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GRUSBC Association Tournament Off to Flying Start
Vlietstra's 860, McClurg Five's 3577 on Top in Open Singles, OpenTeam;
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UPDATE - MARCH 26, 2017
CLICK HERE for unofficial standings through Sunday, 3/2/17.
Genesee Region USBC bowlers put up numerous high scores in Doubles & Singles and Team competition on the opening weekend at Perry Bowling Center and Letchworth Pines in Portageville, respectively.
At Perry Bowling Center, Al Vlietstra of Geneseo recorded 860 -- 752 scratch -- to take the lead in Open Singles Handicap, and was one of five bowlers to crack the 800 mark with handicap, the others being Steve Krna (834), Gary Roberts (821), Dan Dixon Jr. (803) and Dean Cadieux Sr. (802).
At Letchworth Pines, the McClurg Five team out of Perry Bowling Center rolled 250 pins better than the members' collective averages to post a 3,755 score with handicap on Sunday to take the lead in the Open Division. Team members are Tracy Werner, Steven Werner, Wes McClurg, Bethanne Kaczmarek and David Kaczmarek.
Current leaders are as follows:
Open Doubles Handicap -- Casey Palmer Sr. and Casey Palmer Jr., 1,623.
Women's Doubles Handicap -- Deborah Say and Rachel Tibold, 1,231.
Open Singles Handicap -- Al Vlietstra, 860 (752 scratch).
Women's Singles Handicap -- Deborah Say, 652.
Open All-Events Handicap -- Steven Maher, 2,334.
Women's All-Events Handicap -- Cathi Fournier, 1,863.
Open Team Handicap -- McClurg Five, 3,755.
Women's Team Handicap -- Huber Farms, 2,572.
Other highlights included a 236 triplicate by Mike Lavender in Open Doubles, and a 279 game by Bob Hodgson in Open Doubles.
Action resumes on Friday, March 31 with D/S in Perry and Team event at Letchworth Pines. Openings are available on all squads through the end of the tournament on April 2.
Fees are $25 per event per person and $10 for All-Events (total of the bowler's first scores in Team, Doubles and Singles).
Handicap is based on 90 percent of 240 in Singles, 480 in Doubles and 1,200 in Team for the Open Division, and 90 percent of 210 in Singles, 420 in Doubles and 840 in Team for the Women's Division.
Reservations will be taken over the phone by calling 585-343-3736 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries sent in the mail must include a check for the entry fees.
An entry form can be downloaded from this website by clicking on the Tournaments link at the top of the homepage.
'Thrown Together' takes GRUSBC Youth Team Title
MARCH 10, 2017 -- Young bowlers from Mancuso Bowling Center and Perry Bowling Center combined forces to take first place in Division A of the Genesee Region USBC Youth Team Tournament last weekend at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.
The Thrown Together squad of Brooke Jurek, Emma Miller, Tony Sprague and Matt Hurlburt posted a 2,555 score with handicap to edge Scopano's Scrappers team by eight pins and capture the top prize of $100 scholarships each.
Mason Cadieux, Austin Kotarski, Collin Scheiber and Trevor O'Dell comprised the Scopano's team while the Batavia Strike Force team of Corinne Saluste, Jordan Fluker, James Townsend and Skylar Laesser placed third at 2,543.
In Division C (there was no Division B), scholarships went to the Mancuso's team of Lily Martin, Jonah Martin, Noah Martin and Zach Wester with 2,440.
They were followed by the team of Alexis Patterson, Isabel Laney, Trent Wills and Dominic Perkins of Mount Morris, and Megan Jarkiewicz, Brenda Pimm, Madelynn Pimm and Brooke Jarkiewicz of Rose Garden Bowl.
Second and third place teams in both divisions won trophies.
Perry, Batavia teams first in GRUSBC Youth Doubles
FEBRUARY 22, 2017 -- Teams from Perry Bowling Center and Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia captured top honors over the weekend at the Genesee Region USBC Youth Doubles Tournament at Mount Morris Lanes.
In Division A, Matt Hurlburt and Dennis Van Duser combined for a 1,345 score to move past Skylar Laesser and James Townsend (Mancuso's) and win the $200 scholarship -- $100 apiece. Laesser and Townsend posted 1,320.
Dominic Perkins (Mount Morris) and Townsend placed third with 1,292.
In Division B., Brooke Jurek and Van Duser earned the $200 scholarship with 1,194 -- five pins better than Madelynn Pimm and Brooke Jarkiewicz (Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen).
Haylee Thornley and Zack Wester (Mancuso's) placed third with 1,124.
In Division C. Brock Bigsby and Ben Sputore (Mancuso's) placed first, winning the $200 scholarship, with 1,229.
They were followed by Lily Martin and Jonah Martin (Mancuso's and Jillian Menzie and Jarkiewicz (Rose Garden Bowl) with 1,198 and 1,186, respectively.
The tournament attracted 28 teams. The top three teams in each division will receive trophies.
The GRUSBC Youth Team Tournament is scheduled for March 4-5 at Rose Garden Bowl.
MASTERS CHAMP, RUNNER-UP: Batavian Rich Wagner, left, won the Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament on Sunday (Feb. 12) and Medina's Jim Foss placed second.
MASTERS FINALISTS: GRUSBC bowlers who advanced to the Peterson Point match play finals on Sunday are, from left, Joe Trigilio, Brian Weber, Rick Lee, Rich Wagner, Jim Foss, Nate Wright, Scott Culp and Scott Shields.
Batavian Wagner Captures 2017 GRUSBC Masters Crown
FEBRUARY 13, 2017 -- Batavian Rich Wagner averaged 215 on Sunday afternoon en route to a wire-to-wire victory in the 56th annual Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center.
The 34-year-old left-hander defeated Scott Shields of Batavia, 226-219, in the opening match of the eight-game Peterson Point finals to move into the top spot and never relinquished the lead to capture the $475 first prize, special champion's ring and plaque.
It was the first Masters title for Wagner, who has been the dominant league and tournament bowler at Mancuso's for the past several years. Earlier this season, the corrections officer won two of three matches on the Buffalo-based TV show, "Beat The Champ."
Wagner opened a 177-point lead after a sixth-game, 217-180 win over eventual runner-up Jim Foss of Medina, and coasted home despite losing his last two matches. He posted a 5-3 match game record in the eight-bowler finals, and amassed 327 Peterson Points -- 90 more than Foss.
Bowlers are awarded Peterson Points based on match victories (30 points for a win, 15 for a tie) and score in relation to 200.
Overall, Wagner averaged 216 for the two-day tournament, which was 10 pins higher than Foss and 11 better than Shields, who finished in third place.
Foss earned $325 for placing second, and Shields won $225. Defending champion Scott Culp of Lima was fourth, good for $175, and was followed by Rick Lee of Mount Morris ($150), Nate Wright of Batavia ($135), Joe Trigilio of Attica ($120) and Brian Weber of Perry ($110).
The top 16 bowlers out of the 72 who entered cashed. Other cashers were Jason Quilliam of Batavia ($90), Curtis Foss of Medina ($90), Brady Weber of Perry ($85), Bob Santini of Mount Morris ($85), Mike Pettinella of Batavia ($80), Scott Allis of Medina ($80), Rob Stefani of Batavia ($75) and Jeff Wolinski of Perry ($75).
The tournament was bowled on the challenging Kegel Beaten Path oil pattern -- a pattern that made it difficult for the ball to get to the pocket if it was swung just a bit wide of the optimal track area.
CLICK HERE for the final standings.
CLICK HERE for the Peterson Point match play scores.
CLICK HERE for the qualifying and semifinals scores.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 7 p.m. (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.