A 245 tenpin game is good, a second 245 is very good, a third 245 is excellent. A set of three 245 games is. . . "It's odd," Percy Mack said.
And Mack was the guy who fashioned the 245 triplicate score at Brunswick Normandy on March 10 in the Funtime Anytime league.
Mack, a retired physical education teacher from the Baltimore City school system, bowls tenpins, teaches tenpin bowling, coaches the Catonsville Community College bowling team and is the District 6 vice president for the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association.
Bowling in three leagues, Monday and Friday at Fair Lanes Woodlawn and Wednesday at Normandy, Mack averages over 200. He has thrown five 300 games in his career and owns a high series of 788.
"I tell folks that I'm bowling better now because of my arthritis," Mack said. "I have to slow down so much going up to the line that I have plenty of time to think about making the shot."
It seems to be paying off. On March 21, in a tournament at Fair Lanes Dundalk, Mack shot a 769 series.
"There are really two things that I credit for bowling pretty well right now," Mack said. "I've been using a Blue Hammer bowling ball for the past several months and it seems to be working great, and I've started swimming several times a week and I do believe that the swimming has helped the arthritis."
Vince Moore has been bowling, on and off, for 20 years. In a single league, the Brunswick Columbia Thursday High Flyers, on March 11, he finally put together the 12 strikes every tenpin bowler dreams about.
"The lane condition was great that night," the Elkridge resident said. "They'd just been dressed before the league started and I was feeling pretty good."
Moore has a 709 high series and before the 300 game he had come close with a 290.
The night he shot his first 300 game, Moore was throwing a 16-pound Blue Hammer; the 300 was the first game of the series, and he tacked on games of 197 and 195 for a workmanlike 692 set.
Borrowing near perfection
Dave Besok of Ellicott City missed his perfect game by a single pin.
Besok bowls in the Thursday Ten Pin Mixer league at Brunswick Columbia and carries a 170 average. Owner of a 724 set, he has been bowling for five years.
On March 4, Besok had just shot two 164 games when lightning struck. And in a most unusual way.
"My dad bowls in the same league," Besok said. "And he had a new Pro Rhino bowling ball that he was using. My hand span is just about the same as Dad's so I borrowed the ball."
And threw 11 straight strikes in the first 11 frames.
"The next ball [the 12th] was right in the 1-3 pocket," Besok said. "Nine pins jumped into the pit and the seven pin stood there like a rock."
Bowl every other week
Brunswick Normandy is starting the Every Other Week League, and the first night will be tomorrow. It will compete again on April 8. The 20-week league and will bowl at 9:15 p.m. both Monday and Wednesday. For information: (410) 465-0355.