Joe Bourhill wins Reloaded trios event at Town Line

Per the post above, Westgate bowler Joe Bourhill was a member, along with Derek DuBois and Daniel Nazzaro, of the winning team in Sunday’s Reloaded Scratch Tournament trios event at Town Line Luxury Lanes in Malden. Reloaded, formed by Jose Perez within the last year, is a different format in that they use average caps to equalize the competition rather than handicap, while the scoring is always on a scratch basis.

Nice bowling guys! 🎳😎

Aaron Major fires 300 in NEBA match play in Auburn

Aaron Major, the reigning NEBA Rookie of the Year, may have come up just short of his first title yesterday in Auburn (which I shared live on the Facebook page), but he did something else notable: He had a 300 game bowling against Jim Dumas in the first match play round (of 16). Good work, Aaron! 🎳😎

Brian Egan, Kevin Thibeault, Jon Hester take titles at 2020 Northeastern Open

Per the posted final prize list, Westgate bowler Kevin Thibeault has won the scratch doubles title at the 2020 Northeastern Open Championships at Yankee Lanes in Keene, NH with Chris Viale, and Patriots league sub Jon Hester won handicap doubles with Shawn Hagan. I was also told Hester additionally was a member of the winning scratch team, Massholes, as was were Hagan and Brian Egan, along with Bill Beck and Dave Chalifoux.

Congrats to everyone! 🙂

Sean Richard, Bill Briggs, Danny Khuu win titles in shortened SEMASS tournament

Per the post in their Facebook group, Westgate bowlers Sean Richard, Bill Briggs, and Danny Khuu won titles in a shortened Southeastern Mass. association tournament, which took place last month at Holiday Lanes in Westport. Richard and Briggs were on the winning scratch team with Ralph Dahlgren, John Camara, and Tiler Levesque, with Richard additionally winning handicap all-events and Khuu taking down the scratch singles title.

Congrats everyone! 🙂

Jayme Silva Sr. & Ed Grossett win NAT One-Ball Doubles at East Providence

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Finalists of the Northeast Amateur Tournament One-Ball Doubles at East Providence Lanes on Feb. 16 (L-R): Champions Jayme Silva Sr. & Ed Grossett, runners-up Jim Ferguson & Sean Richard (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Per the Northeast Amateur Tournament’s Facebook post (must be logged in to view), Jayme Silva Sr. & Ed Grossett won the One-Ball Doubles event yesterday at East Providence Lanes with a 541-475 victory (handicap added) in the final match over Jim Ferguson & Sean Richard. This was the first NAT doubles event with the One-Ball format, meaning a competitor used his same ball for all shots in qualifying and in match play if his team qualified.

A notable game was turned in by Sean Richard in qualifying, a 300, the video of which the BPUSBC obtained from Sandi Litchfield and made the first video on their new Instagram, which can be found here.

Nice bowling everyone! 🙂

Stan Lewis wins NAT “Old School” singles at East Providence Lanes

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Finalists of Jan. 19 NAT “Old School” singles at East Providence Lanes: Champion Stan Lewis, runner-up Sean Richard (Photo courtesy of NAT)

Per their post on Facebook (must be logged in to view), the Northeast Amateur Tournament reported Stan Lewis as the winner of the “Old School” singles event on Jan. 19 at East Providence Lanes, prevailing over Sean Richard, 257-239 (with handicap), in the final match for his first NAT singles title. The “Old School” format meant that all qualifiers bowled two new games (no pins from qualifying carried over), with the top four reaching the stepladder finals.

Additionally, the NAT reported that Sean Richard had an 825 series in qualifying, and a 300 game in the semifinals.

Good bowling guys! 🙂

Jan. 2 NAT note

I learned from Jay Mantere yesterday that the Northeast Amateur Tournament will be returning to Westgate Lanes, with the first date obtained from Tim Major being Mar. 1. I have added “stub” events to the Google Calendar, and Facebook events set up on the NAT page as they approach.

Welcome back, guys! 🙂

Aaron Major wins 2019 NEBA Rookie of the Year award

As announced on the NEBA live stream of the year-end wrap-up show shared on the Facebook page, Westgate’s Aaron Major clinched the organization’s Rookie of the Year title for 2019 with a semifinal finish in the event this weekend at Apple Valley Bowl in Plantsville, CT. He will be presented with the award at NEBA’s annual Hall of Fame and awards dinner next month.

Congratulations Aaron! 🙂

A history of NEBA at Westgate Lanes

The New England Bowlers Association, the USBC’s longest running scratch tournament club, is approaching its 58th year of existence. Westgate Lanes has been a big part of that history, hosting 55 of their tournaments, so, when the opportunity presented itself to compile a history of NEBA here, I had to jump at it. Much of it comes from NEBA’s 50th anniversary booklet, which I was seeing for the first time and Kevin Thibeault agreed to loan out to me. Of course, the later tournaments could be pieced together from the archives of this website.

The table below will have the list of NEBA champions at Westgate, annotated where appropriate:

It is little surprise that the winningest NEBA bowler at Westgate is the bowler who has come to be the embodiment of the organization, Mike Lichstein, whose first of a record 31 NEBA titles came here. Aside from Mike Lichstein’s four NEBA titles at Westgate, the other multiple NEBA winners at Westgate are Tony Attardo (with three of his four), Steve Travers, Bill Webb, Stephen Dale Jr., and Tony Reynaud (two each).

The group includes 19 members of the NEBA Hall of Fame, four NEBA Bowlers of the Year who won the year they won at Westgate (Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Bill Webb, with one of his record eight, and Ryan Graywacz), and each of the top three all-time in NEBA titles (Lichstein, as well as Alex Aguiar and Bill Webb). The national credentials of Westgate’s NEBA champions include two members of both the PBA and USBC Halls of Fame (Mark Roth, along with newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Patrick Allen), three other PBA Tour champions known to me (Paul Moser, Jon Van Hees, and Anthony Pepe), two bowlers who won PBA majors as amateurs (Moser, along with Brian Boghosian), two winners of the High Roller, the original Las Vegas megabuck amateur tournament (Lichstein, along with Ed Roberts), and one member of the “900 Club” (not Hakim Emmanuel, but Jon Wilbur).

Two of these bowlers, Ed Roberts and Patrick Allen, also have experience on Team USA: Ed Roberts was a member of the men’s squad for the 1995 FIQ World Championships held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV, the year the facility opened, and was also on Team USA for the inaugural WTBA World Senior Championships in 2013, winning multiple medals in that tournament. Ed also has won multiple medals, including gold, at the Lee Evans Tournament of the Americas, the American zone’s biggest annual tournament. Patrick Allen was a member of the 2008 American “Dream Team” at the 2008 WTBA World Men’s Championships in Munich, Germany, the first world championship tournament that allowed professional participation. Allen was the emotional leader of that team, which won the gold medal in the coveted team of five event.

From a local perspective, four members of the Bristol-Plymouth USBC Hall of Fame, Tony Attardo, Steve Travers, John Ellis, and Ed Roberts, have won at Westgate. Three other Westgate NEBA winners, Alex Aguiar, Rick Cashell and Stephen Dale Jr., are known to me to have bowled regularly in leagues at Westgate Lanes. Westgate has had a reputation of being a lefty-friendly center, and Tony Attardo, Paul Moser, Mike Lichstein, Steve Travers, Patrick Allen, and Anthony Pepe are the Westgate NEBA champions known to me to be lefties. You could also count Ernie Hoestery, a right-handed back-up bowler, as a lefty.

One will also note that in 2017, Anthony Pepe defeated Jon Van Hees in a match-up of PBA Tour champions in a NEBA championship match at Westgate. Another notable NEBA final match at Westgate took place in 2015, when Ed Roberts became NEBA’s oldest champion by defeating Tyler Perry, the youngest champion in NEBA’s history. The previous year, NEBA’s GOAT, Mike Lichstein, faced Alex Aguiar, #2 all-time, recording his 28th title.

As a bonus, I decided to also include the history of two other centers in the Brockton (now Bristol-Plymouth) association:

This list picks up PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Wayne Webb, whose family had owned the center in Taunton (listed as Cranberry Bowl for him), one other BPUSBC Hall of Famer, Dan Robinson (a Westgate bowler who won at North Bowl), and Bryan Cahill (who had held the Westgate house record prior to Hakim Emmanuel’s 900 series). Gary Shultis is the only NEBA Hall of Famer in this list who did not also win at Westgate. Ed Roberts is the only BPUSBC Hall of Famer who won at two centers in the association (also having won at North Bowl).

Finally, many of the Brockton/Bristol-Plymouth association’s NEBA champions never won at a center in the association, Joe Picanzo (NEBA’s very first champion), Nate Abdow, Bill Briggs, Fred Delfino, Brian Egan, Gary Erickson, Jim Ferguson, Ray Fischer, Rich Fulton, Brian Gaskill, Dan Hamilton, Bill Major, and Tim Riordan among them (there may be others).

Kevin Kelliher wins Bay State Open in Gardner

Per the post above, Westgate league bowler Kevin Kelliher bested Corey Hanson, 277-264 (with handicap), to win the Bay State Open’s Mulligan Singles event last Sunday at Gardner Ten Pins. The tournament’s format allowed bowlers to redo one first ball in any frame (including second or third ball in the 10th following a strike) of each game.

Congrats Kevin! 🙂

Stephen & Aaron Major win Turkey Doubles in Ft. Edward, NY

Per the post above by the bowling center, cousins Stephen & Aaron Major, the 2016 USBC Youth Open doubles champions, won their first adult doubles tournament by taking the inaugural Turkey Doubles last night at Broadway Bowl in Ft. Edward, NY. The Majors defeated Steve Wagoner & Craig Taylor 247-237 in the Baker-format final match, in which Stephen delivered the clinching double in the 10th frame.

Congratulations guys! 🙂

Sean Richard wins record 6th Bay State Open title

As announced in the above post, Sean Richard won a record 6th Bay State Open title Saturday in the “Throw the Low” (bowl four games, drop low score of the four) event at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, RI, winning the final match 261-202 (with handicap) over Bill Josephson. Sean posted on Facebook that he was actually an alternate for match play, and got in when bowlers left thinking they’d missed the cut. It just goes to show you that it pays to stick around a tournament until cuts are announced.

I’d shared the video of the final match on Facebook, but I’ll include it below.

WTG Ka$h! 🙂