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JAMES MARINO WINS HIS FIRST LIGBT TITLE

Posted On: March 27, 2017

Wantagh, NY:  James Marino, a 2-handed bowler from Lindenhurst, NY won his first LIGBT title by defeating Eddie Eng, Flushing, NY and John Rizzi, Bayshore, NY by a mere 2 pins. James earned the $1,000 top prize with a 249 just 2 pins higher than Ed and John who both shot 247 and earned $400 each. Rounding out the top 4 was Deon Taitte, Amityville, NY with a 195 worth $250.

The AMF Wantagh tournament drew a great crowd of 132 entries, advanced 35 bowlers to the finals (better than 1 in 4), and paid out $6,270. The tournament pattern was “Dead Man’s Curve” (43 feet) resulting in moderate cut scores of 701 at 1pm and 703 at 3pm. High series of the tournament was shot by senior bowler Ken Simpson, Shirley, NY with an 818 at 1pm. The wildcard winner was Hector Diaz Jr., Bronx, NY with a 1385 six game series. The high handicap series without bonus pins pot winners were Dave Soren, Long Beach, NY with a 700 in the first squad and Jose Ferreira, Woodside, NY with a 691 in the 3pm squad. No one hit the no-tap jackpot in either squad so it will grow to $500 at the next event.

LIGBT’s next tournament is our annual Spring Major at Levittown Lanes. This 2 day event (March 31 & April 2) will feature guaranteed top prizes of $3,000-$1,500-$750-$500 with 1 in 6 each squad advancing to the finals and guaranteed a minimum of $100. Entry fee is $80 per squad and that includes the no-tap jackpot. To view the final results of the AMF Wantagh event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Torch Bowling, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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MONIQUE COMPTON WINS FIRST LIGBT TITLE

Posted On: March 20, 2017

New Hyde Park, NY:  Monique Compton, an executive assistant from the Bronx, won her first LIGBT title and $1,000 this past Sunday at Herrill Lanes. Monique, who has been an LIGBT member since 2013, defeated senior Sal Florindo 240-224 in the final shootout to earn her first title. Sal, who is 76 years young, earned $500 for his runner-up position. Rounding out the top 4 was third place finisher Jackie Delawski, Williston Park, NY with a 223 worth $300 and fourth went to Maniram Basdeo, Bronx, NY, with a 194 worth $250.

The final shootout, which was competed on the US Open pattern, was low scoring with spare making at a premium. Monique took the early lead by filling her first five frames while the other competitors all had opens. Despite the fact Monique had two splits in her last 5 frames no one could mount a charge. In fact there wasn’t a double the entire shootout!

The Herrill Lanes event drew a nice crowd of 110 entries, advanced 21 bowlers to the finals and paid out $4,500. The tournament pattern was “the 2016 US Open” (40 feet) resulting in a low cut score of 690 for both squads. High series of the tournament was shot by Curtis Hetmeyer, Brooklyn, NY with an 810 in the 3:30pm squad. The wildcard winner was last event’s champion Diane Allen, Fleetwood Station, NY with a 1327 six game series. The high handicap series without bonus pins pot winners were Dave Soren, Long Beach, NY with a 671 in the first squad and Denis Mendelson with a 680 in the 3:30pm squad. Guy Sereno, W. Hempstead, NY hit the no-tap jackpot in the first squad and earned $170. No one hit the jackpot in the second squad so it will roll over to our next event and be worth $220.

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 1 in 4 sport shot event at AMF Wantagh on Sunday, March 26th. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 4 each squad advancing to the finals. Entry fees are $80 & $70 and that includes the no-tap jackpot. To view the final results of the Herrill Lanes event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Torch Bowling, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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DIANE ALLEN WINS HER FIRST LIGBT TITLE

Posted On: March 13, 2017

Astoria, NY:  Diane Allen, a special education teacher from NYC, won her first LIGBT title by defeating James Puma, Valhalla, NY 233-230 at Astoria Bowl. Diane earned $1,000 for her victory while James earned $500. Rounding out the top 5 was third place finisher Julio Arnold, Woodside, NY with a 221 worth $350, fourth went to Tom Gulin, Middle Island, NY with a 207 worth $300 and fifth went to senior bowl Max Thomas, Stamford, CT with a 199 worth $250.

The final shootout was a great match and it took until the last shot to determine who would be the champion. To win her first title Diane had to overcome a 5th frame foul, which lead to an open frame, and put her behind the leaders. Julio had the early lead but chopping two 6-10 spares cost him the title. James threw the ball great but couldn’t get a double. Diane needed a spare and 8 in the final frame and completed the task with a last ball strike. 

The Astoria Bowl house shot tournament drew a nice crowd of 120 entries, advanced 21 bowlers to the finals and paid out $4,660. The tournament pattern was “Bourbon Street” resulting in expected high cuts: 766 at 1pm and 783 at 3:30pm. High series of the tournament was shot by the champion Diane with an 871 in the 3:30pm squad. The wildcard winner was Michael Rodriquez, Jackson Heights, NY, with a 1508 six game series.

LIGBT’s next tournament is a sport shot event at Herrill Lanes on Sunday, March 12th. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-$500-$300-$250 and 1 in 6 each squad will advance to the finals and earn a minimum of $100. Entry fees at Herrill are $70 & $60.  To view the final results of the Astoria Bowl event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Torch Bowling, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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WELDON DRAYTON JR. WINS LIGBT EVENT AT BABYLON

Posted On: March 06, 2017

Pictured above: Weldon Drayton and daughter Brianna

Babylon, NY:  Weldon Drayton Jr., a 33 year old police officer from Central Islip, NY won his second LIGBT title at AMF Babylon on Sunday. Weldon defeated left-hander David Ruiz, Whitestone, NY, 258-250 to earn the $1,000 top prize. While David earned $500 for second, third place went to Wayne Garvey, Manchester, CT with a 240 worth $350. Rounding out the top 4 was senior Frank Lunghi, Farmingdale, NY with a 212 worth $300.

The road to Weldon’s second title started slowly. When Weldon opened in the 4th frame he was behind 14 pins. But a triple in the middle of the game put Weldon ahead and he never relinquished the lead. David finished strong with a late triple but his 3 open frames in the middle of the game hurt his shot at his first LIGBT title. Wayne bowled a consistent game with only one open but couldn’t throw a double to make a shot at the title.

The AMF Babylon tournament drew an incredible crowd of 163 entries, advanced 32 bowlers to the finals and paid out $6,210. The tournament pattern was “Boardwalk” (35 feet) resulting in moderate cut scores: 710 at 1pm and 706 at 3:30pm. High series of the tournament was shot by Wayne Garvey with an 885 in the 1pm squad. The wildcard winner was Jin Hong, Jamaica, NY with a 1390. The high handicap series without bonus pins pot winners were Jason Nicholas with a 710 in the first squad and TJ Kim with a 669 in the second squad. Two women were added to the finals due to the women guarantee: Evelyn Arena (709) and Jennifer Bocchicchio (703). The no-tap jackpot was hit by third place finisher Wayne Garvey in the first squad and paid $634 giving him a total payout for the day of $984.

LIGBT’s next tournament is a house shot event at Astoria Lanes on Sunday, March 12th (1pm & 3:30pm.) The event features guaranteed prizes of $1,000 & $500 with 1 in 6 each squad advancing to the finals. Entry fees are $70 & $60 for members. To view the final results of the AMF Babylon event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Torch Bowling, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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