Wantagh, NY: Jimmy Walsh, a 67 year old bartender from Glen Cove, NY won the $1,000 top prize at LIGBT’s sport shot event at AMF Wantagh. Jimmy earned his second LIGBT title by defeating Ed Eng, Flushing, NY in an extra frame roll off (both were tied at 215.) While Ed earned $500 for second, finishing in third was William Knoth, Patchogue, NY with a 205 worth $350. Rounding out the top 4 was 4th place finisher Max Thomas, Stamford, CT with a 180 worth $300.
The final shootout was very low scoring as there were only 6 strikes in the first 8 frames. Jim won the title because he made 7 spares in a row, many of which were multiple pins. When the match entered the 9th frame Jim had a 9 pin lead. That lead quickly disappeared when Ed doubled in his last 2 frames. To close out the match all Ed had to do was fill 10 pins on 2 balls. On his second shot in the 10th Ed left a ten pin and then missed it to give Jim a chance. Jim needed a strike on his fill ball and he knocked down all 10 pins to force a roll off. In the roll off Ed started the extra frames with an open which gave Jim an easy road to victory.
The AMF Wantagh event drew a great crowd of 121 entries, advanced 16 bowlers to the finals and cashed another 17 bowlers for $75 (better than 1 in 3.) The total prize fund paid out $5,475 with all finalists earning at least $150. The cut scores on the Kegel custom pattern were low; 652 & 667. High series of the tournament was shot by Richard Martinez, Howard Beach with a 752 in the 3pm squad. The wildcard winner was 4th place finisher Max Thomas with a 1325 six game series.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a house shot event at Astoria Bowl on Sunday, March 3rd: 1pm & 3pm. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay; $1,000-$500-$300-$250 with 1 in 6 bowlers per age division advancing to the finals each squad. To view the final results of the AMF Wantagh event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, & Vietri Associates, and ManyStylesOfBowling.com.