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FRANK SPANO WINS LIGBT SMITHTOWN EVENT!

Posted On: November 19, 2018

 Josh Marino: Scratch Champion

Smithtown, NY:  Frank Spano, a senior bowler from Brentwood, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s house shot event at AMF Smithtown. Frank earned his 2nd LIGBT handicap title by defeating Max Thomas, Stamford, CT 229-200 in the final shootout. While Max earned $500 for 2nd, finishing in third with a 195 was Jack Saunders, Holbrook, NY earning $300. Fourth went to Deon Taitte, Amityville, NY with a 185 worth $250.   

The final shootout was a good match as all 4 bowlers were within 9 pins handicap. Frank started the match with 4 strikes in a row and was cruising until he opened in the 6th and 9th frames. Jack had a chance to force Frank to double in the tenth if he doubled. Jack got the first strike but failed on his second attempt. When Max doubled in the final frame he grabbed second place by just 5 pins. Deon had trouble with the left lane and could not build a string of strikes.    

Prior to the handicap finals was the scratch final match between Joshua Marino, Forest Hills, NY and Warren Cooperstein, Fort Salonga, NY. Josh won the $600 scratch top prize by defeating Warren 231-203. Warren earned $300 for his runner-up position. Also cashing in the scratch prize fund was Anthony Fusco, W. Hempstead, NY (667) earning $150 and junior bowler Kyle Perillo, Nesconset, NY (657) earning a $75 scholarship.

This was the first time the LIGBT visited AMF Smithtown and it was a big success. The house shot event drew a crowd of 90 entries (70 handicap/20 scratch), advanced 13 bowlers to the finals (plus 2 scratch finalists) and paid out $4,225. The cut scores on the house shot were; 762 & 730 for the 49 & under age group and 731 & 752 for the seniors. High series of the tournament was shot by Deon Taitte with an 884 in the 1pm squad.

LIGBT’s next tournament is our annual Thanksgiving Major featuring top prizes of $3,000 & $1,500. This 2-day event (November 23 & 25) will be hosted by AMF Garden City. To view the final results of the AMF Smithtown house shot event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, and Billvee Electric.

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EDDIE CINTRON RETURNS TO THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Posted On: November 05, 2018

New Hyde Park, NY:  Eddie Cintron, a 61 year old Technical Project Manager from Laurelton, NY, won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event at Herrill Lanes. Eddie earned his second LIGBT title by defeating Kameron Smith, Tobyhanna, PA 255-238 in the final shootout. While Kameron earned $500 for second, finishing third was Maniram Basdeo, Bronx, NY with a 236 worth $350. Rounding out the top 6 was 4th place finisher Rafael Ongjoco, Babylon, NY with a 232 worth $300, 5th went to Tony Jimenez, W. Babylon, NY with a 178 earning $275 and 6th was taken by Dawn Vening Mount Vernon, NY with a 165 worth $250.

The six bowler shootout was a great match with 4 out of the 6 bowlers having a chance to win going into the final frame. Rafael took the early lead with a triple in frames 3 through 5. Eddie made a nice come back with his own triple in frames 5 through 7. When Maniram and Kameron doubled late in the match they also had a shot at the title. Eddie grabbed the title by doubling in the tenth forcing the other bowlers to also double. None accomplished the feat giving Eddie his second LIGBT trophy.

The Herrill event drew a good fall crowd of 95 entries, advanced 11 bowlers to the finals and cashed another 12 bowlers for $75 (better than 1 in 3.) The total prize fund paid out $4,325. The cut scores on the NCAA #3 pattern were low; 644 & 653. High series of the tournament was shot by our champion Eddie Cintron with a 736 in the 3pm squad. Women did very well as 3 advanced to the finals; Gloria Smith, Alice Vietri and Dawn Vening.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad house shot event at Whitestone Lanes; Sunday, November 11th (1pm & 3pm.) Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-1st and $500-2nd.  To view the final results of the Herrill Lanes event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates.

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DEXTER SAPP WINS RECORD 8TH TITLE

Posted On: October 29, 2018

  

Scratch Finalists
Mike Dioguardo & Jonathan McCord

Patchogue, NY:  Dexter Sapp, a 42 year old Verizon technician from Valley Stream, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s house shot event at Bowl Long Island. Dexter earned his record breaking 8th LIGBT title (his first in over 2 years) as he defeated Eddie Eng, Flushing, NY 244-214 in the final shootout. While Ed earned $500 for second, finishing in third with a 212 was James Marino, Lindenhurst, NY earning $300. Fourth went to Damian Walsh, Mastic, NY with a 211 worth $250. Rounding out the top 6 was fifth place finisher Tony Jimenez, W. Babylon, NY with a 210 worth $200 while 6th place was taken by Denis Mendelson Levittown, NY with a 202 worth $150.  

The six bowler shootout was not as high scoring as previous house shot shootouts. Only one double was thrown (by James Marino) in the first 6 frames and 5 out of the 6 bowlers had an open frame by the 5th frame. Dexter, who was the only bowler to shoot a clean game, took charge of the match with a four bagger starting in frame 6. By the time the final frame arrived the competition would be for second place which was only separated by 3 pins between 4 bowlers. Eddie Eng grabbed second place by striking out in the 10th frame.

Prior to the handicap final shootout was the scratch final match between Jonathan McCord Medford, NY and Mike Dioguardo from Patchogue, NY. Jonathan won the $350 scratch top prize by shooting a clean 223. Mike settled for second, worth $230, with a 200. Jonathan advanced to the scratch finals with a qualifying series of 595 in the 1pm squad. Mike advanced to the finals with a 664 scratch series in the 3pm squad.

The Bowl Long Island house shot event drew a crowd of 64 entries (54 handicap/10 scratch), advanced 10 bowlers to the finals (plus 2 scratch finalists) and paid out $3,355. The cut scores on the house shot were low; 677 & 707 for the 49 & under age group and 682 & 704 for the seniors. High series of the tournament was shot by Denis Mendelson with an 818 in the 3pm squad. One additional bowler cashed via the “no division” insurance; Julio Arnold, Woodside, NY with a 704 in the second squad.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event, November 4th at Herrill Lanes. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the Bowl Long Island house shot event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, and Billvee Electric.

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HECTOR DIAZ JR. EARNS TITLE #4

Posted On: October 22, 2018

Babylon, NY:  Hector Diaz Jr., a 39 year old IT Director from the Bronx, won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event at AMF Babylon. Hector earned his fourth LIGBT title by defeating David Raiford, Long Island City, NY 219-217 in the final shootout. While David, who advanced to his second consecutive shootout, earned $500 for second, finishing third was left-hander Cameron Potts, Babylon, NY with a 202 worth $300. Rounding out the top 5 was 4th place finisher Joe Laier, Massapequa Park, NY with a 197 worth $275 and 5th went to senior bowler Sam Cooke, Patchogue, NY with a 192 earning $250.

The final shootout was a tight match all the way to the end. All 5 bowlers were within 10 pins in handicap so the shootout was basically bowled scratch. David started out strong with a triple and held the lead until the final frame. Hector was trailing David the entire match but when he doubled in the 8th and 9th frames, and David opened in the 10th frame, the title was his when he marked in his final frame.

The AMF Babylon event drew a good fall crowd of 87 entries, advanced 15 bowlers to the finals (better than 1 in 5) and paid out $3,725. The cut scores on the “Autobahn” pattern were; 700 & 716. High series of the tournament was shot by 3rd place finisher Joe Laier with a 786 in the 3pm squad. Three wildcard winners were added to the finals; Donald Eubanks, Elmsford, NY 1377, Deon Taitte, Amityville, NY 1370 and Sam Cooke 1355.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad house shot event at Bowl Long Island in Patchogue; Sunday, October 28th (1pm & 3pm.) Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-1st and $500-2nd.  To view the final results of the AMF Babylon event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates.

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DENNIS MCMILLAN WINS HIS FIRST LIGBT TITLE!

Posted On: October 15, 2018
Scratch Finalists
Tom Montilli & Joe Scianna

Astoria, NY:  Dennis McMillan, a 54 year old therapist, won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s house shot event at Astoria Bowl. Dennis’ first LIGBT title came fairly easy as he defeated Joe Scianna, Ronkonkoma, NY 300-257 in the final shootout. While Joe earned $500 for second, Tom Montilli, Bronx, NY finished third with a 249 worth $300 and fourth went to David Raiford, Long Island City, NY with a 214 earning him $250.

The final shootout featured a lot of strikes with Dennis almost throwing a perfect game except for a 10 pin in his second frame. Dennis finished with 280 scratch which was 23 pins higher than Joe’s 257 scratch game (Joe gets 0 handicap.) By the end of the match the contest was for second place between Joe and Tom. When Tom threw a strike in the 10th it forced Joe to double which he did with ease. The shootout was well bowled as 3 of the 4 competitors threw clean games.

Joe and Tom also matched up in the scratch final shootout. Joe defeated Tom 254-235 to win the $375 top prize. Tom earned $250 for second. Also cashing in the scratch side event was Dainon Ward, Brooklyn, NY with a 707 earning him $75.

The Astoria house shot event drew a crowd of 67 entries, advanced 13 bowlers to the finals and paid out $3,425. The cut scores on the house shot were; 745 & 731 for the 49 & under age group and 719 & 731 for the seniors. High series of the tournament was shot by Archie Nabas, Queens Village, NY with an 853 in the 3pm squad. One bowler, James Marino, Lindenhurst, NY earned a $75 cashing spot due to the “no division” insurance.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event, October 21st at AMF Babylon. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the Astoria Bowl event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates.

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DARCY MONROE’S 8 YEAR WAIT IS OVER!

Posted On: October 08, 2018

Darcy and Daughter

Darcy Monroe w/daughter
GM Chris Pierce

Wantagh, NY:  Darcy Monroe, a 56 year old coordinator for Home Goods, won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event hosted by AMF Wantagh. This was Darcy’s first LIGBT title in 191 events! Darcy’s long awaited victory became reality when he defeated Tony Jimenez, Babylon, NY 250-237 in the final shootout. While Tony earned $500 for second, finishing third was Mike Simeone, Lindenhurst, NY with a 214 worth $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Sal Florindo, Forest Hills, NY, with a 189 worth $250.

Darcy’s championship run started when he led the 3pm squad with a 730 giving him a bye. In the final shootout Darcy, who owned the highest average in the shootout, was giving the other competitors handicap so he had to bowl the highest scratch game. He accomplished this by rolling the only “clean” game in the shootout.

The final shootout was a good one and came down to the final frame between Darcy and Tony. Tony went up first trailing by just a few pins. Tony struck on his first ball but needed another strike to force Darcy to double. Tony got an 8 spare to finish his game which forced Darcy to throw the first strike in the 10th. Darcy threw a perfect shot and a few moments later was holding his first LIGBT trophy.

The AMF Wantagh event drew a decent fall crowd of 74 entries, advanced 15 bowlers to the finals (better than 1 in 5) and paid out $3,350. The cut scores on the “Dead Man’s Curve” pattern were on the low side; 693 & 695. High series of the tournament was shot by 3rd place finisher Mike Simeone with a 786 in the 1pm squad. Dianna Slaughter, Hempstead, NY was the high women and was added to the finals with a 678 series. Two wildcard winners were also added to the finals; Pak Wong, New York, NY (1359) and 4th place finisher Sal Florindo (1357.)   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad house shot event at Astoria Bowl; Sunday, October 14th (1pm & 3pm.) Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-1st and $500-2nd.  To view the final results of the AMF Wantagh event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates.

    

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ARCHIE NABAS IS BACK IN THE WINNER’S CIRCLE

Posted On: October 01, 2018

Scratch Winners: Tom Grunwald & Quan Jacob

Coram, NY:  Archie Nabas, a 47 year old construction manager from Queens Village, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s house shot event at Coram Country Lanes. Archie earned his third LIGBT title as he defeated Tommy Grunwald, Astoria, NY 277-257 in the final shootout. While Tom earned $500 for second, finishing in third with a 242 was Dave Soren, Long Beach, NY earning $300. Fourth went to Ferrill McNeil with a 239 worth $250. Rounding out the top 6 was fifth place finisher Tony Jimenez, W. Babylon, NY with a 238 worth $200 while 6th place was taken by Juan Ayala, Medford, NY with a 221 worth $150.  

Winning a 6 bowler shootout is a very challenging task. Archie, the only lefty in the final shootout, started with 6 strikes in the first 7 frames and never looked back. Tommy threw every shot in the pocket but 3 stubborn 10 pins cost him the title. Ferrill bowled well but he never recovered from a missed spare in the second frame. Tony threw a clean game but couldn’t get the string of strikes he needed to win. Juan bowled well but 2 opens hurt his title chances.

The Coram Country Lanes house shot event drew a crowd of 65 entries (54 handicap/11 scratch), advanced 11 bowlers to the finals (plus 2 scratch finalists) and paid out $3,300. The cut scores on the house shot were; 753 & 772 for the 49 & under age group and 693 & 766 for the seniors. High series of the tournament was shot by Tony Jimenez with an 813 in the 3pm squad. One additional bowler was added to the finals via the “no division” insurance; Kameron Smith with a 753 in the 1pm squad. Tommy Grunwald and Quan Jacob, Bronx, NY won the scratch event and split the $525 in prize money.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event, October 7th at AMF Wantagh. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the Coram house shot event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, and Billvee Electric.

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JOE SCIANNA WINS $1,400 AT LIGBT MARATHON

Posted On: September 15, 2018

Garden City, NY:  Joe Scianna, a senior bowler from Ronkonkoma, NY, swept both the scratch and handicap marathon titles at AMF Garden City which hosted LIGBT’s 5-game marathon. In the handicap event Joe defeated top seed Antonino Dilluvio, Flushing, NY 247-207 to claim the $1,000 top prize. Antonino collected $500 for second place. In the scratch event Joe earned an additional $400 with a 1232 series which was the top 5-game scratch total.

In the semi-final match of the handicap event Joe shot an incredible 285 game to advance to the final shootout. Finishing in 3rd place was senior bowler Shiu Lee, Forest Hills, NY with a 239 worth $300. In 4th place was 7-time LIGBT champion Dexter Sapp, Valley Stream, NY with a 218 worth $250.

The final match brought together the highest average in the LIGBT, Joe Scianna with a 205 (5 pins in handicap) and Antonino Dilluvio with a 135 average (67 pins in handicap.) Joe didn’t worry about the huge handicap advantage as he started the match with 7 strikes in a row and never looked back. This was Joe’s second LIGBT title.

The bonus scratch marathon paid out 3 spots; Joe Scianna won the event with a 1232 series earning $400. Second place went to Carl Worley, Staten Island, NY, with an 1192 worth $200 and third place was taken by Andrew Mienkiewicz, Massapequa, NY with an 1148 worth $130.

The AMF Garden City event drew a total of 62 entries (48 handicap/14 scratch) and paid out $3,625. A total of 16 bowlers earned money (better than a 1 in 4 ratio) with minimum prize paying $85. Three bowlers took advantage of the “no division insurance” and earned their entry fee back; Archie Nabas (1196), Scott Kampf (1195), and Andrew Mienkiewicz (1193.) High handicap series was shot by Antonino Dilluvio with a 1343 and Joe Scianna had the high scratch series with a 1232.    

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad house shot event at Coram Country Lanes; Sunday, September 30th (1pm & 3pm.) Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-1st and $500-2nd.  To view the final results of the AMF Garden City event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, and Vietri Associates.

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