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Up Front


EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


WHEN IS A 900 NOT A 900?


SHOOTING


toss another 300 in the PBA50 Miller High Life Classic in Mooresville, N.C., two weeks later, he did garner an assist.


PBA50 star Bob Learn Jr. was on


four strikes in his qualifying round match at George Pappas’ Victory Lanes when the power inexplicably went out. Scarborough, an electrical con- tractor by trade, helped the center restore its power. Learn subsequently


Three consecutive 300 games THE LIGHTS OUT


Learn’s delayed 300 recalls a TV perfecto from the past. While Joe Scarborough failed to


rolled the next eight strikes to com- plete his unconventional 300 game. Learn’s PBA50 drama harkened back


to another power-outage-interrupted 300 game in a small North Carolina town. A 1967 episode of Andy Grif- fi th featured Jack Dodson’s character, Howard Sprague, on the verge of per- fection when the lights go out. After a tough night’s sleep, Mayberry’s county clerk completes the 300 the next day. (We knew we’d seen this story before!)


constitutes a 900 series, right? Wrong. Norm Duke rolled three straight 300 games during the 1996 Bruns- wick Johnny Petraglia Open. Prob- lem was that Duke rolled the first two perfectos at the end of one block, then opened the following block with a third. The break be- tween blocks precluded the feat from being certified. The same ruling applied to Dave


Bolles, who shot back-to-back 300s to conclude match play at a PBA regional event in 1989, then rolled a third 300 in the first game of the position round.


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