"Rudy Revs" hopes to strike gold in Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic


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    Aussie sensation Belmonte, Hall of Famer Petraglia also among the top 64 finalists in West Babylon

    2009EBT04JasonBelmonteBillONeill.jpgAustralian two-handed bowling sensation Jason Belmonte (right) is getting a lot of attention, but Long Island bowling purists are hoping one of their own will finally break through and win his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title when the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic officially gets underway Thursday at AMF West Babylon Lanes.

    Belmonte, whose unusual two-handed delivery has led to a high level of success in the international arena, qualified for the Round of 64 field by a single pin during Wednesday's Tour Qualifying Round, but long-time Long Islanders were cheering loudest for Rudy Kasimakis, who grew up honing his skills on the island.

    Rudy Kasimakis.jpgKasimakis (pictured right), a PBA touring player off-and-on throughout much of his adult life, now resides in Baldwyn, Miss., but he turned on his fabled "Rudy Revs" power game and bowled like a hometown favorite in posting a 1,560-pin total to easily make the Round of 64 cut.

    2007PBAJimTomek_small.jpgJim Tomek Jr. (left) of Camp Hill, Pa., led the TQR field of 96 non-exempt players, posting a 1,572 total for his seven games. Kasimakis was 12 pins behind.

    Also advancing were PBA members: P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,537; Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,523; 2009 USBC Masters winner John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,520; Norm Ginsberg Jr., East Meadow, N.Y., 1,512, Belmonte and Brian Ziesig of Levittown, N.Y., 1,509, who tied for the seventh and eighth PBA berths in the Round of 64.

    The TQR qualifiers will advance along with PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., who is bowling in the tournament at the PBA's invitation, and Dale Aivaz Jr. of Yonkers, N.Y., who rolled a 1,492 total to top the amateur bowlers in the TQR.

    The 64-player Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic field will bowl two seven-game qualifying rounds Thursday on the PBA's Viper and Shark lane conditioning patterns, respectively, before the field is cut to 32 for match play competition on Friday. After nine match games Friday morning, the top 16 will bowl another nine games Friday evening to determine the top four who will compete for the title in the ESPN-televised finals on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern.


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