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“A LOT OF GUYS WHO BOWL WILLIAMS ON TV END UP WONDERING WHEN A 230 GAME WILL BE GOOD ENOUGH. MOST OF THE TIME, IT IS NOT. ” / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /


They are the tales of Phil Ringener,


who bowled the PBA Tour for 17 years before winning his fi rst title at the 1996 Bud Light Championship. They are the tales of Ernie Schlegel, whose fi rst title at the 1980 King Louie Open came only after 12 years of close calls, bad breaks and self-doubt. They are the tales of Jack Jurek, who won his fi rst title at the 1995 PBA Tums Classic and then waited almost 15 years to do it again, fi nally ending his drought at the 2009 PBA Shark Champi- onship. They are the tales of players who


wondered what it would take to stand in a champion’s shoes just once as they watched Billy Hardwick rack up seven ti- tles in a single season in 1969, Mark Roth amass eight in 1978, or all-time PBA titlist Walter Ray Williams Jr. adorn his 47 titles with seven Player of the Year Awards.


CHRIS LOSCHETTER And they are tales that Chris


Loschetter, who fi nally won his fi rst PBA Tour title in 154 events at the 2013 PBA Lucas Oil Wolf Open, no longer has to tell. But he told them long enough to know them by heart. “I was starting to wonder, ‘Why does this keep happening to me? Why can’t a 220 or a 230 game be enough?’” the two-time Team USA member recalls of his loss to Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the title match of the 2007 PBA Great Lakes Open, 276-204. That match was the answer to


Loschetter’s question: A lot of guys who bowl Williams on TV end up wondering when a 230 game will be good enough. Most of the time, it is not. For Loschetter, it was an answer too


painful to hear. And maybe it is a good thing that he did not hear it. Maybe if he had, he still would be telling those tales of the players the legends vanquish. Tales like the title match he bowled


the year before Williams showed him why a 230 game was not good enough, when Norm Duke answered Loschetter’s 221 with a 275 to win the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship.


BONUS INTERVIEW


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