Levittown, NY: The LIGBT ran its annual Super Bowl 5-game marathon at Levittown Lanes and crowned 2 champions. James Russo, Bronx, NY won the handicap title worth $1,000 and Yon Gyo Phark, Flushing, NY won the scratch title earning $400. A total of 109 entries generated a $5,755 payout to 31 different bowlers.
The scratch division had a total of 21 entries and paid out 5 spots. Yon Gyo Phark led after every game and finished with an 1186 5-game total to earn $400. Finishing 20 pins behind was second place finisher Andrew Mienkiewicz, Massapequa, NY with an 1166 series worth $250. Third went to Guy Sereno, Hempstead, NY with an 1158 series worth $200 and fourth was taken by Tommy Grunwald, Astoria, NY with an 1147 worth $150. It took an 1115 series to cash in the scratch event.
The handicap event had two divisions; the 49 & under group, which attracted 46 entries, advanced 2 bowlers; James Russo (1377) and James Hellen, Lindenhurst, NY (1365). The senior division, which attracted 42 entries, also advanced 2 bowlers; Kenny Wright, Brooklyn, NY (1350) and Joe Benus, Massapequa Park, NY (1337). James Russo was seeded into the final match since he shot the high series. The other 3 finalists bowled a 1 game semi-final match which was won by Joe Benus with a fine 290 handicap game. James Hellen shot a 248 to finish third and earn $300 while Kenny Wright rolled a 226 to finish fourth to earn $250.
The final match between James Russo and Joe Benus was a strikefest with 20 strikes! James won the $1,000 top prize with an incredible 313 handicap game while Joe, who earned $500, had to settle for second even though he bowled a wonderful 278. It was one of the highest scoring matches in LIGBT history.
The Super Bowl marathon drew a great crowd of 109 entries (88 handicap/21 scratch) and paid out $5,755. The house shot produced very high cut scores; 1115 for the scratch division, 1212 for the senior handicap division and 1228 for the handicap 49 & under division. Adam DeRossi and Jack Chan won Brunswick KingPins in the bowling ball raffle.
LIGBT’s next event is on Sunday, February 11th at AMF Plainview. This 2-squad sport shot event will feature guaranteed top prizes of: $1,000-$500-$300-$250 and all finalists (1 in 6) guaranteed a minimum of $100. For complete results of the Super Bowl Marathon please visit www.ligbtour.com.