The Southern Bowling Congress has concluded in Houston and we have some unofficial final results and here’s what some Louisiana bowlers did:
In handicap team, the Cajun Expleauxion of Lafayette was third at 3,609 and the Cajun Exterminators from Lafayette took fifth at 3,565 out of 424 teams. The Expleauxion team was fifth in scratch team at 3,465.
Familiar names from over in the Lafayette area were second and third in handicap doubles with Toby Stelly and Derwin Pitre second at 1,573, eight pins better than third-place Gerald Coward III and Larry Grabert at 1,565. Greg Snee from the local association and longtime friend Cliff Barnes from Shreveport were sixth at 1,555. The Stelly-Pitre team was first (1,573), Colwart-Grabert second (1,536) and Snee-Barnes team third (1,526) in scratch doubles.
Bob McCollum of Shreveport posted 863 to win handicap singles. Dennis Crumpton of Shreveport (811), Andre Trahan of Houma (803) and Paul Brown of Baton Rouge (803) were the three bowlers that shot 800 scratch in singles.
There was a tie for handicap all-events with Arthur Christian of Bynum, Alabama and Baton Rouge bowler Cindy Kienlen at 2,381 for nine games. Pitre had the best scratch all-events, finishing third at 2,226 with Stelly in sixth at 2,186 and Brown was seventh at 2,180. Kienlen won the handicap senior all-events.
Complete results are available at SouthernBowlingCongress.org.
While in some ways it could be called a glorified exhibition, although there is plenty of prize money involved, the PBA League is an amazing television show and if the first two quarterfinal matches Sunday was any indication, this will be another great year.
When PBA Commissioner Tom Clark found Bayside Bowl in Portland, Maine, a little 12-lane house (now expanded) became famously associated with pro bowling. The crowd this past weekend as usual had spent several hours tailgating, and came into the center in costume ready to chant, sing and yell. If you notice, most of the crowd has plastic drinking cups laneside. Bayside Bowl is the place everyone wants to bowl.
Interestingly enough, the remaining league shows will probably be the finale of 38 years of PBA Bowling on ESPN, which is a shame in some ways because Dave Lamont, Randy Pedersen and Kimberly Pressler may form one of the top bowling broadcasting teams of recent times and whether any of them will make the move to Fox remains to be seen.
Remember that the former voice of ESPN bowling, Rob Stone, is now at Fox as lead host on soccer and other sports. Will be return to the microphone and can they get Pedersen to come over to reunite with him or will Fox go in another direction?
One thing that has been reported this weekend is that in 2019, Fox Sports will show the PBA League for four hours live over two days on a July weekend. The PBA League in Portland, live, with that crowd. It is going to be a whole new day when bowling goes to Fox this winter.
Also on television, the month of college bowling begins on CBS Sports Network. The first show goes tonight (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. with other shows set for May 1, May 10 and May 15.
It was announced at the annual city meeting that Ed Campbell would be leaving Louisiana and would no longer serve as executive director of the local association and the state men’s association (although he will be here to run this year’s event). Ed has done a tremendous job for both groups and will be missed as he moves to Alabama. Campbell worked through the traumatic situation of the 2016 flood and the association was able to help lead a city tournament effort just a few months later.
Susie Brown will take over the local role and everyone knows Susie’s role as a top local and state bowling official. How the state job will be awarded remains to be fully seen as the three state associations must merge under USBC orders by Aug. 1. Ed we thank you for all you have done and wish you well in your future.
The Louisiana Open Championships are set for Circle Bowl and All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. The event runs for four weekends starting June 2-3 which will also be the annual meeting weekend. The entry deadline was Friday, but if you got a team you can probably get it to a local association member and still get it in … Also the final weekend of the Anchor Lady Trio is this weekend at All-Star.
Honor roll notes
Allen Cope had the high set of 799 (278) at Circle Bowl with Stephanie Graham leading the ladies with a 749 at All-Star. Dominick Michelle had 583 to lead youth bowlers and Albert Knox a very fine 765 that included a 300 game in the senior leagues.
Also Tyler Wright had a 300 as did Andre Carter, while Barry Doyle just missed with 299.
We are next scheduled to join you on May 8 and until then, good luck and good bowling.
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