November 24, 2019

Garden City, NY: Joe LaBargo, Bayside, NY won the LIUSBC SUNation Classified Eliminator by defeating Paul Bajorski, Islip, NY 245-225 in the final shootout. Joe earned $2,000 for his victory while Paul won $1,500. Finishing in third, and earning $1,000, was Maniram Basdeo, Bronx, NY with a 199 worth $1,000. Rounding out the top 4 was Hector Diaz Jr., Bronx, NY earning $500 with a 187.

The SUNation Classified Eliminator was LIUSBC’s second special event of the season. The 3-game handicap tournament featured 4 average divisions with each champion meeting in a final 4 shootout. The championship match started out slow with a few opens and only a couple of strikes. Joe and Paul got things going when they threw a string of strikes starting in the 4th frame and distance themselves from the other finalists. Joe’s victory was secured when he extended his string to 5 strikes while Paul spared in his 8th and 9th frames.

The LIUSBC SUNation Classified Eliminator drew a nice crowd of 123 entries, advanced 22 bowlers to the finals, and paid out $8,000 in prize money including $2,000 added by the LIUSBC. Top series in each average division earned a bye.  The 169 & under division leader was Tom Romanski, Riverhead, NY with a 681, the 170-194 leader was Elizabeth Placencia, Long Island, NY with a 769, the 195-219 leader was Tyger Folmar, Long Island, NY with a 788, and the 220+ top series was shot by Paul Bajorski with a 713 .

The SUNation Classified Eliminator awarded Motiv bowling balls to the highest handicap score for each of the 9 qualifying games of the tournament. Motiv ball winners were: Tyger Folmar (2), Jill San Filippo, Paul Bajorski, Dennis McMillan, Jacob Klein, Max Thomas, Elizabeth Placencia (2.) SUNation offered every contestant a $100 VISA card for signing up for a solar consultation. Many bowlers took advantage of this fantastic promotion.

LIUSBC’s next event is a Holiday No-Tap Tournament at Farmingdale Lanes on Sunday, December 15th beginning at 1pm. To view the results and final shootout video of the Classified Eliminator please visit Thanks to everyone that participated and congratulations to all finalists.