New Hyde Park, NY: Devon Johnson, Brooklyn, NY, is a man with great patience. He joined the LIGBT in 2010 and had bowled 90 tournaments without a victory but many cashes. The 62-year-old right-hander finally broke through to the winner’s circle in his 91st event at Herrill Lanes. Devon defeated 2nd place finishers Tayo Farinu, Cambia Heights, NY and Abel David, Franklin Square, NY 225-204 to earn the $1,000 top prize. Tayo and Abel both earned $425 for their second-place finish. Rounding out the top 4 was Paige Sztabnik, Cold Spring Harbor, NY with a 181 worth $250.
The final shootout was an exciting match as 3 of the competitors had a shot at the title going into the final frame. Devon, who was giving handicap to the other 3 competitors, had the lead most of shootout but when he opened in the 9th frame it gave Tayo and Abel a shot at the title. Tayo opened in the final frame and Abel could not double giving Devon his well-deserved victory.
The LIGBT 2-squad sport shot tournament drew a wonderful fall crowd of 90 entries, paid out $4,410 in prize money, and had 24 bowlers go to the cashing window (1 in 3.75.) The side action awarded an additional $4,225 bringing the total event payout to $8,635. Cut scores to cash on the PBA Mark Roth 42-foot pattern were 672 at 1pm and 673 at 3pm. The wildcard winner, which is the highest 6-game series by a non-finalist, was shot by Pak Wong, New York, NY with a 1338.
LIGBT’s next tournament is at AMF Garden City on Saturday, October 9th. This will be a special Trio’s challenge featuring a $3,000 top prize. To view the results of the Herrill Lanes event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Storm, Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.