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Posted On: May 27, 2012

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 To contact the LIGBT please call 1.877.900.6464. 


Posted On: May 06, 2012

George Stephens Jr. Champion

May 6, 2012

East Meadow, NY: George Stephens, Jr. Lawrence, NY won his first LIGBT title at AMF East Meadow and took home the $1,000 top prize. George needed a mark in the tenth frame to defeat second place finisher, Ronald Moszkow, Huntington St., NY 259-253. Ron earned $500 for second while Vello Kitt, W. Islip, NY finished third with a 249 and won $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Anatoly Khodorkovsky, Brooklyn, NY with a 226 earning $250. 

The scoring at AMF East Meadow was moderate despite the fact new Kegel Pattern; Abbey Road was used. Cut scores to make the finals were 720 in the 1pm squad and 724 in the 3pm squad. Squad leader in the first squad was Vello Kitt with a 795 handicap series and the 3pm squad leader was Richard Walker with an impressive 811 handicap series.

The AMF East Meadow event attracted a great crowd of 141 entries with 29 bowlers advancing to the finals. Cary Fishman and Joe Scianna tied for the highest 6-game block to win a Mini-Eliminator Marathon entry package worth over $1,000! The payout at East Meadow exceeded $6,000. George Stephens was the third LIGBT champion that came from the wildcard position (added to the finals for being the highest 6-game series by a non-qualifier.)

The next LIGBT event is a 3-day major held Memorial Day Weekend at AMF Babylon; May 25-May 27. Top prizes are guaranteed at $3,000-1st, $1,500-2nd, and $1,000-3rd in this scratch and handicap tournament. For more information please visit To contact the LIGBT please call 1.877.900.6464