So here’s the premise for the week.
Take one very good format and turn it so that it becomes a big-money scholarship event for Louisiana youth.
That’s in a nutshell what Marc Pater of the Louisiana Bowling Proprietors have done with what used to be the national Bowling Proprietors Association of America’s International Family Tournament format.
The Family Tournament qualified bowlers and family members from houses and then states to go to the national tournament with a lot of success and winners in Louisiana. The state proprietors would basically fund two teams for the national tournament and in fact, Baton Rouge hosted the national finals one year at All-Star Lanes.
That national opportunity has gone by the wayside, but that doesn’t mean that it had to end in the state. Pater’s “new” Louisiana State Adult-Youth Tournament debuted recently at All-Star and over $8,300 in scholarships was given out, and not to mention some $5,000 in Grand Prix Scholarship moneys in the youth’s individual participation accounts.
That makes this a premier Adult-Youth event that brought together an amazing 132 teams in the U12, U15 and U20 divisions. As Pater points out, “since we were not bound by PBAA rules, we allowed USBC youth bowlers to bowl till there were 20 years old and adult bowlers only had to be 19.”
A total of four perfect games and one 299 were bowled in the event. Youth bowler Tyler Lewis of Baton Rouge shot 300 and 795. Adults Rick Sartwell and Kenny Keton from Charlie’s Lanes (Morgan City) posted 300s, while Brandon Trahan from All-Star Lanes posted his first perfect game. Kevin Castille from Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette had 11 strikes in a 299 game.
Space does not permit all the scholarship winners, but here are the top spots in the various divisions:
U12: Shaye Duplessis and April Owens (Premier Lanes) took first place with a four-game two-player handicap score of 2,009, winning $800. Second went to Layla and Devin Legendre (1,984, $500) and third to Antonio and Beth Meyers (1,982, $300). Both are from All-Star Lanes.
U15: First place and the $1,000 scholarship to Delaney Charowhas and Butch Blankenship of Premier Lanes at 2,073, with Taylor Templet and Chad Gautreaux from the same center taking second at 1,981 for $400. Third was Quentin and Paul Brown of All-Star Lanes worth $250 for combining for a 1,927 total.
U20: Natalie and Sylvia White of All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge captured the top prize of $1,250 with a four-game handicap total of 1,997, and that was just two pins higher then Tyler Lewis and Ritchie Bertrand of Circle Bowl at 1,995, earning $600. Chad Conard and Sumner Taylor took the $400 scholarship for third at 1,987 in a very close top three.
Congrats to all the participants, and what a great idea this has worked out to be.
Don’t forget the USBC Queens will be seen live on CBS Sports Network Thursday night at 7 p.m. from Las Vegas. That will also be the taping date for three other PWBA finals that will be televised on the first three Tuesday nights in June. The tour is on CBSSN this year, and every four weeks, one stop will be broadcast live with finals from three other sites taped at that same house for broadcast later. It’s an interesting format that takes a tournament all the way to the finals in a city and stops three-out-of-four weeks.
The Queens, I remind you, will be bowled in Baton Rouge in 2017.
The multi-state TCBA will have their championship June 11-12 at All-Star Kenner and the All-Star BR travel league team won their district and will participate. Brian Yoches, Eric White, Butch Wilson, Taylor Clotiaux, Philip Trahan, Rick Sewell, Brett Vann and Steve Cross are on that team along with Mike LaCroix, who has been out after shoulder surgery. Team came from five points down in the final stop in district.
Honor roll notes
Robbie Blackwell led things with an 812 set at Circle with a 300 game, while Mary Mansur led the ladies with a 694 (266) at All-Star. Butch Cormier bowled a 300 game, while Blaze Hernandez rolled a 279 (134 pins over his average of 145). John Rahm picked up the 7-10 split. Austin Bertrand, who Monday was our boys Star of Stars in the sport at The Advocate’s annual banquet, rolled 644 to lead the youth bowlers, while Mike Bass paced the seniors with 651.
Back again in two weeks on June 7. Until then, good luck and good bowling.