June 14, 2009
South LevittownNY: The Long Island Generations Bowling Tour (LIGBT) summer swing kicked off at South Levittown Lanes. A total of 82 bowlers competed for over $6,000 in prizes. The winner of the scratch event was senior bowler Chris Keane of New City, NY earning $1,000. The 210 & under champion was Preston Cheeks of Brooklyn who earned his second LIGB title and $500.
Two out of the three new jackpots were also hit at South Levittown. Winning the perfect game scratch jackpot, worth $300, was Guy Sereno of Ridgewood, NY. Guy rolled a 300 game during his third game of qualifying. Also earning $300 was Donna Bertuglia of Dix Hills who rolled a 168 scratch score her last game. That matched the number picked and Donna was the only bowler with that score. Congratulations to both jackpot winners!
The scoring pace at South Levittown was on the high side for an LIGBT event. It took a 216 average to advance to the elimination finals. Brian Soto of Kew Gardens, a former LIGBT Champion, was the qualifying (49 & under) leader with an 1176 series. The high qualifying senior was Mike Dioguardo of Patchogue with an 1177 series. Both squad leaders were seeded into the final shootout.
The scratch shootout was very competitive and the scoring was lower than in qualifying. Chris Keane, who was the last bowler to make the cut in the senior division, took home the champions trophy by shooting a 221 game. Chris needed a mark in the tenth frame to insure his victory. Finishing second with a 206 was Brian Soto who earned $500. The other top finishers were Mike Dioguardo-199 third ($300), Mike Healy of Yonkers fourth-198 ($250), and Rob Grexer of Douglaston, the only lefty in the finals, finishing 5th -152 and taking home $200.
The 210 and under tournament had some familiar faces in the final shootout. Two LIGBT former champions; Preston Cheeks and Alvin Horne joined LIGBT veteran Angelo DeSena in the shootout. Preston dominated the final game with a 274 (with handicap) and outpaced Alvin, second place finisher, by 50 pins. Alvin earned $300 for second while Angelo earned $200 for his 217game and third place finish. A total of 11 bowlers advanced to the finals.
The LIGBT’s next stop is on Sunday, July 12th
at AMF Commack. Qualifying begins at noon with a free practice session kicking off at 11am. For more information please visit our website at www.ligbtour.com
or call the tournament office at 1.877.900.6464.