Wantagh, NY: The LIGBT visited AMF Wantagh and ran its third sport shot series event of Season 16. Joe LaBargo, Bayside, NY won his 7th LIGBT title by defeating 21-year-old Nick Falsetta, N. Babylon, NY 214-194. Joe earned $1,000 while Nick earned $550 for second place. Also appearing in the final shootout was third place finisher Carolyn Willis, Bethpage, NY shooting a 191 and earning $350. Rounding out the top 5 was 4th place finisher Kyle Exner, Bellmore, NY with a 186 worth $250 and 5th place finisher Chris Thomas, Brooklyn, NY with a 185 also worth $250. Chris, who is 68 years-old, was added to the finals since the LIGBT guarantees at least one senior in the final shootout.
The final shootout was a struggle for everyone on a very tough short pattern. Joe was the only bowler that didn’t have an open for the first 9 frames. Everyone else had a least 3 opens and was fighting for 2nd place. Nick, who opened his first 3 out of 5 frames, finished strong with 6 marks, including a double, that catapulted him from 5th to 2nd place. Carolyn never threw a strike but filled enough frames to take home 3rd place. Kyle started out strong with a double and was heading for a 2nd place finish but he opened his last 3 frames to drop to 4th.
The LIGBT 2-squad sport shot tournament drew a nice crowd of 92 entries, paid out $4,635 in prize money, and had 24 bowlers go to the cashing window. The side action awarded an additional $4,960 bringing the total event payout to $9,595.
Scores to cash on the 35 foot “Boardwalk” pattern were very low: 620 at 1pm and 642 at 3pm. The wildcard winner, which is the highest 6-game series by a non-finalist, was 4th place finisher Kyle Exner with a 1,265. High series of the day was shot by our 3rd place finisher Carolyn Willis with a 716 in the 2nd squad. There were 8 raffle winners each winning a Storm ball or a Turbo triple roller. All 8 winners also took home a bottle of Foamy ball cleaner.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 1-squad house shot tournament at AMF E. Meadow on Sunday, December 17th - 1pm start. To view the results of the AMF Wantagh event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Turbo, WON Network and Randi B. Siegle Attorney at Law.