Eric Taylor Jr.Scratch Champion
January 23, 2011
Plainview, NY: The LIGBT visited AMF Plainview and 160 bowlers filled the center to compete for over $10,000 in prizes. Emerging victorious in the scratch 6-game marathon was Eric Taylor Jr., of Brooklyn, NY and the handicap winner was Ken Simpson, Shirley, NY. A total of 35 bowlers cashed for the day which means better than 1 in 5 bowlers earned money.
The scratch event was bowled on the PBA’s Chameleon Pattern. Scoring was moderate as Eric Taylor rolled the highest series of the day, 1448 which averages out to a 241 average. To make the cut in the under division you had to average 217 and for the senior division the cut average was only 203.
The final shootout was close most of the way but Eric Taylor always had the lead and never relinquished it. In the end, Eric’s 234 was good enough by 10 pins to earn the $1,000 top prize. Finishing second with a 224, and earning $700, was Ray Edwards, Middle Island, NY. Third place went to top senior bowler Gary Shultis, Levittown, NY who earned $500 with a 214. Rounding out the top 4 was Ross Klein, Glen Cove, NY who earned $300 with a 166.
The handicap event had an amazing 120 bowlers with the top 24 advancing to the finals. Ken Simpson led the first squad, which seeded him into the final shootout, with a 793. Ed Eng, Flushing, NY was the 2pm squad leader with a 769. It took a 701 series with handicap to make the finals which guaranteed everyone at least $100.
The handicap final four was dominated by Ken Simpson. Ken started the match with the first 4 out of 5 strikes and never looked back. He finished with a 256 (213 scratch) to defeat second place finisher Ken Savarese, W. Hempstead, NY 217 (163 scratch) by almost 40 pins. Kenny Simpson earned $500 for his first title while Ken Savarese earned $350. In third place, with a 214 (132 scratch), was Aeysha Gomez, Corona, NY who earn $300. Fourth place went to Ken Harrison, Queens, NY who shot a 201 (160 scratch) and won $250.
The LIGBT’s next event is a special two day major event at AMF Babylon on the weekend of January 29th
. All entry fees for the major tournament is only $60 and both the scratch and handicap top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000 & $500 regardless of entries. For more information on these events and complete results of the AMF Plainview tournament please visit www.ligbtour.com
or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.