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SCRATCH MEMORIAL FINALISTS: Scott Culp, right, is congratulated by Curtis Foss of Medina after their championship match Sunday night in the 63rd Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial Tournament at Medina Lanes. Culp defeated Foss by a score of 206-189 to take home the $750 first prize.
Culp Tops Foss for Scratch Memorial Crown
JANUARY 9, 2017 -- In a battle of Genesee Region USBC high-revving heavyweights, Scott Culp of Lima outpointed Curtis Foss of Medina, 206-189, Sunday night to capture the 63rd GRUSBC Scratch Memorial Tournament championship at Medina Lanes.
Culp entered the five-person step-ladder finals as the No. 2 seed after eight qualifying and semifinal games and, following a victory over fifth-seeded Geoff Harloff of Batavia, 231-204 -- earned the right to square off against the top-seeded Foss for the title. The two had faced each other in 2009 in the title match of this event, with Foss emerging victorious at Scopano's Lanes in Oakfield.
This time, it was the 31-year-old Culp who put together three strikes in frames eight through 10 to hold off Foss and claim the $750 first prize.
It was the second straight GRUSBC scratch tournament victory for Culp, who won the Masters Tournament last February at Oak Orchard Lanes in Albion. He plans to defend his title next month at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.
The qualifying portion of the tournament was bowled on the challenging 47-foot Statue of Liberty pattern and the semifinals and step-ladder finals were contested on the 38-foot Taj Mahal oil pattern. The tournament attracted 69 entrants -- up from 41 last year.
Foss, 29, earned $400 for his runner-up finish. He led the four-game qualifying rounds with an 893 score and added 841 in the semifinals to edge Culp for the No. 1 seed by 12 pins.
CLICK HERE for the tournament statistics.
Harloff claimed the No. 5 seed -- the top five of the 17 qualifiers advanced to the step-ladder finals -- and moved up two places with victories over No. 4 Mike Pettinella of Batavia (216-193) and No. 3 and defending champion Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw (246-223).
Harloff pocketed $300 whilie Gray won $250 and Pettinella, who posted the top score in the semifinals with 883, earned $200.
Other qualifiers (in order of finish) were Fred Gravanda of Batavia, Scott Allis of Medina, Brady Weber of Perry, Chris Bacon of Medina, Rick Lee of Mount Morris, Mickey Hyde of Le Roy, Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls, Brett Van Duser of Perry, Dean Cadieux Jr. of Oakfield, Aaron Verheyn of Medina, Bob Santini of Mount Morris and Rich Wagner of Batavia.
Lee and Allis had the tournament's high games -- both posting 278 on the 10 a.m. Sunday qualifying squad.
Tournament Entry Forms are Posted
DECEMBER 31, 2017 -- Entry forms for the Genesee Region USBC's two association tournaments -- Youth and Adult -- can be viewed and downloaded on this website by clicking on the Tournaments/Results tab at the top of this page.
Hurlburt 803, Hanks 300, Allis 300
DECEMBER 28, 2016 -- Shawn Hurlburt of Freedom rolled an 803 series last Thursday night (Dec. 22) in the Thursday Nite Intertown League at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.
His games on lanes 3-4 were 245-279-279.
On Dec. 22, Robbie Hanks registered a 300 game on lanes 7-8 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.
And on Dec. 28, Scott Allis of Medina recorded a 300 game en route to a 740 series in the Wednesday Community League at Medina Lanes.
300 IN BENNINGTON: Steve Zymowski points to his score after rolling a 300 game in a Saturday mixed league at Bennington Lanes last week. It is his first 300 and the first at Bennington, but unfortunately is not eligible for a USBC or GRUSBC award since it came in a non-certified league. Still, congratulations Steve!
Youth bowler picks the 'Big 4'
Sawyer Zinter of Bergen lets everyone know he picked the 4-6-7-10 split -- otherwise known as the "Big 4" -- during Genesee Region Youth Travel League competition Sunday at Legion Lanes in Le Roy. Zinter, 10, bowls for the Rose Garden Bowl team.
Note to Secretaries: Subs Must be Sanctioned, Too
DECEMBER 9, 2016 -- While the certification application, sanction cards and dues for all but three previously certified leagues in the Genesee Region USBC have been submitted to the GRUSBC office, it is still imperative that league secretaries make sure that all substitutes fill out cards and pay the appropriate dues.
Cards and payment should be sent to GRUSBC, 55 Edgewood Drive, Batavia, NY 14020. If you have questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The dues structure is as follows:
-- $18, Standard -- A bowler who is being certified in a league of more than 16 weeks, and HAS NOT previously certified in any other league, whether in the Genesee Region USBC or another local association.
-- $13, Adult Basic -- A bowler who is being certified in a short season (16 weeks or less) league that HAS NOT previously certified in any other league.
-- $7, Local Only Adult -- A bowler who is being certified in a league of more than 16 weeks, and HAS previously certified in a league in another USBC association in New York State (example, Rochester or Greater Buffalo).
-- $5, Upgrade to Standard -- A bowler who is being certified in a league of more than 16 weeks, who HAS previously purchased an Adult Basic membership.
-- $10, Youth -- A youth bowler who is being certified in one of the GRUSBC youth programs.
-- $0, -- A bowler who is participating in a league but has already purchased a Standard ($18) membership in another league in the Genesee Region USBC. A card must be submitted to the GRUSBC office, however.
GRUSBC Directors Set Fundraisers, Form Committees
SEPT. 19, 2016 -- The Genesee Region USBC will conduct three fundraisers this season to support its youth scholarship fund. Details of the promotions were finalized on Sunday at the association's Board of Directors meeting at T.F. Brown's in Batavia.
The first fundraiser actually has four segments as tickets for bowling ball giveaways will be sold at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, Mount Morris Lanes, Medina Lanes and Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion. The GRUSBC will be awarding four MOTIV bowlilng balls -- one at each center -- with tickets priced at $3 for five or $5 for 10. The fundraiser will begin in early October and end on Dec. 14 when the winning ticket is drawn at each of the four bowling centers.
The other fundraisers consist of the selling of tickets based on the NYS Evening Numbers lottery for the months of January and April 2017. Each ticket, priced at $5, has two numbers. Daily prizes are $25 except for on Tuesday when the prize is $50. Tickets are available by contacting any GRUSBC director.
In other business, President Tom Fluker set the committees for the 2016-17 season. The committees are as follows:
Tournament – Mike Pettinella, Frank Jarkiewicz, Fluker, Karen Bonner, Jerry Davis
Finance/Audit – Bonner, Pettinella
Hall of Fame – Fluker, John Cipolla, Davis, Sharon Willet
BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) – Randy Hanks, Fluker
Banquet – Fluker, Pettinella
Nominating – Pat Fuller, Beatrice Young
Lane Certification – Davis, Fluker, Jarkiewicz
Policy & Procedure/Bylaws – Jan King, Fuller, Fluker
Scholarship – Fluker, Joann Van Duser, John Wood, Bonner
CLICK HERE for a List of GRUSBC Services
CLICK HERE for the 2016-17 Reference Guide and Tournament Schedule
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.
2015-16 GRUSBC Averages
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC averages (ages 19 and over)
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC averages (ages 18 and under)
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC youth league averages (currently does not include Scopano's Lanes, Oakfield)
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 GRUSBC averages of 200 or better
Genesee Region USBC League Rosters
SEPT. 6, 2016 -- The Genesee Region USBC 2016-17 league bowling season has begun.
Several of the 60 USBC-certified leagues in the association's 11 bowling centers started their seasons before Labor Day, and most of the rest of them get under way over the next seven days.
Among those which already got the ball rolling are the Five O'Clock Fillies women's league at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo, The North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair five-person league at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia and the Sunday Nite Mixed and Thursday Night Ladies leagues at Mount Morris Lanes.
A list of GRUSBC certified leagues and starting dates is as follows. For those looking to join a league, the bowling center phone numbers can be found by clicking on the Bowling Centers tab at the top of this website's home page.
If the league name is underlined, click on it to see the 2016-17 list of certified bowlers. League rosters will be updated to reflect new bowlers throughout the season.
Livingston Lanes, Geneseo -- Five O'Clock Fillies (8/29), Monday Ontario-Livingston (9/12), Sunday Evening Mixed (9/11), Thursday Night Triples (9/15), Tuesday Afternoon Women (9/6), Tuesday AM Coffee (9/6), Wednesday Night Labatts (9/14).
Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia -- Monday Morning Ladies (9/12), Monday Night Independent Ladies (9/12), Monday Night NFL (9/19), North Pole/Family Affair Boat Repair (9/1), Realty USA/No Finer Diner (9/12), Antique World Tuesday Nite Coed (9/6), Wednesday Night Ladies (9/7), Wednesday Night Misfits (9/14), T.F. Brown's Adult-Child (10/9)..
Medina Lanes -- Thursday Firefighters (9/8), Happy Ladies (9/7), Monday Nite Men's Industrial (9/12), Orleans Auxiliary (9/12), Thursday Night Ladies (9/8), Wednesday Community League (9/7), Friday Night Doubles (9/16).
Mount Morris Lanes -- Ladies Wednesday Afternoon (9/7), Monday Night Early (9/12), Monday Night Merchants (9/12), Saturday Night Mixed (9/10), Sunday Nite Mixed (8/28), Thursday Night Ladies (9/1), Tuesday Night Mixed (9/6), Wednesday Night Classic (9/7).
Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion -- Saturday Mixed (10/8), Sneezy's Monday Night (9/12), Thursday Men's Triples (9/8), Tuesday Ladies Merchants (9/6), Friday Night Mixers (9/9), Thursday Ladies Triples (9/8), Saturday Night Slackers (10/15).
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.
Despite the Perception, USBC Certification Has its Benefits
JULY 14, 2016 -- All too often, representatives of the United States Bowlling Congress -- at the national, state and local levels -- are faced with the question from bowlers: "What do we get for our membership dues?"
We at the Genesee Region USBC believe that USBC certification is definitely worth the small investment -- a one-time fee of $18 -- and we have put your money to work by developing one of the best award programs in New York State. You can find a list of our awards by clicking on the Downloads tab on this website.
Not sure what you get for your membership dues?
CLICK HERE for an article on the benefits of USBC membership from Sept. 2014, written by incoming Association Manager Mike Pettinella.
CLICK HERE for an outline of the role of USBC at the national level.
CLICK HERE for a summary of the Adult Basic membership option.
For more information, contact us at email@example.com.