By Kent Lowe
Special to The Advocate
February 14, 2013
Lafayette’s Derwin Pitre made history by joining the tournament’s namesake as a two-time, back-to-back winner of the Jon Juneau Southern Scratch Masters at Circle Bowl.
Pitre ran through the match-play bracket of 16, winning his four matchups in the three-game, total-pins matches with a 220 average to win the $2,600 top prize from the fund of just over $10,000.
Pitre outlasted 72 other bowlers to capture the title. In the semifinals, he took out another former champ, Omar Arnett of Houston, 685-648, then beat another Lafayette bowler, Butch Cormier, 714-646 by rolling games of 257-224-233.
Cormier earned $1,400 for second; he beat Chris Watson of San Antonio in his semifinal 651-640. Both semifinalists won $740.
Congrats to Derwin on a back-to-back win and tournament director Greg Snee and the many volunteers who help make this such a big event each year.
Women’s state tournament
Three weekends are down in the women’s state tournament at Metro Bowl, and the Bayou Divas No. 2 are the handicap team leaders at 2,940, while the Roll On No. 1 team is third at 2,890.
Lafayette’s Darlene LeBlanc and Dwanna Touchet have the scratch doubles lead at 1,335, while the handicap lead belongs to Lafayette’s Madison Comeaux and Tessa Ruddock at 1,512. Christine Rabalais and Sarah Poche’ are third at 1,478.
Lauren Walters of New Orleans is the scratch leader at 647, while Tessa Ruddock of Lafayette is the handicap leader at 801. Vickie Hunt is the top Baton Rouge bowler in the division in sixth at 776.
Poche, who had a tournament-high series of 760 with a scratch game of 284, finished her nine games at 2,018, a 224 average. LeBlanc is second at 2,007. Ruddock is the handicap all-events leader at 2,310.
The event will take this weekend off before resuming for two more weekends.
It was a surprise and is something that will have to be digested, but there will be a major change with the USBC Women’s Championships when it bowls again in Reno, Nevada, in 2014.
On Monday, the United States Bowling Congress announced that it would shift to four-player teams, new divisions and a new format. In addition to the change to four-player teams, from the traditional five, the event will return to an all-scratch format. Teams will be divided into four divisions based on their combined averages, and there will be six average-based divisions for doubles, singles and all-events.
“Bowlers have told us they want four-woman teams,” said Brian Lewis, USBC’s managing director of tournaments. “Four-player teams will make it easier for teams to travel as a group and set up pairings for doubles. While this is a change from tradition, it clearly is something our bowlers want, and we hope the new format will help lead to a new generation trying the event.”
In other USBC news, it appears that if Baton Rouge wants the women’s tournament or the USBC Open soon, it may need to start thinking about things. Wichita, Kan., which lost the 2011 tournament because of financial problems, wants a tournament, and Syracuse, N.Y., is saying it wants in the game.
Throw in the scheduled Reno stops at the National Bowling Stadium, and the chances to host will not be many. Also, with the move to four-player teams, the women’s tournament might be able to go back to traditional bowling houses instead of building in convention centers. We’ll keep you posted on what we hear.
Honor roll notes
Mike Cook at Metro Bowl had the best series of the reporting period with an 816 series and a 279 game, while Lyndsey Stewart at Metro had the best women’s series of 714 (278 high game).
Mario Johnson had a 299, just missing, with Robbie Blackwell, Alex Domingue, Joe Stafford and Jason Giamanco posting perfect 300 games. Brett Vann not only had a 300 game but a 299 game, too. Chuck McDaniels had a triplicate. Shannon Alongi had her first 200 (201) and first 500 (508). Jade Villeneuve had the best youth score of 627, and Mike Bass led senior bowlers with 728 (268).
Until we join you again in two weeks, good luck and good bowling.