Garden City, NY: Joe Scianna, a 51 year old right hander from Bay Shore, NY, won the $3,000 top prize at LIGBT’s Firecracker Classic at AMF Garden City. Joe won his third LIGBT title by defeating Peter Libranti, Wantagh, NY 258-210 in the final shootout. Peter earned $1,500 for second place. Rounding out the top 4 was third place finisher Gary Paulsen, Massapequa, NY with a 202 earning $750 and fourth was Harry Park, Flushing, NY with a 195 worth $500.
Joe’s performance in the shootout was amazing. Joe bowls scratch and receives no handicap which put him at a 30 plus pin disadvantage at the start of the match. But Joe calmly threw 10 balls in the pocket to finish with a 258 and a 48 pin victory.
The real competition was for second place as the 3 bowlers vied for the runner-up position, worth $1,500. Going into the final frame Gary held a 4 pin lead over Harry and a 12 pin lead over Peter. Both Gary and Harry opened in the 10th and Peter tripled which moved him from 4th to 2nd place worth an additional $1,000.
The AMF Garden City event drew an incredible crowd of 301 entries (including the desperado) an increase of over 25% from last year. A total of 39 bowlers advanced to the finals and another 33 cashed for $80. The prize fund paid out $14,940. The cut scores on the “Alcatraz” pattern ranged from 655 to 680 to make the finals and 637 to 654 to cash. High series of the tournament was shot by Gregory Welch, Brooklyn, NY with a 793 in the Friday, 8pm squad. There were 2 wildcard bonuses: The Friday night wildcard was won by Rafael Ongjoco, Brooklyn, NY with a 1304 six-game series and the Sunday wildcard was won by Audrey Rodrigues, Otisville, NY with a 1285. A total of 6 women, out of 46 women entries, advanced to the finals.
LIGBT’s next event is a 2-squad (1pm & 3pm) sport shot tournament, Sunday, July 21st at AMF Syosset. Top prizes are guaranteed to pay $1,000 & $500 and 1 in 4 each squad will cash. To view the final results of the AMF Garden City Firecracker Classic please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Kegel, Randi Siegel Law Offices, Knockout Ball Cleaner, Torch Bowling, Billvee Electric, Vietri Associates, and CLS Custom Upholsterers.