"Clean hits. All 12."
That's how Dom Zanti describes the perfect game.
"I could have had a blockbuster in the first game, but I didn't carry. The third game I was just a little off."
Understandable. A 300 game has a tendency to leave you a little limp. Besides, a 187 game on top of a 235 and a 300 still totals up to a powerful 722 series.
Zanti, a driver for Watkins Motor Lines, carries a 199 average inthe Capital Men's Thursday Night League at Greenway Bowl Odenton, and it was in that league that he fired his first 300 game on Dec. 20.
That's considerably better than his previous 268 high game, however. The set didn't top his old 733 series.
Zanti is still throwing that 16-pound Blue Hammer bowling ball, the same one that he used in his November victory in the NABI tournament in the same house he bowls his league games.
You may remember that Zanti won his final three victories in that tournament finals by a total of six pins. You also may remember that he threw a gutter ball in one of those games.
Well, for a guy who has to spend six out of seven days on the road, Zanti makes good use of his limited bowling time. With any luck at all, people will forget the gutter ball -- they'll remember 12 solid pocket hits and a perfect game.
Did you know Earl Anthony was voted into the Bowling Hall of Fame with the highest percentage of votes of any bowler in history? He was named on 97 percent of the ballotscast. The other three percent of votes probably were written in crayon.
Did you know when Chris Warren won the Japan Cup last summer that it was a victory for Japan as well as for America? Warren, the 1990 American Bowling Congress Bud Light Masters champion, is halfJapanese.
How's your average holding up? George Pappas, a Charlotte, N.C., native and ABC Hall of Famer, retained his No. 1 ranking on the prestigious Tournament Lifetimes Averages list with a record 205.78 for 22 years.
Earl Anthony holds second place with 205.65 for 26 years.
The lifetime average list is for those who have participated in at least 20 ABCs, including the most recent competition.
Tired of hearing bowlers get a bum rap? The latest Market Facts study show bowling draws people from every job description, age group and salary range.
The average bowler is 28 years old, has a household income of $33,000, is married, owns his home and has 3.5 people in his household.
Fair Lanes will conduct Pro Spot Qualifiers for the $150,000 Pro Bowlers Association Open. Fair Lanes Kings Point in Randallstown will be the site for the tournament scheduled to run from Feb. 24 through March 2.
The Pro Spot Qualifiers will be conducted Sundays, Jan. 13 at Fair Lanes Dundalk, Jan. 27 at Fair Lanes Towson and Feb. 10 at Fair Lanes University in Adelphi.
National Amateur Bowlers Inc. will play host to a tournament Jan. 11 and 12 at Brunswick Perry Hall.
The NABI will conduct a tournament Jan. 19 and 20 at Midway Bowl in Rehoboth Beach.
On Jan. 26 and 27, the NABIwill have a tournament at Greenway Bowl Odenton.
Donald G. Vitek's Bowling column appears every Thursday in the Anne Arundel County Sun. Bowlers are urged to give Don a call with scores and tidbits at 247-0850.