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LIGBT SEASON 11 RECAP

Posted On: September 09, 2019

Syosset, NY: The LIGBT has completed its 11th season and it was one of the most successful years for this still growing club. A total of 5,309 entries were recorded in 37 events which extrapolates to 143 bowlers per tournament. The 37 event prize funds paid out $256,585 and when including all the side action a total of $469,130 was distributed.

The LIGBT hosted just 684 different bowlers in Season 11 of which 208 were first time members. There were 28 different champions of which 8 of them won multiple times. Darcy Monroe was the only 3-time winner while 7 others winning twice. The two Super Tournament Champions were Peter Libranti and Jae Yi both earning $5,000. The other major title holders, all earning $3,000, were: Dexter Sapp (Thanksgiving Major), Dwayne Redman (Winter Major), Curtis Hetmeyer (Spring Major), and Joe Scianna (Firecracker Classic.)

The leading money winner, when including prize money and side action, was Harry Park with earnings of $10,995. Just $88 behind was Sun Kim with earnings of $10,907. To make the top 10 in earnings you had to win $7,552 or more. Peter Libranti was the leading prize money winner (side action not included) with $7,360. There were 4 bowlers that earned $6,000 or more & it took $4,000 to crack the top 10.

What makes the LIGBT so successful is how many bowlers cash. A total of 10 bowlers earned more than $7,500, 20 bowlers earned more than $5,000, 35 bowlers earned more than $3,000, 55 bowlers earned more than $2,000, and an amazing 102 bowlers earned at least $1,000! Out of the 684 different bowlers that competed 426 of them earned a prize—an amazing 62%!

Consistency is key when bowling tournaments. Harry Park had the highest cashing percentage in the club with an impressive 73% (19 out of 26.) Also cashing in 19 events was James Marino who cashed at a rate of 54% (19 out of 35.) The only other bowler cashing for 70% or higher was Darryl McDuffie who cashed in 14 out of 20 tournaments. A total of 10 bowlers cashed in 13 or more tournaments.

The LIGBT’s success has a lot to do with the challenging lane patterns it puts down. Only 1 bowler out of 684 members averaged over 200; Joe Scianna with an amazing 215 (which means he bowls scratch.) The closest bowler to Joe was 17 pins behind, Scott Kampf who averaged 198 for 93 games. Only 6 bowlers averaged 190 or greater.

How tough are the scoring conditions? Just look at what the club is averaging (only includes bowlers with 30 games or more): 1 bowler is averaging 200+, 5 bowlers are averaging 190-199, 13 bowlers are averaging 180-189, 39 bowlers are averaging 170-179, 44 bowlers are averaging 160-169, 33 bowlers are averaging 150-159, 29 bowlers are averaging 140-49.  The median club average is 162!

A special thanks to all the bowlers that competed in Season 11. We look forward to seeing you at a future LIGBT tournament.

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JAE YI WINS $5,000 AT LIGBT SUPER TOURNAMENT #6

Posted On: September 02, 2019

Garden City, NY:  Jae Yi, a 45-year old right-hander from Flushing, NY won the $5,000 top prize at AMF Garden City where LIGBT’s Super Tournament #6 was held. Jae, who was a Friday wildcard winner, defeated Archie Nabas, Queens Village, NY 249-238 to win his second LIGBT title. Archie, who qualified on Sunday at noon with a 661, earned $2,500 for his runner-up position. Finishing in third was Joe Scianna, Ronkonkoma, NY with a 226 worth $1,250. Fourth place went to David Chu, New York, NY with a 218 worth $1,000. Rounding out the top 5 was Jimmy Walsh, Glen Cove, NY with a 205 worth $500.

The Super Tournament final shootout was a pressure packed match with over $10,000 up for grabs. Archie started with 4 strikes in a row to take an early lead. Jae stayed close by staying clean and when he tripled starting in frame #6, and Archie missed a one pin spare in his 6th frame, the lead switched. But when Jae missed a spare in the 9th frame Archie still had a chance but could not double in the final frame.

Jae joins a prestigious list of $5,000 LIGBT Super Tournament champions; Tommy Grunwald, Astoria, NY was the first Super champion at Farmingdale Lanes (February, 2016), Cynthia Cooke, Patchogue, NY won the second Super Tournament at AMF Plainview (May 2017) and Pak Wong, New York, NY won the 3rd Super Tournament also at AMF Plainview (August, 2017.) Hector Diaz Jr., Bronx, NY was the 4th Super Tournament winner at Levittown Lanes (June, 2018.) The 5th Super Champion was Peter Libranti, Wantagh, NY at AMF Babylon (May 2019.) the 7th Super Tournament champion will be crowned in May, 2020 on Memorial Day weekend.

The Super Tournament drew an amazing crowd of 380 entries plus 55 desperado entries. There were 59 finalists plus another 46 cashers (105 total-better than a 1 in 2 ratio) all sharing in a $23,330 prize fund. Cut scores were low on the custom pattern ranging from 618-667. In fact there were 18 games under 100 in the 7 squads! High series was shot by Joe Evers, Islip Terrace, NY 746 (Friday 8pm.) There were 50 women entries with 8 advancing to the finals. There were 5 wildcard winners: Jae Yi (1266), Darryl Freeman (1258), Peter Libranti (1296), Julio Arnold (1271), and Hari Soedarmasto (1270.)  Total payout for the weekend exceeded $50,000!

LIGBT’s next tournament is a 2-squad sport shot event at Herrill Lanes on Sunday, September 22nd. For complete results of Super Tournament #6 please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Randi Siegle Law,  Kegel,  Torch Bowling, Vietri Associates, Billvee Electric, Knockout Ball Cleaner, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.

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