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LIGBT Season 2 Schedule Almost Complete

Posted On: July 30, 2009

 
 
After a very successful inaugural season The LIGBT is planning a major expansion for 2009-2010. We are currently finalizing 18 events that will run from October through early June. No events are planned for late June, July or August at this time.
 
The schedule will contain several new editions including a couple of Saturday night events, three major events that will run several days and feature larger prize funds, running events in Queens, and promoting a charity event to raise money for scholarships. Our goal with the schedule is to work with all of the current local tournament clubs to avoid conflicting dates.
 
The LIGBT is looking to double its membership in year two. We will accomplish this goal by having an extremely aggressive recruiting program and contest. The LIGBT is also pleased to announce it has hired a marketing firm to secure sponsors for the Tour and is also looking at the possibility of televising a “Grand Championship.”
 
We are happy to announce Columbia 300 has already agreed to extend its partnership with The LIGBT. This will allow us to continue to offer special programs to our members. We will be upgrading our membership bonuses to be more attractive to a variety of bowlers and offer a higher-end line of LIGBT apparel.
 
We are very excited about the coming year and look forward to many great events and many winners. For more information on the LIGBT please visit www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament hotline; 1.877.900.6464.   
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Frank LoCascio & Preston Cheeks LIGBT Champions

Posted On: July 13, 2009

July 12, 2009
 
Commack, NY: The Long Island Generations Bowling Tour (LIGBT) summer swing continued at AMF Commack. A total of 58 bowlers competed for over $4,000 in prizes. The winner of the scratch event was Frank LoCascio of Roslyn, NY earning $1,000. The 210 & under champion was Preston Cheeks of Brooklyn who earned his third LIGBT title and $350.
 
The scoring pace at AMF Commack was surprisingly high. It took a 218 average to advance to the elimination finals in the 49 and under division and 209 in the senior group. Brian Ziesig of Levittown, was the qualifying (49 & under) leader with a 1281 series (256 average). The high qualifying senior was Chris Jost of Hawthorne, NY with a 1081 series (216 average). Both division leaders were seeded into the final shootout.
 
In the scratch shootout Frank LoCascio dominated and started the final match with 7 out of 8 strikes. Frank finished with a 243 to earn his first LIGBT title. The real competition would be who finished second as the three remaining finalist all had a shot for the number two spot going into the tenth frame. Mike Vella, Huntington, NY doubled in the final frame to secure second ($500) with a 216. Finishing third was senior leader Chris Jost ($250) and rounding out the top 4 was qualifying leader Brian Ziesig with a 209 earning $150.
 
The 210 and under final shootout was one of the most exciting in LIGBT history. Winning his third title by only one pin was Preston Cheeks who outdueled Hee Jin Jun of Flushing, NY 231 to 230. Although Hee was disappointed with her second place finish the $250 prize made it easy for her to be proud of the runner-up finish. Finishing third and earning $150 in the handicap shootout was Kevin Drummond of Matawan, NJ with a 185 game.
 
The Mystery Game Jackpot was hit at AMF Commack by Doug Burwell who rolled a 234 scratch game which matched the number picked by LIGBT bowler Candice Purcell. Doug earned $164 for matching the mystery game. Your jackpot amounts at AMF Babylon will be as follows: Scratch 300 Game: $120, 210 & Under 300 Game: $460, Mystery Game: $116.
 
The LIGBT’s next stop is on Sunday, August 9th at AMF Babylon. Qualifying begins at noon with a free practice session kicking off at 11am. For more information please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
 
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LIGBT Announces Exciting Summer Tour

Posted On: July 08, 2009

Syosset, NY: The Long Island Generations Bowling Tour (LIGBT) is pleased to announce an extension of its inaugural Tour through the summer. Four summer events will take place; Sunday, June 14th (noon) South Levittown, Sunday, July 12th (noon) at AMF Commack, Sunday, August 9th (noon) at AMF Babylon, and Sunday, September 13th (1pm) at AMF Garden City. Each event (scratch and handicap) features the same format used in the winter including 1 in 4 making the finals and guaranteed prizes.
 
Two new jackpots will be added during the summer to allow bowlers additional ways of cashing. The first new bonus will be a 300 game jackpot where anyone rolling a 300 game earns bonus money. Obviously, the scratch event requires a 12 strike 300 game but the handicap event requires a 300 game including your handicap! 300 game bonuses for each group begin at $300 (added by LIGBT) and grows after each event. Two dollars of each entry goes to the jackpot allowing it to grow until a 300 game is bowled.
 
The LIGBT will also be introducing a mystery game jackpot that can grow to over $1,000. After each tournament is completed a number between 125 and 300 will be randomly picked by an LIGBT bowler. If anyone bowled that specific scratch score in their last game of qualifying they win the jackpot. The LIGBT will start the mystery game jackpot by adding $300. Two dollars of each entry goes to the jackpot allowing it to grow until the mystery game is hit.
 
There will be several minor changes for the summer events; entry fees will go up $5 to underwrite the new jackpots and put more money into the prize funds. 100% of the $5 increase is being returned to the bowlers. Another change will be the average to compete in the handicap events; it will go from 205 to 210. It has become obvious to the staff that most bowlers averaging between 205 and 210 have a difficult time competing in the scratch tournaments. All guarantees, 1 in 4 making the finals, and top bowlers seeded into the final shootout will remain the same throughout the summer.
 
We hope you can join us during this summer to enjoy quality competition. All membership bonuses, including shirts, balls, and bags will continue. Challenging, but playable, lane conditions is our goal for each event. Please visit our website for additional information; www.ligbtour.com. If you would like to speak to someone directly please call the tournament office at 877.900.6464.
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