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John Randazzo and Alex Ware Win LIGBT Tournaments

Posted On: April 25, 2010

John Randazzo, Scratch Champion

April 25, 2010
 
Commack, NY:  The LIGBT, sponsored by Columbia 300, visited AMF Commack and 155 bowlers jammed the center. John Randazzo, of Floral Park, NY, won his first LIGBT Scratch Title and the $1,000 top prize. Winning her first Handicap LIGBT trophy was Alex Ware of Brooklyn, NY who earned $600.
 
The scoring environment at AMF Commack was challenging but playable as Kegel’s Route 66 pattern was used. It only took a 210 average to make the finals in the 49 & under division and a 199 average in the senior division. Many angles were used to hit the pocket but the consensus was the lanes were hooking more than normal.
 
John Randazzo bowled great all day. He averaged 232 in qualifying and 238 in the finals. In the final shootout John started with the first 8 out of 9 strikes. Mike Dioguardo, Patchogue, NY stayed with John through 6 frames but a 7 pin in the 7th frame allowed John to take the title by the 9th frame. John finished with a 268 and won the title by 40 pins. Mike took home $600 for his second place finish. Joe Novara, E. Patchogue, NY bowled great all day as he was the qualifying leader with a 931 series. But in the finals Joe couldn’t carry and settled for a third place finish and $350.
 
The 210 and under handicap event had another great turnout as 93 bowlers packed AMF Commack. A total of 23 bowlers advanced to the finals and it took a 636 series (including handicap and bonus pins) to make the cut and cash for at least $100- $40 more than the entry fee.
 
Alex started her road to the title by qualifying second (721) which earned her one bye in the finals. Ironically, her lowest game in the finals was in the final shootout (198) but that was enough to defeat former LIGBT Major Champion Mack Oakman of Wheatley Heights, NY who shot a 184 and earned $350 for his second place finish. Donna Ryan of Smithtown, NY finished third with a 181 game and earned $250. Donna was the qualifying leader with a 725 series and was seeded directly into the final shootout.
 
The LIGBT’s next event will be on Saturday night, May 8th (6pm start) at AMF Babylon. For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the AMF Commack event, please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
 
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Senior Bowler Don Hicks & David Reed LIGBT Champs

Posted On: April 11, 2010

Scratch Champion, Don Hicks

April 11, 2010
 
East Meadow, NY:  The LIGBT, sponsored by Columbia 300, returned to AMF East Meadow and 134 bowlers jammed the center on a beautiful day. Don Hicks, of W. Babylon, NY, won his first LIGBT Scratch Title and its $1,000 top prize. Winning his first Handicap LIGBT trophy was David Reed of Shoreham, NY who earned $500.
 
The scoring environment at AMF East Meadow was very tough as the PBA Chameleon Pattern was used. Accuracy was at a premium and spare making key all day. It only took a 196 average to make the finals in the 49 & under division and a 189 average in the senior division. Although challenging, it was refreshing to see lower scores with 220 games winning most game pots!
 
It was just a matter of time before Don Hicks won an LIGBT title. He has made the finals many times but at East Meadow he finally broke through and took home the trophy and the big money. But Don’s victory didn’t come easy as the final shootout ended in a 204 tie with high qualifier Jim Wallace, Hicksville, NY (926). It took two 9/10th frame rolloffs to break the tie but a nasty 7-10 blowout split ended Jim’s bid for his first LIGBT title. Jim earned $550 for second and Chun Bae of Cedarhurst, NY finished third (198) and won $300.  
 
The 210 and under handicap event had another great turnout of 82 bowlers with the top 20 advancing to the finals. It took a 626 series, including handicap and bonus pins to advance. All finalists were guaranteed a minimum of $100, $40 more than the $60 entry fee.
 
David Reed’s road to the finals started with a 650 qualifying series which put him in 7th place. In the finals David almost got eliminated in Round 2 as he rolled a 199 handicap game which was the cut. He also was the cut score in Round 3 with a 218 handicap game.
 
But in the Shootout David took control early and shot a 220 (198 scratch) to defeated his nearest competitor by 23 pins. Finishing second was Jose Torres of Brooklyn who doesn’t put fingers in the ball. Jose shot a 197 and earned $300. Finishing third was Alex Ware of Brooklyn who bowled well all day and earned $250.
 
The LIGBT’s next event will be on Sunday, April 25th at AMF Commack (1pm start). For more information on the LIGBT, and complete results of the AMF East Meadow event, please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
 
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