The latest BR Singles Tournament had a repeat champion and a very successful move to an August date.
The champion won his third title in the event, but his first since 1990, and it was 32 years ago when he won the event for the first time.
Greg Snee of Baton Rouge took down a field of 490, one of the stronger entries of recent time, by averaging 240 for 16 tournament games to capture the first prize of $3,530. He defeated another local, Dick Loudenslager, in the two-game championship match, 532-380. Loudenslager earned $1,765 after averaging 213 for his 16 tournament games.
To get to the finals, Snee took down, Lafayette’s Andy Maxalonis 433-386, while Loudenslager took down longtime local bowler Derwin Pitre 414-409. The semifinalists earned $741.30. Reaching the round of eight were Baton Rouge bowlers Steve Dunlap, Scott Garretson and Stephen Taylor and Slidell’s David Moragas, each earning $494.20.
The round of 16 bowlers included Heather Aime, Tyler Wright and Brian Yoches of Baton Rouge; Brian Bodenheimer and Curt Dupre IV of New Orleans, Daniel Keller of Slidell; and, Neil Gaspard and Jim Van Arsdale of Lafayette. That group cashed for $282.40.
Justin Bui and Pitre had 300 games in the event.
It appears that a month’s delay to August, on this occasion, was a great move. The next BR is set for December. It will be interesting to see if this summer stop will move to August permanently. The bowling calendar in the summer is getting so crowded, but paying out well over $17,000 for this event, that’s a pretty good haul of money to shoot for a share of. It’s part of the amazing history of this tournament that continues its lengthy run in Baton Rouge.
Now the Shootout patterns
As promised two weeks ago, we have the announcement of the three oil patterns for the youth Capital City Shootout Labor Day Weekend at All-Star Lanes Baton Rouge.
Contestants will bowl three games on each pattern during qualifying Sept. 5, with the finals to be announced pattern Sept. 6.
The short pattern for the third straight year will be the 35-foot Beijing pattern. It’s always been entertaining to watch the action on this one. Generally, the principal idea is the shorter the pattern, the farther outside toward the gutter the breakpoint is. This has been called a “have or have not” pattern because incorrect play can make this pattern difficult. But it can surrender high scores.
The middle pattern (Atlanta) is 38 feet, 1 foot shorter than the last two years. The theory is the gutter or no play area moves to the fourth or fifth board. But the pattern is one of multiple angles to the pocket. A lot depends on ball surface and your preferences. Playing the 8-9 board can be good, but so can playing around 13-14.
Finally, the long pattern will be the 43-foot Tokyo, again one foot shorter than the pattern played the last two Shootouts. The break point has to be such that the 8-9 board area is your gutter. You can play angles on this pattern, hopefully breaking them down to the right of where you want to play, but you can angle too far away from the head pin and the pocket. Patience and spares will add lots of qualifying pins in the final three games of the day.
There you have it. We’ll talk about the history of Labor Day weekend youth bowling in Baton Rouge in our next column on shootout week.
Honor roll notes
The first couple of fall leagues have gotten underway with Jeremiah Simon posting 844 with a 288 high game and Josh Washington 814 with a 279 high game. Sarah Broussard was on point with a 757 set and a 264 high game. In the youth ranks, more great scores as Averi Laughlin posted 696 with a 266 high game and Chad Conard had 678 with 243. The senior league set was led by Errol Tullier at 688 (262) for the men and a 595 by Eva Newman.
Speaking of senior bowlers how about Gary Gordon, bowling less than a year, posting a 233 game out in Gonzales at Premier Lanes. There were a couple of 300 games posted by Justin Rauschkolb and Dalton Allen. The 800s were listed above and consider in Simon’s 844 how close to perfection you have to be even to get that (288, 279, 277). There’s just no room for error to get 800 and above. Shawn Perkins had a 299 game, just missing perfection on the final shot.
We will talk more Capital City Shootout and more events when we join you in two weeks Sept. 1. Until then, good luck and good bowling.