After watching some of the bowlers on the Senior All-Star Bowling Association tour recently at Metro Bowl, it is very easy to conclude that you are watching a group of senior bowlers that are as good as any in the country.
Frankly, when you check their credentials, they are some of the best senior bowlers in the country.
Rick Minier of Houston won his 15th SASBA title by averaging 260 in the eight match-play games in the Sunday final to win the $1,000 top prize, presented by the Belle of Baton Rouge. Minier won by 55 pins, but the margin was more than 150 pins entering the final game, pretty much making the final game unimportant.
Mark Williams, the multitime PBA champion, averaged over 235 in both qualifying and match play and finished second. The Beaumont, Texas, bowler won $800 for second. Pete Thomas of Oklahoma City was third, with Dale Dumbleton of Destrehan fourth, earning $600.
Locally, Avery LeBlanc finished 11th, earning $280; Kenny Winstead 13th ($200); Delery Matherne 17th ($187); and Randy Summers 18th ($186).
The Monster Doubles turned out to be a success at Metro Bowl in October. There were 201 entries with a guaranteed first prize of $3,000 and a prize fund of more than $10,000. Michael Daniels and Brian LaFleur rolled 1,482 to win the top prize, while DeNeesha Foster and Thomas Armstrong were four pins back to take the $1,500 second prize. Sumner Taylor and Randy Summers were third ($750) scoring 1,476, with Thomas Armstrong and Darrin Senegal fourth ($600).
Congrats to the sponsoring Bowlers First Bowling Club for a great event.
The Louisiana Tech Lady Techster bowlers won a school record 16 straight games on thier way to wining the Southern Invitational this weekend at Metro Bowl. After losing Sunday to Prairie View in the best of seven matches, Tech came back to win 16 straight games by sweeping Southern, Tulane, Mississippi Valley and Texas Southern for the title.
Houston Granger was all-tournament for the Lady Techsters with a 182 average during the three-day event. The Tech team also features local bowlers Amy Day, Caitlin Craighead and Kay Rawls.
Metro hosts the 54th Greater Baton Rouge Association championships Saturday and Sunday. … SASBA tournament director Jim King will be putting on the Bowlers This Month and 1-2-3 side tournaments during the USBC Open here. We will have details on that very soon in a future column. ... The PBA World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas kicked off with Tommy Jones winning the all-in shootout for $45,000. Sean Rash needed a double in the 10th to win and left a solid 9 pin on the first shot. … Chalmette’s Steve Weber cashed in the first event, the Viper Championship, helping his chances to make the first cut in the World Championships. … After half the field had bowled Monday in the Scorpion pattern event, Rash was leading and Weber was fifth. … Telecasts start Dec. 4 on ESPN.
Duke Koontz had the best three-game set of the Oct. 21-Nov. 3 period with a 780 that included a 279 game. The women were paced by the 736 (268) Mary Mansur rolled at Circle Bowl. Lots of great youth scores, paced by the 724 (258) of Nicholas Stevens (career high game and series) and the 702 (242) of Jade Villeneuve. In the senior leagues, Mike Bass led the way with a 703 (258).
Don Meyn was 50 pins over average in a 207 game and 150 over in a 578 series. Andre Porter had 11 strikes in a row in a 278. David Masterson 11 in a row in a 293, while Cal Redmon picked up the Big 4 split (4-6-7-10). Paul Thomas recorded a perfect 300 game and a 737 set, and senior Roy Kolder bowled his first 200 game (235).
We missed it last time but wanted to acknowledge a 297 game and 724 by Curtis Westmoland on Oct. 23.
Back with you in two Tuesdays, Nov. 22. Until then, good luck and good bowling.