Master Bowlers' Association of Alberta

Official website of the Alberta Master Bowlers

January 2016

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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 @   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

Your Senior Division Director is Glen Christensen.  Glen’s e-mail is

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 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).

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