Farmingdale, NY Robert Grieb, a 29-year old software developer from Deer Park, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event at Farmingdale Lanes. Robert earned his first LIGBT title by defeating Andrew Mienkiewicz, Dix Hills, NY 251-243 in the final shootout. While Andrew earned $500 for second, finishing in third was Rob Longiaru, Seaford, NY with a 214 worth $400. Rounding out the top 5 was 4th place finisher Eddie Cintron, Laurelton, NY with a 209 worth $300 & fifth place finisher Dennis Garcia, Fresh Meadows, NY with a 198 worth $250.
The 5-person shootout was a close competition with 3 bowlers having a chance to win the title late in the match. While Dennis and Eddie struggled early, Robert held a 20-pin lead over Rob and Andrew through 5 frames due to his handicap advantage. After Robert opened in his 6th frame he doubled which forced Andrew to strike out from the 8th frame on to win the title. Andrew got strikes in the 8th and 10th frames but a stoned 9 pin in the 9th frame potentially cost him the title. Rob couldn’t not throw a double and opened in the tenth which gave him 3rd place.
The Farmingdale Lanes event drew a great crowd of 114 entries, advanced 15 bowlers to the finals plus cashed another 14 for $75. The total prize fund paid out was $5,150. The cut scores on the Plutonium pattern (39 ft) were: 672 & 651. High series of the tournament was shot by our champion Robert with a 790 in the 3pm squad. The wildcard winner was Alex Padmore, Jamaica, NY with a 1340 six-game series. Hee Jin Jun, Flushing, NY was the only women to advance as she shot a 679 at 3pm.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 3-day Super Tournament at AMF Garden City; February 28-March 1st. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $5,000-$2,500-$1,250-$1,000. To view the results of the Farmingdale event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.