?Despite the appearance of bowlers from six states, the ?locals? were the dominant force in the BR Bowling Tournament at Circle Bowl.

Bowlers from Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia took part but it was the south Louisiana delegation in the field of 4,444 that brought home the biggest checks again, proving that there is no way to figure out how the finals of this tournament will go. The first four finishers were from Baton Rouge and of the four losing quarterfinalists; three were from south Louisiana and one from Georgia.

Kent Lalumandier averaged 200 for 16 games off his 179 entering average and won the $2,974 first prize over Joey Amadeo. Lalumandier had solid games in the final of 187-194, while Amadeo struggled after a good 234 opener and fell in the two-game handicap match 429-403. Amadeo won $1,487 for second.

In the semifinals, Amadeo down Brian Yoches in a tough match of scratch bowlers, 465-459, while Lalumandier was a 447-338 winner over Darrin Senegal. Both Yoches and Senegal brought home $624.54.

Quarterfinalists were John Amedee of Baton Rouge, BJ Autin of Hammond, Derwin Pitre (who had a 300 game) from Lafayette and Georgia?s John Qualtrough who each pocketed $416.36. Those from Baton Rouge advancing to the round of 16 were Robert Blackwell and John Rahm ($237.92), while Brandan Brown, Adam Kelleher, Mary Mansur and Jason Starns advanced to the round of 32 ($163.57).

The next BR Singles will be in December at Circle Bowl.

Top Juniors at All-Star

An event that has really found its way back to the forefront in the state is the match game tournament that will be renewed Saturday and Sunday at All-Star Lanes.

Action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, with qualifying rounds and match will be Sunday morning.

To start naming names would cause us to probably leave out someone and that wouldn?t be a good thing but obviously, the top bowlers in the state will be on hand and that includes many from the local area.

Many of them have just come from Las Vegas, where they competed in the junior open and junior gold events. Many of the top high school level bowlers this year will take part.

One expected matchup, pits the past two state singles champions, Kay Rawls and Angela Falgoust. Rawls, who prepped at Central, is a Louisiana Tech signee, after earning All-American honors. Falgoust will return to compete for Denham Springs.

I hope you?ll come out and see our stars of the future this weekend.

Update on the USBC Open

I have it officially from the USBC that 48 lanes will be installed in the River Center for next year?s marathon USBC Open that runs in Baton Rouge from Feb. 11-July 9.

That means 96 five-man teams can bowl each day on the two-team squads.

To date, 43 days are full for team entries and another 52 only have the night shift available (remember doubles and singles from the bowlers on the teams make up the rest of the day and night shifts) for teams.

A quick calculation shows that 207 days out from opening day, 6,624 teams or 33,120 bowlers are entered in next year?s event or about halfway to the number of teams here in 2005 at this early date.

Dunaway Honor Roll notes

Kudos to Ralph McNemar in the senior leagues again. He almost had high score of the week, rolling a 753 with another 300 game to add to his list. Gordon Shepherd in league play edged him by one pin with a 754 (268) and Bernie Thompson had the best score for the ladies at 654 (239). Kay Rawls had the top score for the youth leagues with a 611 (224). Sylvia Moore picked up the 4-7-10 split in senior play and senior Phyllis Immethun was 50 pins over her average on the day.

Until August 2 when we rejoin you, good luck and good bowling.