Justin Bui added his name to a distinguished list of winners by going wire-to-wire to win the Jon Juneau Memorial Scratch Masters tournament at Circle Bowl and a first prize of $3,000.
Bui was the leading qualifier and top seed after the qualifying rounds and easily defeated four players in the three-game bracket rounds by averaging 226 for the 12 games of match play.
Bui took down 16th seed Curt Dupree, 738-637, in the first match, then Mike Daniels in the round of eight, 643-559. In the semifinals, Mike Cook fell, 667-623, and that set up the championship match against third seed A.J. Rice.
Rice advanced to the title match with wins over Clint Land, 596-519; Tyler Wright, 672-643; and Justin Veitch, 717-617, in the other semifinal.
In the championship match, Bui jumped on top early, 253-213 and a 226 game allowed him to expand the lead to over 80 pins after two games and he coasted in, 670-635 for the title.
There was another good field of 82 entries and over $500 was raised for the Lupus Foundation in memory of the late two-time winner of the event. Congrats to tournament director Greg Snee on another successful event and Bui on another tournament title for his resume’.
I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of smiles when the Golden Nugget league gathers at Circle Bowl as members will be wishing Mildred Bowie a very happy birthday. Now that may not seem like a big deal until you consider she will be celebrating her 100th birthday.
Now Bowie has been bowling only 47 of those years, but she is in her 33rd year in the Baton Rouge area, bowling mostly in the Golden Nuggets League. Her best average was 145, and she can still shoot past her age with a present average of 119.
The mother of one has three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In her spare time besides bowling she loves word puzzles, card games, poke no, dominoes, scrabble, cribbage (all those things that keep the mind sharp).
I saw a recent TV story that was done on this wonderful lady, and it looks like to me she can still roll the ball extremely well. I hope Mildred today is a wonderful day for you and all your league friends.
Prep bowling begins
It has been a fitful start for bowling director Rick Bourgeois as a couple of teams decided not to get involved this year, but ready or not, the 2016 high school bowling season will begin in Baton Rouge and Lafayette on Wednesday and New Orleans on Thursday.
Wednesday at Lafayette Lanes teams from Acadiana, Breaux Bridge, Teurlings Catholic, Lafayette, Comeaux and Carencro will be in action. At Acadiana Lanes, St. Thomas More will face Vermilion Catholic.
Wednesday in the Baton Rouge districts, action is at four centers as East Ascension, Albany, Dutchtown and St. Paul’s will have teams bowling at Tangi Lanes in Hammond, with Broadmoor, Madison Prep, Baton Rouge High and Belaire meeting at Circle Bowl. At All-Star Lanes, Denham Springs, The Runnels School, Woodlawn, Scotlandville, Central, Lee, Catholic and St. Michael will all have teams making their debuts.
Finally in Gonzales at Premier, Holden, St Amant, St. Thomas Aquinas, Donaldsonville and St. Joseph’s Academy will be in action. All matches start at 3:20 p.m. with practice in the Lafayette and Baton Rouge districts.
Thursday in the New Orleans area, St. Augustine and the defending champs from Brother Martin will meet at Colonial. At All-Star Lanes Kenner will be teams from Holy Rosary, Academy of Our Lady, Holy Cross, Chalmette, Cabrini, Bonnabel, Salmen, Jesuit, Archbishop Rummel and Archbishop Shaw. Practice starts at 3:25 p.m.
So begins the chase for the playoffs and eventually the semifinals and finals to be conducted in April at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. Good luck to all the teams.
Honor roll notes
Congrats to Allen Cope for an 834 with a 289 at Circle Bowl and Chris LaCroix for 781 with a 276 at All-Star. Keondra Eaton (678), Jarryd Cornelius (649) and Bryce Delaune (636) topped youth leagues and Mike Bass led the seniors with a 713 (289).
Slim Davis (171) and Dave Hostetler (225) had triplicates. Devin Legendre a 299 game. Ashtyn Yoches, age 11, had her first 200 game and Derrick George had a 182 all-spare game.
We will be back on Feb. 2. Until then good luck and good bowling.