Pro bowler Wes Malott has really done a nice job in putting together a strong bowling event for youth bowlers that gives away a tremendous amount of scholarship money in his hometown of Austin, Texas.

The tournament draws a strong regional field, including bowlers from the Baton Rouge area.

In the scratch division, Chad Conard from Dutchtown High lost to San Antonio bowler Charlie Reid in the best-of-three championship match.

Conard qualified first with a four-game set of 1,013 that included a 296 game in some fabulous bowling and he finished with a $950 scholarship for taking second in the division. Jacob Garretson of Baton Rouge, who was a big winner in the event a year ago, qualified sixth with a 994 and made it through one match in the elimination competition before finishing with a $450 scholarship. Jacob Dupree of Houma finished third in the event and won $550 after qualifying 10th. Also Jade Villeneuve finished second in the pre-tournament sweeper and got $350 in scholarship money for that.

Have to be proud of the area bowlers who have discovered this event and more importantly, proud for what they have done.

Tournament scores

The scores were not updated by column time, but apparently there was some pretty good bowling in Gautier, Mississippi at the annual Double Diamond event at the Spanish Fort Lanes.

Here are some of the reports we have seen from area bowlers like 300 games from Brett Van and Troy Cedotal; and, a first 700 series for Summer Juneau (704-257,222,225).

Now how about this five-player series that is expected to be right at the top of the women’s division team event — Michelle Potter 299-735; Lauren Walters 580; Dawn Amedee 631; Mary Mansur 279-738 and Brandy Sanderson 269-718. Add it up and it a pretty amazing 3,402 scratch and somehow they get 18 pins handicap for a final total of 3,420. Congrats on some fine shooting.

That tournament, which began in January, ends this weekend.

Speaking of tournaments, the Louisiana Bowling Association event is underway at Petro Lanes in Lake Charles. The event runs on weekends through the end of June and I know a lot of our area bowlers are heading there in the next couple of weeks.

Majors are majors

Well, I think the last two years have proven that a major title is a major title in bowling no matter what the age division. This past week, Hall of Famer Pete Weber won the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Storm to join fellow Hall of Famer Norm Duke (who was last year’s winner) as the only players to win U.S. Open titles on both the PBA and PBA50 Tours.

Weber, who has won a record five U.S. Open titles on the PBA Tour, defeated No. 1 qualifier Eric Forkel, 224-212, in the title match at the Suncoast Bowling Center to join Duke in the elite club.

“A major title is a major title no matter where it comes from,” said Weber. “That’s why they have them, because they’re above the rest of the tournaments. I don’t care if it’s a senior major or super senior major; they mean the same to me because of what it takes to win them.”

Remember, bowling again the next three Tuesday nights, including tonight at 8 p.m. CST on the CBS Sports Network. Great to see Dave Ryan back with Randy Pedersen on the call of the Summer Swing.

Honor roll notes

We are hopeful that when you join us in two weeks, those of you in the New Orleans Advocate will see your very own New Orleans bowling association honor roll. We are still working out the details, but hope to have scores from All-Star and Colonial for you as we move forward.

Mike Cook led the scoring with a 788 series, while Diane Domingue posted 652 to lead the women’s scoring. Juan Coston had the best set for the youth bowlers with 645 (248) and Brian Von Gruben posted 699 (256) for the best senior league score for men, while Eva Newman posted 583 for the women.

Cook, Justin Bui and Brian Yoches had 300 games along with Greg Snee posting 296

More bowling coming up in two weeks on June 23. Until then, good luck and good bowling.