. Brick earned $300.

Johnson advanced to the final match with victories over George Szczublewski of Niagara Falls and John Martorella Sr. of Rochester. Brick advanced with wins over Scott Dingman and Ricky Zinone, both of Rochester.

In the six-game qualifying round, Johnson placed seventh with 1,367 while Brick was fifth at 1,391.

The tournament drew 35 entries.


Juliana Allis Rolls 676 to Lead Oak Orchard 3

NOVEMBER 22, 2020 -- Juliana Allis recorded a 676 scratch series on Sunday to lead the Oak Orchard Bowl 3 team to a 23-5 victory over Mancuso Bowling Center in the opening week of the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

The league's eight teams competed at Mount Morris Lanes. The next session is scheduled for Dec. 6 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, running in conjunction with the Genesee Region USBC Youth Doubles Tournament.

Allis, a 15-year-old right-hander, had games of 199, 241 and 236 to take top honors. Teammate Ryleigh Culver chipped in with a 212 game.

For Mancuso's, Travis Fagan rolled a 178 game.

In other action:

-- Jesse Keller's 232 game and 623 series powered Oak Orchard Bowl to a 21-7 win over Le Roy Legion Lanes. Jayden Neal added a 200 game and 541 series while Gavin Baney posted a 216 game and 524 series.

-- Zach Neal's 204 game and 541 series helped Oak Orchard Bowl 2 to a 17-11 win over Mount Morris Lanes. Mason Santini had a 204 game for Mount Morris.

-- Brooke Jarkiewicz registered a 513 series as Rose Garden Bowl upended Perry Bowling Center, 18-10. 


Gladys Ford Senior Tournament Results

NOVEMBER 16, 2020 -- Bonnie Willey of Geneseo took top honors in the Class AA (75-and-over) division of the 35th Gladys Ford Memorial Women's Senior Singles Tournament at Livingston Lanes in her hometown, rolling the highest three-game series of the event.

Willey's total of 676 enabled her to take the top prize in the age group, $150.

Carole Flicker of Lakeville was second at 661, winning $100. Other cashers were Dawn Bertrand, Wyoming, 656, $80; Bonnie Wass, Warsaw, 628, $50, and Joanne Reed, Livonia, 596, $30.

In Class A (70-74), Bernie Hotchkiss of Mount Morris placed first with 607, good for $85.

In Class B (65-59), Betsy Flint of Portageville was first with 596 ($85).

In Class C (60-64), Marian Gerhardy of Albion was first with 634 ($85), followed by Dawn Luckenbach of Caledonia, 626 ($57).

In Class D (55-59), Penny Brown led the way with 633, winning $85, and Lisa Granger of Silver Springs was second with 584 ($57).

In Class E (50-54), Diane Hurlburt placed first with 584 ($60).

Thirty-four GRUSBC members competed. The GRUSBC contributed $200 to the tournament.

Prize checks will be mailed on Nov. 20.

CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF GRUSBC TOURNAMENTS THIS SEASON


-- 2019-20 Average Books -- 

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Skrypnik, George, Busmire Win $500 Each
in Association's Grand Prize Drawing

AUGUST 8, 2020 -- Three Genesee Region USBC members from Albion, Batavia and Bergen are $500 richer after their names were selected during the 2019-20 association “grand prize drawing” on Aug. 5.

The random drawing took place at the GRUSBC Board of Directors meeting at the Town of Covington hall.

Awards Committee Chair John Wood presided over the drawing, which usually takes place at the association’s annual banquet. The banquet, however, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $500 winners are:

-- Wally Skrypnik, a league bowler at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion;

-- Michael George, a league bowler at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia;

-- Harris Busmire, a league bowler at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Three members won $25 each. They are Selina McJury of Batavia, Rex Snyder of Rochester (who bowls in Albion), Rick Howe of Le Roy (who bowls at Legion Lanes) and Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls (who bowls at Mount Morris Lanes).

In other developments, the board:

-- Voted in favor of the acceptance of six new directors – Rich Culver of Medina, Mike Johnson and Brian Green of Batavia, AJ Allenbrandt of Le Roy, Gary Gilman of Albion and Tom Sardou of Bergen.

The action results in a full board of three officers (President Gary Kuchler, Vice President Jerry Davis and Sergeant-at-Arms Karen Bonner), 10 directors (Joann Van Duser, Wood, Pat Fuller and Sharon Willett are the others) and Association Manager Mike Pettinella.

-- Confirmed that league secretary supplies will be available for pickup at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 at T.F. Brown’s in Batavia and 6 p.m. on Aug. 13 at Mount Morris Lanes. Currently, bowling centers have not been allowed to reopen due to the governor’s executive order, resulting in much uncertainty heading into the 2020-21 season.

-- Tentatively scheduled its next meeting for noon Sept. 13 at T.F. Brown’s.


GRUSBC Youth Doubles Results

CLICK HERE for Genesee Region Youth Doubles Tournament results.


Diane Hurlburt Rolls Record 815 Series in Perry

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 -- Diane Hurlburt of Warsaw rolled an 815 series last night in the Monday Nite 5 League at Perry Bowling Center, setting a Genesee Region USBC record for women's high series.

The 49-year-old right-hander posted games of 258, 278 and 279 to eclipse the 791 recorded by Rochester's Kara Mangiola at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen on Nov. 15, 2015 and the 782 registered by Caycee Landers of Brockport on Feb. 13, 2018, also at Rose Garden Bowl.

Hurlburt had eight strikes in the first game, 11 in the second game (including the front seven) and 10 in the third game.

"I knew there was a possibility of getting it (an 800 series) after the second game, but I didn't try to figure out what I needed and I didn't want to know," said Hurlburt, who has her own house cleaning business.

She said she got a fortunate break in the ninth frame of the third game, breaking up a potential split to continue a long string of strikes.

"I didn't throw a very good shot and it came high on the nose," she said. "The 4-6 was staring at me and somehow they both fell. I said, 'Oh my gosh, there is a God."

She proceeded to strike on the first ball in the 10th frame and finished with a spare to seal the deal.

"It's really unbelievable," said Hurlburt, who is averaging 193 in the Monday league and 209 in the Thursday night league in Perry.

She in the leadoff bowler for the Charlie's Rollers team that includes her husband, Jason; son, Matthew, and friends Gene Standish and Brian Tiede.

Hurlburt used a Hammer Statement ball that she purchased and had drilled at Bowler's World in Rochester.

Last year, she had an association-high for women with a 763 series and 200 average (see her photo by scrolling down on this page).


Batavia Teen Tony Sprague Rolls 300 game
in GRUSBC Youth Tournament at Medina Lanes

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 -- A perfect game by Tony Sprague powered the Mancuso Mean Machine team to victory today in the Genesee Region USBC Association Youth Team Tournament at Medina Lanes.

Sprague, a Batavia High School senior who will turn 18 on March 16, posted his first United States Bowling Congress-certified 300 game in the second game of the team’s three-game series on lanes 17-18.

His other games were 187 and 222 for a 709 series.

CLICK HERE for tournament results.

The right-hander’s big series helped his team record a 2,596 total with handicap to edge The Strikers of Oak Orchard Bowl by nine pins for the tournament title.

Sprague and teammates Ben Sputore, Corinne Saluste and Emma Miller each will receive a $100 scholarship and a trophy.  Members of the second- and third-place teams each will receive a trophy.

Taking some advice from Coach Tom Fluker, Sprague said he moved his line from the second arrow to the third arrow after the first game – and also switched bowling balls – to consistently hit the 1-3 pocket.

“I switched from the Storm IQ Pearl Emerald to the Storm IQ Tour (black) and moved five boards to the left and played a pretty tight line,” said Sprague, noting that the first ball in the second game crossed over for a Brooklyn strike.

He proceeded to put the next eight balls in the pocket and said he didn't feel nervous heading into the 10th frame 

“I felt pretty confident,” said Sprague, whose previous high game was 276 and whose high series is the 752 he rolled in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso’s in November. He averages over 200 in a couple of different youth leagues.

After the final strike, he exchanged high-fives and hugs from everyone around, including his mother, Jacqueline.  His father, Todd, was unable to attend due to work commitments.

Sprague qualifies to receive awards from the USBC and Genesee Region USBC for his perfect game.

He also said he was rewarded by his mom on the way home.

“Yeah, I got a Shamrock Shake (from McDonald’s) out of it,” he said.

Bowlers on the second-place team were Adelynn Neal, Jayden Neal, Gavin Baney and Zachary Neal and members of the third-place Oak Orchard I team that registered 2,555 were Ryleigh Culver, Gracelin Mahnke, Juliana Allis and Paige Snook.


Adult-Junior Tournament Attracts 35 Teams

JANUARY 21, 2020 -- Thirty-five teams participated in the Genesee Region USBC Adult-Junior Doubles Tournament on Jan. 10-12 at Raider Lanes in Caledonia.

In the 13-and-Over Division, Allie Faryna (youth) and Matt Slocum of Perry combined for a 1,437 score with handicap to claim the $225 first prize, and in the 12-and-Under Division, Kylie (youth) and Dana Regatuso of Mount Morris posted 1,391 with handicap to take the $225 first prize.

Prizes are paid out as scholarships for youth and as gift cards for adults.

Other cashers were:

13-and-Over Division -- Zachary Neal and Regina Hanks, Oak Orchard Bowl, 1,392, $175; Brooke and Sarah Jarkiewicz, Rose Garden Bowl, 1,387, $125, and Kyle and Mike Johnson, Mancuso Bowling Center, 1,378, $95.

12-and-Under Division -- Trea Nickerson and Rick Pernicone, Mount Morris, 1,384, $175; Gavin and Matt Slocum, Perry, 1,354, $125.

CLICK HERE for 13-and-Over Results.

CLICK HERE for 12-and-Under Results.


SCRATCH MEMORIAL FINALISTS: Mike Pettinella, left, tournament director and finalist, presents the Genesee Region Scratch Memorial championship plaque to Scott Culp as the other  finalists -- John LaGeorge, Kevin Gray Jr. and Scott Allis -- look on after Sunday's stepladder round at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

Culp Captures Fourth Scratch Memorial Title

JANUARY 6, 2020 – High-revving right-hander Scott Culp captured his fourth Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial Tournament title on Sunday in wire-to-wire fashion at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

The 41-year-old Honeoye Falls resident led the qualifying round on Saturday with an 888 four-game total and came back to lead the semifinal round on Sunday with a 919 four-game total to earn the No. 1 seed for the five-bowler stepladder finals.

CLICK HERE for qualifying, semifinal and stepladder results.

In the title match, Culp defeated the second-seeded John LaGeorge of Retsof, 215-174, for the $500 first prize.

Culp now has won four GRUSBC Scratch Memorial crowns, the previous three coming in 2006, 2017 and 2018.

LaGeorge, who won this tournament in 2001, pocketed $300 for placing second in this year’s event, which was contested on the Kegel Mercury 40-foot challenge pattern (qualifying rounds) and Kegel Route 66 V2 45-foot challenge pattern (semifinals and finals).

Defending champion Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw placed third, defeating fourth-place Scott Allis of Medina in the second stepladder match, 204-179, before falling to LaGeorge, 227-172, in third match. Gray also won this tournament in 2016.

Allis took the fourth spot with a 197-191 win over Mike Pettinella of Batavia in the first stepladder match, rolling a double in the 10th frame.

Gray won $250, Allis $200 and Pettinella $140.

Also cashing (in the top eight who advanced to the semifinal round) were Nathan Cordes of Batavia ($100), Brian Weber of Perry ($90) and Rick Pernicone of Dansville ($85).

The tourney drew 36 entrants.

Four bowlers from each of the two qualifying squads (1 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday) qualified for the semifinal round.

They were Culp, Allis, Weber and Pettinella on Saturday and Gray Jr., Pernicone, Cordes and LaGeorge on Sunday.

Statistically, the qualifying oil pattern played remarkably the same each day.

On Saturday, the 18 bowlers averaged 183.66 for the 72 games and the top four averaged 205.31. On Sunday, the 18 bowlers averaged 184.33 for the 72 games and the top four averaged 205.37.

The GRUSBC wishes to thank the management and staff of Oak Orchard Bowl for an outstanding job in hosting the tournament.


Gladys Ford Senior Women Results

NOVEMBER 13, 2019 -- Official results of the Gladys Ford Senior Women's Tournament held on Nov. 2-3 at Perry Bowling Center.

CLASS AA -- 75 & up -- 13 entries
Margaret Shepard, Castile     667 -- $ 150
Caroline Appleby, Warsaw     643         90
Fran Matthews, Silver Lake    638        50
Joanne Reed, Livonia            624        38.50

CLASS A -- 70-74 -- 8 entries
Gail Riley, Dansville               649       110
Barbara Sales, Geneseo       606         60
Georgene Della Penna, Bat.  589        40

CLASS B -- 65-69 -- 4 entries
Barbara Heim, Perry               632       76
Pat Gilbertson, Gainesville      594      40

CLASS C -- 60-64 -- 8 entries
Laurie Cole, Albion                  633    110
Judy Bzduch, Perry                 631      60
Chris Bovee, Dansville            624      40

CLASS D -- 55-59 -- 3 entries
Sue Boring, Albion                  590      82.50

CLASS E -- 50-54 -- 2 entries
Dawn Johnston, Livonia          660      57

Prize checks will be mailed on Nov. 19.



SENIOR STARS: Mickey Hyde, left, of Le Roy and Tim Fonte of Dansville placed first and second, respectively, at the 14th Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters Tournament on Nov. 3 at Mount Morris Lanes.

Hyde Wins Senior Masters; Fonte 2nd, Neubert 3rd

NOVEMBER 4, 2019 -- The old bowling axiom, “hook is for show, straight is for dough,” came into play over the weekend at the 14th annual Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters Tournament at Mount Morris Lanes.

Bowling in the tournament for the first time, 53-year-old right-hander Mickey Hyde of Le Roy utilized that strategy to emerge victorious against 42 other entrants on Sunday.

“I pretty much stayed straight up the alley,” said Hyde, who averaged 234 for his seven games, capped by a 246-208 victory over Tim Fonte of Dansville in the title match. “Normally, that shot doesn’t work for me any place else, but it has here before.”

Hyde, manager of the Tompkins Bank of Castile Le Roy branch, earned $270 plus a free entry into the GRUSBC Scratch Memorial Tournament in January and a plaque from Joe’s Trophies & Awards.

The three-person stepladder finals in the event for association members 50 and over featured three first-time Senior Masters participants -- Hyde, Fonte and Batavian Bill Neubert.

Fonte downed Neubert, 218-173, in the first stepladder match to earn the right to face Hyde, who secured the top seed by virtue of a 714 series in the three-game qualifying round and 463 in the two-game second round.

Fonte, 71, pocketed $170 for his runner-up finish while Neubert, 69, won $120 for placing third. Both Fonte and Neubert played a direct line, and it carried them to the stepladder round.

Reaching the semis were Dave DiSalvo of Mount Morris, Mike Pettinella of Batavia and Kevin Gray of Honeoye Falls. They each won $70.

Other cashers were Paul Spiotta, Jim Pursel and Scott Shields, all of Batavia; Marty Weaver of Castile; John Lowe of Le Roy, and Bob Hodgson of Medina. They won $55 apiece.

DiSalvo was the high qualifier with 758, followed by Spiotta (724), Pursel (723) and Hyde, and also had the high score in the two-game semifinals with 472, followed by Pettinella (463) and Hyde (463).

Hyde, Fonte and Neubert advanced to the finals with games of 221, 215 and 210, respectively.

The field was cut to 12 after the qualifying round and to six after the two-game second round. The one-game semifinal round determined the stepladder finalists.

This year’s champion said he used his “old (Roto Grip) Uproar” to conquer the synthetic lanes, concentrating on keeping the ball from getting too far right.

“If I swung it out, I didn’t carry any 10-pins,” he said. “I stayed in the middle of the lane and that seemed to be, for me, the only shot that carried consistently.”

He thanked Spiotta for running the tournament and credited proprietor Bob Santini for putting up a fair lane condition.

Photo at top: Mickey Hyde, left, and Tim Fonte, Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters finalists.


FLUKER TRIUMPHS: Tom Fluker, left, defeated Sam Oddo, right, in a battle of Batavia bowlers today (Saturday, Oct. 26) to win the 1st Genesee Region USBC Handicap Bracket Challenge Tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.  Fluker posted 194 scratch (224 with handicap) to turn back Oddo, who had 154 scratch (202 with handicap). The victory was worth $275 while second place paid $150. Thirty-two bowlers competed. Watch for more details to come. Photo by Mike Pettinella/GRUSBC Association Manager. 

Fluker Captures 1st Handicap Bracket Challenge

OCTOBER 27, 2019 – Batavia’s Tom Fluker won the tournament while Albion’s Bailee Snook won the hearts of bowlers and spectators, alike, on Saturday at the 1st Genesee Region Handicap Bracket Challenge tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

Fluker defeated Sam Oddo of Batavia, 224-202, in the title match to claim the $275 first prize in the event, which attracted 32 bowlers.

The entrants were divided into four eight-player brackets with the top four averages as the No. 1 seeds in each bracket and the remaining players drawing for their seedings. The first round consisted of two-game matches and the ensuing rounds were one-game matches.

Fluker opened by defeating Bailee’s sister, Paige, and then went on to win three more matches to face Oddo. In the semifinals, he just got past 13-year-old Bailee by five pins.

He rolled a 211 game scratch – 241 with handicap – while Snook rolled 149 and received 87 pins handicap based on her 133 average.

For the tournament, Snook averaged 159, much better than her average, in posting a 3-1 match play record. One of her games was 200, her first 200 ever.

Oddo reached the finals with a 248-216 win over Shayne Herold of Batavia (200-176 scratch), and earned $150 for his second-place finish.

Snook and Herold won $95 each (with Snook’s prize money going into her SMART scholarship account). Other cashers were Batavians Geoff Harloff, Tom McJury and Scott Shields and Attica’s Mark Brown.

Matt Balduf of South Byron had the tournament’s high game of 299, leaving a solid 10-pin on the final ball.

The next Genesee Region USBC tournaments take place on Nov. 2-3, Gladys Ford Senior Women at Perry Bowling Center, and Nov. 3, Senior Masters at Mount Morris Lanes. Click on the Tournaments/Results tab for entry forms.


In Memoriam

Joe Trigilio - GRUSBC Hall of Famer
Aug. 9, 1953-Sept. 1, 2019


GRUSBC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES: From left, Robert Hodgson, Al Vlietstra and James Foss were inducted into the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame on Saturday night at Batavia Downs Gaming. Eunice Englert also was enshrined but had to leave before the photo session.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETES: Corinne Saluste, left, of Batavia and Samantha Hyde of Le Roy received GRUSBC scholarships based on their bowling achievements and classroom success.

ASSOCIATION LEADERS: Matt Balduf of South Byron and Diane Hurlburt of Warsaw were among GRUSBC association leaders this season. Balduf had the high series of 836 while Hurlburt had the high average for women, 200, and high series, 763.

Hall of Fame Inductions, Inspirational Talk
Highlight Genesee Region USBC Banquet

MAY 13, 2019 -- The Genesee Region USBC culminated the 2018-19 season Saturday night by inducting four deserving members into the Hall of Fame, awarding two standout high school seniors with scholarships and recognizing its tournament winners and league leaders.

Eighty-nine people attended the association’s annual banquet at Batavia Downs Gaming, and were treated to an inspirational presentation, which included several songs, by Canadian rock star Carl Dixon (in photo below).

Dixon has fought back from a devastating car accident in 2008 to continue a career that has seen him perform with noted bands such as Coney Hatch, April Wine and The Guess Who.

Eunice Englert of Nunda was enshrined into the Meritorious Service category, while Al Vlietstra of Geneseo, Robert Hodgson of Medina and James Foss of Medina were inducted into the Achievement category.

Samantha Hyde of Le Roy and Corinne Saluste of Batavia were this year’s scholarship recipients, receiving $1,000 and $750, respectively.

Samantha will be attending St. John Fisher College to study Pharmaceutical Science, with plans to enter the Wegmans School of Pharmacy. Corinne plans to attend Genesee Community College for two years before transferring to Daemen College in Buffalo to pursue a degree in Business Administration.

The GRUSBC will be welcoming a new director as Gregg Wolff of Batavia was elected to the vacant Director No. 1 position. Others elected were Karen Bonner of Mount Morris, who moves up to the sergeant-at-arms post, and incumbents Joann Van Duser of Perry, John Wood of Warsaw and Jerry Davis of Pavilion.

All were elected to three-year terms.

Winners of the grand prize drawing were as follows:

$500 – Bob Lennington, Geneseo, Sunday Evening Mixed, Livingston Lanes.
$500 – Scott Briggs, Perry, Thursday Night, Perry/Livingston.
$500 – Troy Rossborough, Livonia, Thursday Night Triples, Livingston Lanes.
$25 each -- Dale Fisher, Bergen; Kim Williams, Batavia; Joe Pukos, Leicester; Darren Morgan, Farmersville Station.

Robert Nolan of Albion won the MOTIV bowling ball.


Four to Enter GRUSBC Hall of Fame

APRIL 19, 2019 -- The Genesee Region USBC Annual Banquet on May 11 at Batavia Downs Gaming will include the induction of four people into the GRUSBC Hall of Fame -- James Foss of Medina in the Achievement Regular category, Robert Hodgson of Medina and Al Vlietstra of Geneseo in the Achievement Veteran category, and Eunice Englert of Nunda in the Meritorious Service category.

Foss, 56, has been a standout bowler for the past 20 years, compiling more than 15 300 games and six 800 series and averaging over 200 for most of those year – with a high of 235.

In 2007-08, he earned national recognition for have the high trio series of 2,295 (two men and one woman).

The head mechanic at Medina Lanes and league officer for several leagues, he has cashed in numerous local tournaments in the Medina, Lockport and Genesee Region associations.

He finished second to Rich Wagner in the GRUSBC Masters in 2017, averaging 206 while winning six of eight matches in the final en route to a $325 prize. He also has been a finalist on multiple occasions in the GRUSBC Senior Masters.

Hodgson, 71, a retired school teacher, has 13 perfect game and seven 800 series while averaging in the 215-plus range for the past several years.

His tournament success includes victories in the GRUSBC Doubles event with his son and the Tommy Kress 60-and-Over scratch singles tour.

A certified bowling coach, he assists with the Saturday morning youth program at Medina and consistently competes in GRUSBC tournaments.

Vlietstra, 70, has done well in tournaments at the local and state level.

He is a two-time Singles champion, with 762 in the Perry Association in 1997 and 860 (752 scratch) in the GRUSBC in 2017. He placed first in the 2009 GRUSBC Senior Masters at Letchworth Pines and rolled his high game of 299 in an Amateur Bowlers Tour event.

Vlietstra, who owns a masonry business, is a four-time NYS USBC tournament champion:

-- As a member of the Turnbull Heating team in the 2010 NYS Open Championships in Niagara Falls (he rolled 661);
-- Handicap Singles (843) in the 2014 NYS Open Championships in Rochester;
-- Six-Game Combine (1,483) in the 2014 NYS Open Senior Championships in Cortland;
-- Handicap Doubles (801 with handicap) in the 2015 NYS Open Championships in Buffalo.

His personal best series of 788 came in the New York State Firemen’s Tournament in Newburgh in the mid-2000’s.  A league bowler since 1987, he posted his high league average of 203 in 2004-05 at Perry Bowling Center.

Englert has been bowling for more than 50 years and has served the sport as a league secretary, Genesee Valley Women’s Bowling Association director and tournament coordinator for almost as long.

Her induction comes on the heels of her husband’s (Dennis) enshrinement last year. The couple was a fixture at Letchworth Pines, running the bowling center and taking care of the leagues for 30 years.


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AWARDS FOR OUR BOWLERS: The Genesee Region USBC is proud of its awards program, which recognizes bowlers of all ages and all skill levels. Secretaries can submit awards to the association office by clicking on the Links tab at the top of this page and filling out the GRUSBC Online Submission Form.


Rule 17a is There to Ensure Fairness in Tournaments

AUGUST 15, 2016 -- When it comes to tournament competition, protecting the integrity of the game is the "name of the game."

The Genesee Region USBC is making a renewed commitment to ensuring that all tournament bowlers get a fair shake. Tournament bowlers can rest assured that all entering averages will be scrutinized -- utilizing the tools available per USBC rules.

One of those is Rule 17a, which governs tournament management's right to adjust averages prior to competition for a variety of reasons when there is information indicating the bowler's entering average does not represent the bowler's ability.

Information that can be used includes, but is not limited to:

Average bowled on a Sport/Challenge condition but league was not marked as such
• Bowler has multiple league averages which are tremendously higher, all with less than 21 games
• Bowler shows a big decrease in average in consecutive years
• Bowler has had his/her entering average adjusted by another tournament

Did you know USBC Rule 17a-2 allows for disqualification of scores when this information is discovered after the player has bowled? According to Rule 17a, the penalty for violating this rule includes loss of games, prize winnings and disqualification.

Although disqualification may seem extreme, it is a comfort to the other tournament participants to know tournament management is protecting the integrity of the game.