Perfection strikes Cocker after 22 years

BOWLING

August 13, 1993|By DON VITEK

For 22 of her 29 years, Jackie Cocker of Gambrills has been battling the tenpins.

On Aug. 5, in the Bermuda Shorts league at Bowl America Odenton, she shot the ultimate game, a 300.

"I began with a 214 game," she said. "Then I just started throwing strikes."

Seventeen in a row.

The second game was the 300 and then the last game started with another five strikes in a row. That last game was a solid 244 for a strong 758 series.

"If that first game had been a little better I would have had a good chance to break the house three-game record of 767," she said, "But I did beat [husband] John's high set by one pin."

That 300 game is the first to be posted on the new synthetic lanes at Bowl America Odenton.

"I didn't start to get nervous until I had the first eight strikes,"

Cocker said. "In the ninth frame I had some butterflies but also I started to have a lot of confidence in my ball. All of a sudden I just knew I could do it."

Averaging 211 at Bowl America Odenton, Cocker is throwing a 16-pound Purple Hammer. The 758 set beat her personal high set of 711 that she set two years ago.

NABI action

This past weekend, National Amateur Bowlers, Inc., was at Annapolis Bowl. The event drew 188 amateur tenpin bowlers to compete for a purse of $4,800.

Billy Wilson of Delaware won the $1,000 for first place.

Ken Albrecht of Millersville took second, and Trent Horn of Oxon Hill was third.

Betty Mead of Arlington, Va., was fourth, Al Harkness of Largo was fifth, and Ko Whittington of Annapolis was sixth.

This weekend, NABI will be at Fair Lanes Ritchie, Glen Burnie. First-place payoff is a guaranteed $1,000.

Call (410) 761-3800.

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