Rochester Bowler In Swing During Tourney’s First Weekend

Kevin Martin of Rochester rolled a 788 series with handicap on Saturday afternoon to move into the lead of the Class D (ages 55-59) Singles and Six-Game Combine at the 35th New York State Open Senior Championships at Jamestown Bowling Company.

Martin, owner of Parkview Lanes, has developed a unique bowling style due to leg injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident about 15 years ago. The 59-year-old right-hander stands at the foul line and swings the ball down the lane, without a regular approach.

A 204-average bowler, he posted games of 242-257-246 for a 745 scratch in Singles.

His 788 with handicap leads Randy Snyder of Apalachin by three pins. Snyder rolled 258-274-202-734 scratch, 785 with handicap on Sunday afternoon. Martin’s 1,448 is 68 pins better than Snyder in the Class D Six-Game Combine.

The Six-Game Combine champion in each of the six age classifications will be eligible to compete in the USBC Senior Championships next July in Reno, Nev.

Other Six-Game Combine leaders after the first of two weekends are John Scaia, 75-and-up; James Tatar, 70-74; Ellen Jones, 65-69; John Olivate , 60-64; and Randy Herron of Jamestown, 50-54.

The tournament continues with Doubles and Singles on Saturday and Sunday with squad times at 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. both days. Openings exist on all squads.

For more information about participating in the event, contact Mike Pettinella, NYS USBC association manager, at 585-343-3736 or by email at