LEVITTOWN, NY: Gwendolyn Gaynus, a 77 year old retired Brooklyn right-hander, won her first LIGBT title with a fantastic 259 game in a 5 person shootout final from South Levittown Lanes. Gwenn defeated second place finisher Brad Morris, a 30 year old gym teacher from Bayside, NY by 20 pins. Gwendolyn earned $1,000 for her victory while Brad took home $500 with his 239 game.
The 5 person shootout started with some great bowling as almost every doubled in the first 2 frames. Rich Frost, E. Islip, NY, took the early lead despite getting the least handicap. Gwenn, who has been a member of the LIGBT for 5 years, bowled steady throughout the match and only had one open frame. Her double in the 7th & 8th frames gave her the lead which she never gave back as she marked the rest of the game. Finishing third was Rich with a 226 worth $300. Fourth place went to Robert Vecchione, Massapequa, NY with a 211 earning him $250 and fifth place went to Taisha Joliffe, Brooklyn, NY with a 208 worth $200.
The South Levittown tournament drew a nice crowd of 97 entries, advanced 17 bowlers to the finals, and paid out $3,380. Kegel’s 40 foot Highway to Hell pattern was used and scoring was on the low to moderate side (702 cut at 1pm & 678 at 3pm). High series of the tournament was shot by Brad Morris, who was the previous champion the last time the LIGBT visited South Levittown, with a 763 in the 3pm squad.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a 3-day major event at AMF Babylon on Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25). Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $3,000 & $1,500. One in 6 each squad advances to the finals and will cash for a minimum of $80. Prepaid entry fees for the Babylon Major are $65 per squad. For complete results of the S. Levittown tournament please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Brunswick, Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Knockout Ball Cleaner and CLS Custom Upholsterers.