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Scratch Champion Gary Shultis

Posted On: November 28, 2010

Scratch Champion Gary Shultis

December 5, 2010
New Hyde Park, NY: The LIGBT visited Herrill Lanes for the first time and the handicap only event was a big success. A great turnout of 70 bowlers competed on the PBA Chameleon pattern which produced fairly low scores. The final shootout involved 4 bowlers looking for their first LIGBT title. Emerging victorious with the $500 winner’s check was George Williams of Jamaica, NY.   
A total of 14 bowlers made the elimination finals and all were guaranteed to earn at least $100. Lenny Tortorice of Flushing, NY was seeded directly into the final shootout by leading the 1pm squad with a 710. Donald Eubanks, Elmsford, NY earned 1 bye for leading the 3pm squad with a 734 series.The cut score to get through the first round was 213 and 195 for the second round.
The final shootout was tense as all 4 competitors had opens in the early frames. But once things calmed down George Williams, Jamaica, NY, proved to be the best of the bunch. George rolled 5 strikes in the final 3 frames to seal the victory and the $500 top prize with a 263 (214 scratch.) Finishing second was Donald Eubanks who earned $340 with a 217 (177 scratch). Rounding out the top 4 was third place finisher Joette Healey, Yonkers, NY ($250) who shot a 202 (153 scratch) and fourth place went to Lenny Tortorice who won $200 with a 184 (155 scratch.)   
LIGBT’s next event will be on Sunday, December 19th at AMF Sayville. This will be a 1 squad event featuring a separate scratch and handicap competition. Starting time is 2pm and several specials will be offered including the awarding of LIUSBC Masters entries in the scratch event and Mini-Eliminator entries in the handicap event. For complete results of the Herril Lanes tournament and information on future LIGBT events please visit or call the tournament office; 1.877.900.6464.

Chris Jove & Joe Novara Earn Their First LIGBT Titles

Posted On: November 21, 2010

Champion Joe Novara

November 21, 2010
East Islip, NY:  The LIGBT visited East Islip Lanes for a 2 squad handicap tournament and a 5 game scratch marathon. The tournament attracted a great crowd of 110 entries including many new members. Even though the LIGBT has run over 30 events in its first two plus seasons we are still crowning first time champions at each tournament.
The first time winners at East Islip were scratch champion Joe Novara of E. Patchogue, NY who earned $1,000 and Chris Jove of Port Jefferson, NY who won $500 for winning the handicap event. The event was bowled on a house shot which produced the highest scores in LIGBT history. Normally the LIGBT puts down a PBA condition or uses one of the Kegel Challenge Series Patterns.
The scratch event started off with a bang as two 300 games and a 298 set the scoring pace. The top two bowlers in the 49 & under division and the top senior were guaranteed in the final shootout. Joe Novara, who averaged 267 and John Rizzi of South Huntington, NY (266 average) were the two 49 & under leaders. The high senior bowler was Frank Spano, Brentwood, NY who averaged 252, including a 300 game. It took a 258 average to make the finals in the 49 & under division and a 251 average in the senior division.
To fill the fourth spot in the scratch shootout a 1 game finals was bowled by all the non-seeded finalists. Mike Dioguardo of Patchogue, NY rolled a 290 to advance as he defeated Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY by 2 pins. Brian shot 288 with a blow out 7-10 on his fill ball. The shootout was exciting as Joe Novara held a 10 pin lead in the 9th frame and struck out to shoot 268 to win the title. Finishing second was John Rizzi ($750) with a 253, third went to Frank Spano ($550) with a 245 and finishing fourth was Mike Dioguardo (210) who earned $400.
The handicap event also enjoyed big scores. Leading the first squad was your eventual winner, Chris Jove. Chris was seeded directly into the last match of the finals by leading the first squad with an 857 series (740 scratch.) The second squad leader was Leo Lombardi of West Babylon, NY. Leo shot an incredible 893 series (758 scratch) to earn 1 bye in the finals. It took a 769 to make the finals in the first squad and a 769 in the second squad.
The handicap shootout was exciting and Champion Chris Jove took control immediately with a triple. Except for an open frame in the fourth Chris struck in every frame to shoot a 265 scratch game (304 with handicap). Finishing second and earning $300 was Jim Walsh, Glen Cove, NY with a 252 (221 scratch). Third place went to Tom Strother ($250), Medford, NY with a 243 (215 scratch) and fourth went to Eddie Shacalo, Brooklyn, NY ($200) who rolled a 231 (168 scratch).
The LIGBT’s next event is our Thanksgiving Weekend Major at AMF Babylon. The 2-day event begins on Saturday, November 27th with 2 squads (4pm & 6pm) and will finish up on Sunday with 2 more squads and the finals (noon & 2pm.) For more information on future LIGBT events and complete results of the East Islip tournament please visit or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.

Major Event Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted On: November 17, 2010

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Posted On: November 15, 2010

The LIGBT announced today it is revising its schedule to better accommodate its over 1,000 members. New dates were announced through June 1st with future summer events to be revealed at a later date. The current schedule lists 16 events throughout Nassau and Suffolk bowling centers.

The LIGBT also announced it is upgrading its prize funds, adding a “members only” end-of-the-year event and bringing back its membership options including a $10 guest fee for those that don’t want to join. The entry fees are staying the same except are being reduced when handicap events have 2 squads where bowlers can now re-enter for only $40. All prepaid entrants still save $5 off the walk-in entry fee.

LIGBT bowlers are going to love the new prize fund structure. In the handicap events all finalists are guaranteed to earn at least $100 and all squad leaders will earn $150. The top prizes are still guaranteed to pay $500-1st and $250-2nd regardless of entries.

The scratch prizes funds are also being upgraded as all finalists (1 in 5) will earn a minimum of $200. In marathon events all finalists (1 in 5) will earn $250. Top prizes of $1,000-1st & $500-2nd are guaranteed with 35 entries but will grow to $1,500-1st & $750-2nd with 80 entries. All finalists will earn at least $100 more each round they advance. The extra prize money is being funded by the LIGBT who will add $5 per entry to all scratch prize funds. With the added money the LIGBT is now taking out less than 10% for expenses!

The LIGBT is creating a new event just for its members. This new tournament will have a minimum of $5,000 added and the entry fee will be determined by the number of events you bowl in a season. The more you enter the less your entry fee will be in this special tournament. The $5,000 added will be funded two ways; through the $5 walk-in fees and through the profits from the 50-50 raffles run at each LIGBT event. Details of the format and prize fund will be announced at a later date.

The LIGBT is also pleased to announce Columbia 300 will be partnering with us to offer a variety of membership packages. The annual membership fee has been reduced to $20 but bowlers can still get the embroidered 2-ball tote with their membership for $30. Bowlers looking for a performance ball can now purchase the gold package which includes the latest ball release from Columbia 300. This package, which comes with a 1-year membership, is only $120 (a $250 value.) Members needing a ball and a double or triple roller should consider the platinum packages which start at $160.

Beginning immediately, the 300 game bonus has been eliminated, and the remaining money is going to the end of the year tournament prize fund ($580.) The $10 recruiting bonus, which was funded out of your weekly prize fund, is also being stopped to allow for the bigger weekly prize funds. There are still no credit card fees being charged but the $5 walk-in fee remains.

The LIGBT wants to thank everyone that has supported the Tour for the past three years. Special recognition must go to the LIGBT sponsors; Columbia 300, Kegel, CLS Upholsterers, and Digital Motion. For more information please visit or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.


Donnel Matheson Wins LIGBT Handicap Title

Posted On: November 07, 2010

Champion, Amanda Beck

November 7, 2010
South Levittown, NY:  The Long Island Generation Bowling Tour visited South Levittown Lanes for a handicap only event. The tournament attracted 94 entries which created a 19 person finals and a $3,270 prize fund. Taking home the $500 top prize was Donnel Matheson of Brooklyn, NY who won his first LIGBT trophy after 11 tournaments.
The handicap event was bowled on Kegel’s Broadway pattern which produced a moderate scoring environment. The first squad was lead by Robert Lovaglio, Seaford, NY who shot a 755 handicap series. For leading the first squad Robert was seeded into the final shootout and guaranteed at least $300. Leading the second squad was David Reed, Shoreham, NY who shot a 778 handicap series and earned 1 bye in the finals which guaranteed him $150. The cut to make the finals was 689 in the first squad and 675 in the second squad.
The shootout was the lowest scoring finals in LIGBT history. Would you believe Donnel shot a 126 scratch game (198 handicap) and won! Finishing second, with a 147 scratch game (188 handicap), was Chris Jove, Port Jefferson, NY who earned $375. The third place finisher was Robert Lovaglio who shot a 141 scratch game (179 handicap) and earned $300.
The LIGBT’s next event is a special tournament at East Islip Lanes on Sunday, November 21st with squads beginning at noon. For more information on future LIGBT events and complete results of the South Levittown tournament please visit or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.