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BOWLER MAKES HISTORY: 3 pins from 900 series

April 13, 2012

Post & Mail photo / Phil Smith

COLUMBIA CITY — A local bowler made history Wednesday night; personal history, Main Bowl history and United States Bowling Congress history.

Randy Bockelman rolled 11 straight strikes. On his twelfth and final heave of his first game, he left three pins standing, giving him a final score of 297 out of a possible 300.

Though it would be difficult to say a 297 is something to be unhappy about, the score remained on Bockelman’s mind.

“I was nervous during the first game more than anything,” Bockelman said. “I was worried I wouldn’t get another chance to bowl a 300 this year.”

He wouldn’t have to wait long. Bockelman proceeded to throw 24 straight strikes, giving him back-to-back 300 games and a final scorecard of 297-300-300.

The 897 is the highest score ever bowled at Main Bowl on Main St. in Columbia City, and according to USBC, the highest score recorded in the state so far in 2012.

According to USBC, as of December 2011, only 19 sanctioned series of 900 have been bowled by 18 different bowlers.

The current record for a four-game series is 46 out of a possible 48 strikes. Bockelman rolled 35 of 36.

“After the first game, things just fell together,” said Bockelman.

In sanctioned league or tournament play, a sanctioned 300 game is usually commemorated with a ring.

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