It is hard to believe that the Jon Juneau Memorial Southern Masters will be held for the 16th time this weekend at Circle Bowl.

With a list of impressive winners already having captured the event, the title goes back on the line starting Saturday morning looking for a first prize that was $3,000 last year.

Squad times for the qualifying round set for 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with the top 16 after the two rounds of eight-game qualifying advancing to Sunday at 10 a.m. where there will be three-game bracketed matches that will cut the field down to a final winner.

The event starts on Friday night with what has become a very popular sweeper at 7 p.m. which is four games across eight lanes.

The tournament namesake won the event twice in 2001 and 2002 and is one of three repeat winners in the event’s history — Juneau in 2001-02, Scott Monteleone in 2004, 2010; and, Derwin Pitre in 2012-13. Shreveport’s CJ Thomas is the defending champion after defeating a field of 85 to capture last year’s title.

This is always a very entertaining event and tournament director Greg Snee and daughter Caroline has taken this event and turned it into one of the big events in this area to lead off the bowling calendar. Even if you aren’t inclined to bowl, I would encourage you to come out and watch because the competition and the bowlers in this event are certainly deserving of the attention they get because of their ability and the effort they put into the game.

High school jamborees

We will get more into details about this in our next column, but it looks like 19 boys/coed teams in the Baton Rouge-Gonzales region for high school this year and nine girls’ teams. There also will be a separate Hammond region with five boys/coed teams and four girls’ teams. The season is almost upon up us and it begins with jamborees next week.

The schedule of matches for Jan. 13 is as follows — Premier Lanes: St. James vs. Dutchtown (boys/coed); Donaldsonville vs. Baton Rouge High (boys/coed). Circle Bowl: Catholic vs. Scotlandville (boys/coed); Belaire vs. Zachary (boys/coed).

At All-Star Lanes, Lee High will bowl The Runnels School, Denham Springs bowls Broadmoor and Capitol will face Madison Prep in boys/coed play, while Lee, U-High and St. Joseph’s Academy will bowl a girl’s round robin event. Denham Springs, St. Michael’s and Central will also have a three-team girl’s bowling session.

Finally, at Tangi Lanes in Hammond, Albany is against Archbishop Hannan and Holden vs. St. Thomas Aquinas in boys/coed play, while Albany, Holden and St. Thomas Aquinas will compete on the girl’s side.

There will be one jamboree on Jan. 14 at Premier Lanes with East Ascension, St. Amant and Woodlawn meeting in both boys/coed and girl’s three-team matches.

The season begins on Jan. 20.

Honor roll notes

Eric White had two nice sets of 792 and 782 at All-Star Lanes with a 278 high game, while Deidra Johnson led the women’s scores with a 678 (248). Frederick Taylor posted 536 to lead the youth bowlers and in senior league play, Glynn Nickens had a 610 and Wendy Poe a 484.

Kenny Winstead posted a nice perfect 300 game as part of a 784 set,

Heard we have had at least one big score as part of the 2016 calendar year. We will check that out, the Juneau results and high school bowling’s opening week when we join you again on the Jan. 19. Until then, good luck and good bowling.

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