Lowe: Gonzales’ Premier Lanes drawing good crowds

Well, if you’ve talked to or seen any members of the Malco Theatres group, you have probably seen them with a big smile on their face over the success of Premier Lanes, the new Entertainment Center in Gonzales.

Crowds have been extremely good, and this may be the style of building that the bowling lane-movie theatre group moves toward in the future. A small but plentiful number of lanes that allows for leagues to bowl, the VIP boutique lanes, plus arcade, snack bar, etc., are enough to draw all ages to the building.

It is good in Baton Rouge, when bowling seems to be going down in some cities, the Baton Rouge area has added not only Premier Lanes but it has also seen the opening of Quarters on Sherwood Forest that includes 10 lanes among its activities.

All this is good for our city, which built itself a pretty good reputation nationally thanks to the national events held here in 2005 and 2012.

With Mayor Kip Holden beginning his third term, it will be interesting to see if the USBC people will be making contact or Holden makes contact with the USBC to say we’re ready to talk about another event.

Our main focus is scores on the lanes and the tournaments and leagues bowled on city and area lanes, but certainly now the opening of these venues will have us certainly spending some time keeping a strong eye on the business side of bowling.

Speaking of tournaments

If you thought nothing was happening on the lanes in 2013, guess again. We are less than two weeks away from the opening weekend of the annual Louisiana State USBC Women’s Bowling Association championships that will take place at Metro Bowl.

There is always excitement and lots of fun in this event that will begin Jan. 19 and continue for three weekends before taking Feb. 9-10 off for Mardi Gras. The event comes back for two more weeks, concluding Feb. 23-24.

PBA update

I have to admit, the action on the PBA has been nothing short of compelling heading into Sunday’s final event from the World Series of Bowling, the PBA World Championship on ESPN at noon.

The field is strong with Parker Bohn III, Sean Rash and Jason Belmonte heading the field. Is Belmonte this year’s Rash who had chances galore a year ago and couldn’t get it done at the World Series? This year, Belmonte was one shot and an unmoving 10 pin away from one title.

The Lon McEachern-Randy Pedersen team is clicking well and the telecasts, while maybe not as wild as past years, are solid with good interview cuts and flashbacks that can be done with a little postproduction work. Pedersen made no bones of pointing out on the third show that four strikes in a row “is not a hambone, but a four-bagger” in reference to former play-by-play voice Rob Stone’s pounding of Hambone into the sport’s lexicon.

However, McEachern invented his own term accidentally Sunday when he called a three-bagger a “triple bagger.”

More than anything people are waiting with high interest for the PBA League Series, and we’ll talk about why you should be interested in two weeks.

Honor Roll notes

Sumner Taylor had the best set for the period with a 789 (297 high game), while the 700 of Bernadine Thompson led the ladies.

Raleigh Begnaud had a great senior league set to be proud of with a 732 that included a 300 perfect game. Roland LeGleux also had 723.

Congratulations also to Shawn Handy had a 201 first 200 game.

Back in two weeks on Jan. 22. Until then good luck and good bowling.