Babylon, NY: Josh Schneidman, Melville, NY won his first LIGBT title and it was a big one. Josh defeated 3 other shootout finalists with a 240 handicap game, worth $3,000, to win the LIGBT Memorial Day Weekend Major at AMF Babylon. Finishing second was Jackie Delawski, Williston Park with a 208 handicap game earning her $1,500. Rounding out the top 4 were Paul Wong, Fresh Meadows, NY finishing third with a 196 worth $750 and fourth went to Kyle Lathen, Bronx, NY earning $500 with a 195.
Josh, who owns several pro shops on Long Island, advanced to the finals with a 769 earning him 1 bye as he was a squad leader. In the final shootout Josh got the least amount of handicap putting him behind early. But despite a very raw thumb Josh stayed cleaned through the first 8 frames while his opponents all had several opens which resulted in a 32 pin victory.
Scoring throughout the weekend was quite low as Kegel’s 41 foot Turnpike pattern was put down. Cut scores were as low as 643 which meant you didn’t even have to bowl your average to make the finals. Highest handicap series of the weekend was 780 shot by 2 bowlers; Darryl Freeman, New York, NY and John Pasciucco, Baldwin, NY.
The Memorial Day Weekend Major was a record setting tournament for the LIGBT. 353 entries plus 36 Desperado entries were recorded. A total of 63 bowlers advanced to the finals, all earning a minimum of $100. Total payout for the weekend exceeded $30,000! The LIGBT also gave away 3 marathon entries into The Amateur Bowler’s Championship in Las Vegas to the highest 6-game block each day. The bowlers going to Vegas to shoot for the $10,000 top prize are; Dave Perrone, Josh Schneidman, and Maniram Basdeo.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a regular 2-squad handicap tournament at Farmingdale Lanes on Sunday, June 9th (1pm & 3pm). For complete results of the AMF Babylon tournament please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Farmingdale Wellness Centers, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.