News June 2018


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Posted On: June 16, 2018

Garden City, NY:  James Hellen, a 35 year old right handed bowler from Lindenhurst, NY, won the $800 top prize at LIGBT’s 4-game house shot sweeper at AMF Garden City. James’ fourth LIGBT title was accomplished when he defeated senior bowler Joe Scianna, Ronkonkoma, NY 252-245 in the final shootout. While Joe earned $500 for second, senior bowler Pak Wong, New York, NY took third with a 223 earning $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Scott Kampf, Levittown NY, with a 203 worth $250.

The final 4 shootout was a tight match early but wound up being a 2 man race at the end. Pak and Scott had several open frames that hurt their title hopes. James got off to an early start with four strikes in a row while Joe kept getting 9 counts. Both bowlers stayed cleaned for all 10 frames but the difference in the match was the 27 pin handicap advantage James enjoyed. When Joe finished his game with a 4 bagger it forced James to mark in the 10th frame. James easily converted a one pin spare to secure the match and his fourth title.

The AMF Garden City event drew a Friday night crowd of 38 entries, advanced 6 bowlers to the finals and paid out $2,100. The cut scores on the house shot were 1026 for the 49 & under group and 1027 for the senior division. The two division squad leaders, both earning automatic spots in the final shootout, were Scott Kampf (49 & under division) with a 1041 and Pak Wong (senior division) with a 1054. 

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event at Herrill Lanes on Sunday, June 24th. Top prizes will pay $1,000 & $500 with 1 in 6 per division each squad advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the AMF Garden City sweeper please visit The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, and Billvee Electric, L.I. Bagel Café, CYA Action Fun Wear, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.



Posted On: June 04, 2018
Hector Diaz Jr. and his wife

Levittown, NY:  Hector Diaz Jr., a 39 year old IT Director from the Bronx, NY won the $5,000 top prize at Levittown Lanes where LIGBT’s Super Tournament #4 was held. Hector defeated Hilton Nunoz, New York, NY 253-214 to win his third LIGBT title. Hilton earned $2,500 for his runner-up position. Finishing in third was Scott Kampf, Levittown, NY with a 211 worth $1,500. Fourth place went to Maniram Basdeo, Bronx NY with a 209 worth $1,250. Rounding out the top 5 was 5th place finisher William Tudy, Brooklyn, NY with a 183 worth $1,000.

The Super Tournament final shootout was a pressure packed match with over $11,000 up for grabs. The match started out slow as everyone had at least one open by the 4th frame and Scott threw the only double. Hector started his championship run with 4 strikes in a row in the middle of the game and never looked back. By the 8th frame the competition was for second place with Hilton hanging on to the runner-up position.

Hector joins a prestigious list of $5,000 Super Tournament champions; Tommy Grunwald, Astoria, NY was the first Super champion at Farmingdale Lanes (February, 2016), Cynthia Cooke, Patchogue, NY won the second Super at AMF Plainview (May 2017) and Pak Wong, New York, NY won the 3rd Super also at AMF Plainview (August, 2017.) The 5th Super Champion will be crowned later this summer.

The Super Tournament drew an amazing crowd of 394 entries plus 53 desperado entries. There were 71 finalists (better than 1 out of 3 entrants) who shared in a $23,680 prize fund. Cut scores on the custom pattern ranged from 673-733. High series was shot by Gary Paulsen, Massapequa, NY with an 811 in the Sunday 2pm squad. Twenty-one Brunswick Kingpin Max balls were won in the high game pots, and another $24,000 was paid out in side action. Total payout for the weekend exceeded $50,000!

LIGBT’s next tournament is a special 4-game house shot sweeper at AMF E. Meadow on Friday night (8pm) June 15th. For complete results of Super Tournament #4 please visit The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Torch Bowling, L.I. Bagel Café, Vietri Associates, Billvee Electric, Knockout Ball Cleaner, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.