Annual Meeting Set for Thursday July 21

The DLBA will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, July 21 at the First Ward Falcon Club in Dunkirk begining at 7 PM.  This is an open meeting for any members of the DLBA.  The agenda will include election of officers and organization of committees for the 2016-2017 season.

2016 Masters & Association Tournaments Set!!

The 2016 Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association tournament is set to kickoff on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia, NY.  The tournament will begin with the 17th Annual Masters' Tournament on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1st, 2016.  The 87th Annual open tournament beings on Monday, May 2, 2016 and runs daily until its conclusion on Saturday, May 14, 2016 (with the exception of Mother's Day).  The tournament is open to all members of the Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Assoc. with a qualifying average.  Applications along with tournament rules will be available in Association establishments the last week of March and are available on our tournament tab on this site.  Best of luck to all participants!!

Popular Motiv Balls Banned by USBC

I have been informed that the USBC has banned two popular Motiv bowling balls released in 2014 and 2015, the Jackal and Jackal Carnage.  The balls failed to meet field equipment specification testing.  There will be no penalty for using the equipment up thru March 15th.  Anyone who owns one of these balls can no longer use them in USBC sponsored league or tournament play.  Using this equipment from this point forward will result in a full forfeiture of games/points won.  Below is the notification I received:


ARLINGTON, Texas – The United States Bowling Congress has revoked approval of two Motiv brand bowling balls and removed them from the list of balls approved for competition effective today, March 15, 2016. The revocation comes after USBC determined that the Jackal and Jackal Carnage balls do not comply with current specifications and requirements in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual.

USBC testing showed a significant percentage of the Jackal and Jackal Carnage, both produced by Motiv, exceeded the maximum 0.060" differential radius of gyration standard specification during spot checks of bowling balls in the field. Both balls were originally approved based on test balls submitted by Motiv. The Jackal had been approved for competition in Sept. 2014 while the Jackal Carnage was approved for use in late Dec. 2015.

The following section of the Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual details USBC governance in this situation:

The USBC possesses the right to spot check bowling balls during the course of the year. USBC approval may be revoked if it is determined that the production balls are significantly different than the submitted test balls or do not comply with current specifications and requirements outlined in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certifications Manual.

Pursuant to the penalties outlined in the USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification Manual, Motiv is placed on probationary status with USBC for one year, and subject to a fine of $16,000.

Unapproved bowling balls may not be used in USBC certified competition. Bowlers who used the Jackal or Jackal Carnage in competition on or before March 15, 2016 with no prior knowledge of their ball being out of specification would not be subject to forfeiture under USBC rules.

1st Annual DLBA Women's Doubles Handicap Tournament is Set for April 9, 2016

The 1st Annual Dunkirk Lakeshore USBC Women's Doubles Tournament is set for Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia, NY.  The tournament is open only to current female members of the DLBA with shifts competing at 5 pm & 7 pm.  Entry forms are being distributed this week, throughout all association establishments.  A copy of the entry form is available below.  Please plan to come out and support this new tournament, exclusively for the women of our association!!  Good luck and great bowling!!

2016 DLBA Womens Tournament.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [18.8 KB]

2015-2016 DLBA Awards Setup

DLBA Awards (In Microsoft Word)
DLBA Award Setup.doc
Microsoft Word document [8.4 MB]
DLBA Award Setup
DLBA Award Setup.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [18.0 MB]

"Beat the Champ" Coming to Lucky Lanes

After nearly 30 years of being off the air, Beat the Champ is back on TV!!  Qualifiers for upcoming shows will be coming to Lucky Lanes in Fredonia on March 12th and 13th with multiple shifts both days.  The top 24 bowlers will go to match play to compete for a spot on the show!  For more information, go to


Good luck and great bowling!!

Welcome 2016 DLBA Bowlers!!

It's hard to believe, but Summer is now winding down and it's time to dust off that bowling ball and get ready for a new bowling season!  This season comes with a new twist!  Over the Summer, the DLBA Board approved a 2015-16 award program for it's members!  Secretaries have an outline of the new program in their packets, so many of the award taken away by the USBC have been restored, except these actual awards are things you can use and enjoy!!  For more information, see your league secretary!


The 2014-15 yearbook should be out shortly.  Michele will be getting them out to all bowling establishments in the near future.


I know many are wondering, so i will address the sanctioning (or desanctioning) of our Association with this brief statement.  Myself personally as well as many other Board members have done extensive research on breaking away from the USBC and being "unsanctioned."  At this time, there is no logical way to make this happen (which I will not disclose all the reasons in this forum) for the time being.  For now, we will remain a sanctioned Association until something changes where we can address the concerns of the members and push this idea forward.


Best of luck on a great season!!




2015 Tournament Results Posted!!

The 2015 tournament prize report is now posted.  The report is at the bottom of the "Information and Results" page listed on our menu.  Thank you for all who participated in this years tournament.  See you in the Fall!!

Alex Dailey Wins 2015 DLBA Masters!!

Alex Dailey beat Brad Bixby 259-213 to win the 2015 Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association Masters’ Tournament, sponsored by Sunset Truck & Auto and Hi Tech Services, Inc.  Double elimination match play finals were held this past Sunday at Chick’s Lanes in Angola.  Dailey won all five matches with scores of 211, 198, 193, 202 and 259 in the Championship match to take the title.  Top qualifier was Derek Bixby with a two day (8 game) total of 1,726.  Scott Jagoda was the 2nd highest qualifier with a score of 1,710.  This was Dailey’s first ever Masters’ victory.


The Masters Tournament now gives way to the 86th Annual DLBA Championships Tournament, also being held at Chick’s Lanes in Angola, NY.  The tournament runs daily through May 11th.  Space is still available for team, doubles and singles events.  Please contact P.J. Azzarella at 785-1265 for availability and reservations.  A current schedule is also available at



Other Masters Finalists Included:


2nd – Brad Bixby

3rd – Chris Hart

4th – Erick Griewisch

5th- 6th – Dan Struzynski & Mike Krzemien

7th-8th – Chris Gruber & Derek Bixby

9th-12th – Ted Schwalbe, Spenser Johnson, Jeff Alguire & Mike Damico

13th-16th – Josh Wilmot, Wayne Ames, Joe Jagoda & Scott Jagoda

Association Tournament Set to Begin This Weekend!!

The Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association Tournament is set to begin with the 16th annual DLBA Masters Tournament on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th.  The open tournament begins on Monday, April 27th and runs through Monday, May 11.  The tournaments are open to all members of the Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association.  The Masters tournament has shifts at 6pm and 8:30 pm on Saturday and Noon and 2:30pm on Sunday.  Open tournament shifts run nightly at 6:30pm and 9:15pm on weekdays and 1:00pm and 3:45pm on weekends.  Please make your reservations early by contacting PJ Azzarella at 785-1265.

1st Masters Deadline Set For April 15th!!

Just like your taxes, the first deadline for entering the 2015 DLBA Masters Tournament is tomorrow, April 15th!  Anyone who submits their application by tomorrow will be required to pay a $50 entry fee.  Anyone who commits after April 15th, will pay $60.  The Masters Tournament is April 25th and 26th.  See our 'tournaments' tab for more information about entering!!

Association Board Meeting on 4/19/15

The next Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association Board meeting will be held this Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Lucky Lanes in Fredonia at 1pm.  Topics include a tournament update, Hall of Fame nominations, awards program and year end banquet arrangements.

Tournament Schedule Posted (Revised 4/9/15)

The current DLBA tournament schedule is posted on the tournaments/events tab for your use.  The schedule will identify which shifts are still available and I will keep it updated every 48 hours.  Feel free to text or email me if you have questions.


Also, get your Masters entries in before 4/15/15 to avoid paying $60 versus the early entry fee of $50!!


Year End Tournament Entry Forms are Available

Entry forms for the 2015 Masters and Dunkirk Lakeshore Association Tournament are now available.  Look for applications to be delivered to all lanes this week and are available for downlaod on our Tournament/Events tab.  This years tournament is at Chick's Lanes in Angola.  Two major changes come to the tournament this season.  First, an all new womens division has been added to the doubles and singles portion of the tournament.  Women may bowl in the womens or open division or both if they wish to enter twice.  Second, all events is now $10 instead of $5.  This event pays several positions in scratch and handicap divisions.  All events is calculated by adding your doubles, singles and high team event scores.  We look forward to seeing many of you in the weeks to come!!

2014 Hall of Fame Class

The 2014 Dunkirk Lakeshore Hall of Fame class included Greg Haase and William Barnes.  Recently, Greg was awarded his comemorative plaque honoring the occasion.  Great job Greg!  You deserve it!!

Association Meeting Scheduled for February 15

The Dunkirk Lakeshore Bowling Association will have its quarterly meeting at Chick's Lanes on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 1pm.  This meeting is open to all DLBA members and the Board of Directors.  Agenda includes a financial report, awards program, hall of fame update and Masters and Association tournament preview.

Top Scores Keep Rolling In!!

It may be cold outside, but according to some recent reports, the lanes seem pretty hot!!  Below are recently reported high scores around the Association:


Mike Damico           300 - January 30th at Chick's Lanes

Alex Haase             300 - January 29th at Lucky Lanes

Lee Szalkowski       300 - January 19th at Lucky Lanes


Great job guys!!  Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!

Mid Term Report Card - Youth Style!!

As promised, I received some exceptional youth scores from Gregg Haase that I wanted to get posted.  They are:


Name:                       Score:            Age:


Ricky Burgstrom          280-746          15

Brandon Haase            277-702, 708   17  (First youth bowler from Lucky Lanes to post back to back 700 series!!)


Our future sure looks bright!!  Keep up the great work and keep those scores rolling in!!


Check back for more updates as they come in!!  If you bowled a high score and dont see it here, let your secretary know and I will get it posted!!

Mid Term Report Card:  High Scores!!

It's pretty hard to believe that we are half way through the season all ready!!  Tournaments are starting up and the year ending Association Tournament will be here before you know it.  Hopefully, some warm weather too!!


As part of our mid-term report, I thought it would be nice to report some of the high scores coming from our Association so far.  Below is a list of Adult scores I have so far (Youth scores will follow shortly!)


Name:                    Score:

Mike Lucas               300

Jim Cerrie                300

P.J. Azzarella            300-296

Don McAndrews        300

Todd Langworthy      300

Dan Struzynski         299-808

Ed Howard               299

Jamie Fort                299

Clark Chaplin            298

Spenser Johnson       296

Dakota Griewich        296

Dennis Alguire           298

Gary Ginnitti             295


Any new or missed scores can be emailed to me and I will get them posted!!  Thank you for your participation so far this season and Happy New year!!


PJ Azzarella

President, DLBA