One of the major events of the season in Western New York bowling is the Tri-City Masters. The 22nd annual version of the tournament among bowlers in the Tonawandas, Niagara Falls and Lockport associations will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 at Island Lanes on Grand Island.
Gary Kinyon of Lockport is the defending champion. John Masiello was the high qualifier a year ago.
There will be a six-game qualifier at 11 a.m. on the first day to determine the 24-bowler match-play field. The top eight will be seeded to the second round. Two-game match play will be held on the second tournament date, also beginning at 11 a.m.
First prize based on 82 entries will be $1,200. In addition, the top finisher from each of the three associations will earn a $300 prize.
The Tri-City is an outgrowth of individual masters tournaments that each of the three associations used to hold.
The Niagara Falls Masters Championship was first held in 1964. Lockport held its first Allie Brandt Masters in 1980 and the Tonawandas first held its Herbert E. Burns Match Play Championship in 1971.
When the three organizations combined their majors in 1991, Jack Jurek won the first four editions and five of the first seven.
Kinyon, who also won in 2011, has also been runner-up in the Tri-City three times and high qualifier three times.
Besides Kinyon and Jurek, the only other multiple winner was Pat Bricks of the Tonawandas. Mike Hanes, who won in 2010, has been runner-up the last three years.
While on the subject, the New York State Masters will be held on March 23 at Doug Kent’s Rose Bowl Lanes in Newark with a guaranteed first prize of $2,500 plus paid entry to the 2014 USBC Masters.
Bowlers looking to compete can save $10 on the usual $105 entry fee if paid by March 16.
The 42nd New York State Queens Championship is scheduled for April 13 at Town ‘N Country Lanes in Guilderland with competition in Open and 194-and-under divisions. Entry is $65.
The New York State USBC Association already has received 475 entries to the 77th annual State Women’s Championships at Del Lanes (team) and Sunset Recreation (doubles and singles) in Albany. Entries will close March 6. Association manager Mike Pettinella of Batavia reports two tournament weekends (April 26-28 and May 4-5) are nearly full.
The 89th annual state Open Championships will begin April 20 at Flamingo Bowl in Liverpool.
Entry forms and other information for all the state events can be downloaded from the association website.
Tour finals lineup
Spoiler alert: Here’s the finals pairings, results and the air dates for four PBA Winter Swing tournaments bowled last week in the Detroit area. The finals already have been completed but haven’t been shown on ESPN yet.
Carmen Salvino Classic – Andres Gomez defeated D.J. Archer, 246-197, ESPN, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.
Mark Roth Classic – Michael Haugen Jr. defeated Scott Norton, 215-190, ESPN, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.
Don Carter Classic – Jason Sterner defeated Wes Malott, 299-235, ESPN, March 3 at 3 p.m.
Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship – Norton d. Sean Rash, 219-191, ESPN, March 24 at 1 p.m.
• Doug Kent, who won one of the last PBA Tour events held here and has been a frequent competitor in Western New York events over the years, was elected last week to the PBA Hall of Fame along with Danny Wiseman of Baltimore. They will be inducted during the PBA’s Hall of Fame dinner on March 30 in Indianapolis as part of the PBA Tournament of Champions week.
• Niagara CCC won both the men’s and women’s team titles in the Cayuga CC Spartan Invitational held last weekend in Auburn.
Jake Hayes of NCCC was the men’s individual winner with a 1,300 total, including a 246 game. Aaron Buziak of Erie CC was second with 1,284, including a 267.
Brooke Seiwell of NCCC was second among the women with 1,215. Elizabeth Szpara (Orchard Park) of ECC was third with 1,175 (high game 226). Szpara won the Division 3 of the Western New York Queens Tournament last Sunday at Island Lanes.
• The Bowling Combine for College Prospects will take place Aug. 6-10 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas. The popular program was developed to bring together youth bowlers who want to compete in college and college coaches who are looking for talented bowlers.
Bowlers will be tested and evaluated by an expert staff including top professional stars. Bowlers who have collegiate eligibility remaining and have completed at least their sophomore year in high school can apply. Space is limited. Application deadline is May 12.
Interested athletes and coaches can visit bow.com/combine or bowling itrc.com for more information or to register.