Lee Owen: With recent heights, has bowling become too easy?

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I know I have hit on this topic before, but recent events have prompted me to vent on this subject a little more.

As I have said before, my grandfather was a great bowler in the 1960s, and averaged right at 200.

Nowadays, 200 flat is not even considered a scratch bowler.

I am honest enough to admit that I am not a great bowler. I struggle to hit my mark on a regular basis, my balance and timing are always off, and my approach is extremely awkward. Even with all of this, I currently sit with a 200 average in my league. The reason for this is simply technology.

Bowling balls are being made to the point where all you have to do is stand at the foul line and throw it right and watch it snap back to the pocket. If you are doing this on a house shot, it is fairly easy to consistently hit the pocket, even with an area of about ten boards.

As for sport shots, the technology is quickly catching up to those as well, making adjustments easier and scoring higher.

This past week, I read about two stories that just solidify my feelings about bowling being too easy.

I read a story about PBA bowler Dino Castillo and his recent experience during a tournament. He was bragging about a new ball he was throwing and said he averaged 261 for 17 games in qualifying, 283 in the finals, and threw three perfect games during the tournament.

I don’t care if you are a professional, that is just not something that happened 15 years ago.

I also read a story about yet another bowler throwing a 900 series, which is three consecutive perfect games in a set. There had never been a sanctioned perfect series before 1997, and now, Amos Gordon has become the 24th person to throw one.

That alone goes to show that something has changed and bowling is easier now than ever before.

Sport bowling was meant to allow for better bowlers to actually compete based on skill alone and leave the equipment out of it, but now that is even changing. I hope that in the near future, the United States Bowling Congress comes up with some rules or regulations to get the game back to what it was, a competition of skill and not who can afford the best equipment.

MONDAY NIGHT MIXED

Boris Beatty dethroned King Joey this week, taking top honors with a 616 set, followed by Joey Winslow’s 238/611, and Elbert Sawyer’s 228/600. James White added a 227 on the night as well.

Debbie Winslow continued her reign over the ladies with a 191 game to lead all scores, followed by a 179 from Adeline Tolson and a 165 from Pineapple Askew.

MARTIN LUTHER KING LEAGUE

John Turner found himself atop the leaderboard this week after rolling a nice 234/673. He was followed by Randy Cartwright with a 242/638, and Joey Winslow with a 234/630. Roy Smith and Bobby Winslow also added games of 247 and 234 respectively.

Debbie Winslow once again led the league with her 194 game, followed by a 188 from Margaret Butts.

FELLOWSHIP 
MEMORIAL LEAGUE

League this week was full of some exciting moments. Rondell Christian, enroute to his league high 681 series, ran the front nine strikes in the second game to also post a 266.

Chuck Coville also had some excitement, sparing the first frame and then throwing the next 10 strikes before tossing a six count for a 286 game, his new personal best in addition to his 665 series. Scott Palmer also had a good night, posting a 676 series while Adam Meads rolled a 246 game.

Julie Transue led the ladies with her 185 game, followed by a 184 from Michelle Pearson and a 173 from Dottie Pelis.

ECBA YOUTH

John Meads led the boys this week with his 170 game, followed by a 168 from Robbie Vinson And a 161 from Ben Hawkins.

Morgan Brothers led the girls with her 169 game, followed by a 135 from Emily Brewer and a 113 from Tori Owen.

In the bumpers it was Colby Judge leading with a 113, followed by Kaylee Winslow with a 103 and Shane Owen with a 101.

ALBEMARLE ROLLERS

Sharon Hoffler topped the board this week with her nice 188 game, followed by a 145 from Sylvia Holley and a 138 from Patsy Sanders.

ALL-AMERICAN LADIES LEAGUE

Ocie Manos led this week with a big 205 game, followed by a 184 from Mary Beasley and a 172 from Myrna Duncan.