Garden City, NY: Dexter Sapp, a 43 year old Verizon Technician from Valley Stream, NY, won the $3,000 top prize at The LIGBT Thanksgiving Major held at AMF Garden City. Dexter earned his record breaking 9th title by defeating Yon Gyo Phark, Flushing, NY 221-200 in the final shootout. While Yon Gyo earned $1,500 for second, finishing third was Tony Gee, Floral Park, NY with a 191 worth $750. Rounding out the top 4 was Emmanuel Edobar-Osula, S. Richmond, NY with a 178 worth $500.
The final shootout quickly became a 2 bowler match as Dexter and Yon Gyo were the only ones to strike in the first 6 frames. Dexter took an early lead with a triple and it looked like he was going to run away with the title early. But when he opened in 3 out of his next 4 frames, and Yon Gyo doubled, the match got within 7 pins going into the 8th frame. Dexter locked up the big money when he struck in the 9th and 10th frames.
The AMF Garden City event drew a record Thanksgiving crowd of 276 entries (including 43 desperado entries), advanced 43 bowlers to the finals and paid out $12,210. The cut scores on the “Alcatraz” pattern were low and ranged from 658 to 710. High series of the tournament was shot by Archie Nabas, Queens Village, NY with a 749 in the Sunday, 2pm squad. There were 2 wildcard bonuses. The Friday night wildcard was won by James Marino, Lindenhurst, NY with a 1279 six game series and the Sunday wildcard was won by the champion Dexter Sapp with a 1370. A total of 7 women made the finals with Monique Compton and Yvette Ford-Atkinson added via the woman guarantee.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a house shot tournament on Sunday, December 2nd (1pm & 3pm) at Astoria Bowl. Top prizes are guaranteed at $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 per age division each squad advancing to the finals and guaranteed a minimum of $100. To view the final results of the AMF Garden City Thanksgiving Major please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Vietri Associates and Billvee Electric.