There have been so many local bowling tournaments that the list of things to call these tournaments have all been used, or so it seems.
Well, Metro and the Bowlers First Club has a new one that takes place Oct. 8 and runs the remaining weekends of October called “Monster Doubles.”
The “monster” part to me is that the USBC-sanctioned event carries a nice first-place guaranteed payout of $3,000. That word to note is “guaranteed.” Shifts on Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 are at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Shifts on Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30 are set for noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The entry fee is $60 per team with any combination for the doubles: two men, two women or mixed. It is a handicap event. For more information, go to http://www.bowlersfirst.org/.
Also coming Oct. 16 at All Star lanes is the second Bowl for the Cure event, raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to benefit breast cancer awareness.
I had the pleasure last year of emceeing a bowling challenge between a couple of members of the WBRZ on-air staff as part of the event and was very pleased with the number of people involved for a first-year event. It was something the bowling community should be proud of, again showing the power of the sport as a fundraiser, and I expect that will be the case again next month.
The registration is $150 per team for up to six bowlers. Sessions are from noon to 2:30 p.m., and from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://www.komenbatonrouge.org/.
2012 USBC update
Well, there was big news this week for the United States Bowling Congress. It turns out the USBC does know some place to go besides Reno. The 2015 Open event will be held in El Paso, Texas. This will be the first new city to host the event since the 2005 event was in Baton Rouge.
So now the rotation is 2012 in Baton Rouge, 2013 and 2014 in Reno and then 2015 in El Paso.
Teams are continuing to enter in good numbers for our event in 2012 that begins on Saturday, Feb. 11.
We are 151 days until the start of the tournament, and 65 of the 150 dates have a full lineup of 96 five-man teams. Another 47 days have one of the two team shifts filled. With three months to the entry deadline, Baton Rouge is getting close to 10,000 teams.
Dunaway Honor Roll
Congrats to Diane Domingue for tossing a 300 game to lead the women with a 758 series at All-Star Lanes. Mary Mansur also had a 720 (244) at Circle Bowl. Allen Cope led the men with a 772 series at Metro that had games of 279 and 278, while well-known veteran Avery LeBlanc had a 771 at All-Star with a 289 game.
Curtis Westmoland (724) and Gregory Snee (708) had the best sets for those in the youth leagues while Skip D’Amico (647) and Mike Bass (643) topped the scoring for those in the senior leagues.
Snee had 11 strikes in a 290 game. Gwen Jenkins bowled a 524 set, which was 101 pins over average.
We’ll be back with more bowling news on Sept. 27. Until then, good luck and good bowling.