It is going to be hard to find a three-year span in the 50 years of the Louisiana State Youth Match Game championships that Justin Bui has had.

Second place in the top division in 2012, champion in 2013 and champion in 2014.

The only one I can remember off hand in the boys division was Mark Duncan of Shreveport, who won consecutive years and then finished in the top three in his attempt for a three-peat in the 1970s.

But when Bui arrived at Circle Bowl for Sunday’s match play final, he had some inspiration and a wish to remember a mentor who helped him make his bowling game something pretty special.

Gerald “Razor” Varnado passed away suddenly on the Sunday of the match play finals. The 73-year-old Varnado was a 33-year member of the New Orleans Police Department and a very avid bowler in New Orleans leagues.

Bui was one of the many he mentored. Ironically, he had bowled league less than a week before he passed away and he was known, as one person called him “one of the great characters of New Orleans bowling.”

One team in a Wednesday league in New Orleans this fall will name its team after his police badge number — 1108. My friend J. L. Vangilder will name his team “Razor’s Last Stand.”

I noticed on Facebook that Razor also tried his luck at the old Baskin Robbins tournament in Baton Rouge, and he averaged 189 in his final year of bowling but had several 200 averages over the last 10 seasons.

Bui said on Facebook that it was a special way to end his youth bowling career and of Razor he said, “Thank you for all the wisdom you gave me and all the great talks. I will never forget them.”

Unfortunately, the final scores have not been posted as of press time, so we will be hopefully next time be able to go over all the results of our area bowlers. But I just felt this was a story that needed to be mentioned. Congratulations Justin on back-to-back wins in state match games and our condolences to Varnado’s many family and friends.

Tournament of Champions

The annual Tournament of Champions results are in, and the That’s My Money team from All Star Lanes took the top prize with 3,513 pins. The Detroit Pistons from the NBA league at Circle was second at 3,396, followed by Don’t N V Us (Circle, 3,370), Sue’s Warriors (Circle, 3,356) and Handi What? (All Star, 3,348).

All that means is I need to find where I put the bowling equipment after the state tournament because some leagues are starting the fall season next week. I actually think I’m pretty excited about that.

Spare notes

Did you notice the giant bowling pin behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr. after he won the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono on Sunday? I think bowling may have gotten its money worth when one of the most popular stars of the sport pulls off the win.

In the Senior All-Star Bowling Association, locals Randy Summers and Gordon Stuntz are on the older side of the 50-plus tournament circuit, but they showed the “young” seniors a thing or two almost winning the recent doubles stop at Copperfield Bowl in Houston. The pair finished third with a 9-5 record in match play, splitting $1,300. Both are in the top 30 in money earnings this year and both are averaging over 220 this year.

Some bowlers made their annual trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for the Emerald Coast Invitational. We’ll check tournament totals as the tournament gets closer to conclusion, but we heard of some good numbers as Sumner Taylor shot 802, Duke Koontz had a 300, Eric White had 290-836 and 290-803 on back-to-back days and J.B. Mansur and Ralph Springfield posted 1,547 in handicap doubles and that unofficially has taken the lead.

Honor roll notes

There are three women’s 700s to mention in the reporting period highlighted by a 300 game by Bernadine Thompson (300, 217, 233 — 750). Chris LaCroix posted 286-724 and Lynnette Broussard 269-701. Mike Brooks had the best men’s set of 795 and Harry Haywood posted a perfect 300 game.

Ryan Dutsch had his first 700 of 712 and Nell Grace a 143 triplicate. Jacob Garretson had the best youth series of 698 and Mike Bass led the senior leagues with 692.

Back with you on Aug. 19 and we’ll have first fall league scores in our honor roll. Look for my name, uh, never mind. Until then, good luck It is going to be hard to find a three-year span in the 50 years of the Louisiana State Youth Match Game championships that Justin Bui has had.

Second place in the top division in 2012, champion in 2013 and champion in 2014.

The only one I can remember off hand in the boys division was Mark Duncan of Shreveport, who won consecutive years and then finished in the top three in his attempt for a three-peat in the 1970s.

But when Bui arrived at Circle Bowl for Sunday’s match play final, he had some inspiration and a wish to remember a mentor who helped him make his bowling game something pretty special.

Gerald “Razor” Varnado passed away suddenly on the Sunday of the match play finals. The 73-year-old Varnado was a 33-year member of the New Orleans Police Department and a very avid bowler in New Orleans leagues.

Bui was one of the many he mentored. Ironically, he had bowled league less than a week before he passed away and he was known, as one person called him “one of the great characters of New Orleans bowling.”

One team in a Wednesday league in New Orleans this fall will name its team after his police badge number — 1108. My friend J. L. Vangilder will name his team “Razor’s Last Stand.”

I noticed on Facebook that Razor also tried his luck at the old Baskin Robbins tournament in Baton Rouge, and he averaged 189 in his final year of bowling but had several 200 averages over the last 10 seasons.

Bui said on Facebook that it was a special way to end his youth bowling career and of Razor he said, “Thank you for all the wisdom you gave me and all the great talks. I will never forget them.”

Unfortunately, the final scores have not been posted as of press time, so we will be hopefully next time be able to go over all the results of our area bowlers. But I just felt this was a story that needed to be mentioned. Congratulations Justin on back-to-back wins in state match games and our condolences to Varnado’s many family and friends.

Tournament of Champions

The annual Tournament of Champions results are in, and the That’s My Money team from All Star Lanes took the top prize with 3,513 pins. The Detroit Pistons from the NBA league at Circle was second at 3,396, followed by Don’t N V Us (Circle, 3,370), Sue’s Warriors (Circle, 3,356) and Handi What? (All Star, 3,348).

All that means is I need to find where I put the bowling equipment after the state tournament because some leagues are starting the fall season next week. I actually think I’m pretty excited about that.

Spare notes

Did you notice the giant bowling pin behind Dale Earnhardt, Jr. after he won the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono on Sunday? I think bowling may have gotten its money worth when one of the most popular stars of the sport pulls off the win.

In the Senior All-Star Bowling Association, locals Randy Summers and Gordon Stuntz are on the older side of the 50-plus tournament circuit, but they showed the “young” seniors a thing or two almost winning the recent doubles stop at Copperfield Bowl in Houston. The pair finished third with a 9-5 record in match play, splitting $1,300. Both are in the top 30 in money earnings this year and both are averaging over 220 this year.

Some bowlers made their annual trip to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, for the Emerald Coast Invitational. We’ll check tournament totals as the tournament gets closer to conclusion, but we heard of some good numbers as Sumner Taylor shot 802, Duke Koontz had a 300, Eric White had 290-836 and 290-803 on back-to-back days and J.B. Mansur and Ralph Springfield posted 1,547 in handicap doubles and that unofficially has taken the lead.

Honor roll notes

There are three women’s 700s to mention in the reporting period highlighted by a 300 game by Bernadine Thompson (300, 217, 233 — 750). Chris LaCroix posted 286-724 and Lynnette Broussard 269-701. Mike Brooks had the best men’s set of 795 and Harry Haywood posted a perfect 300 game.

Ryan Dutsch had his first 700 of 712 and Nell Grace a 143 triplicate. Jacob Garretson had the best youth series of 698 and Mike Bass led the senior leagues with 692.

Back with you on Aug. 19 and we’ll have first fall league scores in our honor roll. Look for my name, uh, never mind. Until then, good luck, and good bowling.