Date Posted: August 4th, 2016
Rockville Centre Lanes Places Stephen Winley Jr. on "Wall of Fame"
Eleven-year-old Stephen Winley Jr. of Laurelton has had the perfect summer — literally — as he bowled a perfect game on July 26 at Rockville Centre Lanes.
A member of RVC Lanes' Adult/Junior League, which is USBC certified, Stephen set the crowd roaring when he rolled a 300 game — making him the youngest bowler to ever score a USBC-certified perfect game in New York State.
Stephen turned 11 on April 27, making him 11 years and 3 months old -- a month younger younger than Long Island's Alex Cavagnaro, who was 11 years, 4 months and 28 days old when he reached perfection on Nov. 17, 1995. Cavagnaro posted another 300 game 10 days later on Nov. 27, 1995.
Sam Arnone of Rochester was 11 1/2 years old when he rolled a 300 game on Dec. 19, 1993 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Ithaca.
"Perfect games are always exciting — even during elite competition when adults bowl them," said John LaSpina, President of Maple Family Centers, which operates RVC Lanes and four additional bowling centers in New York and Florida. "Having a junior bowler do it was even more exciting. The center erupted when Stephen rolled his final strike."
LaSpina was present for the momentous occasion and documented it on video, which appears on Rockville Centre Lanes' Facebook page.
"We posted the video on all our centers' Facebook pages and the reach has been really strong with an estimated combined viewing of about 10,000 people," he noted.