New Hyde Park, NY: Pak Wong, a 55-year-old U.S. postal worker, won LIGBT’s latest sport shot tournament at Herrill Lanes. This was Pak’s fifth LIGBT title in 10 years as an LIGBT member. Pak won the $1,000 top prize by defeating 2nd place finisher Guy Sereno, W. Hempstead, NY 264-234. While Guy earned $600 for his runner-up position, finishing in third place, with a 219, was Donald Eubanks, Elmsford, NY earning $400. Rounding out the top 4 was 14-year-old DJ Matteo with a 193 earning him a $300 scholarship.
The trick to winning a sport shot event is to avoid opens. Pak was the only bowler in the final shootout to throw a clean game. He also had two sets of triples which guided him to victory. Guy, who was giving everyone handicap, could not overcome Pak’s fine performance despite a late 5 timer. Donald and DJ bowled well but too many open frames doomed their title hopes.
The LIGBT 2-squad sport shot tournament drew a wonderful crowd of 97 entries, paid out $5,040 in prize money, and had 26 bowlers go to the cashing window. The side action awarded an additional $4,040 bringing the total event payout to $9,080. Cut scores to cash on the 41-foot Beaten Path pattern were 677 at 1pm and 695 at 3pm. The wildcard winner, which is the highest 6-game series by a non-finalist, was Maniram Basdeo, Bronx, NY with a 1,387.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a special event called “The Dual Challenge” which is being hosted by AMF E. Meadow on Sunday, May 1st. 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 Turbo 2-n-1 Grips.