Garden City, NY: The LIGBT kicked off Season 16 with Sport Shot Series #1 at AMF Garden City and couldn’t have had a more exciting finish. Romie Caiaccio, Wantagh, NY, won the $1,000 top prize by defeating 2nd place finisher Andrew Mienkiewicz, Dix Hills, NY 241-227. Andrew earned $500 for his runner-up position. Finishing in third place was Denis Mendelson, Levittown, NY with a 226 worth $300. Rounding out the top 4 was Eddie Cintron, Laurelton, NY with a 189 worth $250.
The Garden City sport shot event featured the “Alcatraz” pattern which proved challenging throughout the day. All 4 shootout finalists had at least 3 open frames. But the low scores kept everyone close in the shootout which ended with an amazing finish. Lagging in 3rd place going into the 9th frame, Romie threw 3 strikes in a row to jump from third to first. Denis had a shot at the title if he struck but missed the head pin and opened to drop to third place. Andrew also opened in the final frame but squeaked out second place. Eddie struggled throughout the shootout and settled for 4th place.
The LIGBT 2-squad sport shot tournament drew 88 entries, paid out $4,405 in prize money, and had 24 bowlers go to the cashing window. The side action awarded an additional $3,935 bringing the total event payout to $8,340.
Scores to cash on the 38 foot “Alcatraz” pattern were 644 at 1pm and 652 at 3pm. The wildcard winner, which is the highest 6-game series by a non-finalist, was William Tudy, Brooklyn, NY with a 1,244. High series of the day was shot by Dwight Dunkley, Brooklyn, NY with a 757 in the 3pm squad.
LIGBT’s next tournament is a handicap doubles tournament at Levittown Lanes on Sunday, October 22nd - 1:30pm start. To view the results of the AMF Garden City event please visit www.ligbtour.com. The LIGBT is sponsored by Turbo and Randi B. Siegle Attorney at Law.