The Louisiana State USBC bowling event has one week to go in Houma, and although this past weekend results had not been posted at press time, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the scores that will definitely be among the best at month’s end.
In the team event, two Lafayette teams are 1-2 with Getting Older at 2,826 and Got Nut’in Either posting 2,810. The New Orleans group It Must Be The Ball is the scratch team leader at 2,718.
Jason Pye and Anthony Falgout of Morgan City lead the handicap doubles at 1,469 with Blaine Sparks and Vernon Carlson of Baton Rouge in the seventh spot at 1,391. Bart Pittari and John Baldschwiler of Lafayette have the scratch doubles lead with 1,380.
In singles, Larry Roya of Lake Charles is the handicap leader at 798, one pin better than Paul Brown. Brown’s 784 was good enough for the scratch lead.
Ross Zeringue of Lafayette is the handicap all-events leader ahead of Sparks at 2,237. Michael Baham of Baton Rouge has posted the top scratch all-events at 2,148.
We will see what changes when all is said and done.
The Traveling Classic Bowling Association grand championship was held in Kenner recently and we mentioned the team from All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge that qualified by winning its district.
The All-Star Lanes Gold team finished 13th in the event and took home $550 for making it to the semifinal field of 16 teams from the original 36. The Dallas Allen Bowl Café won the $3,500 first prize. The All-Star Lanes Purple team took 20th and Circle Bowl finished 27th in the competition.
The women’s competition went to KWR Ask For Delores from San Antonio with the McCorvey’s Pro Shop team having a great showing representing the South Louisiana district, taking fifth place out of 44 teams to earn $850. The Divas team took 10th place.
The second year of the women’s pro tour has been producing some interesting results and no one seems to mind that they are taping shows every four weeks with one show being live and then the other three taped. The final of the first wave of taped shows will air tonight at 9 p.m. on CBS Sports Network and the series continues through the summer.
Last week’s show was one of those shows that had its moments of drama and then rare emotion as Shannon O’Keefe won and broke down during her post-tournament interview with Dave Ryan. O’Keefe beat Kelly Kulick for the title, her first individual pro title. It avenged a one-pin loss in the 2015 U.S. Open, and O’Keefe has had a picture of herself, head in hands, from that match on her cell phone as a reminder ever since.
O’Keefe also is the head coach of McKendree University and we could see her a few times here next year with the NCAAs, the Intercollegiate and the USBC Queens all set for the River Center in less than a year.
It’s a pretty grueling week-to-week schedule with tournaments bowling Friday and Saturday primarily to allow the bowlers a chance to get home for a few days at work before the next stop. It’s an interesting format that allows bowlers to get in through the qualifying and match play and then twin stepladders that determine the finalists for TV.
But it’s great to see the tour back, and to have weekly TV coverage in its second year is a good thing.
Honor roll notes
Duke Koontz had the best men’s series of the first part of June with a 769 series that included a 265 game. Lyle Landry had a 299 game in a 745 set. Sarah Broussard was on her game again with a 691 set that included a 269 game. Jerry Deslatte with 666 edged Loyd Hutchinson (665) for the best senior league score and Gail Tullier led the senior ladies with a 596.
But let’s turn to the youth and their scores from the past 14 days. I believe the count is 12 scores of 600 or more, including a 715 by Bryce Broussard (244 high game) and Noah Prima with the only perfect 300 on the honor roll as part of a 685 set.
We return with more summertime bowling notes on July 5. Until then, good luck and good bowling.