Lowe: Holiday bowling tourneys in full force

By KENT LOWE

Special to The Advocate

First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Although it is already underway, but there are still a lot of events in the “7 Tournaments of Christmas” at All-Star Lanes.

The first two events were held on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, but Wednesday the next event will be a three-game “Low Ball” event at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. That’s followed at 5:30 p.m. Saturday by a No-Tap Doubles with a No-Tap Eliminator at 5 p.m. Sunday. On New Year’s Eve, the event is a No-Tap Singles at 1 and 3 p.m. with the final event on Jan. 1 with a six-game Baker Doubles event scheduled for 3 and 5:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $25 per tournament ($50 for the doubles events). Those who bowl in three of the seven events are eligible for other special prizes.

For more information contact All-Star Lanes at (225)-924-0124.

Premier Lanes very soon

There have been lots of pictures showing up on Facebook lately as the touches continue to be made to turn Premier Lanes Entertainment Center on Airline Highway in Gonzales into the area’s newest bowling adventure.

Now a sneaky little spot on Facebook has shown up that the building will have a soft open at 2 p.m. Friday. Not everything is in and not all the menu items are ready to go at the concession stands, but this will give the Malco staff a good chance to see how things will go. They are also taking birthday party reservations for later in January at this time.

We wish them good luck and much success. We will have a full report on the center after things get settled in early 2013.

The PBA on ESPN

Had a chance Saturday in Milwaukee to visit with Mike Jakubowski who wasn’t laneside but courtside as the public address announcer for the Marquette Golden Eagles. Mike J is the PA voice who introduces the bowlers at the start of each show and does the PA for the audience in the arena. He also is the very good play-by-play voice of the PBA’s pay-per-view channel, Xtra Frame. After Saturday, I can also say he is a very good PA announcer for basketball.

Speaking of announcers, Lon McEachern has done a very solid job of taking over for Rob Stone as the voice of bowling on ESPN with Randy Pedersen. He has already proven his ability working and putting up with Norman Chad on the World Series of Poker for years and I think that same thing is going to eventually take shape on bowling with Pedersen. McEachern knows enough of the sport to adeptly handle the call, although he mistakenly called a four pin as an eight pin in the first show. That’s always tough to take, but when you realize that their broadcast booth is by the pin decks looking back up the lanes, they are pretty much at the director’s mercy to see what is up on the same shot we see on television.

The first three shows have been good and Sunday’s win by Brad Angelo was as good a final match as there could be. Matches like that make you want to watch whether live or tape delayed.

This is the final year of the ESPN contract, so the PBA is trying hard early to bring quality shows, and so far, so good. Soon will start the league bowling format that everyone is watching closely to see how fans accept team bowling as an official PBA event.

Honor roll notes

There were more great scores as Braxter Smothers at Metro Bowl had an 824 set for the best of the scoring period. Smothers had a high game of 279. Johnny Lamontagne had an 802 at All-Star Lanes with a 300 game.

B. J. Autin had a 300 game with a 790 series. Deidre Johnson led the ladies with a 769 (265) and Mary Mansur had 715 (258). Barbara Baker had 701 (257).

Some great senior scores were rolled with Mike Bass posting 705, Ken Buturla 700 and Cheryl Albarez 684. Jeremy Gautreaux had a 679 for his first 60 set, while Joe Stafford posted 299 and Mark Saale 290. Buddy Achord rolled a 258 game (97 pins over average) and Vickie Hunt bowled a 256 game (87 pins over).

Until our first column of 2013 on Jan. 7, Happy New Year, good luck and good bowling.