Mike Dioguardo & Jonathan McCord
Patchogue, NY: Dexter Sapp, a 42 year old Verizon technician from Valley Stream, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s house shot event at Bowl Long Island. Dexter earned his record breaking 8th LIGBT title (his first in over 2 years) as he defeated Eddie Eng, Flushing, NY 244-214 in the final shootout. While Ed earned $500 for second, finishing in third with a 212 was James Marino, Lindenhurst, NY earning $300. Fourth went to Damian Walsh, Mastic, NY with a 211 worth $250. Rounding out the top 6 was fifth place finisher Tony Jimenez, W. Babylon, NY with a 210 worth $200 while 6th place was taken by Denis Mendelson Levittown, NY with a 202 worth $150.
The six bowler shootout was not as high scoring as previous house shot shootouts. Only one double was thrown (by James Marino) in the first 6 frames and 5 out of the 6 bowlers had an open frame by the 5th frame. Dexter, who was the only bowler to shoot a clean game, took charge of the match with a four bagger starting in frame 6. By the time the final frame arrived the competition would be for second place which was only separated by 3 pins between 4 bowlers. Eddie Eng grabbed second place by striking out in the 10th frame.
Prior to the handicap final shootout was the scratch final match between Jonathan McCord Medford, NY and Mike Dioguardo from Patchogue, NY. Jonathan won the $350 scratch top prize by shooting a clean 223. Mike settled for second, worth $230, with a 200. Jonathan advanced to the scratch finals with a qualifying series of 595 in the 1pm squad. Mike advanced to the finals with a 664 scratch series in the 3pm squad.
The Bowl Long Island house shot event drew a crowd of 64 entries (54 handicap/10 scratch), advanced 10 bowlers to the finals (plus 2 scratch finalists) and paid out $3,355. The cut scores on the house shot were low; 677 & 707 for the 49 & under age group and 682 & 704 for the seniors. High series of the tournament was shot by Denis Mendelson with an 818 in the 3pm squad. One additional bowler cashed via the “no division” insurance; Julio Arnold, Woodside, NY with a 704 in the second squad.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event, November 4th at Herrill Lanes. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the Bowl Long Island house shot event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, and Billvee Electric.