Farmingdale, NY: Joe Evers, a 41 year old food service manager from Islip Terrace, NY, won the $1,500 top prize at LIGBT’s House Shot Championship at Farmingdale Lanes. Joe earned his first LIGBT title by defeating Mike Nenna, Tobyhanna, PA 238-237 in the final shootout. While Mike earned $750 for second, finishing third was Scott Gray, East Meadow, NY with a 207 worth $500. Rounding out the top 4 was Deon Taitte, Amityville, NY with a 170 worth $300.
The handicap final shootout started out slow as all 4 bowlers had an open by the 5th frame. Joe missed a 1 pin spare in the third frame but overcame the error by throwing the next 4 out of 5 strikes. Mike had a missed spare in the 4th frame but followed that with the next 4 out of 5 strikes. The match came down to the final frame with Joe and Mike within 3 pins of each other. When Joe opened in the 10th he thought he gave the victory away. All Mike needed was a mark but he missed a makeable spare to give a stunned Joe his first LIGBT title.
The Farmingdale event drew a good crowd of 124 entries (103 handicap/21 scratch), advanced 15 bowlers to the handicap finals plus cashed another 11 for $80 (better than 1 in 3.) The total handicap prize fund paid out was $5,830 with all finalists earning at least $150. There was also a scratch prize list which paid out $1,190 to 4 bowlers. The winner of the scratch shootout, worth $500, was Will Vidulich, Montville, NJ with a wonderful 280. Will defeated 2nd place finisher Scott Kampf ($360) who shot a 266 and 3rd place finisher Justin Kampf ($250) who shot a 255.
High series of the handicap tournament was shot by Robert Grieb, Deer Park, NY with an 857 in the 3pm squad. The wildcard winner was Tyger Folmar, Miramar, FL with a 1403 six-game series. One woman was added to the finals; Emily Collazo, East Meadow, NY with a 674 series at 5pm.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a sport shot event at AMF Syosset on Sunday, May 19th (1pm & 3pm). Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000 & $500 with 1 in 4 per squad cashing. To view the final results of the Farmingdale Lanes event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.