Annual Meeting and Eligibility for Nomination

Dear League Officer/Association Member,

The 2018 Annual meeting of the Greater Grand Rapids USBC Association will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Westgate Lanes

The following positions are to be filled by election for the corresponding terms:

  • President
  • 5 Directors
  • Youth Director
  • Delegates to the 2019 USBC National Meeting
  • Delegates to the 2019 Michigan State USBC

Interested persons must submit the enclosed candidate application postmarked by May 3rd, 2018 and be in attendance at the Annual Meeting (or have a note on file requesting to be excused).

To be eligible for nomination as an officer or director, a candidate must be:

  1. A USBC member in good standing of the association at the time of election and throughout their term.
  2. Must not be bowling in any un-certified (sanctioned) leagues of American Ten Pin.
  3. Must have a working knowledge of USBC rules and regulations.
  4. Must have a working knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Parliamentary Procedures.
  5. Time to serve on committees and attend 6-7 board meetings each year.
  6. Candidates to be eligible for nomination as an officer shall have served at least three years as a member of GGRUSBC Board of Directors.

Additional eligibility requirements, if any, will be developed by the Nominating Committee.

Anyone wishing to be considered as a director or delegate must submit their qualifications to the Nominating Committee on the approved (enclosed) application. This form must be postmarked by May 3rd, 2018.

Return to Nominating Committee – 2405-A Porter SW, Wyoming MI 49519

Nominations from the floor may be made, providing the candidate’s qualifications have been submitted to the Nominating Committee at least one week prior to the opening of the Annual Meeting.  These qualifications must be submitted on the approved candidate nomination form (application enclosed).

For questions or additional information and/or forms, please contact the Nominating Chair at 616-456-1517.

Thank you for your time.  We look forward to seeing you on May 10th.



Ealry Lyons
USBC Nominating Committee

Lanes added to City Tournament – Still time to enter

There’s still time to enter the City Tournament! And we have more lanes!!

Due to the strong demand for April squads, we’ve worked with Lincoln Lanes to make more lanes available to you for the City Tournament. As such, some squads which were previously full now have availability. Here’s the latest availability.

March 31 – 10AM & 2PM – lanes available
April 7 – 10AM & 2PM – lanes available
April 8 – 11AM – 4 additional lanes available
April 14 – 10AM & 2PM – lanes available
April 15 – 11AM – 2 additional lanes available
April 16 – 6:30PM – 6 additional lanes available
April 17 – 6:30PM – FULL
April 18 – 6:30PM – 6 additional lanes available
April 19 – 6:30PM – 5 additional lanes available
April 21 – 10AM & 2PM – lanes available

Scholarships – Applications due April 16

Local Youth bowlers have some fantastic scholarships available.  Traditionally, applications are due April 15th, but with that being a Sunday, applications will be due April 16th.  Bowlers may apply for any or all of these, subject to eligibility. The applicant must be either a graduating senior or a high school graduate less than 20 years old as of August 1, 2018.

The Greater Grand Rapids USBC Bowling association will be awarding up to two (2) scholarships of $1,500 along with up to three (3) $500 scholarships this season. The scholarships will be awarded to the best candidates as determined by the Scholarship Committee.
The Greater Grand Rapids USBC Youth is ADMINISTERING a scholarship in memory of Tony Lomonaco in the amount of $2000.00.  This
scholarship will be awarded at the Grand Rapids USBC Youth banquet in June 2018.
The Greater Grand Rapids USBC Youth is establishing a scholarship in memory of Nancy Weatherbee in the amount up to $500.00 to be given away this year.  This scholarship will be awarded at the Grand Rapids USBC Youth banquet in June.
Learn more about these excellent opportunities and find application forms here: Scholarships

Youth City Tournament – Entries Available

Sparta Lanes will host the 2018 City Youth Championship Tournament.  Divisions have been revised.  Get your entry form here: 2018 Youth Championships.


April 7 – 22

Saturdays, April 7, 14, and 21 at 1:00pm

Sundays, April 8, 15, 22 at 9:00am and 1:00pm

New Divisions

Class A has effectively been split into 2 divisions, resulting in 4 total divisions.  Class A is now 180 and over for boys, and 160 and over for girls.  Class B will now be boys 140-179, and girls 121-159.  Class C (formerly Class B) is boys 106-139 and girls 85-120.  Class D (formerly Class C) is boys 105 and under, girls 84 and under.

2018 City Tournament Schedule – Reservations Open

The 2018 Open & Women’s City Tournaments will be held and Lincoln Lanes.  Here are the dates and squads available.

Reservations can be made by calling the Association Office at 616-530-8195.

Reservations must be paid by Friday, March 16, or the reservation will be canceled.  Entries close March 24.  Entry form will be available online soon.

Saturday Sunday
March 17 – 1:00pm March 18 – 11:00am
March 24 – 10:00am & 2:00pm March 25 – 11:00am
March 31 – 10:00am & 2:00pm
April 7 – 10:00am & 2:00pm April 8 – 11:00am
April 14 – 10:00am & 2:00pm April 15 – 11:00am
April 21 – 10:00am & 2:00pm

Additionally, there are four weeknight squads April 16-19, each at 6:30pm

Monday, April 16 – 6:30pm
Tuesday, April 17 – 6:30pm
Wednesday, April 18 – 6:30pm
Thursday, April 19 – 6:30pm

** Enter Doubles twice (must change partner)**
** Enter Singles twice (only highest score will cash)**

Updates, updates, updates!

We’ve caught up on standings and prize lists for all events to date (excluding Mixed Doubles which just finished this weekend).

500/600 Tournament

500 Handicap – Tina Friant
500 Scratch – Marilynn Pell
600 Handicap – Jessica Rabbitt
600 Scratch – Sharyl Jahn

Seniors Tournament

Men 55-65 – Martin Blok
Women 55-65 – Sally Grochowalski
Men 66+ – Earnest Large
Women 66+ – Martha Thompson

700/800 Tournament

700 & 800 Handicap  – Dennis Johnson
700 & 800 Scratch – David Carroll
700 Women’s Handicap – Martha Thompson
700 Women’s Scratch – Melissa Sullivan

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Dennis Johnson
Chris Slagter



ATTN: State Tournament Volunteers

The Michigan Men’s State Office will be conducting a meeting for ALL tournament workers. The State Office wants to go over what their expectations are of the tournament workers, the do’s and don’ts of working the tournament and other details. This meeting is for anyone that will be involved with the tournament — scorekeepers, monitors, office workers, 50-50 sales people. A light lunch will be provided.
The meeting is scheduled for: Saturday – December 16, 2017 – 1:00PM – Westgate Bowl  

New Deadline for Sunday’s Council Tournament


To hold the council tournament this weekend we need 12 bowlers. To be fair to our bowlers wanting to bowl this weekend the deadline to reach the 12 bowlers required to hold the tournament has been moved to Saturday @ noon.  If there are at least 12 paid entries by noon on Saturday walk-ins will be accepted on Sunday.

Please get your entries in as soon as possible. Lets make this tournament happen!