by Rob Tetro
The Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame will induct five new members during a ceremony tomorrow, May 6.
This year’s inductees are Jay Seymour, Ray Gregory, Frank Allen, Jr., Della Daniels and Ronnie Beeman.
Jay Seymour has been involved in bowling since 1976. He credited his father for bringing the sport of bowling into his life. His father began teaching Seymour how to bowl when he was 10 years old.
Throughout his career, Seymour has earned many achievements and held many positions, including a seat on the association board.
Seymour has 29 300-games and 10 800-series. He has a high series of 866, which is an association record.
Seymour said it was a great honor to be inducted into the hall of fame, especially when he will be inducted with one of his friends, the late Ray Gregory.
The late Ray Gregory began bowling when he was 10 years old at what was then called Bowlarama in Fulton. Gregory was mentored by junior coach Jerry Guernsey.
Gregory soon became a competitive bowler who was often a tournament favorite. He won a Junior State Championship, which was followed up by involvement in men’s leagues. Gregory joined a five-man team that took part in the Western and Central Team Tournaments in Rochester. This team came away with $25,000 from its participation in this event.
Gregory worked in many secretary/treasury positions for the bowling leagues he took part in. He was a member of the Fulton Bowling Association Board for 12 years, including several years as board president.
In recent years, Gregory also won many tournaments, including New York State Miller Lite Doubles, Multiple League Championships and two New York State Elks Team Championships.
He also won in the New York State Elks All Events Championships with a nine game scratch total of 2,387.
Gregory went on to win five Fulton Board Association Championships and the 1990 Valley News Masters while also earning a runner up finish in the Syracuse Post Standard Masters.
Throughout his career, Gregory had seven 800-series with a high series of 838. He also had 19 300-games, one 299-game and two 298-games.
2011 Fulton Bowling Hall of Fame inductee Mike Guernsey bowled with Gregory for many years.
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