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November 11, 2019 - 9:52am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

Through Nov. 10

MANCUSO BOWLING CENTER
Turnbull Junior League
High Series

Tony Sprague 236-258-258--752
High Games
Corinne Saluste 184
Zach Wester 181
Travis Fagan 174
Noah Pickard 165
Connor Herdlein 115
Joshua Sprague 109
Lukas Leddick 85
T.F. Brown's Adult-Child
High Series

Mike Battaglia 266--642
Kyle Johnson 217--642
Nate Balduf 266--639
Mason Cadieux 202--517
High Games
Lily Martin 167
Danny Balduf 134
Benjamin Mattice 126
Monday Independent Ladies
High Games

Mary Beth Lovria 195
Beth Bannister 185
Michelle Krtanik 183
MNF Synergistic Onlilne LLC
High Series

Michele Larson 246-218--647
Knute Carlson 232--632
High Games
Steve Wenzka 227
Shayne Herold 223
Mancuso Real Estate/Smoking Eagle BBQ
High Series

James Townsend 265--704
Alex Morris 245--639
Jim Dommer 235--637
Tom Hahn 623
Jason Quilliam 622
Andrew Fowler 223--608
Antique World Tuesday Night
High Series
James Townsend 245--673
Darlene Merle 237-216--634
Kelli Bliss 198--544
High Games
Marshall Merle 266
Scott Bliss 233
JE Currier/Rebel Liners
Wednesday Night Ladies

High Series
Melissa Esten 182-222--544
High Games
Kim Danser 189
Selina McJury 188
Dawn O'Neill 183
Wednesday Misfits
High Games

Gary MacDonald 223
Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man
High Series
Matt Balduf 299--766
Rich Wagner 257--731
Jason Gallo 257--725
Mike Johnson 247--714
Jim Pursel 268--709
AJ Allenbrandt 265--690
Vin Pontillo 247--689
Josh Elliott 276--681
Brian Green 268--663
James Townsend 245--662
Geoff Harloff 267--651
Steve Krna 223--650
Gary Kuchler 245--649
Devon Leach 247--644
Mike DeVay Jr. 224--630
Nathan Cordes 249--627
Derek Leach 234--620
Jason Quiliam 606
Sam Oddo 235--604
Chris Fowler 236--602
Bill Neubert 601
High Games
Josiah Yantz 236
Jeremy Vallance 236
David Hall 232
Sam Miller 232
Mark Schultz 226
Richard Baird 223
Leon Hurd 223
ROSE GARDEN BOWL, BERGEN
G&W Vending
High Series

Ryan Flaherty 238--682
Dave Emler 243--661
Ron Lawrence 249--652
Charles Emler 225--646
Frank Jarkiewicz 257--638
Steve Krna 257--627
Rob Stefani 622
Harris Busmire 621
Ernie Hook 248--601
High Games
Keith Jensen 225
Brady Weber 222
Wednesday Men's Handicap
High Series

Rodney Jopson 227--650
Cory Russell 236--637
Michael Sardou 220--635
Joseph Scott 256--630
Laurie Morgante 245--596
High Games
Jason Heimlich 223
Thursday Owls
High Series
Charles Scheiber 257--694
Scott Gray 232--656
William Wood 224--654
William Yates 258--630
Mark Mack 224--628
Kevin Gray Jr. 222--622
Rob Husted 235--611
Dennis Meyer 601
Laurie Morgante 238--555
High Games
Tom Sardou 246
Frank Jarkiewicz 228
Jack Williams 223
E-O-S Mixed
High Series

Frank Jarkiewicz 224--614
Colleen Pimm 224--555
Lauren Hunt 205--551
High Games
Tracy Lewis 221
Kevin Fitzsimmons 220
LE ROY LEGION LANES
Le Roy Moose
High Series

Shayne Herold 624
Mike Hackett 234--615
High Games
Jeremy Vallance 248
Dick Cousins 234
Scott O'Neill 228
Jon Harvey 224
Marny Allenbrandt 197
Cathy Campbell 185
OAK ORCHARD BOWL, ALBION
Sneezy's Monday Night
High Series

Robbie Hanks 263-255-245--763
Reid Cole 299--710
Heywood Whittier 254--687
Joshua Bennett 236--666
Greg Gilman 279--663
Jason Nickerson 255--661
Bill Hickman 255--646
Rex Snyder 643
High Games
James Stymus 236
Friday Night Mixers
High Series

Marty Bezon 265-257--721
Keith Bane 279--696
MEDINA LANES
Sunday Rolloffs
High Series

Jim Foss 258-267-298--823
Scott Allis 246--686
Alex Allis 235--685
Mitch Harmer 257--661
Kim Kinne 235--636
Ken Evans 245--625
Jason Mahnke 235--619
Travis Kinne 604
Amy Allis 211--589
Carrie Smith 190--557
High Games
Tom Allis 248
Chris Nettleton 237
Buddy Foss 228
Roger Allis 221
Rolloffs -- Roger Allis, 1st; Nettleton, 2nd; Jim Foss, 3rd; Mike Jurinich, 4th; Kinne, 5th.

November 11, 2019 - 9:44am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Talk about making up for lost time!

Out of action since the beginning of the season due to a partial left knee replacement, Medina's Jim Foss erupted for an 823 series on Sunday (Nov. 10) in the Sunday Rolloffs League at Medina Lanes.

The 57-year-old right-hander and 2019 inductee into the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame posted games of 258-267-298 while substituting in the singles league. It was just his fourth league series as he is coming back from the April 30 surgery.

Bowling on three different pairs per the league format, Foss, co-manager at Medina Lanes, started with at least six strikes in all three games, stretching the string to 11 in the last game before leaving the 4-8 on his last ball.

Still, the 823 is his high series, eclipsing his previous best of 815.

Elsewhere around the Genesee Region, Matt Balduf stayed hot in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday night league at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia with a 299 game and 766. The previous week. Baluf recorded a 300 game and 768 series.

At Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, Reid Cole rolled a 299 game and Robbie Hanks registered a 763 series to lead the way.

For more high scores from the past week, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

November 7, 2019 - 7:35am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

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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 (this writer) 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 CAPTURES 1st HANDICAP BRACKET CHALLENGE

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Batavia’s Tom Fluker won the tournament while Albion’s Bailee Snook won the hearts of bowlers and spectators, alike, on Oct. 26 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.

Photo: Tom Fluker, left, and Sam Oddo, finalists in the GRUSBC Handicap Bracket Challenge.

GENESEE REGION USBC WELCOMES NEW SPONSORS

Four businesses from the Mount Morris area, including three of them affiliated with Director Sharon Willett, have signed on as Genesee Region USBC sponsors for the 2019-20 season.

Loretta's Beauty Shop, Willett's Rentals and Willett's Farm, owned by Dan and Sharon Willett, and Mount Morris Lanes, owned by Bob Santini, each have contributed $250 to the GRUSBC to help support the local association's scholarship fund, youth bowling and tournament bowling.

As Silver Sponsors, each will receive a free ticket to the GRUSBC Annual Banquet in May and space in the Sponsors section of the GRUSBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

GLADYS FORD WINNERS INCLUDE TWO ALBION WOMEN

Albion residents Laurie Cole and Susan Boring captured age group titles over the weekend at the Gladys Ford Senior Women’s handicap singles tournament conducted by the Genesee Region USBC at Perry Bowling Center.

Cole won Class C (60-64) with a 633 series with handicap while Boring took Class D (55-59) with a 590 series.

Projected “cashers” pending verification of averages are as follows:

Class AA (75-and-Over) – Margaret Shepard, Castile, 667; Caroline Appleby, Warsaw, 643; Fran Matthews, Silver Lake, 638; Joanne Reed, Livonia, 624.

Class A (70-74) – Gail Riley, Dansville, 649; Barbara Sales, Geneseo, 606; Georgene Della Penna, Batavia, 589.

Class B (65-69) – Barbara Heim, Perry, 632; Pat Gilbertson, Gainesville, 594.

Class C (60-64) – Cole, 633; Judy Bzduch, Perry, 631; Chris Bovee, Dansville, 624.

Class D (55-59) – Boring, 590.

Class E (50-54) – Dawn Johnston, Livonia, 660 (618 scratch).

ALBION TEAM MOVES INTO YOUTH TRAVEL LEAD

The Oak Orchard Bowl I team moved into first place in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League with a 20-8 victory over Batavia Strike Force in recent action at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Paige Snook led the way with a 543 series for the Albion squad, which vaulted past Rose Garden Bowl I of Bergen by two points. Tony Sprague posted 566 for Strike Force.

Individual honors for the week went to Jillian Menzie with a sparkling 647 series on games of 222-237-188.

Dennis Van Duser of Perry Bowling Center led the boys with a 248 game and 608 series.

The league bowls again at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Oak Orchard Bowl.

LOCAL TOURNAMENTS IN MONTH OF NOVEMBER

-- Thursday, Nov. 7-Sunday, Nov. 10  -- Livingston Lanes 2019 Open, scratch singles, Geneseo.

First place is guaranteed at $5,000. Squads are tonight and Friday night, day and night on Saturday, with finals at noon on Sunday. Call 585-243-1760 to enter or for more information.

-- Sunday, Nov. 10 – Rochester/GRUSBC BVL, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton. Genesee Region USBC members are eligible to bowl in the fundraiser.  Entry forms can be downloaded from www.bowlgr.com.

-- Saturday, Nov. 16 -- Brian Morasco Memorial 3 –person handicap, Mancuso Bowling Center.

-- Sunday, Nov. 17 -- Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen.

-- Sunday, Nov. 24 – Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Tour stop, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia, noon (tribute to Joe Trigilio).

November 4, 2019 - 9:37am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

The first USBC-certified* 700 series for a Batavia youth bowler and a ninth USBC-certified perfect game by a South Byron adult league bowler highlighted this past week’s action around the Genesee Region.tony_sprague.jpg

Tony Sprague (photo at right), a 17-year-old senior at Batavia High School, posted a sparkling 752 series while participating in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

Sprague, a lean right-hander, registered games of 236-258-258 using a Storm IQ Tour Emerald ball to eclipse his previous high series of 694.

He said he used more of a “swing” shot than normal, standing left and launching the ball to the outside boards to consistently hit the 1-3 pocket. He also felt some added pressure toward the end of the set.

“I was pretty calm the first two games but I knew I was getting close (to the 700 mark), so I got a little nervous,” he said.

He kept it together very well, however, to raise his league average to 203. He also has a 201 average in the Rochester Youth Travel League, with a 276 game last week at Empire Lanes to his credit. In that game, he started with nine strikes before leaving a 4-pin.

Balduf finished with a 300 game for a 768 series in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday League at Mancuso’s.

The 51-year-old righty had a 299 on Oct. 26 in the Handicap Bracket Challenge Tournament at Mancuso’s (more on that event in Mike Pettinella’s Pin Points column this Thursday).

At Livingston Lanes in Geneseo, Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls added to his lengthy list of honor scores with 290—823 in the Monday Ontario-Livingston League.

For more high scores, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

*(United States Bowling Congress)

October 31, 2019 - 9:25am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - For the second time in his short professional career, Canada's Francois Lavoie donned the coveted green jacket at the U.S. Open.

The 26-year-old right-hander defeated 14-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion and top seed Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, 221-172, on Wednesday night to become the 12th bowler in history to win the prestigious title multiple times.

His first time hoisting the U.S. Open trophy was in 2016 on the way to PBA Rookie of the Year honors.

The latest win gave Lavoie his fourth PBA Tour title and made the fourth-year professional the first foreign-born player to win the U.S. Open more than once. Finland's Mika Koivuniemi (2001) and Dom Barrett of England (2018) also have won the event.

Wednesday's star-studded stepladder at Victory Lanes was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

Along with the iconic outerwear, Lavoie also earned a $30,000 top prize. The U.S. Open was the fifth, and final, major of the 2019 PBA Tour season. The win was Lavoie's first since 2017.

"This is so surreal, and I don't even know where to begin," Lavoie said. "To win the first one was unbelievable and a dream come true. Winning the second one, wow. Especially with the way the season started, I never could've expected this. It's not something you think will happen again, and definitely not this year of all years. I feel so fortunate."

Lavoie started the final match with five consecutive strikes and cruised to the title. Rash opened with a strike but did not throw another until the ninth frame when his third major title already was out of reach.

Rash was in a familiar position as the No. 1 seed, having won the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters and 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions from there.

"I'm great, honestly," Rash said. "I led the U.S. Open, which is a dream come true. I've always wanted to make this show. Frankie bowled unbelievable. He started with the front five on a pair that was extremely brutal. He's a two-time champion at this event for a reason. It was a great performance, and he out-bowled me. I'm happy with my preparation and thought process and everything that was going on. I have no regrets from today, and I feel like this still was one of my best seasons overall."

Despite the loss, Rash indeed is winding down one of his best seasons in a career that began in 2005. His 2019 campaign includes two titles and more than $145,000 in earnings. He took home $15,000 for Wednesday's runner-up finish.

In the night's four matches, there only were three strings of strikes longer than a double, and Lavoie had two of them on what he considered the most challenging of the week's four oil patterns.

His keys to success on all the patterns were surface management and different hand positions.

"I wasn't ever really comfortable on this pattern for the 32 games we bowled on it, and going into match play, I was pretty nervous about holding onto a spot on the show for another 24 games," said Lavoie, who averaged less than 200 for his first eight games on the week's final oil pattern. "I had a hard time getting my hand to do what I wanted to get the right ball motion, but we stuck with it and stayed in it. Throwing the front five in the final game was huge, especially since our plan was just to try to hit the 1-3 every time. That pair was really hard."

On the way to his first U.S. Open title in Las Vegas, Lavoie also managed to string strikes in what is considered one of the sport's toughest environments. That year, he also was the second seed and advanced to the title match by becoming the first bowler in history to roll a perfect game on a U.S. Open television show.

Lavoie rolled into this year's championship match simply by filling frames, another key to success on the demanding conditions at the U.S. Open.

The Team Canada member posted a clean 214-164 win against two-time major champion Anthony Simonsen, 22, of Little Elm, Texas, who was looking to earn his eighth PBA Tour title and become the youngest player to win three majors.

Simonsen, who won the 2016 USBC Masters and 2019 PBA Players Championship, advanced to Wednesday's semifinal with a 187-148 win against 11-time major champion and 2019 PBA Player of the Year front-runner Jason Belmonte of Australia.

After three solid shots to start the match, Belmonte failed to get more than six pins on four of his next five first balls. The 36-year-old two-hander tried everything to get back in the match, including a switch to a urethane ball in the seventh frame and moving from the left side of the lane to the right.

The move worked on the right lane, but the 22-time PBA Tour champion split twice on the left lane, including the 2-8-10 combination in his final frame. A missed 10 pin from Simonsen in the ninth frame gave Belmonte an opportunity to at least force Simonsen to mark, but the final split ended his chances for a fifth title in 2019.

A win Wednesday would've given Belmonte his first U.S. Open title, and he would've joined USBC and PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the only players to win the Super Slam.

Belmonte has four wins at the USBC Masters, three PBA Tournament of Champions titles, two victories at the PBA World Championship and two wins at the PBA Players Championship.

His 148 game was the lowest he has bowled on TV. His previous low came in a 214-156 loss to Wes Malott in the title match of the 2013 U.S. Open.

In Wednesday's opening match, neither Simonsen nor Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, looked immediately comfortable on the fresh 40-foot oil pattern, but two rolled 10 pins early in the game gave Simonsen a small advantage over O'Neill, who didn't deliver his first strike until the fifth frame.

A 2-8-10 split from O'Neill in the sixth frame widened the deficit, and Simonsen followed the first commercial break with four consecutive strikes to pull away for a 226-193 victory.

O'Neill, the 2010 U.S. Open winner, also was looking to become the 12th bowler in history to win the event multiple times. The 38-year-old right-hander owns 11 PBA Tour titles, including two this season.

The field this week started with 144 players, all of whom bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days (eight games each day). Each round featured a different oil pattern, and a fourth lane condition was introduced for the cashers' round, match play and championship round.

All rounds leading up to the TV show were broadcast live at BowlTV.com and simulcast on FloBowling.

2019 U.S. Open
At Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.
Wednesday's results

FINAL STANDINGS
1, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 435 (two games), $30,000
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Illinois, 172 (one game), $15,000
3, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 577 (three games), $12,000
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 148 (one game), $10,000
5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 193 (one game), $8,000

STEPLADDER RESULTS
Match No. 1 - Simonsen def. O'Neill, 226-193
Match No. 2 - Simonsen def. Belmonte, 187-148
Semifinal - Lavoie def. Simonsen, 214-164
Championship - Lavoie def. Rash, 221-172

October 30, 2019 - 8:08am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling, U.S. Open bowling.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. - After 56 games over five days, five competitors have advanced to the championship round of the 2019 U.S. Open.

The quintet conquered four challenging oil patterns at Victory Lanes and now will battle for the for the $30,000 top prize, coveted green jacket and final major championship on the 2019 Professional Bowlers Association Tour schedule live on CBS Sports Network on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The standings seemed to be on a continuous spin cycle throughout the final round of match play Tuesday evening, with three different people topping the leaderboard during the eight-game block.

Sean Rash of Montgomery, Illinois, a 14-time PBA Tour champion, spent the most time out in front and held a 60-pin advantage over 2016 U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada heading into the day-ending position round.

Though Lavoie was able to win the position-round matchup, 217-211, Rash had enough of a lead to claim the top seed for the TV stepladder by 24 pins.

Lavoie held on for the No. 2 spot, which is the same place he qualified the year he won. He and Rash will be joined on the show by Australia's Jason Belmonte, Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and Anthony Simonsen of Little Elm, Texas. All five are major champions.

"I have one game to bowl for a title, which is something I've done six, seven or eight times this year, and it's a great feeling," said Rash, who was the No. 1 seed for both of his major titles - the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Masters and 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions. "There's four unbelievable players on the show with me, all major champions, so it's going to be an amazing show. I'm extremely happy right now, but there's still so much left to do."

Rash, who set the pace through 32 games of qualifying and led the final 24 players into the match-play portion of the event, finished with a 56-game pinfall total of 12,379, which included 30 bonus pins for each of his 12 wins in match play. He started match play with seven consecutive losses.

Lavoie finished with a 12,355 total, Belmonte closed with a 266-233 win over Houston's Shawn Maldonado to jump from fifth place to third (12,312), O'Neill finished with 12,303 and Simonsen held on to the final spot with 12,261, just 27 pins ahead of Maldonado.

"Tonight was very much needed and something I felt was coming," said Belmonte, a 22-time PBA Tour champion. "I finished the second round with 279 and realized that game put me back in contention. I was about 100 out of the show and thought I could get there with a couple good games in a row. Through the middle of the last block, I did some of the best bowling I've done in a really long time."

The star-studded stepladder includes some amazing storylines.

Rash is looking for his third title of 2019 and third career major. A win would make Lavoie the first foreign-born player to win the event twice, while he and O'Neill, the 2010 winner, both have a chance to become the 12th bowler in history to win multiple times.

Belmonte and Simonsen both have found the winner's circle in majors this season. Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions and PBA World Series of Bowling X PBA World Championship, and he was the runner-up to Simonsen at the 2019 PBA Players Championship.

Belmonte's win at the 2019 PBA World Championship was the 11th major victory of his career and moved him past PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber on the all-time list. They each own 10 major titles.

Simonsen, who along with O'Neill has won twice this year, is looking to become the youngest player with three majors - he also won the 2016 Masters - and Belmonte is hoping to extend his record. The U.S. Open is the major that has eluded him. The Australian's best finish at the event was a second-place effort in 2013.

"This has put me in a position to have a crack at No. 12, and I'm excited and nervous and can't wait to get out there and leave it all on the lanes," said Belmonte, a four-time champion in 2019. "I'll give it everything I've got, and if the pins want to fall, it'll be my year. I know there will be plenty more U.S. Opens, but I'm kind of hoping they fall for me this time."

Defending champion Dom Barrett of England also made match play this week and finished 14th, one spot ahead of 2017 champion Rhino Page of Orlando, Florida.

The field this week started with 144 players, all of whom bowled 24 games of qualifying over three days (eight games each day). Each round featured a different oil pattern, and a fourth lane condition was introduced for the cashers' round, match play and championship round.

All rounds leading up to the TV show were broadcast live at BowlTV.com and simulcast on FloBowling.

The U.S. Open is conducted jointly by USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America.

For more information on the U.S. Open, visit BOWL.com/USOpen.

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2019 U.S. Open
At Victory Lanes, Mooresville, N.C.

Tuesday's results

MATCH PLAY
(56 games, 30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie)

     
      1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12-12-0, 12,379. 2, Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., 15-8-1, 12,355. 3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 13-11-0, 12,312. 4, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 13-10-1, 12,303. 5, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 14-10-0, 12,261.

TELEVISED STEPLADDER FINALS
(Will be live Wednesday on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern)

Match No. 1: O'Neill vs. Simonsen
Match No. 2: Belmonte vs. Match No. 1 winner
Semifinal: Lavoie vs. Match No. 2 winner
Final: Rash vs. semifinal winner

DID NOT ADVANCE:

      6, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 15-9-0, 12,234. 7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 18-6-0, 12,221. 8, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 14-10-0, 12,207. 9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 13-11-0, 12,169. 10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12-12-0, 12,121. 11, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 11-11-2, 12,105. 12, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 12-12-0, 12,087.
      13, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 13-11-0, 11,993. 14, Dominic Barrett, England, 12-12-0, 11,991. 15, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 12-12-0, 11,958. 16, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 11-13-0, 11,920. 17, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 11-12-1, 11,899. 18, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 11-12-1, 11,860.
      19, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 10-14-0, 11,838. 20, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 8-16-0, 11,797. 21, Greg Ostrander (a), Freehold, N.J., 11-12-1, 11,764. 22, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 7-17-0, 11,612. 23, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 8-16-0, 11,542. 24, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 8-15-1, 11,494.

October 28, 2019 - 12:21pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

james_townsend_1.jpgTwenty-one-year-old James Townsend, just two years out of youth bowling, recorded his first United States Bowling Congress-certified 300 game last Monday in the Mancuso Real Estate Doubles League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

Townsend, an employee of Walmart Automotive in Batavia, started his series on lanes 7-8 with 12 consecutive strikes and followed that up with 212 and 220 for a 732 series.

The right-hander said he had the jitters on the 12th ball, but came through in fine fashion by putting his MOTIV Golden Jackal bowling ball squarely in the 1-3 pocket.

"My nerves were high, having my first 11 in a row and a lot of people were watching me – a lot of my friends," he said. "But as soon as it left my hand I knew it was going to be in the pocket – it was just a matter of carrying the 10-pin.”

Townsend has improved dramatically over the years and he was quick to credit his father, Paul Townsend, and Tom Fluker – coaches in the Turnbull Heating Junior League -- for working with him.

Also that night and in the same league,Jason Quilliam of Batavia rolled a 299 game – also in the first game – on the pair right next to Townsend – 9 and 10. Jason ended up with a 787 series.

In the Toyota of Batavia League at Mancuso's on Thursday night, Bill Neubert of Batavia led the way with a 755 series.

October 24, 2019 - 8:45am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

The U.S. Open, professional bowling’s true test of versatility and stamina, opened its weeklong run at Victory Lanes Family Recreation Center in Mooresville, N.C., on Wednesday.

Competition the Professional Bowlers Association’s last tournament of the season -- arguably the “crown jewel” of major tournaments – continues through Oct. 30 with the stepladder finals broadcast live at 8 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.

Dom Barrett of England is attempting to defend his title, while Jason Belmonte of Australia and Jakob Butturff of Chandler, Ariz., each hope to bowl well enough to capture PBA Player of the Year honors.

The 144-player field features several New Yorkers, including Justin Wyman of Fairport, who advanced through yesterday’s eight-game PTQ (Pro Tournament Qualifier) and Jason Sterner of Rochester.

Household names on the roster include Chris Barnes, Parker Bohn III, Ryan Ciminelli, Norm Duke, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent, Wes Malott, Bill O’Neill, Rhino Page, Sean Rash, Anthony Simonsen, EJ Tackett, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Qualifying consists of three eight-game rounds – all on different oil patterns – before the field is cut to the top 36 bowlers. Those advancing then roll eight more games of qualifying, with the top 24 advancing to match play.

It doesn’t get any easier from there as those 24 will bowl 24 games of round-robin match play with the top five making the TV show. Adding another degree of difficulty, the Round of 36, match play and stepladder finals will be bowled on a fourth lane condition.

All rounds (except the stepladder finals) can be seen live on FloBowling.

The schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):

Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- 9 a.m. - PTQ

Friday, Oct. 25 -- 8 a.m. – Qualifying Round 1, Squad A (eight games); 1 p.m. – Qualifying Round 1, Squad B (eight games); 6 p.m. – Qualifying Round 1, Squad C (eight games).

Saturday, Oct. 26 -- 8 a.m. – Qualifying Round 2, Squad B (eight games); 1 p.m. – Qualifying Round 2, Squad C (eight games); 6 p.m. – Qualifying Round 2, Squad A (eight games).

Sunday, Oct. 27 -- 8 a.m. – Qualifying Round 3, Squad C (eight games); 1 p.m. – Qualifying Round 3, Squad A (eight games); 6 p.m. – Qualifying Round 3, Squad B (eight games).

Monday, Oct. 28 -- 10 a.m. – Round of 36 (eight games); 5 p.m. – Match Play Round 1 (eight games).

Tuesday, Oct. 29 -- 10 a.m. – Match Play Round 2 (eight games); 5 p.m. – Match Play Round 3 (eight games).

Wednesday, Oct. 30 -- 8 p.m. – Stepladder Finals (top five) – Broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

TOMMY JONES ENTERS PBA HALL OF FAME

As I expected, 19-time title winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., was unanimously elected to the Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Fame last week.

Jones was voted in to the Superior Performance category by a panel of veteran bowling writers (that includes this writer) and PBA Hall of Famers. He will be enshrined on Jan. 18 at the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame and the Arlington (Texas) Hilton as part of PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend.

Joining Jones in the Class of 2020 will be former PBA ownership partners Mike Slade and Rob Glaser (both for Meritorious Service).

Followers of the PBA will recall that Slade and Glaser joined forces with Chris Peters to purchase the PBA in 2000.  The trio of former Microsoft executives pooled their money at the time to keep the PBA from having to file bankruptcy.

Jones is one of five PBA players to win both PBA Rookie (2001-02) and Player of the Year (2005-06) honors and has earned more than $1.7 million in his 20-year PBA career. The 41-year-old power player owns 17 standard PBA Tour titles plus two majors: the 2006 U.S. Open and 2007 PBA Tournament of Champions.

ALBION, MOUNT MORRIS TEAMS OFF TO HOT START

The Oak Orchard Bowl I team from Albion and the Mount Morris team won 22 and 21 points, respectively, on Oct. 13 as the Genesee Region Youth Travel League got under way at Mount Morris Lanes.

Oak Orchard Bowl I defeated Oak Orchard Bowl II, 22-6, as Paige Snook led the way with 222-202-165—589. Ben Lennox posted a 559 series for Oak Orchard II.

Mount Morris Lanes downed Perry Bowling Center, 21-7, as Austin Hawker rolled a 587 series. Dennis Van Duser led the way for Perry with a 213 game and 591 series.

Individually, Tony Sprague of Mancuso Strike Force took top honors with a 228 game and 632 series while teammate Emma Miller paced the girls with a 245 game and 592 series. Jillian Menzie of Rose Garden Bowl I notched a 205 game and 549 series.

The league resumes at 12:45 p.m. this Sunday at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

A meeting of the Genesee Region USBC board of directors is scheduled at T.F. Brown’s for 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

HANDICAP BRACKET CHALLENGE SET FOR SATURDAY

The Genesee Region USBC has had trouble getting an early-season tournament off the ground in recent years, but is hoping for a decent turnout this Saturday for the first Handicap Bracket Challenge event at Mancuso Bowling Center.

The tournament, scheduled for noon, features all match play – two-game matches from start to finish. As of Wednesday, 24 names were on the list of entrants at the bowling center.

It’s not too late to enter – just call Mancuso’s at 558-343-1319 or send an email to [email protected]. The entry fee is $35.

Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen is hosting a Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Tour event on Sunday with squads at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. For more information about the scratch singles tournament, contact Kress at [email protected].

Future local tournaments include:

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 2-3 – GRUSBC Gladys Ford Senior Women, Perry Bowling Center

Sunday, Nov. 3 – GRUSBC Senior Masters, Mount Morris Lanes

Sunday, Nov. 10 – Rochester/GRUSBC BVL, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton

Saturday, Nov. 16 -- Brian Morasco Memorial 3 –person handicap, Mancuso Bowling Center

Sunday, Nov. 17 -- Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen

CLARENCE LEAGUE HONORS JOE TRIGILIO; MEMORIALS

I recently learned that the Cornerstone League on Monday nights at Clarence Bowling Center has changed its name to the Joe Triggs Memorial League in honor of Joe Trigilio, Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer who passed away on Sept. 1.

Joe bowled in the league for the past few years along with several other Batavia-area bowlers. This year’s league roster includes local bowlers Matt Balduf, Dean Cadieux Jr., Fred Gravanda, Geoff Harloff, Mike Johnson, Rich Mortellaro, Steve O’Dell, Jim Pursel and Scott Shields.

It is heartwarming to know – and not surprising at all -- that Joe was thought highly enough by the Greater Buffalo USBC league officials to continue his legacy in this way.

Condolences to the families of longtime area bowlers who left us in the past few weeks:

-- Robert “Bob” Radley of Batavia, a steady member of the Polish Falcons and 55 Alive leagues at Mancuso Bowling Center;

-- Bernice George of North Java, a Sunday Mixed League bowler for many years at the former Valley View Lanes in Warsaw and, more recently, at Letchworth Pines in Portageville;

-- Dorothy “Dot” Koziej of Batavia, a standout bowler in the 1970s and ‘80s who worked for several years at Mancuso Bowling Center (then Mancuso Lanes).

-- James “Jim” Marciniak of Corfu, a scratch league bowler for many years with numerous honor scores and awards to his credit.

I feel it is important to remember those who have contributed so much to the sport of bowling in the Genesee Region. I invite any and all readers to inform me of a bowler’s passing so I can include his or her name in this column. I can be reached at [email protected].

October 21, 2019 - 4:59pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

For the second time in three weeks, Joseph Scott, a 37-year-old right-hander from Pavilion, recorded a 300 game in the Wednesday Men’s Handicap League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Scott's latest effort came on Oct. 16 on lanes 1-2 on his way to a sparkling 751 series.

On Sept. 25th, Scott – who works for Logwell Acres dairy farm in his hometown – rolled a perfect game on lanes 7-8 en route to a 717 series.

At Paris Lanes in Oakifield, three bowlers hit the 700 mark last week – Dean Cadieux Jr. of Oakfield 750, Marty Hein of Batavia 719 – with a 299 game – and Scott Shields of Batavia – 707.

Hein's attempt at a 300 game was thwarted when the 10-pin failed to fall on the final ball.

In other league action around the Genesee Region USBC, Jeremy Vallance of Warsaw opened with a 297 game and finished with 759 in the Le Roy Moose League at Legion Lanes, and Tony Sprague popped a 256 game and 694 series in the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia.

October 14, 2019 - 5:10pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Medina standout Scott Allis took top honors as the Sunday Rolloffs handicap singles league kicked off its season over the weekend.

Allis, a 38-year-old right-hander, fired games of 226-240-258 for a 724 series, and went on to capture first place in the rolloffs, upending Garry Smith in the finals.

For a list of high scores around the Genesee Region last week, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

October 10, 2019 - 8:22am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Two announcements from the United States Bowling Congress dealing with the maximum age of a “youth” bowler and the prevention of minor athlete abuse over the past couple of months have caused a bit of a stir among local association officers and junior program leaders.

In late July, the USBC – the sport of bowling’s governing body – issued a directive stating that it will be lowering the maximum age for USBC Youth membership to 18 starting with the 2020-21 season.

The decision to lower the top age from 20 to 18 impacts 3.3 percent of the current youth membership, which (in my estimation) is several thousand bowlers nationwide.

Gary Brown, managing director of youth development for the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, said the changes to USBC Youth programs and tournaments “provide a model comparable with other youth sports.”

“We moved to age-based divisions, as opposed to average, for events, to provide peer-to-peer competition. Setting the maximum age for youth bowlers to 18 aligns us with the standard of other national youth sports organizations,” he reasoned.

For the Pepsi Youth and Bowling.com Youth Open Championships in 2020-21, the U18 division will become the top division. Brown said the USBC will address how the age change will impact the 2021 Junior Gold Championships, which will have a separate U20 division.

The effect on hometown youth programs will be felt next season as USBC members who were 19 or 20 years old will no longer be able to compete in youth leagues and, as a result, will miss out on the potential to earn scholarships for college.

When asked to comment about these developments, Brad Buckert of Rochester, longtime youth bowling coach and tournament director (and former coach of the Rochester Institute of Technology bowling team), said he has “mixed feelings.”

“I’m glad that they (USBC) appear to be waiting until the 2020-21 season to implement changes for Junior Gold, because kids would have already qualified for 2019-20 without the new rules in effect,” he said. “As far as for the lowering the youth age from 20 to 18, I have mixed feelings about that.”

“Is it the right thing to do because of the other sports? Bowling is sort of unique because kids can earn scholarship money to help pay for college until they are 20 as it exists now. This will be taken away.

“Does that mean that colleges will offer more scholarships to bowlers than they do now? We know that girls can be NCAA athletes for bowling and get up to a full ride scholarship. Boys do not have this opportunity because of Title IX. Not sure how that will work itself out.

“Also it forces 18-year-olds to become adult bowlers, which to me is a way for the USBC to get more money, increase its paying membership and will also stop the kids from being able to bowl in scholarship tournaments at that point. They would have to join an adult league which some people will argue there are forms of gambling going on and we know that can only hurt the kids’ collegiate eligibility.”

Buckert said he is upset that kids will be losing two years of (scholarship) earning power and worries that once they turn 18, that these young people will leave the game.

“We all know we can't afford to lose any more membership in our sport and maybe the kids won't join Adult leagues -- and then they could be gone.”

The second announcement that I referred to in the opening paragraph requires any USBC Youth member who reaches the age of 18 during the bowling season to complete the U.S. Center for SafeSport online education program, which is free, to continue to compete in leagues that have participants under age 18.

Katrina Smoot, rules coordinator for USBC, said she has received a lot of feedback – much of it negative – about this rule.

“What our members are more concerned about is the SafeSport policy, per federal law, that requires any adult 18 and older competing in a USBC league with minors 17-and-under must complete the SafeSport training and the officers of the league must complete the Registered Volunteer Program background check process,” she said.

A perfect example of this is an Adult-Child League where all those 18 and over would be required to take the two-hour online course through bowl.com. The course is free to all USBC members from 2018-19 or 2019-20 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Smoot said the USBC’s appeal to the U.S. Center for SafeSport to be exempt from these requirements due to the unique structure of league bowling was denied.

“We tried to explain that our programs are a little different than other sports, but we were told that we have to comply just like other sport national governing bodies,” she said. “We will continue to try to talk to them and monitor policy that may be changing, but for now, this is the way it is.”

The SafeSport training for 18-and-over bowlers doesn’t pertain to tournaments, although the tournament manager where minors are participating must go through the RVP screening and the SafeSport online training.

Additionally, all officers and directors on USBC state and local boards of directors are required to be RVP and SafeSport-certified.

Topics covered through the SafeSport Trained course include mandatory reporting, sexual misconduct awareness education, and emotional and physical misconduct.

For more about the RVP and SafeSport policies, go to bowl.com, scroll over the Youth tab at the top of the page and click on Registered Volunteer Program.

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TWO GRUSBC BOWLERS CASH IN BROCKPORT EVENT

Albion’s Reid Cole and Batavia’s Paul Spiotta were among the “cashers” Sunday at the first Tommy Kress 60-and-Over Singles Tour event at Brockport Bowl.

Spiotta qualified in the fourth position following an 872 four-game total while Cole was the No. 9 qualifier with 839. Twelve of the 41 entrants advanced to the eliminator rounds.

Both local keglers were eliminated in the first round (one game) as they failed to place in the top six.

Mike Feola of Rochester took top honors, qualifying fifth with 869, before going on to roll games of 206, 205 and 230 in the eliminator rounds. John Danielewicz of Sanborn placed second and Gary Kinyon of Lockport was third.

Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen will host the next tournament on Oct. 27. Kress announced that there will be two squads – 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with a three-game qualifier.

For more information or to enter, contact Kress at [email protected].

GR YOUTH TRAVEL LEAGUE SCHEDULE RELEASED

The Genesee Region Youth Travel League gets under way this Sunday with competition set for 12:30 p.m. at Mount Morris Lanes.

The league has eight teams this season, representing Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, Mount Morris Lanes, Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, Rose Garden Bowl, Legion Lanes in Le Roy and Perry Bowling Center.

The schedule is as follows. Bowling starts at 12:45 p.m., except for this Sunday.

-- Oct. 13, Mount Morris Lanes
-- Oct. 27, Mancuso Bowling Center
-- Nov. 10, Oak Orchard Bowl
-- Dec. 1, Rose Garden Bowl
-- Dec. 15, Legion Lanes
-- Dec. 29, Rose Garden Bowl
-- Jan. 19, Oak Orchard Bowl
-- Feb. 9, Perry Bowling Center
-- Feb. 23, Mount Morris Lanes (no-tap and banquet)

LOCAL BOWLING SPONSOR AWARDS GRANTS TO THREE CHILDREN

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Bill Hayes, sponsor of the Turnbull Heating Junior League at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, congratulates (from left) Elianna Shisler (Prep division), Jaydon Winspear (Junior-Senior division) and Jeremy Summers (Bumper division) after they were selected in a random drawing to win a free season of youth bowling courtesy of Turnbull Heating.

CASTING MY HALL OF FAME VOTE FOR TOMMY JONES

I received my invitation earlier this week from the Professional Bowlers Association media relations staff to cast my vote for the Hall of Fame.

This year, only one member is eligible, that being Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., 41, a PBA member since 2000.

It didn’t take me very long to return the email with the word “YES” as, without a doubt, Jones is worthy of enshrinement. The ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 18 as part of the PBA Hall of Fame Classic tournament weekend at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Jones, a high-revving right-hander, has amassed $1.7 million in prize money over his 19-year career with 19 PBA regular tour titles and another 13 PBA regional titles. He has two major championships on his resume – the 2006 U.S. Open at North Brunswick, N.J., and the 2007 PBA Tournament of Champions in Uncasville, Conn.

Ranked in 2009 as No. 30 on the list of PBA’s 50 greatest players, Jones was selected as the Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year in 2001-02 and earned the Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award in 2005-06.

LOCAL TOURNAMENTS ON THE HORIZON

Saturday, Oct. 26 – GRUSBC Handicap Bracket Challenge, Mancuso Bowling Center

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 2-3 – GRUSBC Gladys Ford Senior Women, Perry Bowling Center

Sunday, Nov. 3 – GRUSBC Senior Masters, Mount Morris Lanes

Sunday, Nov. 10 – Rochester/GRUSBC BVL, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton

Saturday, Nov. 16 -- Brian Morasco Memorial 3 –person handicap, Mancuso Bowling Center

Sunday, Nov. 17 -- Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen

October 7, 2019 - 3:29pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

Batavian Mike Johnson grabbed the spotlight in league bowling action last week by rolling a lofty 822 series in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday night league at Mancuso Bowling Center.

The 52-year-old left-hander put together games of 279-255-288 for the Eastown Beverage team for his fifth United States Bowling Congress-certified 800 series to go along with a handful of 300 games.

Johnson – an employee of MTM Property Management in Rochester – rolled 10 strikes in the opening game and eight more in game two before stringing 10 consecutive strikes in game three. His bid for a perfect game was thwarted by a stubborn 7 pin on the 11th ball – but he had the 800 well in hand by that point.

He used a Radical Intel bowling ball, drilled by Brian Green of Striking Effects Pro Shop, for the first time.

Johnson said he plans on competing in the Genesee Region USBC’s first tournament of the season -- the Handicap Bracket Challenge singles event on Saturday, Oct. 26th at Mancuso Bowling Center – and in the Genesee Region USBC Senior Masters Tournament on Sunday, Nov. 3rd at Mount Morris Lanes.

For a list of high scores from area bowling centers, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the page. Mike Pettinella's next Pin Points column is scheduled to run this Thursday.

September 26, 2019 - 8:58am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

AMF Bowling, now part of Bowlero Corp., hasn’t endeared itself to the league bowling community in recent years.

As the association manager of the New York State USBC, I have been contacted by more than a few league officials who reported that leagues were either booted out or had their days and times changed by proprietors of AMF centers. The major reason for this, you ask? To accommodate corporate and birthday parties and other social events.

I certainly understand that the bowling business is not what it used to be and that to bowling center owners, especially large corporations such as Bowlero, it’s all about the bottom line. However, the manner in which you go about instilling change – how you treat the league bowlers who have supported you for many years – does make a difference.

Things seemed to have settled down in recent months; league bowlers are adjusting to the new normal, but the perception that AMF doesn’t care about league and competitive bowling is still there.

News earlier this month that Bowlero, owner of more than 300 centers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has purchased the Professional Bowlers Association Tour may be a step in shifting that negative opinion.

Already Bowlero has increased tournament prize money, doubling the first prize check for next month’s Clash to $50,000, and promises to bring more technology and insight into the life of the professional bowler to its telecasts.

In an interview with FloBowling’s Lucas Wiseman, Bowlero Chief Customer Officer Colie Edison said she did not agree with the thought that Bowlero is against league bowling.  She will be taking over as the CEO of the PBA while current CEO/Commissioner Tom Clark will continue as the commissioner.

“Shocker – I don’t think it’s a fair assessment, but I understand where people are coming from,” she said. “First and foremost, Bowlero Corp. is a for-profit organization and you have to remember a lot of what we have done is to keep bowling alive. If we don’t find ways to earn money at the centers, then the bowling centers go away.”

She said Bowlero has purchased AMF and Brunswick Zone centers to align with its top priority of getting “more people involved in bowling – whether that means bowling recreationally at our centers, bowling league in our centers or watching bowling on television.”

Edison acknowledged that many leagues had to be shifted (primarily off the weekends) but said the company has “put our money where our mouth is” by starting the Bowlero league series which has awarded more than $500,000 in prize money, sponsoring leagues and hosting youth tournaments.

Now, she touts the fact that Bowlero has stepped up to “write the check” with the purchase of the PBA, which has been experiencing an upswing since joining forces with FOX Sports. By the way, longtime PBA CEO and Commissioner Tom Clark will continue with the PBA as the commissioner, focusing more on the tournament competition

When asked what her “dreams” for the PBA were five years down the road, Edison mentioned increased TV rights fees, player prize money and viewership.

“I want to see $20 to $50 million in rights fees … and not be relegated to the lower tiers. There’s no reason we can’t be up there with the other major pro sports. Will this happen in five years? It may be a bit further off in the distance.”

She also said the PBA Tour players deserve to “earn great money” and “not have to worry about where their next pay check is coming from” and seeks to attract millions of viewers and have as many shows as possible on live TV.

“We want the PBA to make money,” she said. “It’s an investment of time and money … using our resources to get sponsors, advertisers to support the prize funds.”

Getting back to the PBA Clash, the field of the top eight money earners for 2019 is set for the Oct. 21 competition at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. Unfortunately, the event will not be broadcast live, but it will be shown on Nov. 3 on FOX.

Vying for the $50,000 top prize are Jason Belmonte, Australia, $275,290; Jakob Butturff, Mesa, Ariz., $185,780; Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., $177,148;  Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., $175,248; EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., $170,445;  Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, $159,340; Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., $127,968;  Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $97,415.

60-AND-OVER TOUR SLATE INCLUDES BATAVIA TOURNEY

The Tommy Kress 60-and-Over singles tour schedule includes a tournament at Mancuso Bowling Center that will be conducted in memory of Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer Joe Trigilio, who passed away on Sept. 1.

“We lost one of the truly good guys that bowled just about every event (and won a couple),” Kress said. “We’ll be dedicating this tournament to Joe.”

The Batavia tournament is set for Sunday, Nov. 24, with check-in at 11 a.m. and bowling to start at noon.

The 60-and-Over tour schedule is as follows:

Oct. 6, Brockport Bowl.
Oct. 27, Rose Garden Bowl, Bergen.
Nov. 24, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia.
Dec. 8, Bowl-A-Roll, Rochester
Jan. 5, Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes, Newark
Jan. 26, Parkview, Rochester.
Feb. 23, TBA, sponsored by A Better Choice pro shop
March 15, Miller Lanes, Honeoye Falls.
April 5, Pleasure Lanes, Hilton.
May 3, Brad Angelo Lanes, Lockport.
TBA, Year-end tournament.

For more information or to enter, contact Kress at [email protected]

SPARE SHOTS: O’KEEFE DOMINATES ON PWBA TOUR

-- Shannon O’Keefe of Shiloh, Ill., a former Rochester resident (her husband, Bryan, is from the Flower City), completed a spectacular season on the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour earlier this month by winning the PWBA Tour Championship in Richmond, Va.

The 40-year-old righty captured five titles in 2019 en route to her second straight PWBA Player of the Year award. She posted an 11-2 record in her seven championship round appearances.

-- Rochester NY USBC President Barry Vee announced that his board of directors has approved opening its annual Bowlers to Veterans Link fund-raising tournament to men and women members of the Genesee Region USBC.

The handicap tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 at Pleasure Lanes in Hilton. It’s a five-person Baker-style event with a buffet following competition included. The entry fee is $75 per team. All proceeds will go to the BVL fund to serve hospitalized veterans.

To enter, contact Vee at [email protected] or go to the Rochester NY USBC website – www.rochesternyusbc.org to download an entry form from the home page.

-- A pair of youth travel leagues for kids in our area is finalizing their schedules.

The Genesee Region Youth Travel League will open its season on Sunday, Oct. 13 at Mount Morris Lanes. Bowling begins promptly at 1 p.m.

Other tournaments on the slate thus far are Oct. 27 at Mancuso Bowling Center and Nov. 10 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion.

Organizers are expecting seven to eight teams from centers in the GLOW region.

The Rochester Youth Travel League once again will include a team representing Mancuso Bowling Center.

It gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 5 at AMF Dewey Garden Lanes in Rochester, with bowling beginning at 2 p.m. AMF Empire Lanes in Webster will host the Oct. 12 session.

Coach Tom Fluker said six members of the Turnbull Heating Junior League will be participating – Haylee Thornley, Zach Wester, Emma Miller, Tony Sprague, Ben Sputore and Corinne Saluste.

September 22, 2019 - 7:42pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling.

The league bowling season is in full swing now and it didn’t take long for keglers in the GLOW region to find perfection.

Dave Farruggia of Mount Morris put together 12 consecutive strikes in the opening game of the Monday Night Early League at his hometown center on Sept. 9. The 47-year-old right-hander kept the hot hand through the evening – adding games of 266 and 202 for a sparkling 768 series.

On Sept. 16 at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion, 29-year-old Josh Bowman of Albion fired a 300 game in the Sneezy’s Monday Night League.

And on Sept. 19, righty Mark Brown of Attica and lefty Rich Wagner of Batavia found themselves in the spotlight in the Toyota of Batavia League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Brown rolled a 300 game and 667 series while Wagner registered a 299 game on his way to a 760 series.

Darleen Balduf of South Byron rolled a 276 game and 613 series in the JE Currier/Rebel Liners Wednesday Night Ladies League this week at Mancuso’s.

At Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, Jeff Parton's 265--754 and Laurie Morgante's 231--671 set the pace in the Wednesday Handicap League.

For a list of high scores, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the page.

September 12, 2019 - 9:16am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling.

Another bowling season has begun but, for the first time in more than 45 years, it doesn’t include my longtime close friend and teammate, Joe Trigilio.joe_trigilio_head_shot.jpg

 “Trigger” – a Batavia native and Attica resident -- took his place in Heaven on Sept. 1 at the age of 66 after a courageous battle against brain cancer.

Joe leaves behind a loving and devoted family – wife, Kathy; sisters, Angela and Tammy; son, Frank (who is a spittin’ image of his dad); grandchildren Gianna, Ciara and Frankie; mother-in-law Dorothy L. Keizer of Alexander; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Ellen (Greg) Lewis of Alden; Jack (Carrie) Caccamise of Alexander; Gary Caccamise of Batavia; Marilyn (Dave) Grinnell of Michigan; nieces and nephews.

He also leaves behind hundreds of bowling, golfing and horse racing friends, who carry on with heavy hearts – understanding that our world here will not be the same without him.

Joe was a bigger-than-life personality who wore his heart on his sleeve; he wasn’t shy about expressing his opinion, but he always respected other people’s views.

His distinctive voice and mannerisms made him a “hit” on the lanes (likely the golf course, too). He made friends easily, and they became friends for life.

A true mark of success is not just what we have accomplished in this life – although Joe, a Genesee Region USBC Hall of Famer, did achieve much on the lanes, winning numerous tournaments and recording multiple honor scores. A better indicator is the impact a person had on others. By that measure, Trig (as I like to call him) definitely made it into the winner’s circle.

I’ve already heard from three bowlers in the area who want to run tournaments in memory of Joe.  And one of them, Tommy Kress of Rochester, already has set up a 60-and-Over Tour event for Nov. 24 at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia that will be dedicated to Joe, a two-time champion on the Tour.

Mark Brown of Attica reportedly is looking to add a Joe Trigilio tournament to his schedule and Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw is working with bowlers from Buffalo to Syracuse on a regional team tournament in Trig’s honor.

Joe would be amazed by all the fuss over him – just as he was over the number of people who attended a benefit for him at Batavia Downs Gaming in March.  But for someone who contributed so much for so long, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

GENESEE REGION USBC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

The Genesee Region USBC has released its tournament schedule for 2019-20.

It gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Mancuso Bowling Center with the 1st GRUSBC Handicap Bracket Challenge, a singles event open to the first 48 men or women association members who sign up.

First prize, based on a full field, is $500, and the top 12 will cash.

The format consists of four 12-bowler brackets, opening with six two-game head-to-head matches determined by a draw. After that, single game matches will take place until a winner is determined.

Entry fee is $35. To enter, contact Tom Fluker at 585-284-2637 or by email at [email protected]. By the way, the tournament is SMART approved, which means that GRUSBC youth bowlers are eligible to enter.

Other GRUSBC tournaments are as follows:

Saturday, Sunday, 11/2-3 – Gladys Ford Senior Women, Perry Bowling Center

Sunday, 11/3 – Senior Masters, Mount Morris Lanes

Saturday, Sunday, 1/4-5 – Scratch Memorial, Paris Lanes, Oakfield

Friday-Sunday, 1/10-12 – Adult-Junior, Raider Lanes, Caledonia

Saturday, 2/8 – Five-Man Baker Scratch, Livingston Lanes, Geneseo

Saturday, Sunday, 2/15-16 – Youth Team, Medina Lanes

Saturday, Sunday, 3/7-8 – Youth Doubles, Oak Orchard Bowl, Albion

Friday-Sunday, 3/20-22, 27-29 – Association – Team, Rose Garden Bowl

Friday-Sunday, 3/20-22, 27-29 – Association – D/S, Legion Lanes, Le Roy

OTHER TOURNAMENTS ON THE LOCAL SCHEDULE

Several other tournaments in our area have been scheduled, including a guaranteed $5,000 scratch singles event at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo on Nov. 7-10. The tourney also features a pair of “sweepers” on the evenings of Nov. 8-9, each offering a $700 top prize (based on 48 entries).

For more information, contact Mike Kime at Livingston Lanes – 585-243-1760.

Mark Brown’s tournament schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 16 -- Brian Morasco Memorial 3 –person handicap, Mancuso Bowling Center.

Saturday, Dec. 14 -- Scratch Doubles, Le Roy Legion Lanes.

Sunday, Feb. 2 – Super Bowl Handicap Singles, Mancuso’s.

Friday-Sunday, Feb. 21-23, Ron Riggi Memorial 4-person handicap, Legion Lanes.

Saturday, March 7 – King & Queen mixed doubles handicap, Mancuso’s.

Friday-Saturday, March 13-14, T.F. Brown’s Scratch Eliminator, Mancuso’s.

Additionally, I will once again be running the Triple O Mechanical Handicap Singles Tournament at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The first Tommy Kress 60-and-Over singles tour event is set for Oct. 6 at Brockport Bowl, with check-in starting at 10:45 a.m. and bowling starting at noon. To enter, contact Kress at [email protected]. I will post his complete schedule in my Sept. 26 column.

BATAVIA DUO PLACES 8TH AT USBC CHAMPIONSHIPS

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With Joe Mortellaro’s 50th USBC Open Championships appearance (and recognition) and teammate Joe Trigilio’s support as a backdrop, Batavians Paul Spiotta (at left in photo) and Gregg Wolff soared to new heights at the national tournament in late April in Las Vegas, Nev.

Competing in the Standard Division (combined averages of 350 or less based on past USBC Open scores), the duo rolled 1,225 in the Doubles event, which put them in fourth place at the time.

Spiotta had the line for all three games, posting 235-202-233 for a 670 series, while Wolff contributed 212-175-168—555. But it should be noted that Wolff finished with four strikes in the last game.

When the tournament ended two months later, Spiotta and Wolff found their names tied for eighth place, good for a $3,000 prize check.

Spiotta said he was moved and motivated by the ceremony for Mortellaro and by Joe Trigilio being able to make the trip.

“It was inspiring to have Joe Trigilio in attendance while we bowled,” he said. “He was my longtime doubles partner but because of his terminal illness, he was not able to bowl. However, to have him there and be dressed in our doubles & singles shirt and slacks brought tears to my eyes.”

ROCHESTER’S MEYER CAPTURES ‘EAGLE’ AT USBC OPEN

While on the subject of the USBC Open Championships, Rochester standout Steve Meyer was part of the Mento Produce of Syracuse team that captured the Regular Division Team All-Events crown in Las Vegas.

Meyer recorded 1,995 for his nine games (Team, Doubles, Singles) on the challenging oil pattern – a 221 average – to help Mento Produce win the prestigious title with a 9,983 total (a 222 average for the 45 games).

Other members were Derek Magno of Syracuse, who had a 2,142 total, including a 300 game; Joe Conti Jr. of Syracuse, 2,084; Anthony Pepe of Long Island, 1,953, and T.J. Mento of Syracuse, 1,809.

Each member of the winning squad will receive an Eagle trophy, emblematic of national supremacy.

PERRY BOWLING CENTER BACK IN ACTION AFTER FIRE

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Perry Bowling Center has bounced back even stronger – featuring a new look inside and out – after being forced to close down for the remainder of last season due to a fire that started in an upstairs apartment on New Year’s Eve.

Proprietors Brett and Joann Van Duser re-opened several weeks ago following extensive remodeling of the customer service areas and the outside of the building on Covington Street.

Renovations to the first-floor bowling center included new carpeting, flooring, ceiling, lighting, countertops and painting. The two upstairs apartments were a total loss and were completely renovated to meet current fire codes.

All the leagues that relocated to other centers have returned to Perry.

PARIS FAMILY TAKES OVER OAKFIELD ESTABLISHMENT

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Cory Paris, pictured with his daughter, Taylor, is the new proprietor of Paris Oakfield Hotel and Lanes, formerly Scopano’s Paradise Lanes. Paris, owner of an auto repair shop, says he is envisions the establishment as a “community center” and looks to create programs and events to attract area residents. Taylor is the company’s operations manager while brother, Robert, also will assist in the family venture.

May 30, 2019 - 10:33am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC.

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Four people were inducted into the Genesee Region United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame earlier this month at a ceremony held at Batavia Downs.

Three recipients are in the photo above, from left, Robert Hughson, of Medina, Achievement; Al Vlietstra, of Warsaw, Veterans Achievement; and James Foss, of Medina, Achievement. Eunice Englert, of Nunda, also was enshrined for Meritorious Service to the sport of bowling.

Photo by Mike Pettinella.

May 9, 2019 - 8:42am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Genesee Region USBC bowlers have carried themselves very well recently while competing in national and state tournaments.

But before diving into the scores and standings, let’s give one more "shout-out" to Batavia native (and Corfu resident) Joe Mortellaro on his successful quest to hit the 50-year mark for participation at the USBC Open Championships.

Regular readers of The Batavian would have seen the stories (including my previous Pin Points column) and photos of “Mort” being recognized by USBC officials at this year’s tournament in Las Vegas.

Batavian Paul Spiotta, a national tournament teammate of Mortellaro’s for nearly 25 years, said he and the rest of Joe’s bowling mates and family members in attendance at the South Point Bowling Plaza were overcome with emotion during the presentation on April 26.

“Joe Mort’s ceremony was outstanding,” Spiotta said. “First off, when they announced all of the ‘celebrities’ in the squad room prior to heading to the lanes, they saved Joe for last and he received a standing ovation from the full squad of bowlers. It was so cool as he raised both arms in the air to acknowledge their applause.”

Spiotta said he was “truly touched” when Mortellaro asked Joe Trigilio (another longtime teammate who is battling brain cancer and was unable to bowl) and him to accompany Mort onto the lanes for the presentation.

“All of the other bowlers had already proceeded to their assigned lanes and then they announced Joe Mort and we all walked together to music and applause,” Spiotta said. “The tournament director gave a bio of all of Joe’s bowling achievements -- both local and at the national tournament -- and then Joe was asked to say a few words. It was very emotional for me.”

 Mortellaro was unsure whether he would be able to make it to the tournament this year due to health problems, including the fact that he needs dialysis three times per week.

But he made it and bowled eight of the nine games – three in the Team event on one day and three in Doubles and two in Singles on the next day before having to stop. While 155 was his high game, the scores weren’t important.

Joe Mortellaro is now part of bowling history that not many others can claim. Congratulations, Joe!

Spiotta said his two five-man teams from the Genesee Region didn’t set the world on fire – shooting 2,514 and 2,333, but he and Gregg Wolff made a big splash in the Standard Division Doubles competition.

The duo combined for 1,225 in Doubles, with Spiotta posting 670 and Wolff 555, and left the building in fourth place. When I last looked at the current standings on bowl.com, I saw that they were in fifth place.

The USBC uses bowlers’ averages for their last 27 games in the Open Championships to determine their division, so that put Spiotta (183 average) and Wolff (166 average) in the Standard Division. 

The group’s high series came from the left hand of Brian Green, who posted 625 in Singles with a 252 final game. 

Earlier in the tournament, Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls rolled a 299 game en route to a 715 score in Singles and his in 54th place. His 1,959 All-Events score – a sparkling 217 average – has him in 69th place.

Culp is on the short list of best bowlers in our area, having won numerous tournaments and compiling multiple 300 games and 800 series.

AREA BOWLERS AMONG LEADERS AT NYS OPEN

The 95th NYS Open Championships are taking place at Valley Bowling Center in Waverly – next weekend wraps things up – and Genesee Region bowlers are among the leaders.

In the 1001 & Over Team event, the Johnson No. 1 squad posted a 3,179 score and is in 18th place out of the 104 teams that have competed thus far. The tournament pays one out of every five entries, so the team has a chance to cash.

Mike Johnson of Batavia led the way with a 691 series on the 41-foot challenge pattern while Josh Elliott of Attica added 629. Other team members were Bryan Johnson, A.J. Allenbrandt and Josh Caryl.

In 400 & Under Doubles, Allenbrandt and Elliott recorded 1,193, which currently stands in 18th place out of 127 entries, and in 401 & Over Doubles, Elliott and Nathan Cordes are in 47th place out of 200 entries with a 1,290 score.

In 200 & Under Singles, three GRUSBC bowlers are in the top six, with Allenbrandt tied for third at 683, Bryan Johnson in fourth at 681 and Bruce Kraus of Corfu in sixth at 678.

In 201 & Over Singles, Steve O’Dell of Oakfield shot 724 and is in 17th place out of nearly 400 entrants, while Jason Quilliam of Batavia sits in 25th place at 708 and Mike Johnson is 30th with 705.

Bryan Johnson is 22nd in 200 & Under All-Events with 1,803 and his father, Mike, is in 31st place in 201 & Over All-Events with 2,034. Culp’s 2,009 score has him in 38th place.

Handicap in the 200 & Under division is based on 200 and in the 201 & Over division is based on 220.

NEARLY 100 TO ATTEND GRUSBC BANQUET SATURDAY

About 100 people, including four inductees into the Hall of Fame, tournament winners and league representatives, are expected to attend the Genesee Region USBC Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. this Saturday at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road.

The event features guest speaker Carl Dixon, famed Canadian rocker who played with The Guess Who, April Wine and Coney Hatch.  Dixon’s inspirational story centers on his recovery from a horrific car accident in 2008.

They are 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 will be inducted into the GRUSBC Hall of Fame.

April 27, 2019 - 12:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bowling, pin points, sports, corfu.

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Corfu resident Joe Mortellaro was honored Friday night in Las Vegas for participating in his 50th national tournament, now called the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

Mortellaro was 19 in 1956 when he bowled in his first such tournament, the predecessor to the USBC championship, the American Bowling Congress Tournament in Rochester.

“I never had that in mind (making it to 50 years),” said Mortellaro, now 82 and battling through some serious health issues. “I have to give credit to the guys (his teammates) who keep pushing me.”

Mike Pettinella wrote about Mortellaro and other Genesee County residents participating in the tournament in his most recent Pin Points column for The Batavian.

Photos by Mike Pettinella.

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April 17, 2019 - 11:32pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

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The display at the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas recognizing Joe Mortellaro as a 50-year tournament participant. Mortellaro will be honored when he competes next week.

The year was 1956 and Joe Mortellaro, a 19-year-old Batavian with loads of bowling potential, competed in his first American Bowling Congress Tournament, a national showcase of keglers from throughout the United States.

That tournament was held in Rochester and, since then, “Joe Mort” has traveled all over the country to be a part of the tournament, which usually runs from early March through early July.

The tournament is now called the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships due to the merger of the ABC, Women’s International Bowling Congress, Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling in 2005.

Fast forward to 2019 and Mortellaro, a Corfu resident for several decades, is about to reach a milestone he never really thought too much about until recent years – participating in his 50th USBC Open Championships.

 “I never had that in mind (making it to 50 years),” said Mortellaro, now 82 and battling through some serious health issues. “I have to give credit to the guys (his teammates) who keep pushing me.”

Mortellaro, nine other Batavia-area bowlers and several of his family members will converge upon South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas next week to celebrate the achievement.

Joe, owner of Joe's Pro Shop for many years prior to his retirement, is the leadoff man on a squad with nephew Mark McVay, nephew Todd Mortellaro, Gregg Wolff and Paul Spiotta, team captain. The companion team consists of Jim Pursel, Geoff Harloff, Brian Green, nephew Rich Mortellaro and Nathan Cordes.

The group bowls its Team event at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, and its Doubles & Singles events at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27. In between the two events, Mortellaro will spend three hours at a Henderson, Nev., dialysis center as part of his three-times-per-week therapy.

“I haven’t bowled much in league lately (due to fatigue), but I bowled a couple games on Sunday and Tuesday of this week at Mancuso’s, and it felt pretty good,” he said.

Family members that will be there cheering him on include his sister, Millie McVay, and her daughter, Jeannie; nephew, Fred McVay, and his wife, Donna; and sister-in-law, Charlene Tiede.

Additionally, Joe Trigilio, Mortellaro’s teammate for many years, is planning to travel to Vegas with his wife, Kathy, to witness the accomplishment. Trigilio is unable to bowl this year due to his fight against brain cancer.

Everyone is rooting for Joe to complete the nine games, and add to his 49-year pinfall of 79,911 for 429 games, which is good for a 186.2 average on extremely difficult lane conditions. He said his best performance was 1,800-plus for All-Events (nine games) but he wasn’t sure of the year.

According to Spiotta, who has 26 USBC Open Championships under his belt, Mortellaro only has to bowl the Team event to qualify for the 50th year award.

Spiotta said being able to hang with Mortellaro for the past 25 years is one of his greatest thrills as a bowler.

“I have the utmost respect for Joe Mortellaro, not only as one of the greatest bowlers I’ve ever seen but also one of the finest people I have ever known,” Spiotta said.

Spiotta recalled that he “accepted without hesitation” an invitation from Mortellaro to join his USBC Open Championships’ traveling team in 1995, and is excited to be a part of the 50th year festivities.

“If Joe hadn’t been ill or injured on two occasions over the past 25 years, he would have already reached this milestone,” Spiotta said. “However, I am extremely proud that I will be there to witness this honored moment for him on April 26th in Las Vegas.”

FOUR TO ENTER GENESEE REGION USBC HALL OF FAME

Genesee Region USBC directors are meeting this Saturday to review the annual Association Tournament and finalize plans for the Annual Banquet on May 11 at Batavia Downs Gaming.

Prize checks from the Association Tournament that took place the last two weeks in March at Oak Orchard Bowl and Medina Lanes are expected to go out the beginning of next week.

To see the complete unofficial results, go to the Genesee Region USBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

The Annual Banquet 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.

SPARE SHOTS FROM AROUND THE GENESEE REGION

-- Albion’s Paige Snook (photo at right) continued her fine season last weekend when she captured the Youth Bowlers Tour handicap division crown at AMF Empire Lanes.paige_snook_1.jpg

Paige, who will be competing in the Junior Gold Championships in July in Detroit, qualified in 11th place before winning all four of her matches for her first title.

Previously, Paige rolled her first USBC-certified 700 series in the youth bowling program at Oak Orchard Bowl. Her games were 255-212-233 for 700 right on the mark.

-- The GRUSBC West team defeated the GRUSBC East squad, 69.5-18.5 at Scopano’s Lanes last Saturday to even their annual series at two wins apiece.

The West won all but two Doubles and Singles matches – posting a 13-2 record – and then went on two win both Baker-style team matches.

Scott Gibson led the way with a 3-0 record and 224 average while Bruce Kraus, Paul Spiotta, Bob Hodgson, Jackie Jurinich, Mike Johnson and Gregg Wolff also won all three of their matches.

Rounding out the West team were Roger Stone, Jerry Currier and Scott Shields.

For the East team, Jerry Davis and Al Vlietstra combined for a Doubles victory and Dana Freeman posted a Singles win.

Other members of the East team were Kevin Gray Sr., Augie Dale, Tim Fonte, Eric Galton, John LaGeorge, Dan Santini and John Wood.

-- Batavia’s Rich Wagner, who set a GRUSBC record with a 246 league average this season, put his stamp on the USBC Open Championships in Las Vegas earlier this week with a sparkling 1,859 All-Events score.

The national tournament is bowled on a Sport condition, which makes Wagner’s total even more impressive. The left-hander had 587 in the Team event, 608 in Doubles and 664 in Singles. He should get back a decent prize check for the 664.

He bowled for the Toyota of Batavia team along with Josh Elliott, Jeremy Vallance, Leon Hurd and Jason Gallo.

April 4, 2019 - 7:59am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Two familiar names on the local bowling scene put their stamp on the 13th annual Genesee Region USBC Association Tournament that concluded last Sunday at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion (Team event) and Medina Lanes (Doubles & Singles events).

Rich Wagner of Batavia placed first in Open Singles with a 741 total while Curtis Foss of Medina placed first in Open All-Events with a 2,209 nine-game total and teamed with Robbie Hanks of Albion to win the Open Doubles event with a 1,484 score.

Both Wagner and Foss sported league averages north of 240 this season, with Wagner setting a GRUSBC-record of 246 in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday League at Mancuso Bowling Center.

In the Open Team event, Team Johnson of Batavia took top honors with 2,668 (2,620 scratch) as captain Mike Johnson rolled 694, Matt Balduf 678, Gregg Wolff 642 and Mike Lambert 606.

Game On, also a Batavia-based team, placed second with 2,652 while Oak Orchard Bowl finished in third place with 2,647.

In the Women’s Division, only three teams competed with PinNaction, out of Albion, placing first with 2,379. Team members are Rebecca Hughson, Kay Ecker, Estelle Webb and Laurie Cole, 

Roxanne Clar and Dawn Johnson of Geneseo won the Women’s Doubles with 1,268; Terri Loessl of Albion won the Women’s Singles with 752 and Rachel Van Duser of Perry won the Women’s All-Events with 1,845.

Nathan Cordes of Batavia had the tournament's high game of 299, while Foss shot 288 and six bowlers -- Foss, Steve Krna, Wagner, Reid Cole, Randy Hanks and Scott Allis -- each posted a 279 game.

Thirty-five teams competed in the two divisions (Open and Women), the same number as last year, but Doubles went up from 39 to 58 and Singles increased from 85 to 115.

Complete unofficial results can be found on the Genesee Region USBC website – www.bowlgr.com.

CANADIAN ROCKER TO SPEAK AT GRUSBC BANQUET

Legendary Canadian rock musician Carl Dixon will share the inspirational story of his miraculous recovery from a horrific car accident as the keynote speaker at the Genesee Region USBC's Annual Banquet on May 11 at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road. The event will begin at 6 p.m. sharp.

Tickets for the banquet are $30 and can be obtained by calling 585-343-3736 or sending an email to [email protected].

For more information about tickets for the event go to the Genesee Region USBC website.

Four new members to the Genesee Region USBC Hall of Fame will be enshrined at the May 11 banquet.

They are 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.

Watch for more about the inductees in a future Pin Points column.

Dixon, a Sault Sainte Marie, Northern Ontario native, was signed to his first international record deal at just 22-years old with his break through band, Coney Hatch

He toured North America -- opening for Iron Maiden for 40 shows and Judas Priest for 27 shows, and went on to tour with some of the biggest names in North American music. He became lead singer of The Guess Who after Burton Cummings left the iconic Canadian band. Carl held that position for eight years until his head-on car accident in Australia.

According to his press release:

It was 2008 when Carl took leave from The Guess Who to sort out family issues in Australia but the stress took its toll. Distracted and worried while driving at night Carl was involved in a horrific head on car collision in rural Victoria. He sustained 52 injuries including traumatic brain injury, crushed legs and crushed internal organs. Trapped in the mangled car for one hour and forty-five minutes there seemed little hope.

Remarkably, ten years on, Carl Dixon is walking tall. His rescue by dedicated volunteers and emergency surgeons and staff in Australia is the stuff of legends. His unlikely survival was followed by family and business difficulty. When the dust settled his business was in tatters and he was left with a mountain of debt.

Doggedly Carl returned to doing what he loves: music. His injuries caused him to rethink his approach and Carl became an author and inspirational speaker sharing his survival story.

Ten years on from his accident Carl sings better than ever, he's re-branded his business to six figure success; he’s a published author, had a triumphant return to The Guess Who as a special guest and returned to touring with Coney Hatch.

JAKOB BUTTURFF WINS 2019 USBC MASTERS

Jakob Butturff of Tempe, Ariz., has finally made it to the winner’s circle of a PBA major championship.

The double-jointed lefty captured his first career major championship by winning the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Masters on Monday in Las Vegas.

He beat fellow southpaw Mykel Holliman of Collierville, Tennessee, 228-196, for his sixth PBA title and the $30,000 first prize. Holliman earned $25,000.

Butturff had finished second in his three previous appearances on television in major championships – losing as the top seed at both the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open and to Australia’s Jason Belmonte, 236-227, in the title match of the 2019 PBA World Championship in March.

Belmonte’s victory was his record 11th PBA major title, breaking a tie with PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for most major titles. He now has 21 PBA tour titles.

Fox Sports (FS1) will be airing the PBA Playoffs from Portland, Maine, beginning this Monday (April 8) with a live telecast, and then on a tape-delayed basis on Monday nights through the end of May.

The semifinal and final rounds will be televised live on FOX on June 1-2.  The winner will earn $100,000.

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