Wantagh, NY: Darcy Monroe, a 56 year old coordinator for Home Goods, won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event hosted by AMF Wantagh. This was Darcy’s first LIGBT title in 191 events! Darcy’s long awaited victory became reality when he defeated Tony Jimenez, Babylon, NY 250-237 in the final shootout. While Tony earned $500 for second, finishing third was Mike Simeone, Lindenhurst, NY with a 214 worth $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Sal Florindo, Forest Hills, NY, with a 189 worth $250.
Darcy’s championship run started when he led the 3pm squad with a 730 giving him a bye. In the final shootout Darcy, who owned the highest average in the shootout, was giving the other competitors handicap so he had to bowl the highest scratch game. He accomplished this by rolling the only “clean” game in the shootout.
The final shootout was a good one and came down to the final frame between Darcy and Tony. Tony went up first trailing by just a few pins. Tony struck on his first ball but needed another strike to force Darcy to double. Tony got an 8 spare to finish his game which forced Darcy to throw the first strike in the 10th. Darcy threw a perfect shot and a few moments later was holding his first LIGBT trophy.
The AMF Wantagh event drew a decent fall crowd of 74 entries, advanced 15 bowlers to the finals (better than 1 in 5) and paid out $3,350. The cut scores on the “Dead Man’s Curve” pattern were on the low side; 693 & 695. High series of the tournament was shot by 3rd place finisher Mike Simeone with a 786 in the 1pm squad. Dianna Slaughter, Hempstead, NY was the high women and was added to the finals with a 678 series. Two wildcard winners were also added to the finals; Pak Wong, New York, NY (1359) and 4th place finisher Sal Florindo (1357.)
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad house shot event at Astoria Bowl; Sunday, October 14th (1pm & 3pm.) Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000-1st and $500-2nd. To view the final results of the AMF Wantagh event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates.