A total of 39 teams took part in the 51st city Tournament of Champions based on league winners from all the bowling centers and five teams took home checks from the event at Circle Bowl.
The Write Tha’ Check team from Circle was the winner at 3,415, easily outdistancing the They Bowl Strikes group from All-Star at 3,298. Third went to Dats What’s Up, representing the now closed Metro Bowl at 3,285 with the Atlanta Hawks team from the basketball league at Circle was fourth (3,284) and the Big Shots from Metro at 3,231 to complete the top five.
It’s been interesting keeping up on social media and bowl.com with the goings on at the North Pointe Junior Gold event in Detroit. Bowlers from all over the country including a large contingent of locals made the trip and overall one has to say that the locals are getting closer and closer to crashing the party up there, bowling on conditions that are as different as night and day from what they bowl league and many of the tournaments in this state on.
The number of bowlers is staggering to be honest and we do want to highlight some of those that did well in the event.
In the girls U20 event, Kay Rawls (who bowls at Louisiana Tech), made it through the 15 games qualifier to the advancers round. She averaged 186.27 and was tied for 61st of the 81 qualifiers. After five more games, her tournament would end with a very good 77th place finish and an average for 20 games of 182.10
Kaylene Adams of Golden Meadow finished 123rd with a 181 average, while Angela Falgoust was 278th in a field of close to 600, with a 172 average. Jessica Quebedeaux of Lafayette averaged 163 and Amy Coward of Baton Rouge 161 in the 15-games of qualifying with Kiara Smith coming in with a 151 average.
A couple of the local guys were close to the 192 qualifying mark for 145th place after 15 games in U20 division. Justin Bui finished at 190.27 and was 166th, while Gregory Snee averaged 188 and finished 198th in a field of over 1,000 boys. Curtis Westmoland of Baton Rouge averaged 180 and was at 399, while Larry McCants (Gretna) and Taylor Brocato (Morgan City) tied for 457th with an average of 177 average to make the top 500.
In the U15 field, 24 advanced with a 176 average needed. Kayla Engeron of LaPlace averaged 169 to finish 44th, while Hallie Savoie of Cankton Too finished 72nd with an average of 163 average. Keondra Eaton of Baton Rouge was 139th and Kai Cadie of Lafayette took 160th. In the Boys U15 division Frederic Taylor of Baker averaged 174 to take 105th.
Congrats to all who qualified and made the trip and an overall good showing for our South Louisiana group.
Speaking of youth bowling, the state scratch match game championships will be held this weekend at Creole Bowl in Houma. Entries close early on Saturday morning for the 10 a.m. start.
Sumner Taylor and Deidra Johnson, representing our state, began their qualifying rounds in the bowling’s U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio. This year’s event bringing both the separate men’s and women’s opens together is so big, three different houses are being used. The television finals are Saturday at 11 a.m. for both divisions and then the champions versus champion match to conclude the show.
PBA50 in Shreveport
The PBA50 had a senior regional event at All-Star Lanes this past weekend up in Northwest Louisiana and PBA Hall of Famer Mark Williams was the winner, earning the $1,750 first prize in the Horseshoe Casino PBA50 Open. Cliff Barnes of Shreveport was seventh in the event.
Honor roll notes
Randy Summers led the bowling scores over the last couple of weeks with a 756 set at Circle Bowl that included a 300 game. Deidra Johnson warmed up for her U.S. Open appearance with a city leading 743 at All-Star that included a 279 game. Jade Villeneuve was the top youth bowler with a score of 705, while Johnny LeBoeuf had a 717 (287) to lead the senior league bowlers.
Lyle Landry also had a 300 game and senior bowler Carol Chapin rolled 50 pins over average.
By the way, to follow our Louisiana bowlers in qualifying at the U.S. Open go to PBA.com and look for the live scoring updates. We are back with you on Aug. 6. Until then, good luck and good bowling.