East Meadow, NY: The Long Island Generations Bowling Tour (LIGBT) traveled to AMF East Meadow for its 9th event of the year. A total of 112 bowlers competed for over $8,000 in prizes. The winner of the scratch event was senior bowler Frank Spano of Brentwood, NY earning $1,000 and the 205 & under champion was Alvin Horne of Coram, NY winning $500.
The scoring pace at East Meadow was challenging as the PBA Cheetah pattern was used. It only took a 209 average in the under group, and a 204 average in the senior division, to advance to the elimination finals. Frank Spano was up to the challenge as he lead all seniors with a 1058 series (212 average.) The qualifying leader for the 49 and under group was Amanda Fagan with an 1125 (225 average.) Both qualifying leaders were seeded into the final shootout.
Despite the tough scoring conditions the shootout was exciting and went down to the final frame. Going into the tenth three bowlers had a chance to win the $1,000 top prize. Frank Spano earned his first LIGBT title by striking on his first ball in the tenth and shooting a “clean” 234. Finishing a close second (227) was LIGBT perennial finalist John Conroy of Mahopac, NY. John earned $700 while the third place finisher, Bill Beck, Ronkonkoma, NY (225) took home $400. Rounding out the top 5 was Anthony Pepe, of Queens, NY (213)- $350 and qualifying leader Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, NY (183)- $300.
The 205 and under tournament also had a great finish. The Championship Shootout was an exciting battle among 4 bowlers. Making his first LIGBT finals appearance was eventual champion Alvin Horne of Coram, NY. Alvin had the early lead but two opens in frames 6 and 7 let two of the finalists with a chance to win the tournament. But Alvin was determined to win the title and the $500 and he struck from 8th frame on to finish with a 227.
Despite Alvin’s great finish Diana Cardinali of Rocky Point, NY needed to throw a strike and nine plus convert the spare to win by one pin. Diana threw the first strike but a 6 count on the next ball gave her a second place finish and $300. The third place finisher, Lou Medina of W. Babylon, also had a chance to win if he rolled 3 strikes in the tenth frame. Although he got the first one a seven count on his second ball gave him a third place finish (218) and $200. Finishing fourth was Joette Healy of Yonkers, NY who earned $175 with a 181 game.
The LIGBT’s next stop is on Sunday, June 14th
at South Levittown Lanes. Due to the LIGBT’s amazing first season success the Tour will extend its original schedule through the summer. Dates and bowling centers will be announced on LIGBT.com soon. For more information please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com
or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.
View East Meadow Final Results