Most leagues are wrapping up their 2016-17 seasons within the next week or two, but by the time next season rolls around in September, the Schenectady Bowling Association will feature a new look.
Mandated by the United States Bowling Congress, the national governing body of the sport, all three Schenectady bowling administrative organizations must merge together to form one cohesive unit. That means that the Schenectady USBC Bowling Association, the Schenectady Scotia Women’s Bowling Association and the Schenectady Junior Bowling Association will be one body.
Current SBA president and Hall of Famer Steve Renzi, who heads the transition team, said the merger is going well and should be finalized soon. For most league bowlers, they won’t notice much of a change.
“I think we have everything pretty much under control right now,” said Renzi, who by USBC rules won’t be able to serve on the newly merged board of directors for at least one season. “We are meeting a week from Sunday to put together a proposal of the new by-laws. The USBC provides a template of how the board of directors should look. Our committee simply makes recommendations. Once the new board is in place, they vote on what the new governing body will look like.”
Local bowlers most likely won’t care too much about how the new Schenectady USBC looks or runs its day-to-day operations. The biggest change for next year will be an increase in sanction dues. The USBC is raising national dues by $3. That means all male bowlers will see their dues rise from $18 to $21. The biggest change for the local women who belonged to the SSWBA will be that their dues were only $16 before, and now they must also pay $21.
“I’m sure there will be a lot of complaints about the dues increase,” Renzi said. “But believe it or not, the national governing body really needs that increase to continue their duties. The USBC cut their staff from 240 employees down to just 188. The USBC must get that funding to run their business.”
The new merged Schenectady USBC will have a president, three vice presidents and 12 members of the board of directors. For the first term, there will be one vice president and four board members from each of the three merging bodies. After that, it won’t matter whether the officers are from the former men’s, women’s or junior associations.
Renzi said that the new Schenectady USBC will continue to run tournaments for its men’s, women’s and junior members, but that the formats could change. A general meeting to elect new officers will be called soon.
This merger is long overdue. It will create a much stronger association for its male, female and junior members, who will all conduct their league duties the same way.
Meanwhile, the SBA’s final Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet in the current format is set for June 13 at the Water’s Edge Lighthouse in Glenville.
The Zoo — Jay Diamond, John Mango and Mark Ray — locked up the Vitalo Classic championship last Saturday night and continued its run as the most powerful team in league history with their fourth straight title, sixth crown in the last seven years and their ninth league championship overall.
“This has been the most dominant team in the history of the Vitalo Classic,” longtime league secretary Dave Mennillo said. “They have surpassed the accomplishment of the past powerhouse teams — Gallucci Builders, Ace’s Coffee Shop, Paramount Lounge/David Louis Floors, Adkins Construction/Empire State Open/Mazone Plumbing-Heating trios. I have been in this league for 45 years, and have seen all these teams. I have never seen a team bowl as great as the Zoo and for such a long period of time. Over the past seven years, I can honestly say that I cannot remember a match when they bowled poorly. On top of it, this team includes not only three great bowlers but three great individuals. They are a true credit to our game.”
Ray (245 average) won his third average title, ending Diamond’s streak of three consecutive high-average performances. Diamond averaged 238, and Mango averaged 225. Ray, who shot a first-three 819 triple and rolled nine 1,000 series, now has 120 career 1,000s to go along with 37 perfect games in league competition. The Zoo rolled eight team 800 games, averaged 705 per game and collected a league-best 3,104 team total.
STRIKES & SPARES
Hi-Way Recreation in Wynantskill hosts the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour Invitational Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Only CDYST members are eligible, and two different lane conditions will be used.
New Era Bowling Tournaments’ fourth annual CZR Facts Century Doubles tournament is set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hometown Lanes in Mechanicville. Entry fee is $130 per team. One in four teams from A (combined ages of between 100-115), B (combined ages of between 116-130) and C (combined ages of 131 and over) advance to the match play finals. For reservations, call Jim Burton at 209-4748. Meanwhile, the next NEST singles event will be April 29 at Sportsman’s Bowl at 11 a.m.
The 84th annual Schenectady USBC Bowling Association City Tournament wraps up its final week at Boulevard Bowl Monday at 6:30 p.m. and continues Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at both 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and next Friday at 6:30 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per event. Contact Chet (577-8562) or Keith (300-0209) for reservations or more information.
The 79th annual Schenectady & Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association’s Championship also will be held at Boulevard Bowl April 24-28 and May 1-5. Entry fee will be $18 per event. There will be three divisions for doubles (Class A, 371-480 team average; Class B 311-370 and Class C 310 or lower) and four divisions for singles (Class A 190-240 average, Class B 166-189, Class C 141-165 and Class D 140 or lower). Handicap will be 100 percent. Call Anne Torak (356-3281) for reservations.
Sportsman’s Bowl will hold a Bowler Appreciation Week April 24-28, with tournaments every day. Entry fee will be $35.
The Hart Foundation, led by Jim Riley’s 762 triple, won the Daily Gazette league roll off at Sportsman’s Bowl. Alan Hart and Mary Hart rounded out the winning team.
That’s it for this season. See you in September.