Kokomo Perfect 300 Games
Compiled by Jon Kelley
The dream of every bowler is to shoot a perfect 300
game. Many excellent bowlers have spent a lifetime
trying to achieve this goal. You do not have to be a high
average bowler to accomplish the feat, although it is an
advantage. Most bowlers say that you need a little luck to
get that 300 game. Throwing 12 balls in the pocket does
not guarantee success. This column's topic is the 300
games that have been bowled in Kokomo.
Before we get into the local 300’s, here is a little trivia
from "The Bowlers’ Almanac" regarding 300 games.
Pete Weber, now a PBA touring professional, bowled a
300 game in his first game of sanctioned competition.
This occurred in 1978 when Pete was only 15.
The lowest series with a 300 game was a menial 476.
Reed Townley of Gadsen, Alabama rolled this interesting
score in 1989. Reed had games of 89, 87 and 300. Diane
Ponza of Santa Cruz, California rolled a 300 game with
an average of 112. On the men’s side, Roger Evans of
Champaign, Illinois accomplished the feat on an average
of 127. These occurrences should give everyone some
On at least two occasions, bowlers have recorded perfect
games with 12 "Brooklyn" strikes, where the ball crosses
over the head pin and hits the "wrong" pocket.
Leanne Barrette and Tish Johnson of the Ladies
Professional Bowlers Tour have each rolled six 300
games in a single season. Dayton, Ohio bowler Michael
Whalin holds the men’s record with 12 perfectos in a
season. Michael also holds the all-time record with nearly
50 perfect games in his career. Wow!
In the last six months, new WIBC and ABC records were
set for the oldest bowler to roll a 300 game.
For the women, Nashville’s Nora Martin reached
perfection on January 14, at the age of 70.
For the men, San Diego’s Joe Norris, an ABC Hall-of-
Famer, rolled his perfect game at age 86! This was Joe’s
second perfect game. When he rolled his first 300 game,
he was the youngest to do so. It came at age 18, in 1927.
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