The end of January means some of the best bowlers in the South will gather at Circle Bowl this weekend for the 13th Annual Jon Juneau Memorial Southern Masters.

The tournament is named for Jon Juneau, one of the best bowlers in the state who passed away way too young after a battle with lupus, is expected to pay over $8,000 in prize money after qualifying shifts Saturday at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. that will lead to a final 16 who will bowl for the money on Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.

The final 16 bowl three-game bracket matches to get things down to a championship match. Juneau won the event in 2001 and 2002, and New Orleans’ Scott Montelone did the same in 2004 and 2010. Derwin Pitre won last year’s event.

The event, which has been well-run over the years by Greg Snee and daughter Caroline, begins with a 7:30 p.m. sweeper open to all bowlers with a payout of 1 in 6 entries.

This is one of those events that is well worth going out to Circle on Sunday to watch the finals.

La. Grand Prix event

There was a great turnout of bowlers for the annual La. Grand Prix Scholarship event at Metro, and here are some of the local winners:

U12 Boys: 1. William Oertling of Bowling USA; 2. Nicholas Brister, Circle; 3. Donald Bertler, Metro. Girls: 1. Hannah Juneau, Bowling USA; 2. Jessie Smith, All-Star BR; 3. Alyssa Farman, All-Star BR.

U15 Boys: 1. Parker Aucoin, Circle; 2. Frederic Taylor, Metro; Girls: 1. Keondra Eaton of Metro; 2. Kayla Engeron of AMF Kenner.

U20 Boys: 1. Jacob Garretson; 2. Greg Snee of Circle; 3. Ross Temonia, AMF Kenner; 4. Jade Villeneuve, Circle. Girls: 1. Angela Falgoust, All-Star BR; 2. Kiara Smith, Metro; 3. Summer Juneau, Circle; 4. Jessica McLin, Circle.

Complete results can be found on the Louisiana Youth Bowling Facebook Page.

Prep bowling season

The high school bowling season starts Wednesday)with 18 boys teams and nine girls teams.

The opening-day schedule will be as follows: Madison Prep vs. Baker boys, University Lab vs. Redemptorist girls, Glen Oaks vs. Redemptorist boys, Scotlandville vs. Zachary boys at Metro Bowl; Tara vs. Broadmoor boys and girls, Denham Springs vs. Catholic boys, Denham Springs vs. St. Joseph’s Academy girls at Circle Bowl; The Runnels School vs. Christian Life boys, Baton Rouge High vs. Woodlawn boys at All-Star and Albany vs. Holden boys, girls at Tangi Lanes in Hammond.

The Coca-Cola Invitational is Saturday, Feb. 9 at Metro Bowl, and playoffs will begin in late March. The bi-regional tournament will be at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge and the state finals will be at Acadiana Lanes in Lafayette on April 12.

We remind all coaches to please fax results to The Advocate after your matches at (225) 388-0318.

Super Bowl bowling

The 8th annual NFL Foundation Super Bowl Celebrity Bowling Classic is set for Jan. 31 at AMF All-Star Lanes in Kenner at 7 p.m. Bowlers may take part for $300 or $1,000 per foursome alongside many NFL stars. Each bowler receives a commemorative Super Bowl XLVII bowling ball and pin and a bag of Super Bowl merchandise. The entry fee is a donation to the NFL Foundation.

PBA live Sunday

The PBA departs from its traditional tour schedule for a live telecast of the first round of the historic PBA League Sunday at 11 a.m. from Thunderbowl Lanes in suburban Detroit.

The eight-team PBA League, featuring celebrity owners and an all-star roster of PBA Tour players, will make its debut on ESPN during the live two-hour opening round telecast.

Honor roll notes

Jason Webb rolled an 806 at Metro with a 296 game. Bernadine Thompson had a 732 for the women. Jade Villeneuve had 682 to lead the youth leagues, and the 719 of Mike Bass the best of senior leagues.

Woody Woodruff, Alex Domingue, Chris Bankston and David McCord had 300 games, while Juan Coston and Joe Stafford had 299 games. Shawn Handy, with a 123 average, bowled 242-596, 227 pins over average.

Heather Aime was 55 pins over average with a 180, and senior Bettye Clegg was 50 pins over average.

Back with you in two weeks with the Juneau results and women’s state update.

Until then, good luck and good bowling.