Well, I’ve seen all the pictures and results on Facebook about the capacity problems and power issues one house had in Chicago last week for the Junior Gold Championships.
It’s an issue the United States Bowling Congress will have to work on as it looks forward to 2016 and Indianapolis. But when 3,100 youth bowlers are together for a national championship in six different divisions and the entry level is up dramatically, it cannot all be all bad.
Bowling is desperately trying to grow the sport. It looks like 3,100 possible members of the future all gathered in Chicago at the same time. As part of a new deal with CBS Sports Network, the Junior Golf finals were taped and will be seen in August.
South Louisiana bowlers had success with Baton Rouge’s Angela Falgoust, a member of the Tulane bowling team, finishing in 55th place in the U20 division with Hailie Savoie of Cankton also making the first cut.
In the boys U20 division, four from the area made the first cut with Austin Bertrand of Prairieville taking 87th, Jacob Garretson of Baton Rouge 104th and Chad Conrad of Geismer at 150. Cullen Vincellette of Slidell finished 160th.
Shelbi Stegall of Schriever was 32nd in the U15 girls division.
One final point on a smaller scale, and maybe I think about it now because this weekend will be the annual state youth match games tournament in Bossier City, a long-standing many decade July event. About 10 years ago, this tournament was struggling for entries, drawing about 60, when the state association was discussing changes, including possibly ending the event.
But a surge in bowlers and hard work by coaches got the entry numbers to more than 100 for much of the past 10 years. It’s a coincidence I was running the tournament then, but facing the sudden burst of entries in a couple of small centers was something that had to be dealt with. We were excited about that entry boost and even more excited when it continued in future years. I hope that’s where Junior Gold is headed and that they will then continue to bowl as they get older.
State USBC Open
The results have been verified in the Louisiana USBC Open event in Lake Charles, and area bowlers captured championship and top finishes.
The Write Tha Check team with 2,790 from Baton Rouge won the scratch team title, while Geaux Tigers No. 5 was third in handicap at 2,864. The Cajuns (fourth, 2,843) and Team Allison (fifth, 2,807) are both from Lafayette.
Baton Rouge teams went 1-2 in handicap doubles with Phillip Trahan and Chad Allen in first with 1,476, three pins better than Danny Lowe and Ron Gathercole. That pair won the scratch doubles at 1,380.
In singles, Derwin Pitre of Baton Rouge won scratch and handicap singles with a 800 set, one pin better than the handicap total of Baton Rouge’s Taylor Clotiaux (799). Clotiaux won handicap all events with 2,205. Robert Autin of Harahan had the scratch winning total of 2,172, two pins better than the 2,170 of Pitre.
Check out complete results of the tournament at www.Louisianastateusbc.com.
The entry blanks are now out for the rescheduled August BR Singles Tournament at Circle Bowl on Aug. 8 and 9 … Lanson Chen reminds that the New Orleans USBC Association and Youth group will be held at AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner on Aug. 2 at about 3 p.m. following AMF’s annual officer’s appreciation meeting. All sanctioned bowlers are invited to attend. … Speaking of growing the sport, four more PWBA events are either sold out or had the entries increased because of demand. Coverage of the events is available streaming on the Xtra Frame PBA site. … Finally, if you get a chance, read my friend Jimmy Watson’s story (Shreveporttimes.com) about the state’s new bowling Hall of Famer, Ken Tynan. This guy once threw his bowling equipment off the bridge into the Red River. I really thought I was the only one who wanted to do that when I lived there.
Honor Roll notes
In Baton Rouge, Tyler Wright had the high set at 768 with a 286 high game. Randy Summers had a 300 game at Premier Lanes. Sarah Broussard had 679 with a 246 high game for the ladies with youth bowler Juan Coston having 711 with a 243. Errol Tullier led the senior league bowlers with 699, while Routha Church had 608 for senior league women.
Chuck Kelser led AMF All-Star bowlers with 823 (289), while Steve Woodard and Lanson Chen had 300 games. Leslie Engeron led the ladies at the house with 764.
We will be back in two weeks on Aug. 4. Until then, good luck and good bowling.