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Dec 10, 2018

Babylon, NY:  Max Thomas, a 59 year old engineer from Stamford, CT won the LIGBT annual Holiday Tournament at AMF Babylon. Amazingly, it was Max’s second consecutive LIGBT title. Max’s third LIGBT title in the past 4 years became reality when he defeated Ron Hatchett, New York, NY, 217-210 to earn the $1,500 top prize. While Ron earned $750 for second, finishing third, just one pin behind, was Kevin Ohrnberger, Manorville, NY with a 209 worth $500. Rounding out the top 4 was Mike Simeone, Lindenhurst, NY with a 192 worth $300.

The final shootout was surprisingly low scoring. Everyone but Max had an open by the 3rd frame and only Max and Ron threw a double by the 5th frame. Max kept a small lead throughout the match since he didn’t have an open. But when Max had a surprising open in the final frame it gave Ron and Kevin a chance to grab the title in the tenth if they doubled. Kevin threw the first strike but couldn’t double and Ron got 9 on his first ball in the tenth giving Max the title while sitting down. Max was shocked as anyone that he won the tournament.

The AMF Babylon Holiday Tournament event drew a great crowd of 170 entries, advanced 31 bowlers to the finals and paid out $7,220. The cut scores on the “Boardwalk” pattern were 710, 703, and 702 for the 3 squads. High series of the tournament was shot by Kevin Ohrnberger with an 866 in the noon squad. The wildcard winner was Joe LaBargo, Bayside, NY with a 1369 6-game series. An extra woman was added to the finals; Evelyn Arena, W. Babylon, NY with a 689 series.   

LIGBT’s next tournament is a house shot event at Port Jeff Bowl. This 2-squad event will take place on Sunday, December 16th and feature guaranteed top prizes of $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the AMF Babylon event please visit The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates.