Babylon, NY: Tony Jimenez, a 68-year old retired right-hander from W. Babylon, NY won the $1,500 top prize at LIGBT’s Beat-The-Board Tournament held at AMF Babylon. Tony won his 2nd LIGBT title by defeating Yon Gyo Phark, Flushing, NY 213-204 in a very low scoring final shootout. While Yon Gyo earned $750 for second, finishing third was Kenny Simpson, Shirley, NY with a 199 worth $500. Rounding out the top 4 was Tony’s son Adam DeRossi, Massapequa Park, NY with a 191 worth $250.
The final shootout was a grind from the beginning. By the 4th frame three of the four bowlers had at least 2 open frames, and the leader, Ken Simpson, had one open. But from the 5th frame on, Tony stayed clean, while Ken opened his last 3 frames, to give up a 20-pin lead and the title. Yon Gyo climbed from 4th place to 2nd by marking in his last 5 frames. Amazingly, there was not one double the entire match.
The AMF Babylon event drew a nice crowd of 120 entries, advanced 24 bowlers to the finals, and paid out $5,800 in prize money. The cut scores on the Alcatraz pattern was 681. High series of the tournament was shot by Max Thomas, Stamford, CT, with a 772 in the 4pm squad. There were 2 wildcard winners: Ken Simpson with a 1362 from the first 2 squads and Bill Verni, W. Babylon, NY and our tournament sponsor, with a 1396 six-game series from the last 2 squads. Two women advanced to the finals; Jennifer Bochicchio, Selden, NY with a 705 and Diane Allen, Fleetwood Station, NY with a 698.
LIGBT’s next tournament is our two-day Thanksgiving Major on Friday, November 29 and Sunday, December 1st at AMF Garden City. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $3,000 & $1,500. To view the results and video finals of the AMF Babylon event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.