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MAX THOMAS CAPTURES HIS FIRST LIGBT TITLE

Posted On: September 28, 2015

New Hyde Park, NY:  Max Thomas, a 55 year old engineer from Stanford, CT, won his first LIGBT title at Herrill Lanes. Max, who was the first squad leader which seeded him directly into the final shootout, defeated Sueng Yoo, New York, NY 260-246 to earn the $1,000 top prize. Sueng, who was also looking for his first LIGBT title, earned $550 for his runner-up position.

The final 5 shootout was shot on the very difficult lane pattern “Stockholm.” The scoring had been very low all day and Max “outsmarted” the pattern by throwing the ball hard and straight. While everyone else struggled with opens Max threw a 9-pin no tap clean game to win the title. Third place in the shootout went to the Labor Day Champion Sun Kim, Flushing, NY with a 218 worth $400. Fourth was taken by Pak Wong, New York, NY with a 189 earning him $300 and fifth went to Dennis Cury, Lynbrook, NY with a 167 worth $250.

The Herrill Lanes tournament drew a great September crowd of 100 entries, advanced 18 bowlers to the finals, and paid out $3,890. WTBA’s “Stockholm” pattern (34 feet) was used resulting in low scoring; the cut was 675 at 1pm and 677 at 3pm. High series of the tournament was shot by our champion Max Thomas with a 758 in the 1pm squad.

LIGBT’s next tournament is a special “house shot” event at JIB Lanes. This is an open event (no membership required) with top prizes paying $1,000-1st, $500-2nd, $300-3rd, and $250-4th. One in 6 will cash for a minimum of $80. For complete results of the Herrill Lanes tournament please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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SUN KIM WINS LIGBT LABOR DAY MAJOR

Posted On: September 07, 2015

Babylon, NY: Sushi chef Sun Kim, from Flushing, NY, took the day off from his restaurant to win the LIGBT Labor Day Major at AMF Babylon. Sun, who was making his first ever LIGBT finals, wowed the big crowd with his straight ball to shoot a 254 handicap game to claim the $2,000 major title. Finishing second, and earning $1,000, was last event’s champion Dwayne Redman, Bronx, NY. Dwayne had a chance to win the title with a double in the tenth frame but left a 7 count on his first ball to finish with a 223.

The final 5 shootout was an exciting and nerve racking match. Dwayne was the only bowler in the shootout to have a title and everyone else was appearing in their first shootout ever! Kim, who was a master of consistency, started the match with 6 marks in a row gaving him a slim lead. Kim opened in the 7th frame reducing his lead to less than 5 pins. But as a true champion Kim followed his open with a double and spare giving him a great chance to win. When Dwayne failed to double in the tenth the trophy and the $2,000 top prize was Kim’s forever.

Finishing third was the only woman in the shootout, Sheila Lee, Woodhaven, NY. Sheila finished with a 221 worth $750. Fourth place went to James “Iguana” Mora, Bronx, NY with a 193 earning him $600. The final spot in the shootout was taken by Guy Sereno, W. Hempstead, NY with a 192 worth $500. Guy, who has a 199 club average, was spotting the other 4 shootout bowlers at least 30 pins each as he owns one of the highest averages in the LIGBT.

The AMF Babylon tournament drew a 2-day Labor Day Weekend crowd of 235 entries, advanced 43 bowlers to the finals, and paid out $10,280 plus 12 Brunswick balls. Kegel’s 41 foot “Turnpike” pattern was used and cut scores ranged from 701 to 714. The high series of the tournament was shot by Julian Valdaro, Bay Shore, NY with a 797 series in the Sunday 3pm squad.

The LIGBT begins its eighth season on Sunday, September 27th at Herrill Lanes. 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 $80. Entry fees for the Herrill Lanes event are $65-1st entry and $55 for a re-entry. For complete results of the AMF Babylon tournament please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, and Randi Siegel Law Offices.

 

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