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The 2019 Staten Island USBC Clash of Champions kicked off the 71st Annual Women’s & 14th Annual Men’s Championship Tournament at Rab’s Country Lanes on Saturday February 16, 2019.
Youth and Adult All Events Champions from the 2018-2019 season were invited to compete in the Annual Clash of Champions.On the line: The title, the Chuck Curiazza Memorial Trophy, a $250 prize, scholarship awarded to youth, and of course bragging rights.
The field*: Youth Champions Ricky Longo, Giselle Rau, and Jason Wichnovitz and Adult Champions Dan Dunleavy, Sean McAuliffe, and Lillian Rivera.
* Youth Champions Victoria Hollywood and Peter Convery along with Adult Champion Melissa Kammerer were unable to compete in the event.
On the line: The title, the Chuck Curiazza Memorial Trophy, a $250 prize, scholarship awarded to youth, and of course bragging rights.
Round 1: scratch (handicap) score included
In a nail-biter match that came down to the final tenth frame, Giselle Rau 236 (309) defeated Ricky Longo 243 (305) and Jason Wichnovitz 182 (209).
Sean McAuliffe 244 (248) defeated Lillian Rivera 178 (236) and Dan Dunleavy 192 (206).
Winner of each match advanced to the title match, to feature the youth vs. adult match.
In the finale, Giselle rolled a 162 (235) game to beat out Sean 213 (217). Sean started off strong with the front 4 strikes, needing to beat Giselle by 69 pins scratch to earn the title.
Watch the matches and interviews with the players by visiting our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/XI_ioZC2kG0
In the 2018-19 Season, the Staten Island USBC Association will award one $500 scholarship to an SIUSBC Adult Member, age 27 & older, who is further their education.
Past Recipients of the Continuing Education Scholarship Award include: Gary Reider (2009), Donna Demerest (2010), Dina DeVito (2012), Kim Tyrell (2013), John Lugo (2014), and Nazareth Labetti (2015).
Click Here to apply online by the submission deadline of March 1!
Top local keglers emerged on Rab’s Country Lanes this weekend to compete for the Island’s most prestigious bowling title.
Kevin Rourke, 45, became the oldest competitor to claim the Staten Island USBC Masters Championship Tournament title, adding his name to the impressive list of keglers who have captured the title in previous years.
In Rourke’s first Masters appearance, he entered the Finals as the top seed with a 1,023 5-game set and made his way to the finals undefeated through the Winners Bracket. He averaged 183 in the finals, defeating the 2017 Champion, Gary Ricci, Jr. 171 to 151 in the finale. As the winner of the Losers Bracket, Ricci, Jr. would have had to beat Rourke two times to capture the title.
Tournament Runner-Up, Ricci, has appeared in six finals, and finished second twice.
The 10th Annual Staten Island USBC Masters Championship Tournament started yesterday (12/1/18) with qualifying squads. In the qualifying round, bowlers bowled 5 games. The top 8 bowlers advanced to today’s finals. The competition was played on the 2018 USBC Masters Lane Pattern.
In the finals, finalists competed in a single game double elimination bracket. Bowlers had the opportunity to lose twice before facing elimination.
As the 2017 Champion, Gary Ricci, Jr. was automatically seeded into the Finals.
Standings going into the Finals
- Kevin Rourke 1,023
- Dan Dunleavy 1,007
- Michael Endress 999
- John Drabczyk 992
- Marco Recchia 978
- Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 967
- Michael Marchese, Jr. 949
- Kevin Rourke $700
- Gary Ricci, Jr. $360
- Marco Recchia $260
- Tim McAuliffe, Jr. $210
- Dan Dunleavy $180
- John Drabczyk $150
- Michael Endress, Jr. $130
- Mike Marchese, Sr. $110
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)
All Staten Island USBC Association tournament champions will be honored at the Championship Awards & Hall-of-Fame Dinner Dance to be held May 24, 2019 at LiGreci’s Staaten.
Summary of Finals
Kevin Rourke def. Mike Marchese, Sr. 190 to 159
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. John Drabczyk 204 to 159
Tim McAuliffe, Jr. def. Dan Dunleavy 189 to 165
Marco Recchia def. Michael Endress, Jr. 196 to 173
Kevin Rourke def. Gary Ricci, Jr. 195 to 163
Marco Recchia def. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 187 to 178
John Drabczyk def. Mike Marchese, Sr. 230 to 141
Dan Dunleavy def. Michael Endress, Jr. 199 to 176
Tim McAuliffe, Jr. def. John Drabczyk 184 to 136
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. Dan Dunleavy 198 to 161
Kevin Rourke def. Marco Recchia 179 to 157
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. Tim McAuliffe, Jr. 177 to 170
Gary Ricci, Jr. def. Marco Recchia 170 to 160
Kevin Rourke def. Gary Ricci, Jr. 171 to 155
The Finals by the numbers
High Game John Drabczyk – 230
Low Game John Drabczyk – 136
Competitors – 8
Total Pins rolled – 4,922
Average Score – 175
200+ Games – 2 (Drabczyk 230 & Gary Ricci, Jr. 204)
The 14th Annual Staten Island USBC Open Doubles Championship Tournament took place on November 3 & 4, 2018 at Showplace Entertainment Center.
Hillary Klein-Butler and Robert Butler, Jr. rolled a combined team score of 1,453 to capture the 2018 title and the top prize of $420.00.
The team of Ron Gaudio and Marty Amoroso finished second with a team score of 1,445.
Hillary & Robert will be honored for their achievement at the Staten Island USBC Championship & Hall-of-Fame Awards Dinner on May 24, 2019 at LiGreci’s Staaten.
Visit the Tournament page for complete results: https://siusbc.org/open-doubles-championship-tournament/
Ron Gaudio 247, 257, 259-763; Rob D’Onofrio 256-718; Robert Butler Jr. 278-714; Tom Hollywood Sr. 247-700; Tom Hollywood Jr. 256, 259-697; Ann Marie Rubilotta 257, 205, 201-663; Paula Meduri 256; Nicholas Trocchia 248; Michelle Dash 201, 211; Hillary Klein-Butler 205.