Master Bowlers' Association of Alberta

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August 2016

Welcome back for the 50th season of the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta.

New Rookie Tournament Rate

We are introducing a new Rookie Rate to welcome new bowlers into our Tournaments. First year members of the Master Bowlers Association of Alberta over the age of 25 and who has never been a member of any Master Bowlers Association in Canada will be charged the same tournament rate currently charged to our members under the age of 25 during their first season of tournaments.

New Welcome Back Tournament Rate

We are also pleased to announce the new Welcome Back Rate. Members of the Master Bowlers Association over the age of 25 and who have not competed in any Master Bowlers Association tournament in Canada in the past 3 consecutive seasons will have the opportunity to apply to be charged the same tournament rate currently charged to our members under the age of 25 during the current season of tournaments. The application must be received prior to participation during the members lifetime.

Alberta Wins Aggregate at Nationals in Surrey

We had a very good showing in Surrey as we won the aggregate for the fourth time in five years.

Congratulations to Jennifer Baker who won the Tournament Ladies Singles Gold Medal. Jennifer finished first in the match play with a great 17 win 4 loss record. Jennifer then won the Gold Medal step ladder with two straight wins over Meagan Gallicano of Newfoundland.

Tim Wiseman won silver in the Tournament Mens Singles. Tim defeated defending champion Geoff Stevens of Southern Ontario in the bronze/silver medal match before falling to Kevin Clark of Regina in the final.

Tournament Ladies came from behind the final day to win Gold. Congratulations to Jennifer Smith, Halea DeSutter, Heidi Mapstone, Shauna Pirie-Laisnez, Bonnie McDonald and coach Geoff Wilson.

Tournament Men brought home Silver led by Karie Kreutz who set a new MBA of Canada record for average at a Masters Nationals with 281.5 average. Derek Home, Gary Baird, Matt Schultz, Gene Ziebarth and coach Harvie Pocza comprised the team.

Rob Carbrey won Gold with a 16-5 match play record amongst the Teaching Division. Kathy Mockerman won Silver, narrowly missing Gold in a tie breaker with Quebec. Teaching Ladies finished fourth while the Teaching Men finished fifth.

Georgette Lafreniere won the Bronze Medal for Seniors Singles. The Seniors team finished 7th.

Teaching Division Survey Results

The Teaching Division voted to remain with the current Pins Over Average format. There will not be a scratch division within the Teaching Division.

MBA Office Has Moved

The mailing address for the MBA of Alberta is Box 577, Bragg Creek. T0L 0K0. New phone number is 403-949-2706. We thank Bev for 16 years of excellent service. Rita is our new office manager. We want to thank Brad Wilton of A and B Transport for moving our office for us in July.

Alberta 5 Pin Cards

This will be the first reminder of the season regarding Alberta 5 Pin Cards. All Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta participants are required to have an Alberta 5 Pin card by November 30th of the current bowling season. Should you happen to make a National team without a card, you will be disqualified and not allowed to go to the National event. The 5 pin cards must be purchased thru a local proprietor or directly thru the Alberta 5 pin office.

Tournament Schedule

Enclosed you will find the schedule for the season’s upcoming tournaments. Please remember to check future newsletters for notices of change of dates or times. Sometimes changes do have to be made and we do not want anyone missing out or arriving for a tournament on the wrong day.

Master/Youth Tournament

Included with this newsletter you will find an entry form for the Master/Youth Tournament. These entry forms are to be forwarded to Paradise Lanes. Mark Miller’s information is included on the entry form.

The Master/Youth Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Paradise Lanes in Calgary, with a shift at 3:00 p.m. and also a 7:00 p.m. shift, if necessary. Entry fee is $50.00 per bowler!

Please be sure to include your phone number on the entry form. This is in the event that you need to be contacted in the case of a time change or cancellation. Neither are likely but having your phone number makes this much easier! Thank you.

Late Renewal Fee

Please note the late fee of $10.00 if renewal fees are not paid by September 23rd of the current bowling season.

Casino January 9 and 10, 2017

We are scheduled to have our fundraising Casino January 9th and 10th at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary. Please contact Jamey Frank to volunteer at 403-650-9185 or at saskberryjam@gmail.com

Upcoming Coaching Clinics

Community Sport – Initiation – Sunday September 18, Sherwood Bowling Centre 8:45 a.m. – 5:00 P.M.

Community Sport – Initiation – Sunday September 25, Chinook Bowladrome 8:30- 5:00 P.M.

Competitive Coach – Oct. 21-23 Sherwood Bowling Centre. Friday 6 pm – 10 pm Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The 2017 Nationals will be held in Regina, Sask. from
June 29, 2017 – July 3, 2017. Travel dates June 29 Opening Ceremonies and July 4


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Office Administrator Change

Hello everyone,

It is with a sense of both happiness and sadness that I send out this e-mail.

This will be my last official correspondence to all of you as your current Office Administrator of the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta.

In a few hours I will turn off this computer and pass it along to someone new.

Rita Poruchny is taking on the position effective August 1, 2016. The office contents will be moved tomorrow and we will be giving Rita a few days to get things in order before she digs right in to renewals for next season!

I would like to thank everyone that I had the chance to either meet, correspond with, answer questions for, attend Nationals with, or have any other sort of correspondence & contact with.

I feel very fortunate that along the way I have made many friends. I believe I can attribute a lot of that to being in this position. It has offered me much more than just a job. I have enjoyed it and I know that there will be many things about it that I will miss.

I am looking forward to seeing a lot of you at upcoming tournaments and carrying on those friendships.

I would like to welcome Rita. She is a smart and wonderful lady and I know that she will be a great asset to the Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta.

The new contact information will be:

Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta
Box 577
Bragg Creek AB T0L 0K0

The new phone number will be 403-949-2706. This will be effective August 2nd.

The e-mail address will remain the same.

Thank you to everyone. I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer.

I would like to wish all of you good bowling and much success in your bowling endeavors.

Bev Gigliuk – Office Administrator
Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta


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AGM Announcement

The Master Bowlers’ Association of Albert Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer.

We will be looking for someone to fill a 1 year position for the Senior Division Director.  If you are interested, please attend the meeting or have someone attend on your behalf so that a nomination can be put forward.


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March 2016

Tournament Division Results – 5th and 6th Tournaments

The tournament division men and ladies have completed their final tournaments.

Congratulations are going out to Halea Pederson who won the 5th tournament with a score of 2181. This is Halea’s first MBA of A Tournament Victory!!

In the 5th tournament on the men’s side, Matt Schultz won his 8th tournament with a score of 2221.

Jennifer Baker won the 6th tournament and collected her 9th win with a 2267.

Derek Home won his first tournament with a score of 2317. Great bowling everyone!

Congratulations to the following Tournament Division bowlers who have now qualified for Nationals:

Ladies singles representative is Jennifer Baker of Edmonton.

The men’s singles representative is Tim Wiseman of Sherwood Park.

The ladies team is made up of Jennifer Smith, Halea Pederson, Heidi Mapstone, Shauna Pirie-Laisnez and Bonnie McDonald. Coaching the ladies will be Geoff Wilson.

The tournament men’s team consists of Derek Home, Gary Baird, Gene Ziebarth, Matt Schultz, and Karie Kreutz. The men’s coach will be Harvie Pocza.

Congratulations to everyone and best of luck to all of you heading to the Nationals in Surrey, B.C. from June 28-July 3, 2016!!

Teaching and Senior Division Results – 4th Tournament

Shannon Roden of Sherwood Park won the 4th North Division Ladies tournament with a +100.
In the South, Karissa Waisman of Red Deer won her first tournament with a +293!!

On the men’s side, Jesse Bouchard of Spruce Grove won his 2nd tournament with a +191. Not only did Jesse win the tournament, he achieved something that most of us only dream of. Jesse bowled a perfect game during the tournament. Many congratulations to you Jesse on this incredible accomplishment!!

In the South, Paul St. Yves of Drumheller won with a +174.

In the Senior POA Division, Linda Seitz of Ponoka won with a +312. Great bowling Linda!

In the Senior Scratch Division, Brian Rossetti won his 2nd tournament as Master Bowler of Alberta, his 1st as a Senior, with a score of 1922!

Congratulations to all of the Teaching and Senior Division winners! Best of luck to everyone at the upcoming Provincials.

Remember, if your name appears above the black line on the results sheet, you have qualified for Provincials.

If you cannot attend, please let your Tournament Director know. This makes it much easier for setting up the tournament.

Teaching Division contact is Rhod Hubbard at hubardr@shaw.ca

Your Senior Division Director is Glen Christensen. Glen’s e-mail is glenc@shaw.ca

Upcoming Teaching and Senior Division Provincials

With the Teaching and Senior Division Provincials just around the corner, here are a couple of reminders.

PLEASE NOTE that the Teaching Division will be starting at 12:30 on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Heritage Lanes in Red Deer. This is half an hour earlier than is indicated on the schedule.

Rhod has asked that you please check in for the Teaching Division by 12:15.

The cost for both Teaching and Senior Divisions will be $90.00 for the weekend, regardless of your age.

Please remember that if you qualify for the National Team, you will be required to purchase 2 elimination draw tickets so bring a bit of extra cash to take care of this. Thank you.

Coaching Resumes

The deadline for resumes for Teaching and Senior divisions is before the first ball is thrown on the last day of the Provincial tournament.

Please forward your resumes to your Provincial Teaching Division or Provincial Senior Division Director, or to the MBA of A office.

Your Teaching Division Director contact is Rhod Hubbard. Rhod’s e-mail is hubardr@shaw.ca or phone at 403-279-5310
Your Senior Division Director is Glen Christensen. Glen’s e-mail is glenc@shaw.ca or phone at 403-275-6839

Assessment Fee for Non-Participating Masters

Please note that any non-participating Master who wishes to coach at the National level will be required to pay a $300.00 assessment fee.

Adult All Events Tournament and Annual Youth Scholarship Tournament

Bowl Alberta is hosting their annual All Events tournament on the weekend of April 15-17, 2016 at Chinook Bowladrome in Calgary. This is a scratch/handicap tournament including singles, doubles, and 4 player teams. This tournament is for adults and is much the same format as the Youth Scholarship Tournament.

Bowl Alberta is also holding their annual Youth Scholarship Tournament. This is to be held May 20-22, 2016 at Bonnie Doon Lanes in Edmonton. This tournament is a scratch/handicap event, including singles, doubles, and 3 player teams.

For more information on either of these tournaments, please contact your local proprietor or the Bowl Alberta office at (780) 422-8251 or toll free at 1-866-422-8252.

The Youth Scholarship Entry Forms are available at your local bowling centre and also on the Bowl Alberta website at bowlab.ca Click on the results tab to download forms for both the All Events & YBC Scholarship Tournaments.

Youth Camp Notice

The Alberta Youth Bowling Camp will be held from August 11-14, 2016 at Kings’ University and Bonnie Doon Lanes in Edmonton. If you are interested in coaching or assisting with the Youth Camp, please contact Grady Long in Edmonton at 780-499-1266 or download the coach’s application form at bowlab.ca and click on the results tab.

Registration forms for the bowlers and coaches are available at your local bowling center, as well as posted on the BPA website at bowlab.ca

Bowler registration forms for the Youth Camp are also available on the BPA website.

Tournament Dates – 2016-2017

The following are tentative tournament dates for next season.

More information will follow in the August newsletter regarding tournament sites and times.
Teaching & Senior Divisions:

Tournament #1 – October 2, 2016
Tournament #2 – November 6, 2016
Tournament #3 – January 8, 2017
Tournament #4 – February 26, 2017
Teaching Prov. – March 18 & 19, 2017 – Edmonton
Senior Prov. – March 18 & 19, 2017 – St. Paul

Tournament Division:

Tournament #1 & 2 – Oct. 15 & 16, 2016
Tournament #3 & 4 – January 7 & 8, 2017
Tournament #5 & 6 – March 4 & 5, 2017

Master/Youth Tournament:

November 27, 2016

Master/YBC:

March 12, 2017 – Heritage Lanes – Red Deer

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at the Kerry
Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer. (6300 45 Avenue, Red Deer – 403-346-2010)

If you are planning on attending the AGM and are using your GPS to find it, it will not likely recognize Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Please use Waskasoo Park as your destination for GPS purposes.


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January 2016

In Memory of Jerry Budnyk

As many of you know, Jerry Budnyk passed away recently.

Jerry was a very active member of our Board of Directors as well as the Teaching Director North for many years.  He was extremely valuable to our Board and we all respected what he had to say.  Jerry attended a Master Bowlers’ Association of Canada meeting in Sudbury one year as he “wanted to see what you guys talk about”.

Our Board of Directors recently voted to name the Teaching Men’s Division Provincial Championship plaque in honor of Jerry.

Jerry always showed up early for our Board meetings to put the coffee on.  When the meetings ended, Jerry would always move for the adjournment.

Jerry’s memory will certainly live on thru his many bowling friends who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Teaching, Senior, and Tournament Division Results

Teaching Division – 3rd tournament results

North Division Teaching Ladies-Staci Saunders of Edmonton + 386

South Division Teaching Ladies-Catherine McAllister of Calgary + 418

North Division Teaching Men-Dean Lanovaz of Edmonton + 305

South Division Teaching Men-Kevin Ahlstrom of Calgary + 391

Senior Division

Georgette Lafreniere of St. Paul won her second tournament in a row in the Senior Pins Over Average Division with a +228.

In the Seniors Scratch Division Lynn Howell of Edmonton also won his second tournament in a row with a score of 1877.  Lynn won by a slim margin over Tom Stevenson of Calgary and Ken Malcomson of Medicine Hat.  Tom and Ken both bowled 1874.

Tournament Division

The tournament division has now completed their 3rd and 4th tournaments.

The ladies third tournament winner was Jennifer Smith of Calgary with a 2285.  This is Jennifer’s 23rd tournament victory. Congratulations!

The winner of the fourth ladies tournament was Heidi Mapstone of Spruce Grove with a 2248.  This is Heidi’s 2nd tournament win.

In the men’s division, Gary Baird of Blackfalds won his 8th Master’s tournament with a score of 2175.

Mike Lacoursiere took the fourth tournament in the men’s division also with a score of 2175.  This is Mike’s 4th tournament victory.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Master/YBC Tournament

The annual Master/YBC Provincial tournament is being held on March 13, 2016 at Heritage Lanes in Red Deer.  This is a great event that gives our youth bowlers a glimpse at what being a Master is all about.

Teams are made up of a bantam, junior and senior YBC bowler as well as a Master bowler.  We need Masters from all divisions to support this tournament!!

Entry information has been sent to the bowling centers and your proprietors should be running house rounds in the near future.  Please take the time to check it out and join in.  It really is a lot of fun for those who get involved!!

Senior Division Provincials

The dates for the Senior Division Provincials are Saturday, March 19, 2016, and Sunday,

March 20, 2016, at Heartland Bowl in Stettler.  The start times will be Saturday @ 3:00 p.m. and Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.

The address is Heartland Bowl – Stettler – 4601 59 Street  Phone: 403-742-3149

Participants will be bowling 8 games each day. Alberta’s National Team will be finalized on Sunday and the winners will be asked to stay a little later to pick a coach, sign papers, and get sized up for shirts.

Also; don’t forget to bring extra Cash !  This is to take care of elimination draw tickets.

Teaching Division Provincial Information

The Teaching Division Provincials are being held at Heritage Lanes in Red Deer on Saturday, March 19, 2016 @ 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.  Heritage Lanes is located at 6200 67A Street, Red Deer.  Phone: 403-309-6387.

Alberta’s National Team will be finalized on Sunday and the winners will be asked to stay a little later to pick a coach, sign papers, and get sized up for shirts.

Remember  to bring extra Cash !  This is to take care of elimination draw tickets.

Rhod Hubbard is your Provincial Teaching Division Director and he has asked that any new bowlers who are still required to bring average verification for the Provincials have that

information sent to him @ hubardr@shaw.ca   The average date to be used is February 27, 2016, and must be sent to Rhod by March 5, 2016.

Coaching Resumes

The deadline for resumes for Teaching and Senior divisions is before the first ball is thrown on the last day of the Provincial tournament. The deadline for the Tournament division is before the first ball is thrown on the morning of the final tournament.

Please forward your resumes to your Provincial Teaching Division or Provincial Senior Division Director, or to the MBA of A office.

Your Teaching Division Director contact is Rhod Hubbard.  Rhod’s e-mail is hubardr@shaw.ca

Your Senior Division Director is Glen Christensen.  Glen’s e-mail is glenc@shaw.ca

Assessment Fee for Non-Participating Masters

Please note that any non-participating Master who wishes to coach at the National level will be required to pay a $300.00 assessment fee.

Teaching Division Survey

For those of you that have already received the Teaching Division Survey via e-mail regarding a Scratch Division for Teaching, please remember to return your response no later than March 10, 2016.  Some of you will be receiving it via mail with this newsletter.  Please read it carefully and send in your response, also no later than March 10, 2016.

MBA Office Position Available

The position of Office Administrator for the MBA of A office will become available at the end of July, 2016. The position is basically a part-time position with the hours of work varying, depending on the time of the season.  It involves managing the day to day banking and accounting for the Association as well as looking after membership renewals and requests, tournament results, newsletters, coaching information, and various other duties.  If you are interested and would like more information please contact Bev at the MBA office at mbaofalberta@gmail.com or phone 403-309-6916.  Resumes can be forwarded via e-mail to the above address or mailed to MBA of A,

1 Oxbow Street, Red Deer  AB  T4N 5C3

National Dates

The dates for the 2016 Master’s Nationals are from June 28-July 3, 2016 in Surrey, BC.

June 28 & July 3 are travel days, with the bowling starting on June 29.

AGM Date

The date for this year’s AGM is Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre in Red Deer (6300 45 Avenue, Red Deer – 403-346-2010).