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BRIAN ZIESIG & DAVID REED LIGBT MAJOR CHAMPIONS

Posted On: January 30, 2011

Brian Zeisig, Champion

January 31, 2011
The LIGBT hosted its second 2-day major event of season 3 and it was a huge success. Over 270 bowlers packed AMF Babylon and when all of the pins had fallen two champions were crowned. The winner of the scratch event was Brian Ziesig and the winner of the handicap event was David Reed. Both earned their third LIGBT titles and $1,000 for their victories.
The PBA Cheetah pattern was used and qualifying scores were moderate. But when it came to the finals the scores went through the roof as the cut for each round was in the 240’s! In the final match there was only one 8 count (and that was a blow out 7-10 split). All the rest of the shots were either a strike or 9. Now that’s good bowling!
One of the reasons the high scoring was the quality of the finalists. Brian Ziesig, Levittown, NY, won the tournament, and its $1,000 top prize, with a 257. Brian needed a mark in the tenth to secure his third LIGBT title this season. Finishing second was left-hander Anthony Pepe of Queens who shot a 237 and earned $600. Third place went to Mitch Sacks ($400), Monroe, NY, with a 215. All three bowled great and could have won the title with some breaks.
The handicap final shootout consisted of 4 bowlers. David Reed, Shoreham, NY won his third LIGBT title and $1,000 by shooting a 231. Finishing second was a new LIGBT member, Keston Glasgow, Brooklyn, NY who earned $550 with a 218. Third place was taken by Doug Garrambone, Port Jefferson Station, NY who earned $450 with a 207. Finishing fourth was former LIGBT champion Alex Ware, Brooklyn, NY. Alex shot a 176 and took home $350.
The LIGBT Babylon major event paid out over $10,000 in prize money to over 50 different bowlers. The next LIGBT event is Sunday, February 13th at AMF Commack. This event tournament will feature one squad with 4-game qualifying for scratch bowlers and 3-game qualifying for handicap. For complete results of the AMF Babylon event please visit www.minieliminator.com.
The LIGBT is sponsored by Columbia 300, Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Stations Casinos, Randi Siegle Law Firm, and CLS Custom Upholsterers. For more information on the LIGBT please call the tournament hotline at 1.877.900.6464.   
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Eric Taylor Jr. and Ken Simpson Win LIGBT Titles

Posted On: January 23, 2011

Eric Taylor Jr.Scratch Champion

January 23, 2011
 
Plainview, NY:  The LIGBT visited AMF Plainview and 160 bowlers filled the center to compete for over $10,000 in prizes. Emerging victorious in the scratch 6-game marathon was Eric Taylor Jr., of Brooklyn, NY and the handicap winner was Ken Simpson, Shirley, NY. A total of 35 bowlers cashed for the day which means better than 1 in 5 bowlers earned money.
 
The scratch event was bowled on the PBA’s Chameleon Pattern. Scoring was moderate as Eric Taylor rolled the highest series of the day, 1448 which averages out to a 241 average. To make the cut in the under division you had to average 217 and for the senior division the cut average was only 203.
 
The final shootout was close most of the way but Eric Taylor always had the lead and never relinquished it. In the end, Eric’s 234 was good enough by 10 pins to earn the $1,000 top prize. Finishing second with a 224, and earning $700, was Ray Edwards, Middle Island, NY. Third place went to top senior bowler Gary Shultis, Levittown, NY who earned $500 with a 214. Rounding out the top 4 was Ross Klein, Glen Cove, NY who earned $300 with a 166.
 
The handicap event had an amazing 120 bowlers with the top 24 advancing to the finals. Ken Simpson led the first squad, which seeded him into the final shootout, with a 793. Ed Eng, Flushing, NY was the 2pm squad leader with a 769. It took a 701 series with handicap to make the finals which guaranteed everyone at least $100.
 
The handicap final four was dominated by Ken Simpson. Ken started the match with the first 4 out of 5 strikes and never looked back. He finished with a 256 (213 scratch) to defeat second place finisher Ken Savarese, W. Hempstead, NY 217 (163 scratch) by almost 40 pins. Kenny Simpson earned $500 for his first title while Ken Savarese earned $350. In third place, with a 214 (132 scratch), was Aeysha Gomez, Corona, NY who earn $300. Fourth place went to Ken Harrison, Queens, NY who shot a 201 (160 scratch) and won $250.
 
The LIGBT’s next event is a special two day major event at AMF Babylon on the weekend of January 29th & 30th. All entry fees for the major tournament is only $60 and both the scratch and handicap top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000 & $500 regardless of entries. For more information on these events and complete results of the AMF Plainview tournament please visit www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
 
 
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RONNIE SANDT WINS HIS FIRST LIGBT TITLE

Posted On: January 09, 2011

Brian Zeisig,Scratch Champion at Sayville

January 9, 2011
East Meadow, NY: The LIGBT hosted a 2-squad handicap tournament at AMF East Meadow using the PBA Viper Pattern. The 37 foot pattern was very challenging especially in the first squad when it took a 701, with handicap and bonus pins, to make the finals. The cut score for the 2pm squad was a little higher with everyone shooting 728 or high advancing.
The leader of the first squad, David Henderson, West New York, NY, shot a 756 series (576 scratch) and was seeded directly into the final shootout and guaranteed no less than $300. The leader of the second squad earned 1 bye and that was So Young Chin of Whitestone, NY who rolled a 782 series (677 scratch) and was guaranteed at least $150.
The final shootout consisted of 3 bowlers looking for their first LIGBT title. Although the 3 finalists were a little shaky to start Ronnie Sandt, Franklin Square, NY took control by rolling four strikes in frames 3 through 6. Despite opens in the seventh and eighth frames Ronnie shot a 255 (205 scratch) to win the $500 top prize and his first LIGBT trophy. To say the least Ronnie was shocked and happy at his first place finish.
Finishing second was Miguel Carrion, Bronx, NY who shot a fine 227 (188 scratch.) Miguel earned $360 for his runner up position. Rounding out the top 3 was the number one seed David Henderson. Dave shot a 204 (150 scratch) to earn $300.
LIGBT’s next event will be on Sunday, January 23rd at AMF Plainview. The action will be both scratch and handicap with two champions crowned. The scratch event will be a 6-game marathon with all finalists (1 in 5) earning at least $250. The handicap event will be a 2-squad tournament with $5000 & $250 guaranteed on top. For complete results of the East Meadow tournament and information on future LIGBT events please visit www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office; 1.877.900.6464.
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LIGBT SEASON 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Posted On: January 04, 2011

The Long Island Generation Bowling Tour (LIGBT) has now completed its first ten events of its third season. With 15 more events scheduled through May many new champions will be crowned and thousands of dollars in prize money will be distributed. The LIGBT will be announcing shortly its summer plans plus several new special events.

There were 10 handicap events held and 10 different champions crowned. If there was mid-season MVP voting the bowler that would pick up the most votes would be Jim Walsh of Glencove, NY. Jim won the Bowl Long Island event in October and finished second at East Islip. He is leading in earnings with $1,750 and has the most cashes; 7 out of 10 events. Chris Jove, Port Jefferson, NY is also having a great season. Chris won the East Islip event and finished second at South Levittown. Chris is second in earnings with $1,425 and cashed in 6 out of 8 events.

The scratch division held 7 tournaments and crowned a female champion, senior champion, one two-time winner, and several bowlers that had 1st and 2nd place finishes. Brian Ziesig, the only multiple champion, won at AMF East Meadow and AMF Sayville. Brian is the current average leader with 238, second in earnings with $2,150, and has cashed in all 4 of the events he has bowled. Joe Novara, E. Patchogue, NY is also having a great season. Joe won the East Islip tournament and finished second at AMF Babylon. Joe is the currently leader in earnings with $2,250, tied for the lead for most cashes at 5 (Adam Chase also has 5) and is 11th in average with 219.

The LIGBT continues in 2011 with 3 events in January including a 2-day at AMF Babylon on January 29th and 30th. For a complete listing of LIGBT statistics for the first 10 events please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by CLS Custom Upholsterers, Kegel, Mini-Eliminator, and Digital Motion.

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