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Ziesig and Oakman Win LIGBT Major Titles

Posted On: November 30, 2009

Scratch Champion, Brian Ziesig

November 29, 2009
Babylon, NY: LIGBT hosted its first weekend major event over Thanksgiving at AMF Babylon. Over 350 entries competed for $21,000 in prize money. The scratch title went to Brian Ziesig of Levittown who earned $3,000 for his first LIGBT victory. The 210 and under handicap champion was Mack Oakman of Wheatly Heights who won $1,500 for his first LIGBT title.   
The LIGBT Major consisted of 5 qualifying squads all leading to an elimination finals. The scratch and handicap events had 22 finalists each. All finalists were guaranteed to earn double their entry and all squad leaders were given 1 bye in the finals.
Brian’s road to his title started in Round 2 of the finals as he earned 1 bye for leading the Sunday noon squad with a 749. Brian made an early statement in the finals by shooting a 240 in Round 2 and came back with a 223 in Round 3. But Brian saved his finest performance for the Shootout Round where he started with 6 consecutive strikes and finished with a 257 game.
The Championship Shootout featured some great bowling under a lot of pressure. Finishing second was Steve Chiarella of Staten Island who rolled a 240 and earned $1,500. The third place finisher was our top senior bowler, Jim Hosier of New Jersey who rolled a 223 game and earned $1,000. Finishing up the final four was John Conroy of Mahopac who earned $700 for his 207 game. The only 300 of the tournament was shot by Anthony Pepe of Queens who rolled his perfect game in the Sunday 2pm squad.
The 210 and under handicap event continued its amazing growth as 185 entries were recorded which created a prize fund exceeding $7,800. Mack Oakman, a great LIGBT supporter who rarely misses an event, finally got to stand in the winner’s circle at LIGBT’s biggest tournament as of yet. Mack rolled a fine 233 game with handicap, getting a spare and eight in the tenth frame, to lock out his closest competitor Dave Soren of Long Beach who rolled a 219 with handicap. Dave, who shot the highest qualifying series of the tournament (798 with handicap and bonus pins), earned $750 for his fine second place finish.
Rounding out the 210 and under shootout was Ed Dougherty of Patchogue who earned $400 with a 210 game and Scott Shultz of Orlando, FL who earned $300 for his 189 game. A total of 46 bowlers cashed in the handicap event.  

The next LIGBT event, Sunday, December 13th at AMF Garden City, is the Tour’s annual holiday tournament which is being sponsored by CLS Custom Upholsterers. All entrants will receive a holiday gift for participating in the event. The scratch tournament will feature 5 games of qualifying with 1 in 4 advancing to the finals. The handicap tournament will have its regular 3 games of qualifying and 1 in 4 advancing to the finals. Top prizes are guaranteed at $1,000 for the scratch event and $500 for the handicap tournament. For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the Babylon event, please visit our website at or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464


Chris Ziesig Wins N. Levittown Scratch Title

Posted On: November 09, 2009

George Mottern, Brian Soto, John Conroy,Chris Ziesig and JoAnn, Mgr N.Levittown Lanes

November 8, 2009
N. Levittown, NY: The LIGBT hosted its second event of its second season and crowned two new champions; Chris Ziesig of Hicksville, NY won the scratch title and $1,000 while Robert Bader of Holtsville, NY won the 210 & under handicap title and $500. A total of 99 bowlers competed for more than $8,000 in prize money.  
It was pretty evident early on that Chris Ziesig was going to have a good day. Chris started with a 279 first game and never looked back. He was the 49 & under squad leader which seeded Chris directly into the Championship Shootout. In his only game in the finals Chris rolled a 257 and beat out the Senior Champion, George Mottern ($600) of Riverhead by 3 pins. Chris doubled in the tenth frame to force George to do the same but a split on his second ball gave Chris the title. 
The Championship Shootout was filled with great shot making and high scores. Three out of the four bowlers in the shootout had a chance to win the title going into the later frames. Finishing third was Brian Soto of Kew Gardens who rolled a 247 game which earned him $400. Rounding out the shootout and finishing fourth was John Conroy of Mahopac who stumbled with a 187 earning him $300.
The 210 and under final shootout was fun to watch with an unlikely outcome. Two of the finalists were former LIGBT Champions (Preston Cheeks and Cary Fishman) going against Robert Bader who had yet to win an LIGBT event. That didn’t seem to bother Robert as he crushed the two former champions by over 30 pins, with a 238 game, to take the title and the championship trophy.  Preston Cheeks (207) of Brooklyn earned $300 for his second place finish and Cary Fishman of Manhattan (203) earn $200 for third place.
The next LIGBT event is the Tour’s first “Major” which will be held at AMF Babylon over Thanksgiving Weekend. Top prizes are guaranteed at $3,000 for the scratch event and $1,500 for the handicap tournament. There will be 5 qualifying squads to choose from and multiple cashing is allowed. As always, 1 in 4 bowlers per squad will cash in both events. For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the North Levittown event, please visit our website at or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.