February 9, 2020
New Hyde Park, NY: Tom Grecula, a 39-year old right-hander from Maspeth, NY, won the $1,000 top prize at LIUSBC’s 700 Club Tournament hosted by Herrill Lanes. Tom won this prestigious event by defeating 26-year old left-hander Jeremy Milito, Holbrook, NY, 248-242. Jeremy, who bowled a perfect 900 series last season, earned $600 for finishing second. Rounding out the top 4 was third place finisher Tom McNally, Greenlawn, NY with a 223 worth $400 and fourth place finisher Rich Glinnen, Bayside, NY with a 222 worth $300.
The 700 Club final shootout was an exciting match with the champion not decided until the final frame. There were a ton of strikes as 3 of the 4 finalists had 5 in a row at some point in the match. Going into the final frame Tom G. needed a mark to shut out Jeremy who threw a double in the 10th to force the mark. When Tom converted the 7-pin he needed just 5 pins to lock up the title. A final strike secured the $1,000 title.
The 700 Club Tournament featured 4 qualifying squads with the top 4 advancing to a 16-bowler match play final. Scoring on the house shot was high with cuts ranging from 726 to 755. In addition to the 16 finalists there were another 7 cashers earning $50 each. Total prize fund payout was $4,550.
The 700 Club tournament also offered a bonus to the top 2 women. Christina Schulze, W. Babylon, NY shot the high women series with a 664 worth $200. Second place in the women’s bonus was Diana Walters, Mastic Beach, NY with a 584 worth $100. In a separate optional senior prize list Tom McNally won the $250 top prize with a 794 series. Finishing second was Joe Scianna, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY with a 764.
LIUSBC’s has 2 Masters tournaments coming up. The first one is the Sandy Catalano L.I. Senior Masters on Saturday, March 7th at AMF Babylon. The crown jewel of the LIUSBC tournament series is the Long Island Bowling Supply Masters April 3-5 at AMF E. Meadow. For information on all LIUSBC events, plus complete results of the 700 Club tournament, please visit www.liusbc.com. All LIUSBC events are sponsored by SUNation Solar.