Two locals were inducted into the Morgan City Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame during the organization’s banquet Saturday.
Jerry Landry and Leo Delaune became the 32nd and 33rd inductees.
Landry started bowling in league play in 1959 with Curtis Mire’s Crankshaft Co., then a perennial League Champion.
He has been a steady league bowler since as he has competed in local leagues for more than 50 years, including the Men’s Petroleum and Jambalaya leagues and the Guys & Dolls and He’s & She’s Mixed leagues. He has been a member of a league championship team numerous times in both the Men’s and Mixed leagues.
Landry started bowling in the national tournament in 1985 and received his 25-year award from that tournament in 2010.
He also enjoys competing in out of town tournaments. He has bowled for many years in the Louisiana State Tournament and the Grandfather’s Tournament, not only in Louisiana but also in Natchez, Miss.
His bowling accomplishments include:
—First MCBA Senior Bowler of the Year award winner (1990).
—Member of the Local 700 Club (bowled 700 multiple times).
—High series of 737 in 1980.
—High game of 299 in 1980.
—Eleven in a Row award (279 game in 2011).
When asked if he had any comments upon receiving his plaque, Landry simply said, “I just love to bowl.”
Delaune joins his father, D.D. Delaune (1997) as an inductee.
“I’m very excited to join my father in the Hall of Fame,” he said.
He started bowling in local junior leagues in 1971 and was a member of the McNeese State University bowling team early in his career.
Delaune also was a member of the state champion youth bowling team.
As an adult, Delaune has been a member of a league champion team numerous times and also has bowled on the Professional Bowler’s Association’s Regional Tour for two years. He also won a regional Pro-Am event.
Delaune was on the team that set the city high three-game series record twice, first in 2002 with a scratch score of 3,518 and again in 2010 when his team outdid that record with a 3,595 scratch total.
He was instrumental in getting the local high schools involved after Louisiana started high school bowling competition in 2005.
Delaune became the coach for Central Catholic’s team in 2007, a position he held for three years.
He then became coach of Morgan City High’s team, a position he still holds. In 2012, the MCHS team advanced to the state semifinals.
During the past two years, he has been responsible for adding 10 high schools and developing two districts and a region into the program.
Delaune is a member of the local Youth American Bowling Alliance Board of Director, a past member and president of the MCBA Board of Directors, a senior PBA regional member and a regional director for the Morgan City/Houma Region of the Louisiana High school Bowling Association.
He also owns Custom Ball Works LLC, which fits, drills and repairs balls for local members.
Delaune’s bowling accomplishments include:
—Member of the Local 700 club (multiple 700 series).
—High series of 790.
—Three, 300 games.
—Three Eleven in a Row awards.
—City Doubles champ (with his son Brandon) this year.
—Mac Russo Doubles champ.
—City Championship team member (1988, 2011 and 2012).
—Highest Book Average (211).
—26 strikes in a row in a three-game set.
—High Point Singles champ twice.
—Currently holds a 207 book average.
—Louisiana U.S. Open Qualifier (2009-11).
After receiving his award, he thanked Charlie Bergeron, owner of Charlie’s Lanes in Morgan City, for providing the facility that allows the local league a place to play as well as Kenny Keton Jr., who also coaches the MCHS bowling team.