Tyler Lewis of New Orleans took six of the eight game matches on the final day and averaged just over 200 to win the recent Louisiana State Youth Match Games tournament at Holiday Lanes in Bossier City.
Lewis finished with an eight-game total, which included 180 bonus pins for his six match wins, of 1,790 to easily beat out Christopher Totaro, also of the NOLA association, with 1,681. for the top scholarship money in the Classic Division. Jacob Garretson of Baton Rouge took third place at 1,625 as those three were able to separate from the remainder of the eight finalists.
In the Girls Classic division, Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge won five-of-seven matches to take the top spot with a seven-game total of 1,401, while Hailie Savoie from Lafayette won four matches and took second at 1,342.
In the regular division, Chandler Dupuy won three-of-four matches to take the boys title in that bracket with 726 over Venzell Thompson with 648, while Trista Quinley also won three-of-four matches on the girls side to take a narrow 595-584 decision over Katelynn Bennett.
Congrats to all the winners, and now youth bowling looks forward to the Capital City Shootout, Sept. 5-6 at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. This is the fourth annual event, which has grown to become quite a major player to conclude the summer swing for youth bowlers. Qualifying is bowled on three different patterns, and we will announce those patterns here in this column in two weeks. Entry blanks are available at the bowling center.
Last year’s event handed out some $4,300 in scholarship money.
White Sands Bowling
So there’s a bowling center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Seems like a good place for a tournament, doesn’t it? White Sands Bowling Center hosts the Emerald Coast Tournament, the largest USBC-sanctioned tournament in the Southeast, so it claims on its website. The tournament runs 10 weekends through the second weekend of September.
The report coming out of there this weekend is a Baton Rouge team “Write Tha Check2” pretty much owned the lanes with a five-person scratch score of 3,643. That leads the scratch competition in the team event by over 150 and by 117 in the handicap division. The team from BR by the way has no handicap and still leads handicap. That’s how good a score that is.
The team members and scores were: Duke Koontz 651, Gregory Walters 732, Justin Vietch 737, Sumner Taylor 739 and Michael Cook 784. Nice bowling gentleman, and we’ll keep an eye out for other results as things are posted as a large local contingent was down there this weekend.
On the pro side
I watched it on Bowl.TV and still couldn’t believe how the Senior USBC Master’s turned out. In the stepladder finals, Pete Weber had gone wire-to-wire to lead the event and hadn’t lost a match. But in the finals, Amleto Monacelli defeated Weber 192-190, when Weber left a 4-9 in the 10th frame on the left lane. That forced a second match in the double-elimination competition and Weber stepped up on the left lane again in the final frame, needing a double to clinch the title.
It looked like a perfect shot and all it did was result in a pocket 7-10 leaving Weber absolutely devastated, allowing Monacelli to take the title, 254-243.
Honor roll notes
Some good scores in the Baton Rouge houses as Tyler Wright rolled 764 with a 277 game to lead the men and Sarah Broussard rolled a 290 game as part of a 694 set. Jarryd Cornelious in youth leagues had a 746 (250) and 732 set (264), while senior bowler Mike Bass posted a 735 (259).
Senior bowler Ron Fifer was 50 pins over his average, while Ben Abramsky had a 299 game. Senior bowler Gary Gordon, who has been bowling less than a year, rolled a 233 game and youth bowler Karagan Cope bowled her first 200 (209) game and 500 (512) series.
Finally, remember the BR Singles event that was rescheduled from July is this weekend at Circle Bowl with shifts starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
We’ll have that update, plus as mentioned, the oil patterns for the Capital City Shootout when we join you again on Aug. 18. We apologize we did not receive any scores this week from New Orleans, but hopefully we’ll have those again for you next time. Until then, good luck and good bowling.