Babylon, NY: Lou Medina, W. Babylon, NY won the LIGBT Winter Major at AMF Babylon by defeating second place finisher Ferrill McNeil, Bronx, NY 247-243 in the final shootout. This was Lou’s second major victory (he also finished second in a major) giving him total winnings in 3 majors of $7,500!
The final shootout was exciting as the champion wasn’t determined until the final frame. Lou was getting the most handicap with 61 pins and Ferrill was getting the least 31 pins. Going into the 7th frame Lou and Ferrill were tied which meant Lou had to beat Ferrill scratch the rest of the game to win the title. Surprisingly, Lou won the title with a strike in the final frame giving him a 4 pin victory.
While Lou was earning $3,000 for first place Ferrill took home $1,500 for second. Finishing third in the shootout was Ed Eng, Flushing, NY who struggled most of the match to finish with a 188. Ed earned $750 for this third place finish.
The AMF Babylon Winter Major drew 252 entries and paid out more than $11,000. A total of 45 bowlers advanced to the finals earning a minimum of $80. With 127 different bowlers competing better than 1 in 3 advanced to the finals in the 3-day event.
Kegel’s “Turnpike” pattern (41 feet) was used and scoring was on the moderate to low side. The cut scores ranged from a low of 695 to a high of 730. The high series of the tournament was shot by a new member; Robert Wellons, Lindenhurst, NY with 767 in the Friday 7pm squad.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad handicap event at AMF East Meadow (squad times 1pm & 3pm) Sunday, January 26th. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000 & $500. One in 6 each squad advances to the finals and will cash for a minimum of $50. All entries for this event will be reduced to $49 if prepaid. For complete results of the AMF Babylon Major please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Farmingdale Wellness Centers, Knockout Ball Cleaner and CLS Custom Upholsterers.