March 14, 2021
Meadow, NY: Justin Kampf, a 24-year-old right-hander pro shop operator from Levittown, NY, won the $1,250 top prize at LIUSBC’s 700 Club Tournament hosted by AMF E. Meadow. Justin won this prestigious event by defeating Leon Kessee Jr., Hempstead, NY, a senior left-hander, 256-236. Leon earned $800 for finishing second. Rounding out the top 4 was third place finisher Tavie Caratozzolo, Middle Village, NY with a 205 worth $600 and fourth place finisher Mike Perrone, Deer Park, NY with a 180 worth $400.
The 700 Club final shootout was an exciting match with Justin in control most of the way. Leon tried to keep up with Justin and needed a double in his final frame to force Justin to mark in his 10th frame. A stubborn 7 pin on Leon’s second ball guaranteed Justin’s victory and Leon’s runner-up position. Tavie started out strong but had trouble striking the second half of the match. Mike just could not find a line that made him comfortable and settled for fourth place.
The 700 Club Tournament featured 2 qualifying squads with the top 2 each squad advancing to a four-person shootout. The abbreviated final was due to COVID restrictions. Both squad leaders, Mike Perrone (1pm) and Leon Kesee Jr. (3pm) won Motiv balls. Three youth bowlers earned scholarship money: Joe Zagari Jr., Islip Terrace, NY earned a $90 scholarship with a 730 series, Rachel Hines, Medford, NY earned a $75 scholarship with a 706, and Timmy Smith Jr., W. Islip, NY shot a 692 to earn a $65 scholarship.
Scoring on the house shot was respectable with the cut to cash (1 in 5 per squad) at 726 in the 1pm squad and 689 in the 3pm squad. A total of 20 bowlers cashed in a prize fund that paid out $4,335. There were 2 additional optional prize lists: senior and women. The winner of the women side event was Hermie Hannibal with a 735 series earning $120. The winner of the senior side event was Leone Kessee Jr. with 779 series worth $225. Between Leon’s 2 cashes he earned $1,025! There was a total of 5 cashers in the senior prize list with a cut score of 752.
LIUSBC’s next adult tournament is a DROP YOUR LOW GAME event at East Islip Lanes on Sunday, April 25th. This is a 4-game handicap tournament where you throw out your lowest game to determine your final series. Entry fee is only $65 per squad and 1 in 5 bowlers each squad will cash. The top 2 each squad advances to the final shootout where top prizes will pay $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with only 60 entries. Once again, Motiv bowling balls will be the event sponsor with both squad leaders earning a top-of-the line ball. To view the complete results and final shootout video please visit www.liusbc.com.