Ed Hawkins, Scratch Champ Adam DeRossi & Dwayne Redman
Garden City, NY: The LIGBT crowned 2 champions on New Year’s Day at AMF Garden City. The handicap marathon champion was Adam DeRossi, Massapequa Park, NY winning $1,000. The scratch marathon champion was Ed Hawkins, Bay Shore, NY winning $700. An incredible entry count of 165 entries competed for over $15,000 in prizes.
The handicap marathon, which attracted 127 entries, featured 2 age divisions. The 49 & under group advanced 2 bowlers to the finals; Jeff Juarez, E. Meadow, NY (1242) and Adam DeRossi (1236). The senior division also advanced 2 bowlers to the finals; Dwayne Redman, Bronx, NY (1237) and Shui Lee, Forest Hills, NY (1233). Dwayne earned a seed into the final match as he was the highest eligible bowler from either division. To cash in the 1 in 5 prize lists the 49 & under cut was 1186 and the senior cut was 1172. All cashers earned a minimum of $100.
The handicap finals had 2 rounds. The first round consisted of 3 bowlers with the winner advancing to meet the top seed, Dwayne Redman, in the final match. Adam DeRossi and Jeff Juarez, were within 1 pin of each other in the first match. Surprisingly, Jeff chopped a spare in the 10th giving Adam the match. Jeff finished third with a 208 earning him $425. Also making the shootout and finishing fourth was Shui Lee with a 201 worth $350.
The championship match was a blow out as Adam defeated Dwayne 279-182. Dwayne just couldn’t find the line until late in the game but was happy with his $700 second place finish. The victory was Adam’s third LIGBT title.
The scratch marathon prize list was determined by the 5-game totals. Ed Hawkins won the scratch title by 1 pin with an 1163 total. Jeff Juarez, who finished third in the handicap event, shot an 1162 series to finish second and earn $425. Rounding out the top 4 was third place finisher Andrew Mienkiewicz, Massapequa, NY with an 1140 worth $300 and 4th went to Craig Koppell, Syosset, NY with an 1129 total earning him $200. The scratch event attracted 38 entries and paid out $2,000 to 7 different cashers. The scratch cut to cash was 1073.
LIGBT’s next event is a sport shot tournament at Herrill Lanes; Sunday, January 6th. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 4 each squad cashing. For complete results of the New Year’s Day marathon please visit www.ligbtour.com.