Another BR Singles Tournament at Circle Bowl is in the book and this July version allowed some lower averages to have their day in the sun taking a lot of money from the total entry of 413.
Richard Nettles of Lafayette, a 176 average bowler, averaged 202 for the event and beat Baton Rouge’s Daniel Nienaber in the two-game handicap finals 477-446. Nienaber is a 124 average bowler that averaged 156 in the tourney. Nettles earned $2,837 for first while Nienaber posted $1,418.50.
In the semifinals, Nettles beat Debra Lynn Hood of Baton Rouge (429-420), a 137 average bowler who averaged 153; and Nienaber was a 411-362 winner over 200 average bowler Shelby Harville of Mississippi. The semifinalists earned $595.77.
Quarterfinalists were Heather Aime (BR), Taylor Brocato (Morgan City), Roderick LeDuff (BR) and Sumner Taylor (BR), earning $397.18. In the round of 16 from Baton Rouge were Trey Delatte, Jeff Everett, Ron Gathercole, Bobby Morvant, Jr., Lance Schexnayder and Hayes Taylor getting $226.96.
They will do it again at Circle in December.
The latest announcement last week that Brunswick would sell its 87 nationwide centers to Bowlmor AMF for $270 million left everyone in a bit of a tizzy. But when they also announced that, the company also plans to leave the bowling industry itself as far as lanes and equipment, a business it entered in 1890, it was quite a shock. While it wants to sell that part of the business by the end of 2014, no buyer is set as yet.
Brunswick will focus on its boat products and fitness end of the business in the future.
Bowlmor not too long ago bought the AMF bowling business and now has well over 340 centers nationwide.
The times they are changing in the 10-pin game; and before there is panic everywhere in the area, none of the bowling centers in the Baton Rouge, Gonzales, New Orleans or Lafayette are owned by Brunswick. Now that’s not to say the lanes and pinsetters in some aren’t Brunswick equipment which will be bought by someone and still be available, you would certainly think.
Youth match Games
The state’s highlight junior event of the summer comes to Circle Bowl Saturday and Sunday when the state match game championships are contested. This scratch event featuring qualifying on Saturday and match play on Sunday has provided lots of excitement over the year and this weekend should be no exception.
Many of the top youth bowlers are coming back to the area after a trip to Buffalo, New York, for the national Junior Gold Championships. It is becoming obvious to a lot of us who keep an eye on the youth bowlers that they are understanding the event better and are no longer intimidated by an event with an amazingly large field. They also understand how important spares are on this difficult sport conditions reading many of their Facebook comments during the competition.
The complete results are on bowl.com, but congrats to Justin Bui of Terrytown, Jacob Garretson of Baton Rouge, Cullen Vincellette of Slidell and Jessica McLin of Baton Rouge who advanced to the semifinals in the U20 divisions.
Senior titles coming to BR
We’ve got local winners in the Brunswick (at least for now) Senior All-Star Bowling Association trio event in Fort Worth, Texas. Randy Summers, Gordon Stuntz and Delery Matherne brought home the title.
For Summers, it is his fifth SASBA title, the fourth for Matherne and the third for Stuntz. I saw some of the qualifying numbers, and these guys were all on the top of their games this past weekend. Congrats!
Honor Roll Notes
Russell Owens had 760 (266) to lead the scoring the last two weeks with Wendy Chapman the best for the ladies at 706 (278). Jacob Garretson had the best youth league score of 702 (258) and Mike Bass had 704 (247) and Cheryl Albarez 600 to lead the senior leagues.
Randy Summers and Dexter Klees each had 300 games while senior bowler Harvey Masters was 50 pins over average.
Hope you’ll come out and watch the future stars bowl this weekend at Circle. Well, they are already stars in their own right, and until we join you again Aug. 5, good luck and good bowling.