It’s the seventh day of July, and while some of us have had the bowling equipment in the closet or somewhere in the house (hope you do better than me in remembering where you put it) for about a month, it’s true that in five weeks another season will begin in some leagues.

All through August, starting with the big-money Classic League at All-Star Lanes Baton Rouge on Aug. 10, the leagues will return for their long fall-winter-spring schedules. Some won’t start until the end of the month at the three centers in the Baton Rouge area, but if you are interested in bowling, this is the time to make plans.

Call your favorite bowling center and ask for the league coordinator. They can probably find you a league that needs bowlers as individuals or teams. It’s a big commitment, but if you are a serious bowler, league bowling is a great way to keep your game sharp and meet a lot of new friends.

BR Tournament of Champions

Circle Bowl had all the cashing teams in the Tournament of Champions last month.

The five teams that cashed were U-Turn (3,380), Adams Family (3,370), Cokers (3,317), Cayards (3,306) and Handicapables (3,288).

NOLA Bowling Tour

A Baton Rouge bowler has the lead after the June event in the point standings of the NOLA Bowling Scratch Tour. Sumner Taylor has earned 8,010 in the four events he has bowled so far.

The remainder of the top five is Justin Veitch (7,959) with Larry Grabert in third (7,887). There is a wide spot between third and fifth with Tyler Wright in fourth at (7,189) and Eric Morrison (7,062) in fifth.

The Tour bowls its July stop in Houma on Sunday at Bowl South.

No BR singles in July

This is normally the time we’d be looking forward to the BR Singles Tournament, but we remind you that the July event has been postponed until Aug. 8-9 at Circle Bowl because of several conflicts.

PWBA Tour

So everyone was wondering what type of entry the first of the summer series of the new Pro Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) this coming weekend at the Sacramento Open would get. Each tournament has a standard-field size of 64 bowlers. Well, that turns out to be not enough spots.

The 64-player field was filled, and more wanted to participate. So, because of the size of the bowling center, 16 more spots were allocated and those were quickly filled. Now, 80 is the expected number of starters for the opening which begins Friday. That’s a great number to start with.

The winner gets $12,000, and, if a PWBA member, a spot in the season-ending championship. The event will be live-streamed on the PBA’s online network, Xtra Frame, and is the start of 10 consecutive weekends of women’s bowling for the first official tour for the women in more than a decade.

According to the PWBA website, Brandy Sanderson of Bossier City is on the entry list for the second stop in Lubbock, Texas, in two weeks.

Honor roll

We are very excited that we are able to get started on our efforts to include the bowling centers in New Orleans on our honor roll. The first scores are available this week from AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner, and we welcome them in along with our Baton Rouge area houses. We’ll have more as we go in future weeks.

Daniel Nelson led the scoring at NOLA All-Star with 828 and a 300 series, while Justin Veitch (827), Brian Bodenheimer (814-300) and Wayne Babineaux (800) topped the special 800 set. At All-Star BR, Tyler Wright fired a 300 game in an impressive 812 series. At All-Star BR, Wendy Chapman had the best women’s set at 693. Trey Kauffman (690), Chad Conard (689) were the top two in junior play, while Mike Bass (654-245) and Eva Newman (518) were the best in the senior leagues.

Also in the reporting period, Anthony Latino, Barrett Tornabene and Alex Dupuy had perfect 300 games.

Finally, our condolences to the family and many friends of Texan Jim King, who died this past week. King was the driving force that made the Senior All-Star Bowling Association so successful in this part of the country. It will certainly continue now in his memory.

Back with you in two weeks on July 21. Until then, good luck and good bowling.