Lowe: BR Singles tourney set for July 6-7 at Circle Bowl

The July BR Singles Tournament’s summer edition will be held July 6-7 at Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge.

This is the second of three events that are scheduled this year, with the December edition at Circle Bowl.

What remains to be seen officially is if this event becomes just a Circle Bowl event with the March Tournament having been annually held at Metro Bowl.

I’m not real sure what alternatives there are if the Malco people want to keep this in the family because this has been a Malco tournament alternating between the two houses, especially in the years when there were four tournaments a year.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see how this one goes. It seems like some really high average bowlers have had more of the success in recent events.

Entries are available at the centers and online at circlebowl.net.

State tourney concludes

The Louisiana USBC Open Championships finished Sunday at Circle Bowl and All-Star Lanes, and until we get the final standings for our column in two weeks we won’t go through too much of the standings that are through play before this past weekend. We have heard that a Baton Rouge team has captured the scratch team event with an amazing four-player score of 2,777 (694 average a person).

The team was made of up Brian Yoches, John Amedee and Jerry Conard of Baton Rouge and Butch Cormier of Lafayette.

We also found out that Mike Baham of Baton Rouge captured the scratch singles with a three-game total of 788 on games of 236, 297 and 255. Finally, Troy Cedotal shot not one, but two 300 games in the event. Congrats guys and we’ll have more results in our July 9 column.

We forgot one thing

We discussed many topics in the run up to the closure of Metro Bowl and how many leagues and bowlers found new homes for the coming season and the effect it would have on some upcoming tournaments. But we never thought about what would happen to the pro shop in the bowling center.

Well fear not. The newest bowling center in the area, Premier Lanes in Gonzales, now has a pro shop.

This past week, the Hole in the Ball Pro Shop opened at Premier Lanes still under the supervision of Randy Summers and Sumner Taylor. One thing a lot of cities would love to have is three excellent pro shops under good supervision at all three bowling centers in the area. If you want professionally-done bowling equipment and you can’t find it here, you probably aren’t trying very hard in my opinion.

More PBA bowling

The summer swing of the PBA resumes again Tuesday at 6 p.m. for those who can get the CBS Sports Network. The Lucas Oil PBA Bear Open has a five-person stepladder that will feature last week’s winner, Chris Loschetter, along with Chris Barnes and top seed Jason Belmonte. The following Tuesday, July 2, the Milwaukee Open will be televised.

Also, ESPN announced Monday the network has signed with the PBA for five more years starting Dec. 1 of this year with the World Series of Bowling. ESPN has carried bowling since 1979 and will increase coverage to 36 hours this coming year, up from 25. The announcement also cited the network’s pleasure with the ratings for the inaugural PBA league season, which begins again on Jan. 5, 2014.

Honor roll notes

Duke Koontz had the best set of the period with 782 with a 278 game, while Chris LaCroix posted 747 (280).Kyle Campbell (723) and Justin Bui (715) both had 700s in youth leagues, while Mike Bass posted 718 in a senior league.

Jerry Conard and Jeff James had 300 games, while Kenny Winstead had 11 in a row in a 299 game in the Circle Industrial playoffs. Derick McKinley had 11 strikes in a 290 game while Vicki Broussard, Bobby McDonald and C. J. Broussard all were 50 pins over in senior play. Also, congrats to Jim LeBlanc for a 156 triplicate series.

Back on July 9. Until then, good luck and good bowling.