By Frank Wilkinson
Special to the Staten Island Advance, silive.com
It took 11 tries for Anthony Everts to claim his first Staten Island USBC Masters Tournament crown.
The veteran kegler held off some of the Island’s top bowlers and a tough finalist field of eight, including three former champions, to win the elusive crown Saturday at Rab’s Country Lanes.
It was the 11th annual S.I. USBC event and it was contested on a tough 2019 USBC Masters Lane Pattern.
Everts did not lose a single match in breezing through the winners’ bracket, culminating with his 200-166 victory over Thomas Hollywood Jr. in the title match. Hollywood, who came out of the losers’ bracket, had to beat Everts twice in the championship round but it never went to a second game.
Everts, who was competing in his second S.I. USBC finals, was seeded sixth in the finals after posting a five-game 937 set in qualifying.
Everts, who averaged 188 in the finals, outrolled three opponents in the single-game, double-elimination finals bracket, before topping Hollywood Jr.
Everts took home $700, while Hollywood Jr. earned $360.
This year’s event was the first time it was contested in one day. In years’ past, it was held over two days.
As the 2018 champion, Kevin Rourke was automatically seeded into the finals.
Standings going into the Finals
- Thomas Hollywood, Jr. – 991
- Billy Salvatore – 972
- Sean McAuliffe – 963
- Kevin Rourke – 952
- John Heitmann – 940
- Anthony Everts – 937
- Tim McAuliffe, Jr. – 933
- David Kosinski – 928
- Anthony Everts – $1,200
- Thomas Hollywood, Jr. – $600
- Billy Salvatore – $300
- Tim McAuliffe, Jr. – $240
- John Heitmann – $180
- Kevin Rourke – $180
- Sean McAuliffe – $150
- David Kosinski – $150
Previous Champions: Frank Wilkinson (2009); Jeff Kubasak (2010); Lou Gaudio, Jr. (2011); Tim McAuliffe, Jr. (2012 & 2013); Sean McAuliffe (2014); Michael Endress, Jr. (2015); Anthony Terzakos (2016); Gary Ricci, Jr. (2017); Kevin Rourke (2018).
All Staten Island USBC Association tournament champions will be honored at the Championship Awards & Hall-of-Fame Dinner Dance to be held May 22, 2020 at LiGreci’s Staaten.
For additional information about the Staten Island USBC Association and for Tournament Applications, please visit us on the web at www.siusbc.org.
Summary of Finals
Thomas Hollywood, Jr.def. David Kosinski 209 to 174
Kevin Rourke def. John Heitmann 178 to 156
Tim McAuliffe, Jr. def. Billy Salvatore 196 to 176
Anthony Everts def. Sean McAuliffe 180 to 177
Thomas Hollywood, Jr.def. Kevin Rourke 210 to 190
Anthony Everts def. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 187 to 164
John Heitmann def. David Kosinski 167 to 137
Billy Salvatore tied Sean McAuliffe 145 to 145
Billy Salvatore def. Sean McAuliffe 9th & 10th Frame Roll-off
Tim McAuliffe, Jr. def. John Heitmann 201 to 190
Billy Salvatore def. Kevin Rourke 182 to 176
Anthony Everts def. Thomas Hollywood, Jr. 188 to 176
Billy Salvatore def. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 174 to 167
Thomas Hollywood, Jr.def. Billy Salvatore 178 to 151
Anthony Everts def. Thomas Hollywood, Jr.200 to 166
The Finals by the numbers
- High Game Thomas Hollywood, Jr. – 210
- Low Game Billy Salvatore & Sean McAuliffe – 145
- Competitors – 8
- Total Pins rolled – 4,974
- Average Score – 176
- 200+ Games – 4 (Everts; McAuliffe, Jr.; Hollywood, Jr. x2)