The Senior All-Star Bowling Association made its closest stop to Baton Rouge this past weekend with a member-guest event at Tangi Lanes in Hammond.
Paul McCordic of Sugar Land, Texas, teamed with rising bowling star C.J. Thomas of Shreveport to win the event Sunday and the $2,000 first prize. For McCordic it was his second title of 2014 and his 12th title overall, pushing his career earnings on the SASBA tour to nearly $70,000 to go with his PBA statistics that includes seven PBA regional titles and one win in a PBA50 regional.
McCordic and Thomas qualified fourth Saturday in the eight-game event with a score of plus 452 based on a team par score of 400 per game. Dale Dumbleton of Destrehan got a good push from Lafayette’s Butch Cormier who opened with 300 in qualifying and the pair finished on top at plus 522 in the 36-team field.
In the Baker match play finals among the 12 top teams, McCordic and Thomas won seven matches to finish on top with plus 1,004, beating out the team of Johnny Atkinson and Tyler Corbin at plus 967. Dumbleton and Cormier would finish sixth while Greg Snee of Baton Rouge and Kenny Cantu of Slidell to finish 12th and earn $540.
The tour moves on to Plano, Texas, this weekend and the next Louisiana event is another Member/Guest doubles in Shreveport at All-Star Lanes in December.
City tournament time
It still sounds weird for me to write it this way, but the fifth annual Greater Baton Rouge USBC Championship Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 1-2 and 15-16 at All Star Lanes. Information and entry forms are available at the lanes. Entries close Oct. 20. The event will feature the Crossover Doubles again this year and kudos to everyone for avoiding the weekend of Nov. 8-9 when a big football game is in town.
In that regard, on the same two weekends, the 57th annual Greater Baton Rouge USBC Youth Championship Tournament will also be held at All Star.
I have loved the idea of having all these events together at the same time, but why the number for the open and women’s tournament reversed to the beginning and not the youth event is still beyond me. I’m sure there is a simple explanation, but I can’t grasp it. After the 2005 ABC event here, the USBC Open the next year continued whatever year it was so that this past year was the 110th USBC Open. Same tourney, different name. That’s all. No big deal, just a thought.
The bigger thought is no matter the number, take the time to enter and bowl in what has been a really good event the last few years.
ESPN bowling schedule
ESPN has announced its plans for its 34th consecutive season of coverage of the PBA, beginning on Dec. 14 with 16 weeks of coverage that includes three live major championships — the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA TOC, the PBA World Championship and the USBC Masters.
There will be 271/2 hours of coverage including six World Series of Bowling shows from the new South Point Bowling Stadium in Las Vegas. Also included are four PBA League telecasts and the return of the (if he stays healthy) NBA star Chris Paul’s celebrity invitational.
Mike Jakubowski, Randy Pedersen and Kimberly Pressler will all be back to anchor the coverage. The majority of the telecasts will have the traditional noon start time on Sundays. All of the shows will be two hours except for the four PBA animal pattern events which will be one-hour shows. In addition the PBA will provide hours of coverage on its on-site subscription-based online channel, Xtra Frame.
Vance Baldwin had the best score of the week with a 787 (266) at All-Star Lanes, while the ladies were led by Mary Mansur with a 718 with a 255 game at the same house. Cullen Vincellette with 637 (257) paced the Youth league bowlers, while in the senior leagues Mike Bass had 671 (245) and Eva Neman had 582 (217).
Regina Gautreaux had a triplicate 110 set and senior Bob Boudreau posted 50 pins above his average.
Back with you on the last day of the month, Sept. 30. Until then, good luck and good bowling.