Levittown, NY: The LIGBT crowned 2 champions on New Year’s Day at Levittown Lanes. The handicap marathon champion was Bill Verni, W. Babylon, NY winning $1,200. The scratch marathon champion was Jonathan McCord, Medford, NY winning $500. A record entry count of 176 entries competed for over $10,000 in prize money.
The handicap marathon, which attracted 142 entries, featured 2 age divisions. The 49 & under group advanced 2 bowlers to the finals; Emmanuel Edobor-Osula, S. Richmond, NY earned the top seed with a 1351 five game series. Devin Flowers, Rosedale, NY was seeded into the semi-final match with a 1326 series. The senior division also advanced 2 bowlers to the finals; Bill Verni with a 1317 series and Alex Padmore, Jamaica, NY with a 1309 series. To cash in the 1 in 4 prize lists the under division cut was 1157 and the senior cut was 1181.
In the handicap semi-final shootout the 3 finalists were within 2 pins of each other going into the final frame. Bill Verni advanced to the final match with a 248 while Devin and Alex tied with 239’s to earn $400 each. The final match was decided early as Bill defeated Emmanuel 283-233 for a 50 pin victory. Bill earned $1,200 and Emmanuel took home $600.
The scratch marathon prize list was determined by the 5-game totals. Jonathan McCord shot a 266 in his 5th game to snatch the $500 title. While Jonathan finished with an 1169 series, finishing second was Dennis McMillan, Jamaica, NY with an 1139 series worth $315. Rounding out the top 4 was Max Thomas, Stamford, CT with an 1122 worth $250 and Pierce Field, Shirley, NY with an 1113 worth $200. The 1 in 4 cashing score for the scratch event was 1094 with minimum prize paying $100.
The Levittown Lanes New Year’s Day marathon drew an incredible crowd of 176 entries and paid out $10,470. Only one 300 game was shot all day and it was by 15 year old Devin Flowers. Two Brunswick balls were raffled and won by Jack Chan and Tom Gull.
LIGBT’s next event is a 2-day special, January 5th & 7th at Strike 10 Deer Park. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $2,000-1st and $1,000-2nd with all cashers (1 in 6) guaranteed a minimum of $100. For complete results of the New Year’s Day marathon please visit www.ligbtour.com.