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DAWN VENING WINS HER FIRST LIGBT TITLE

Posted On: October 21, 2019

Meadow, NY: Dawn Vening, a 52-year old Legal Assistant from Mt. Vernon, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event at AMF E. Meadow. Dawn won her first LIGBT title by defeating Archie Nabas, Queens Village, NY 285-263 in the final shootout. While Archie earned $500 for second, finishing third was Rafael Ongjoco, Babylon, NY with a 194 worth $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Alex Padmore, Jamaica, NY with a 186 worth $250.

The final shootout was dominated by Dawn and Archie. Although Dawn was getting 21 pins in handicap from Archie, she didn’t need a single one as shot beat him scratch by one pin! Dawn started the match with 4 strikes, and then after an open frame in the 5th, threw another 4 strikes in a row to hold off a late run by Archie. Archie threw the only clean game in the shootout, and finished with 6 in a row, but still fell 12 pins short of his 5th title.

The AMF E. Meadow event drew a great crowd of 100 entries, advanced 14 bowlers to the finals plus cashed another 12 for $75 (better than 1 in 4.) The total prize fund paid out was $4,650. The cut scores on the “Boardwalk” pattern were: 653 & 670. High series of the tournament was shot by Stanley Waite, Dover, DE in the 1pm squad with a 726. The wildcard winner was Andrew Mienkiewicz, Dix Hills, NY with a 1350 six-game series. One woman was added to the finals due to the women guarantee and that was our champion Dawn who qualified with a 687.    

LIGBT’s next tournament is a house shot event at Levittown Lanes on Sunday, October 27th (2pm & 4pm) featuring top prizes of $1,000 & $500. The house shot event will feature 2 age divisions (49 & under/50+) and advance 1 in 6 to the finals.  To view the results of the AMF E. Meadow event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.

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ADAM DEROSSI WINS 4TH TITLE AT AMF WANTAGH

Posted On: October 07, 2019

Wantagh, NY:  Adam DeRossi, a 35-year old IT Director from Massapequa Park, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event at AMF Wantagh. Adam earned his 4th LIGBT title in 4 years by defeating Jimmy Walsh, Glen Cove, NY 235-230 in the final shootout. While Jimmy earned $500 for second, finishing third was Sal Florindo, Forest Hills, NY with a 228 worth $300. Rounding out the top 6 was 4th place finisher Mike Simeone, Lindenhurst, NY with a 214 worth $250, 5th went to Hari Soedarmasto, Levittown, NY with a 197 earning him $225 and 6th place went to Archie Nabis, Queens Village, NY with a 187 worth $200.

A 6-bowler shootout is tough to win, and Adam was up to the task as he was the only bowler not to have an open frame in the final shootout. Adam’s steadiness, and a double in the middle of the game, gave him a 5-pin victory. Adam was also clutch as he needed a mark in the final frame to secure his $1,000 victory. Jimmy also bowled great and only had one open but needed a double in the 10th to force Adam to double. Sal, who will be 80 year’s old in a few months, almost won his 3rd title. When Sal doubled in the 10th frame he forced Jim and Adam to mark.

The AMF Wantagh event drew a nice crowd of 85 entries, advanced 11 bowlers to the finals plus cashed another 11 for $75 (better than 1 in 3.) The total prize fund paid out was $3,800. The cut scores on the Broadway pattern were:  654 & 673. High series of the tournament was shot by 4th place finisher Mike Simeone with a 741 in the 3pm squad. The wildcard winner was Donald Eubanks, Elmsford, NY with a 1322 six game series.     

LIGBT’s next tournament is a sport shot event at AMF E. Meadow on Sunday, October 20th (1pm & 3pm) featuring top prizes of $1,000 & $500.  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, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.

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LIGBT SEASON 11 RECAP

Posted On: September 09, 2019

Syosset, NY: The LIGBT has completed its 11th season and it was one of the most successful years for this still growing club. A total of 5,309 entries were recorded in 37 events which extrapolates to 143 bowlers per tournament. The 37 event prize funds paid out $256,585 and when including all the side action a total of $469,130 was distributed.

The LIGBT hosted just 684 different bowlers in Season 11 of which 208 were first time members. There were 28 different champions of which 8 of them won multiple times. Darcy Monroe was the only 3-time winner while 7 others winning twice. The two Super Tournament Champions were Peter Libranti and Jae Yi both earning $5,000. The other major title holders, all earning $3,000, were: Dexter Sapp (Thanksgiving Major), Dwayne Redman (Winter Major), Curtis Hetmeyer (Spring Major), and Joe Scianna (Firecracker Classic.)

The leading money winner, when including prize money and side action, was Harry Park with earnings of $10,995. Just $88 behind was Sun Kim with earnings of $10,907. To make the top 10 in earnings you had to win $7,552 or more. Peter Libranti was the leading prize money winner (side action not included) with $7,360. There were 4 bowlers that earned $6,000 or more & it took $4,000 to crack the top 10.

What makes the LIGBT so successful is how many bowlers cash. A total of 10 bowlers earned more than $7,500, 20 bowlers earned more than $5,000, 35 bowlers earned more than $3,000, 55 bowlers earned more than $2,000, and an amazing 102 bowlers earned at least $1,000! Out of the 684 different bowlers that competed 426 of them earned a prize—an amazing 62%!

Consistency is key when bowling tournaments. Harry Park had the highest cashing percentage in the club with an impressive 73% (19 out of 26.) Also cashing in 19 events was James Marino who cashed at a rate of 54% (19 out of 35.) The only other bowler cashing for 70% or higher was Darryl McDuffie who cashed in 14 out of 20 tournaments. A total of 10 bowlers cashed in 13 or more tournaments.

The LIGBT’s success has a lot to do with the challenging lane patterns it puts down. Only 1 bowler out of 684 members averaged over 200; Joe Scianna with an amazing 215 (which means he bowls scratch.) The closest bowler to Joe was 17 pins behind, Scott Kampf who averaged 198 for 93 games. Only 6 bowlers averaged 190 or greater.

How tough are the scoring conditions? Just look at what the club is averaging (only includes bowlers with 30 games or more): 1 bowler is averaging 200+, 5 bowlers are averaging 190-199, 13 bowlers are averaging 180-189, 39 bowlers are averaging 170-179, 44 bowlers are averaging 160-169, 33 bowlers are averaging 150-159, 29 bowlers are averaging 140-49.  The median club average is 162!

A special thanks to all the bowlers that competed in Season 11. We look forward to seeing you at a future LIGBT tournament.

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JAE YI WINS $5,000 AT LIGBT SUPER TOURNAMENT #6

Posted On: September 02, 2019

Garden City, NY:  Jae Yi, a 45-year old right-hander from Flushing, NY won the $5,000 top prize at AMF Garden City where LIGBT’s Super Tournament #6 was held. Jae, who was a Friday wildcard winner, defeated Archie Nabas, Queens Village, NY 249-238 to win his second LIGBT title. Archie, who qualified on Sunday at noon with a 661, earned $2,500 for his runner-up position. Finishing in third was Joe Scianna, Ronkonkoma, NY with a 226 worth $1,250. Fourth place went to David Chu, New York, NY with a 218 worth $1,000. Rounding out the top 5 was Jimmy Walsh, Glen Cove, NY with a 205 worth $500.

The Super Tournament final shootout was a pressure packed match with over $10,000 up for grabs. Archie started with 4 strikes in a row to take an early lead. Jae stayed close by staying clean and when he tripled starting in frame #6, and Archie missed a one pin spare in his 6th frame, the lead switched. But when Jae missed a spare in the 9th frame Archie still had a chance but could not double in the final frame.

Jae joins a prestigious list of $5,000 LIGBT Super Tournament champions; Tommy Grunwald, Astoria, NY was the first Super champion at Farmingdale Lanes (February, 2016), Cynthia Cooke, Patchogue, NY won the second Super Tournament at AMF Plainview (May 2017) and Pak Wong, New York, NY won the 3rd Super Tournament also at AMF Plainview (August, 2017.) Hector Diaz Jr., Bronx, NY was the 4th Super Tournament winner at Levittown Lanes (June, 2018.) The 5th Super Champion was Peter Libranti, Wantagh, NY at AMF Babylon (May 2019.) the 7th Super Tournament champion will be crowned in May, 2020 on Memorial Day weekend.

The Super Tournament drew an amazing crowd of 380 entries plus 55 desperado entries. There were 59 finalists plus another 46 cashers (105 total-better than a 1 in 2 ratio) all sharing in a $23,330 prize fund. Cut scores were low on the custom pattern ranging from 618-667. In fact there were 18 games under 100 in the 7 squads! High series was shot by Joe Evers, Islip Terrace, NY 746 (Friday 8pm.) There were 50 women entries with 8 advancing to the finals. There were 5 wildcard winners: Jae Yi (1266), Darryl Freeman (1258), Peter Libranti (1296), Julio Arnold (1271), and Hari Soedarmasto (1270.)  Total payout for the weekend exceeded $50,000!

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event at Herrill Lanes on Sunday, September 22nd. For complete results of Super Tournament #6 please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Randi Siegle Law,  Kegel,  Torch Bowling, Vietri Associates, Billvee Electric, Knockout Ball Cleaner, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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JACK KAMPF LOVES HOME COOKING!

Posted On: August 19, 2019

Levittown, NY:  Jack Kampf, a senior bowler from Levittown, NY won the $1,500 top prize at LIGBT’s Beat-The-Board Tournament hosted at Levittown Lanes. Jack earned his third LIGBT title by defeating Robert Cantine Jr., Yonkers, NY 258-228 in the final shootout. While Robert earned $750 for second, finishing in third was Kevin Miller, New York, NY with a 204 worth $500. Rounding out the top 4 was James Marino, Lindenhurst, NY with a 177 worth $250.

Jack considers Levittown Lanes his second home and he certainly looked comfortable during the final shootout. Jack started the match with 5 strikes in his first 6 frames and never looked back. Robert kept the pressure on early but opens in the 6th and 7th frame gave Jack a 30 pin commanding lead which he never relinquished. Kevin and James had too many early opens, and despite strong finishes, settled for 3rd and 4th place.

The Beat the Board Tournament drew a great crowd of 131 entries, advanced 24 bowlers to the finals and paid out $6,040. It took a 676 to advance on the Kegel Tower of Pisa pattern. High series of the tournament was shot by 2nd place finisher Robert Cantine Jr. with a 777 in the 5pm squad. The wildcard winners were Ken Simpson, Shirley, NY (1375) and Cary Fishman, New York, NY (1392.)  Three women advanced to the finals; Emily Collazo, Monique Compton, and Lisa Giglia.     

LIGBT’s next tournament is our big Super Tournament at AMF Garden City Labor Day Weekend. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $5,000-$2,500-$1,250-$1,000 with 1 in 4 bowlers cashing and 1 in 8 advancing each squad. To view the final results of the Levittown event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.

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DARCY MONROE VICTORIOUS AT AMF BABYLON

Posted On: August 12, 2019

Babylon, NY: Darcy Monroe, a 57-year old right-hander from E. Meadow, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event hosted at AMF Babylon. Darcy won his second title of the summer, and third overall, by defeating second place finisher Antonio Fonseca, Bronx, NY 268-246. Antonio, who was making his first LIGBT shootout, earned $500 as the runner-up. Also competing in the final shootout was 3rd place finisher James Marino, Lindenhurst, NY who shot a 235 worth $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Michael Reed, Boston, MA with a 223 earning him $250.

The final shootout was high scoring on the “Broadway” pattern. There were plenty of strikes thrown with Darcy starting with 6 in a row which gave him the lead that he never relinquished. Antonio threw the only clean game in the finals and could have forced Darcy to mark in the 10th if he doubled. James bowled well but couldn’t throw a string of strikes and had to settle for 3rd. Michael started out slow and could never catch up despite a strong finish.

The AMF Babylon event drew a nice summer crowd of 96 entries, advanced 14 bowlers to the finals and paid out $4,650 with all finalists earning at least $150. The cut to the finals were 697 & 723 while the cashing score was 677 & 691. High series of the tournament was shot by John Petrizzi, N. Babylon, NY with a 781 in the 1pm squad. The wildcard winner was Joe Kingston, Ronkonkoma, NY (1374.) Paige Sztabnik, Cold Spring Harbor, NY was added to the finals as the high woman with a 674 series.     

LIGBT’s next event is a Beat-The-Board Tournament at Levittown Lanes on Sunday, August 18th 1pm-3pm-5pm. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,500-$750-$500-$250 with 24 guaranteed finalists. 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, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.

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DENIS MENDELSON’S WAIT IS OVER!

Posted On: July 29, 2019

New Hyde Park, NY:  Denis Mendelson, a senior left-hander from Levittown, NY won his first LIGBT title at Herrill Lanes on Sunday. Denis earned $1,500 by defeating Darryl Freeman, Forest Hills, NY 247-237 in the final shootout. While Darryl earned $750, finishing in third was Jay Yi, Flushing, NY with a 229 worth $500. Rounding out the top 4 was Ken Simpson, Shirley, NY with a 190 worth $300.

The final shootout was competitive with the champion not decided until the final frame. Denis took a quick lead by throwing 4 strikes in his first 5 frames. But when Denis threw a split in his 7th frame and Darryl and Jay threw late doubles the match got very close. Both Jay and Darryl could have forced Dennis to double in his final frame if they struck out. Jay opened in his 10th and Darryl got the first strike but failed to double. Dennis still needed a spare to clinch the title and when he converted the 4-7 the title was his.

The Beat the Board Tournament drew a great crowd of 148 entries, advanced 24 bowlers to the finals and paid out $6,850 with all finalists earning at least $150. It took a 664 to advance on the Kegel Autobahn pattern. High series of the tournament was shot by Steve Chiu, Little Neck, NY with a 721 in the 1pm squad. The wildcard winners were Ken Simpson (1322) and Guy Sereno, W. Hempstead, NY (1406.) Monique Compton, Bronx, NY was the only women to advance.     

LIGBT’s next tournament is a sport shot event at AMF Babylon on Sunday, August 11th- 1pm & 3pm. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 4 bowlers cashing and 1 in 8 advancing each squad. 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, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.

SPECIAL NOTE: Congratulations to Denis for joining your crew as a champion. Denis joins his bowling partners; Frank Lunghi, Gary Paulsen, and Ed Passaro all who have an LIGBT title.

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JIMMY WALSH WINS DOMINATES AT SYOSSET!

Posted On: July 22, 2019

Syosset, NY:  Jimmy Walsh, Glen Cove, NY won his second LIGBT title this season, and fourth overall with a 70-pin victory at AMF Syosset. Jim earned the $1,000 top prize by defeating second place finisher Archie Nabas, Queens Village, NY 293-223. While Archie earned $500 for second, finishing in third was Abel David, Franklin Square, NY with a 214 worth $300. Rounding out the top 4 was James Dickerson, Norwalk, CT with a 182 worth $250.

The final shootout was quickly a fight for second place as Jim started with 6 perfect strikes and coasted to victory. Archie and Abel fought it out for second with Archie sealing the runner-up spot with a spare in the 10th frame. James, who was giving everyone pins, couldn’t string strikes and settled for 4th place.

The AMF Syosset event drew a nice crowd of 96 entries, advanced 13 bowlers to the finals and cashed another 12 bowlers for $75 (better than 1 in 3.) Total prize fund paid out was $4,450. The cut scores on the Boardwalk pattern were low; 642 & 624. High series of the tournament was shot by James Dickerson, with a 708 in the 3pm squad. The wildcard winner was Hector Diaz Jr., Bronx, NY with a six-game series of 1260.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a Beat-The-Board event at Herrill Lanes on Sunday, July 28th. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,500 & $750 with 24 bowlers guaranteed to advance. To view the final results of the AMF Syosset event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.

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