Champion Bill Verni
May 27, 2012
Babylon, NY: Bill Verni, W. Babylon, NY, won the LIGBT Memorial Day Madness Tournament at AMF Babylon. This was Bill’s first LIGBT title and it was a major one- worth $3,000! Bill won the title with a 278 handicap game (223 scratch) which was 19 pins more than second place finisher Amanda Beck, the scratch champion, who finished with a 259 and won $1,500.
The final shootout consisted of 5 bowlers; 4 handicap and one scratch. Amanda, the scratch champion, had a tough challenge as she was spotting as many as 63 pins. Bill, who has only been bowling for 3 years, drilled a new Brunswick Nexus for the tournament and it proved to be a good choice.
Amanda made up most of the disadvantage by starting the game with 6 straight strikes. Bill had two triples in between an open to start his game. Even though Amanda tripled in the tenth all Bill had to do was throw a few pins in his last frame to secure the title. Finishing third with a 245 handicap game was Fred Jankowsky Brooklyn, NY earning $1,000. Fourth went to Chris DiDamo, Glenwood Landing, NY with a 217 worth $750. Rounding out the top 5 was Darryl Freeman, New York, NY who shot a 207 earning him $500.
For the Memorial Day Madness event Kegel’s Broadway pattern was used. Scoring was a bit on the high side as this pattern proved playable if you lined up correctly and had the right equipment. Cut scores for the weekend ranged from 690-721.
The LIGBT Memorial Day Madness was a 3-day tournament featuring 6 squads plus a Desperado Shootout. A total of 443 entries were recorded and 86 bowlers cashed in the $20,000+ prize fund. In addition to the prize fund 4 Mini-Eliminator Marathon packages were given away: Alex Cavagnaro, Chris DiDamo, Maniram Basdeo, and Joe Scianna.
The next regular LIGBT event is Sunday, June 10th at AMF Syosset. Top prizes are guaranteed at $1,000-1st and $500-2nd. The LIGBT will be starting its Friday night Summer Tour on June 1st at AMF Babylon (8pm). Both scratch and handicap bowlers are welcomed as well as youth competitors. For complete results of the Memorial Day Madness event please visit www.ligbtour.com. To contact the LIGBT please call 1.877.900.6464.