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Joe Stillman and Diana Cardinali are LIGBT Sayville Champions

Posted On: March 21, 2010

Joe Stillman - Scratch Champion

March 21, 2010
 
Sayville, NY:  The LIGBT, sponsored by Columbia 300, headed east on Long Island to AMF Sayville and 143 bowlers jammed the center on a beautiful day. Joe Stillman, of Staten Island, won his second LIGBT Scratch Title and its $1,000 top prize. Winning her first Handicap LIGBT trophy was Diana Cardinali, of Rocky Point, NY who earned $500.
 
Top celebrate the PBA coming to Long Island in March the PBA Cheetah pattern was used for the tournament. The top scratch qualifying series was by Chris Ziesig of Hicksville, NY who averaged 236 for 4 games. It took a 216 average to make the cut in the under scratch division and a 207 average in the senior division. A special thanks to all of the PBA bowlers that came down and watched including the US Open Champion Tom Smallwood and Masters Champion John Nolan.
 
Joe Stillman’s road to victory began with an 873 series in qualifying which placed him 7th. In the final rounds Joe advanced comfortably with scores of 223,192, and 278. In the final Shootout Joe took immediate control with the front 8 and finished with a 276 which was 50 pins more than second place finisher Chris Ziesig who earned $600. Finishing third was the Senior Champion, Don Hicks of W. Babylon who bowled great all day and shot a 205 in the shootout to earn $350.
 
The 210 and under handicap event had another great turnout of 77 bowlers with the top 19 advancing to the finals. It only took a 603 series, including handicap and bonus pins to advance. All finalists were guaranteed a minimum of $100, $40 more than the $60 entry fee.
 
Diana Cardinali, the handicap champion, day almost ended early as she was the cut score to advance to the finals (603- 495 scratch). Ironically, she beat out her father, Robert by 4 pins, to advance. Although Diana squeezed in she showed everyone she belonged as she dominated every finals round with handicap scores of 236, 259, and 259.
 
In the Handicap Championship Shootout Diana rolled a 224 (191 scratch) to beat second place finisher, and high qualifier, Billy Daniels of Amityville by 11 pins (213 – (177 scratch.) Billy needed a strike on his first ball in the tenth to win the title but a split forced him to accept second place and the $300 prize. Finishing third was Robert Lovaglio of Seaford, NY who rolled a 196 and took home $250.
 
The LIGBT will take an Easter break and return on Sunday, April 11th at AMF East Meadow (1pm start). Two weeks later the LIGBT returns to Suffolk County with an event at AMF Commack on Sunday, April 25th at 1pm. For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the Sayville event, please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
 
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Frank Calca & Glenn Magsombol Win LIGBT Titles at Cozy

Posted On: March 14, 2010

Frank Calca - Scratch Champion

March 14, 2010
 
Queens, NY:  The LIGBT, sponsored by Columbia 300, ran its 10th event of the season at Cozy Bowl in Queens. Two first time champions were crowned; Frank Calca, Elmont NY won $1,000 as the scratch champion and Glenn Magsombol, Woodside, NY won the handicap title and its $500 top prize. Over 100 bowlers packed the upstairs 32 lanes at Cozy.       
 
Scoring at Cozy was challenging as it took under a 200 average to make the finals in the scratch event. Frank Calca, a young left hander from Queens, lead from start to finish. He was the qualifying leader with a 904 4-game series (226 average) and dominated the shootout with a 254 game. Franks closest competitor in qualifying was 52 pins away and in the final shootout he won by 44 pins.
 
The Scratch Shootout was a nice mix of talent. There were two lefties and two righties. There was also a great range of age from a young 18 year old to as high as a 69 year old—a true “generational” finals. At the end the young prevailed with Frank (246) taking the title and Steve Chiarella, Staten Island, NY, finishing second with a 202 game ($500.) Rounding out the top 4 was John Knieriemen, Islip Terrace, NY who shot a 176 and took home $400 and Tom Torrisi, Glendale, NY, our top senior finisher, who struggled but earned $300 for fourth place.
 
The 210 and under handicap event had another great turnout of 59 bowlers with the top 15 advancing to the finals. It only took a 599 series, including handicap and bonus pins to advance. All finalists were guaranteed a minimum of $100, $40 more than the $60 entry fee.
 
Glenn Magsombol, a 190 average bowler from Woodside, Queens, won his first LIGBT title in dominating fashion. Although Glen finished third in qualifying, with a 654 series, he saved his best games for the finals. In round one Glenn shot a 260 handicap game and in the shootout he rolled a 255. Glen earned $500 and the trophy for his fine performance. Rounding out the handicap shootout was second place finisher Carmine Bellamore, Seaford, NY 217 ($300), third went to a former LIGBT Champion, Cary Fishman of Manhattan 202 ($200) and fourth was occupied by Donald Eubanks, Elmsford, NY who rolled a 193 and earned $175.
 
The LIGBT will be at AMF Sayville on Sunday, March 21st and has scheduled two April events; April 11th at AMF East Meadow and April 25th at AMF Commack. For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the Cozy event, please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
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JOHN CONROY & LOU MEDINA ARE LATEST LIGBT CHAMPIONS

Posted On: March 08, 2010

John Conroy - Scratch Champion

March 7, 2010
 
Babylon, NY:  The LIGBT, sponsored by Columbia 300, crowned two new champions while breaking a one-day handicap entry record for the club at AMF Babylon. A total of 162 bowlers competed, 107 in the handicap event, and when the day was done John Conroy, Mahopac, NY earned $1,000 and his first LIGBT scratch title. The handicap title, with its $650 top prize, went to Lou Medina, of West Babylon, NY.      
 
For the Garden City event the Kegel Broadway 37 foot pattern was put down and the scoring was playable with a perfect righty-lefty balance. It took a 213 average in the 49 & under scratch division to advance while a 200 average in the senior division got you into the finals. The scoring pace definitely picked up in the finals.
 
John Conroy has had several second place finishes in the LIGBT. But John was determined to break through to the winners circle and he did it in grand style. In the finals John shot games of 252, 300, and 289 (841 series) to blow the field away. John’s closest competitor in the final shootout was recent LI Masters Champion Alex Cavagnaro of Lindenhurst, NY who rolled a 236 and earned $600 for second. Rounding out the top 4 was the qualifying leader, Scott Santos, Ledyard, CT who shot a 225 and earned $400 and senior winner, Mike Dioguardo of Patchogue, NY – who rolled a 212 and won $300.
 
The 210 and under handicap event had a second consecutive record turnout. After attracting 101 bowlers last month at AMF Garden City the entry record was broken again at AMF Babylon as 107 bowlers packed the handicap division. With the LIGBT advancing 1 in 4 to the finals 26 bowlers had a chance for the $650 top prize in the finals.
 
It took 4 rounds in a beat half-the-field elimination finals to crown Lou Medina the new LIGBT handicap champion. Lou started his day finishing 19th in qualifying with a 664 series including handicap and bonus pins (Lou shot a 475 scratch series). That meant to earn the title Lou had to go through 4 final rounds to complete his mission. Ironically, the high handicap qualifier was Michael Conroy, the son of the scratch champion John Conroy, who earned a spot in the final shootout with a 722 series (635 scratch).
 
Lou took care of business early and finished with a 277 handicap game, 45 pins more than second place finisher Ken Harrison of Queens, NY. Ken’s 232 game earn him $350 while third place finisher Steve Vastola (226) of Shirley, NY earned $300 and fourth place finisher Michael Conroy of Mahopac took home $210 with a 163 game.
 
The LIGBT has two more events scheduled in March; Cozy Bowl (Queens) on Sunday, March 14th (2pm) and AMF Sayville on Sunday, March 21st (2pm). For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the AMF Babylon event, please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
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