Hartley bowls a perfect game

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2003

Blain Hartley bowled a perfect game, and almost had two, during Wednesday Men's League play Nov. 26 at Channel Bowl.

Hartley, who was competing for the Ed's Eternal Art team, narrowly missed a perfect 300 game in his first game of the night, rolling a 267 after he left a pin standing in the sixth frame and couldn't pick up the spare. His other 11 balls went for strikes.

But the near-miss proved to be just a warm-up. Hartley's second game was a perfect 300 - 12 strikes in a row. He had 18 straight strikes between his open sixth frame in the first game and a spare to open his third game. He rolled 23 strikes in 24 frames during his first two games.

Hartley finished the night with a scratch series of 760 - he had a 193 in his third game - and his handicap series was 838. Hartley's handicap is 26 pins a game.

With his perfect game, Hartley became just the sixth bowler since Channel Bowl opened in 1959 to record multiple 300 games. The others are Randy Storey, Charlie Lewis, Loren Randolph, Carmine DiCostanzo and Ross Lyons. Lewis has three perfect games, while the others have two apiece.

In September, Randolph became the first bowler to record a 300 game since Channel Bowl's lanes were renovated. Randolph and his wife, Vanda, both competed in the National Mixed Championships in Reno, Nev., in July.

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