Local teams cash in at Tournament of Champions

Six local teams earned cash in the recent Tournament of Champions which brought together the league winners for the 49th time to determine the best of the best.

The winners were the Write Tha Check team from Circle Bowl with a score of 3,375, followed by two teams from All-Star Lanes — The Replacements (3,344) and Sam Well What What (3,276). The Fun Loving Seniors from Metro took fourth at 3,267, followed by two Circle teams (Roll Twice, 3,243, and Stupid 10 Pins, 3,242).

State tournament

Some Baton Rouge bowlers did well in the Louisiana USBC Championships completed recently in Lafayette, topped by Brandon Trahan who finished third in all-events handicap at 2,258 and seventh in scratch at 2,057. Brian Yoches was third in the scratch competition for nine games with 2,092. Others over 2,000 were Larry Saine in 10th at 2,043, Taylor Sumner 11th at 2,040, Craig Conley 17th at 2,011 and Justin Davis 20th at 2,001.

Trahan was eighth in handicap singles at 777, while Louis Branch tied for 19th at 761. Taylor and Yoches tied for 10th in scratch singles at 726.

The four-player team event’s top Baton Rouge team was Something Old, Something New at 2,864, taking second. The Tomato Tossers (2,850) came in fifth, the Pro Shop finished in a tie for seventh at 2,834 and the Bowlers Pro Shop took 14th at 2,798.

In doubles, Justin Davis and Gerald Johnson finished in eighth in scratch doubles (1,315), while the pair finished 11th in doubles at 1,425.

Spare notes

The July edition of the BR Singles begins 10 a.m. Saturday at Circle Bowl. Shifts are throughout the day with the semifinals and finals on Sunday. … A commendation to All-Star Lanes for offering free bowling on the Fourth of July for the military and first responders in the area. It was a wonderful idea and hopefully something that will be repeated in the future.

On the pro scene

Well, if you watched the women’s U.S. Open on Saturday from mid-field of Cowboys Stadium and then the final day of the PBA Team Shootout on Sunday, you probably should have some opinions on what you saw.

First of all, it was a great day for women’s bowling when 6,000 fans came out to the arena finals on the 50-yard line and the bowling proved to be pretty good, especially the semifinal match between winner LeAnn Hulsenberg and Lynda Barnes. Hulsenberg won 248-247, when Barnes failed to get a strike on the fill ball in the 10th.

Kudos to announcers Dave Lamont and Chris Barnes, who despite his wife bowling, called things down the middle. Lamont has proven to be a strong bowling announcer in his couple of years doing the women’s events.

Now on to “Bottlegate.” Having seen it, it helped that the event was on tape delay and post-voiced by Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen. It allowed the producers to slip in replays that they had time to study and several “angles” of the Jason Belmonte water bottle debacle with Sean Rash.

Rash probably went over the top with his response and Belmonte’s clown reference about Rash was interesting. Best line was Pedersen’s when he said plain and simply that Belmonte needed to “lose the water bottle.”

Whether jokingly or not, Belmonte was seen later in the broadcast with a glass of water instead of the plastic bottle that always made noise.

Charles Dunaway notes

Lyman Moon led the league scores with a 781 series (287 top game), while Chris LaCroix was best for the women with a 740 (268). Mike Bass led the senior leagues with a 760 (278), while Ryne Daigle had 670 with games of 242 and 278. Senior bowlers Susan Davis and C.J. Broussard bowled 50 pins over their average, while senior Nick Lawless had an all-spare game of 184.

By the way, we are now 226 days from the start of the 2012 USBC Open at the River Center in Baton Rouge and while my numbers are unofficial, my count shows that at least 5,600 teams are entered already meaning some 28,000 bowlers and that number should more than double by the end of 2011. Already 44 of the 150-plus dates of the tournament are full.

Until we join you on July 19, good luck and good bowling.