It seems as long as there has been a Circle Bowl, Sue Braud has been at the center in one of several different roles.
I first met her in the 1970s when I bowled junior tournaments, and especially got to know her when I came to Baton Rouge for the famed Mid-South Scratch Tournament that was a staple of the Labor Day weekend.
She’s done so much for the former local women’s board, the state board and junior bowling in the city.
But after this week, Sue Braud will be making fewer appearances at Circle Bowl because after all these many years, she’s going to retire from full-time duty at the local center. If there is a good note about all this, she will continue to be the tournament director for the long-running successful series of BR singles tournaments that are held three times a year.
Her knowledge of how to run tournaments has made this event a success and has drawn bowlers from throughout the South for decades all looking for the big-money first prize. People come back because they are treated well and they are treated fairly, and that’s why the tournament is not several years old, but several decades old.
I look forward to seeing her this Thursday night when the Industrial league takes to the lanes at Circle, but it will be strange not seeing her there in the weeks to come. She’s a part of the long, successful history of Circle Bowl, and I’m sure the stories she could tell are plenty. Take a deep breath and enjoy some time away Sue, you deserve it. But remember, we need you for the BR Tournament come December.
Bowling Hall of Fame
While in Arlington, Texas, over Labor Day weekend for the LSU-Oregon game, I had the chance to spend a couple of hours at Bowling Headquarters and the Bowling Hall of Fame. Having been to the original Hall of Fame in St. Louis, I was interested to see how things were restructured in this reincarnation in Arlington.
What I really liked about the Hall was the interactive nature of the place and the way bowling was shown from its earliest times through the ABC television age. There were great artifacts, and the present women’s exhibit was entertaining with the video presentation.
There are a couple of lanes to try your skill on, and for writers like me, the research room with old magazines and papers about the sport was too good to pass up. That may be a spot I have to revisit at some time in the future.
Of course, the gift show knows my credit card number well, and it seemed to me that several others in purple and gold were finding their way there as well.
If you are a bowler, or bowling fan, it’s well worth a trip to Bowling Headquarters to check out the Hall of Fame.
We’ll have details in our next column, but the Senior All-Star Bowling Association will make its first stop in Baton Rouge in some time, Oct. 29-30, at Metro Bowl … This weekend starts the Monster Doubles at Metro with a $3,000 guaranteed first prize … Updating the USBC Open here in 2012, we are just 137 days from the opening ceremonies and already tournament officials are arriving in town. Of 159 bowling dates, from Feb. 11 to July 9, 2012, at the River Center, 70 dates are already completely filled.
Dunaway Honor Roll notes
Some great scores in the last couple of weeks, highlighted by Allen Cope’s 801 (252-279-266) at Metro, and I must point out the leading scores at the other houses with Greg Snee at Circle rolling 792 with a 289 game (that under different circumstances might have been a 300 and 800 set). Jerry Conard led the action at All-Star with a 791 and a 278 game.
On the women’s side, Mary Mansur had 717 at Circle to lead the way (244-238-235) and Lyndsey Stewart had 704 at All-Star.
The youth leagues had some great scores as well with David Morgan rolling 571, Gregory Snee 663, Justin Bui 660 and Anthony Russo 652. Mike Bass led play in the senior leagues with a 696.
Barry Doyle had 11 strikes in a 299 game as did Brian Yoches. Moi Nguyen, Tom Miller and Pat White (299). J. B. Mansur had a 681 series, 158 pins over average. Beverly Wagener had a 116 triplicate while senior bowler Nancy Langlois was 50 pins over average. Youth bowler Nicholas Stevens had a 622 set, his first time over 600 and Henry Boudreaux also got his first 600 with a 618.
Mark Salle fired a perfect 300 game on a 747 set, as did Duke Koontz in a 600 series.
We’ll visit with you again in two weeks on Oct. 11. Until then, good luck and good bowling.