Astoria, NY: James Dickerson, a 50 year old postal carrier from Norwalk, CT won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s house shot event at Astoria Bowl. James’ third LIGBT title came fairly easy as he defeated Joe Perez, Corona, NY 295-267 in the final shootout. While Joe earned $500 for second, Kameron Smith, Tobyhanna, PA finished third with a 239 worth $300 and fourth went to Greg Welch, Brooklyn, NY with a 229 earning him $250.
The final shootout started out with a lot of strikes as all of the finalists were zoned in for the cameras. But only James continued the string of strikes and wound up with 8 in a row from the 2nd to the 9th frame to lock up the title by the 10th. What made James’ victory even more impressive is he was giving everyone at least 20 pins in handicap in the shootout. Joe, who was bowling in front of his home crowd, started out hot but had to settle for second place in his first LIGBT event.
The Astoria house shot event drew a nice crowd of 99 entries, advanced 20 bowlers to the finals and paid out $4,350. The cut scores on the house shot were not that high; 721 for the 49 & under age group and 723 for the seniors. High series of the tournament was shot by Harry Park, Bay Terrace, NY with an 804 in the 1pm squad. One woman was added to the finals; Hyo Jin Kim, Flushing, NY with a 703 as she was the top woman series. Two additional bowlers were added to the finals via the “no division” insurance; Ferrill McNeil, Bronx, NY at 3pm and Andrew Mienkiewicz, Massapequa, NY at 1pm
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event, August 5th at Herrill Lanes. Top prizes at Herrill are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 advancing to the finals. To view the final results of the Astoria Bowl event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, , Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.