It’s hard to believe the Jon Juneau Memorial Southern Scratch Masters will be held this weekend at Circle Bowl for the 15th time.
Has it really been that long since Fred Anson won the first event in 2000 or that the tournament namesake, Jon Juneau, would win back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002 before losing his battle to lupus?
Since then, bowlers from throughout the region have come to Circle Bowl to battle for a title that carries a nice prize but also a lot of prestige. Scott Montelone and Derwin Pitre are the only two to win the title twice (besides Juneau), and Pitre is the only other one to win it back-to-back.
Shawn Maldonado of Houston is the defending champion. Last year, 74 entries attempted to get through qualifying and the 16-player final, and just a few more entries would ensure a $3,000 first-prize check and a $10,000 prize fund.
The qualifying round begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with a second squad at 3 p.m. That round is eight games across 16 lanes, and the 41-foot Montreal World Tenpin Bowling Association pattern will be used.
In a YouTube video, Chris Barnes used the word “tricky” to describe the pattern and its length and the way it is put on the lane. He also said in his mind the 7-or-8 board is the gutter and “don’t give the head pin away.”
The three-game total pin matches that take the bracket from the 16 finalists to the championship round begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and it should be another good show.
High school action starts Wednesday
So here we go again.
Another season of high school bowling begins, another year to find out whether a local team can get it going enough to win a state championship for Baton Rouge, although last year’s winning girls team from Albany is considered part of the Baton Rouge region. Vandebilt Catholic dominated the championship match to win the open division title.
There are 15 matches scheduled for Wednesday — nine in the boys/open side and six girls matches. Here is the opening day nondistrict match lineup, with all matches starting at 3:30 p.m.:
Circle Bowl — East Ascension vs. Scotlandville (boys); Holden vs. East Ascension (girls); Albany vs. Baton Rouge High (boys); Albany vs. University High (girls); St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Broadmoor (boys); St. Thomas Aquinas vs. St. Joseph’s (girls); Christian Life vs. Zachary (boys).
Premier Lanes — Tara vs. St. Amant (boys); Redemptorist vs. St. Amant (girls); Redemptorist vs. Dutchtown (boys).
All-Star Lanes — Runnels vs. Woodlawn (boys); Madison Prep vs. Denham Springs (boys); Lee vs. Denham Springs (girls); Lee vs. Central (boys); St. Scholastica vs. Central (girls).
Matches for the most part are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, with a few Thursday matches as well. It all heads for the playoffs starting March 23 and leading to the state semifinals and final April 10 at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette.
All coaches from the Lafayette, Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas are reminded to send in your results to The Advocate following each match.
Also, we are hopeful that a planned coaches poll for the Baton Rouge-New Orleans biregion can be launched the next time we get together Feb. 3.
OK, so now what, PBA?
I guess I’m still trying to figure out how many PBA World Championships there were that counted for 2014 when the finals were bowled live 10 days ago in 2015. The 2014 Bowler of the Year will be announced Jan. 26.
Here’s what is ahead for the Tour. This Sunday at noon on ESPN2, the finals of the World Bowling Tour will air, followed on Super Bowl Sunday by the return of the Chris Paul Celebrity event (3:30, ESPN).
The next major, or I guess the first major of 2015 (the USBC Masters), is set for Feb. 8, and the TOC is the very next week Feb. 15.
Next week, the tour actually will be bowling two events that you won’t see until the end of February.
Honor roll notes
The honors this week go to Terry Moore with a 794 on a 279 game, while Duke Koontz and Russell Owens had 300 games, with Ron Gathercole just missing with a 299.
Stephanie Graham had 715 and Wendy Chapman 714 sets for the women, while Austin Bertrand posted 733 and Chad Conard 726 for the youth bowlers. The senior leagues saw Jerry Delatte post a 687 (247) and Jeanette Conner a 602.
Mike Fritter had 11 straight strikes in a 290 game, while 12-year-old Daniel Burzynski bowled a 276. Dan Mowrey was 150 pins over his average series, and Guy Acker with 668 was 164 pins over his average set.
Enjoy the Juneau Masters this weekend. Until we join you Feb. 3, good luck and good bowling.