Carlson, St. Onge triple up

The Mining Journal's reporter Steve Brownlee receives a Good News Awards from Bishop James Garland during a lunch and awards ceremony Wednesday at the Landmark Inn in Marquette. (Journal photo by Dave Edwards)

Veteran bowlers Gary Carlson and Dave St. Onge were three-time cashers at the 11th annual Marquette County U.S. Bowling Congress Association tournament held at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming.

Held over two weekends in March, Carlson won the all-events title by more than 50 pins with a nine-game score of 2,182, including handicap.

All-events combines the scores of all three bowling categories — team, doubles and singles.

Carlson shot an actual (non-handicap) score of 607 in doubles, 592 in singles and 524 in team while also receiving 459 pins handicap.

He also finished second in doubles, bowling with his wife Brenda, with 1,414, just 17 pins out of first place, and was third in singles with 745, 51 pins out of the top spot.

St. Onge didn’t win any titles, but hung close in three of the four divisions.

He joined Wayne Charbonneau and Don Beck to take second in team with 2,095, just 10 pins behind the winners. He was also fourth in singles with 744 and fifth in all-events with 2,095.

Charbonneau was among three doubles cashers, with the tournament paying about one in six entries. He was also sixth in all-events with 2,079.

Tim Starrine was on the winning team along with his father Mike Starrine and joined by Brad Smail as they shot 2,105. Tim Starrine was also fourth in all-events with 2,103.

Also cashing twice was Munch Metcalf, who came in second in both singles with 759 (579 actual) and all-events with 2,129.

Brianna Holm and Justin Stephens won doubles with 1,431, while Kyle Maki and Dustin Juntunen were third with 1,409.

In singles, Bob Holm won with 796, including 658 actual, while John Mitchell came in third in all-events with 2,111.

Mitchell was among a group of hard-luck bowlers who just missed another cut line — or several — to cash.

Mitchell and Josh Larson were doubles partners who missed the last cash spot by six pins with 1,403, while those two and Metcalf were on a team that was one spot out of money by just 13 pins with 2,082.

Charbonneau was fifth in singles with 739, just five pins behind St. Onge for the last cash, while Juntunen was seventh in all-events with 2,062, only 17 out of the final payoff spot there.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 252. His email address is