Craig Koppell, George Mottern, Adam Chase(Champion), and Brian Ziesig.
Adam Chase & Christopher Hedges LIGBT Garden City Champs
December 13, 2009
Garden City, NY: The LIGBT, sponsored by Columbia 300, hosted its annual holiday tournament and had a great turnout of 121 entries that competed for over $10,000 in prize money. Adam Chase, Seaford, NY won his second scratch LIGBT title and earned $1,000 while Christopher Hedges, Cranford, NJ bowled in his first 210 & under handicap LIGBT event and won the $500 top prize. The Garden City event was sponsored by CLS Custom Upholsterers who gave out bowling gifts to all entrants.
Scratch Champion, twenty-one year old Adam Chase, bowled great all day. He was the second high finisher after the five games of qualifying averaging 235. Adam had to bowl all 3 rounds of the finals; shooting 233 in round 1 (advancing by only 3 pins) and 212 in round 2 which was the cut. But in the Championship Shootout Adam took immediate control with the first 8 out of 9 strikes to finish with a 258 game.
Adam’s closest competitor was senior champion, George Mottern of Riverhead, who earned $600 with a 211 game. Rounding out the final four was last event’s champion, Brian Ziesig of Levittown who earned $400 with a 203 and Craig Koppell of Huntington Station who shot a 176 and took home $300. A total of 15 bowlers advanced to the finals.
The 210 and under handicap event was packed with 63 eager bowlers all looking to take home the champion’s trophy. After the 3 games of qualifying anyone who shot a 663 series, with handicap and bonus pins, advanced to the finals and cashed for a minimum of $80. Tony Chin of Whitestone was the qualifying leader with a 739 and was automatically seeded into the final shootout.
Our Champion, Christopher Hedges, finished 8th in qualifying forcing him to advance through two rounds in the finals to make it to the championship shootout. In round 1 Chris rolled a 241 and in round 2 bowled an amazing 273 (both games includes handicap). In the championship round Chris won by 10 pins over second place finisher Robert Bader ($300) of Holtsville 241-222. Other bowlers advancing to the championship shootout were third place finisher Ian Lynch of Glen Head who bowled a 211 game and earned $250 and Tony Chin who earn $200 for his fourth place finish with a 193.
The next LIGBT event will be at AMF Syosset on Sunday, January 10th
at noon. The LIGBT will also be hosting two other events in January; at Cozy Lanes (Queens) on January 24th
and at AMF East Meadow on Sunday, January 31. All 3 events offer guaranteed prizes of $1,000 for scratch and $500 for handicap. One in 4 bowlers advances to the finals in these 1 squad events. For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the Garden City event, please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com
or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.