900 Series

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A 900 series refers to three consecutive perfect games bowled by an individual bowler. A 300 is a perfect score in one game, thus a player's score would be 900 in a series of three consecutive games (the typical number of games in a single league session). To date, 24 individuals have bowled a total of 25 sanctioned 900 series.

Sanctioning issues[edit]

On 1 July 1982, Glenn Allison bowled the first 900 series in sanctioned league play, although it was not officially sanctioned by the American Bowling Congress due to "non-compliant" lane conditions.[1] To this day, there is a "cult following" supporting Glenn Allison and urging the USBC to officially recognize him as the first bowler to achieve a perfect series, especially because it was accomplished before the era of reactive bowling balls, and other scores in the bowling center that night were not unusually high.[2] However, the USBC still refuses to sanction Allison's 900 series after concluding a re-evaluation in 2014. [3]

In fact, the first six 900 series reported in ABC league play were all rejected for certification. The first perfect series to be officially sanctioned by the ABC/USBC was shot by collegiate bowler Jeremy Sonnenfeld in 1997 at a Lincoln, Nebraska bowling center.

The only bowler to be credited with multiple 900 series is Robert Mushtare, who claims to have bowled five individual 900 series within the span of one year. He claims that he bowled two perfect series in practice, and an additional three in league play. The USBC denied one of his in-league 900 series, but the other two were officially sanctioned. His claims were the subject of an ESPN feature on Outside the Lines.[4] His feat, while spectacular if true, is considered by many critics to be fraudulent, especially given that both sanctioned series were shot in a pre-bowl session (sanctioned league play outside of the normally scheduled day/time) rather than during his normal league session, so few people were around to witness either one.[5]

The first 900 in the history of the Professional Bowlers Association was bowled by Joe Scarborough on 22 April 2013 in a PBA50 Tour (formerly PBA Senior Tour) event. The PBA had seen 3 consecutive 300 games on one other occasion, by Norm Duke in 1996, but this was not considered to be an official 900 series because the games were not part of a contiguous set. The first two of Duke's 300 games were at the end of one round of play, and the third was at the beginning of the next round.[6]

The 900 Club[edit]

Name Age Hand Location Date
Jeremy Sonnenfeld[7] 20 (R) Lincoln, Nebraska 2 February 1997
Tony Roventini[8] 28 (L) Greenfield, Wisconsin 9 November 1998
Vince Wood[9] 20 (R) Moreno Valley, California 29 September 1999
Robby Portalatin[10] 28 (L) Jackson, Michigan 28 December 2000
James Hylton[11] 28 (R) Salem, Oregon 2 May 2001
Jeff Campbell II[12] 22 (R) New Castle, Pennsylvania 12 June 2004
Darin Pomije[13] 30 (R) New Prague, Minnesota 9 December 2004
Robert Mushtare[14] 17 (R) Fort Drum, New York 5 December 2005
Lonnie Billiter Jr.[15] 24 (R) Fairfield, Ohio 13 February 2006
Robert Mushtare 18 (R) Fort Drum, New York 19 February 2006
Mark Wukoman[16] 50 (R) Greenfield, Wisconsin 22 April 2006
P.J. Giesfeldt[17] 24 (R) Milwaukee, Wisconsin 23 December 2006
Rich Jerome Jr.[18] 29 (R) Baltimore, Maryland 22 December 2008
Christ Aker[19] 47 (L) Winnemucca, Nevada 30 October 2009
Andrew Teall[19] 24 (R) Medford, New Jersey 2 November 2009
Andrew Mank[20] 22 (R) Belleville, Illinois 18 March 2010
William Howell III[21] 22 (L) Newburgh, New York 21 October 2010
Matt Latarski[22] 23 (R) Medina, Ohio 28 December 2010
Bob Kammer Jr[23] 41 (R) Crown Point, Indiana 8 January 2011
John Martorella Sr.[24] 28 (R) Greece, New York 12 April 2012
Jimmy Schmitzer[25] 18 (R) Norco, California 20 April 2012
James Williams[26] 47 (R) Wakefield, Rhode Island 16 April 2013
Joe Scarborough[27] 50 (R) Lady Lake, Florida 21 April 2013
Todd James[28] 31 (R) Laurel, Delaware 18 March 2014
Amos Gordon[28] 29 (R) Fort Carson, Colorado 15 April 2014

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amdur, Neil (1 July 2007). "Why a 900 Series Just Isn't What It Used to Be". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ 1982 Sports Illustrated article on Glenn Allison's 900 series
  3. ^ USBC concludes re-evaluation of Glenn Allison 900 series Bigham, Terry 22 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014
  4. ^ http://www.bowl.com/articleView.aspx?i=12065&f=1
  5. ^ http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5587606&ft=1&f=1021
  6. ^ http://www.bowlingdigital.com/bowl/node/12093
  7. ^ James Brooke (9 February 1997). "900 Reasons for Making The Bowlers' Record Book". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  8. ^ Vincent Malozzi (27 December 1998). "1998 IN REVIEW; Champions All, and All in Anonymity". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  9. ^ Leonard A. Ruble Jr. (5 December 1999). "900 Agai". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  10. ^ "Bowler rolls perfect 900 series". 30 December 2000. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  11. ^ "Oregon man bowls perfect series". USA Today. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  12. ^ "Collegiate Bowler Makes History, Finds Controversy in the Process". October 2004. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  13. ^ "Minnesota bowler seventh to roll sanctioned 900 series". 16 December 2004. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  14. ^ "Is 17-year-old Mushtare a bowling phenom or a phony?". 29 December 2005. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  15. ^ Josh Pichler (14 February 2006). "Ohio Bowler Rolls Perfect 900 Series". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  16. ^ Herbert Bickel (28 April 2006). "USBC Approves Wukoman's 900". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  17. ^ Gary D’Amato (23 December 2006). "Perfect gift: Bowler rolls 36 strikes for 900 series". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  18. ^ Larry Harris, ed. (13 January 2009). "Front Row: Rich Jerome: Mr. Perfection On The Lanes". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  19. ^ a b Herbert Bickel (18 November 2009). "Nevada, New Jersey bowlers roll 900 series three days apart". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  20. ^ USBC Communications (26 March 2010). "Illinois Bowler Rolls 900". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  21. ^ Matt Cannizzaro (8 November 2010). "New Yorker rolls USBC-approved 900 series". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  22. ^ Matt Cannizzaro (10 December 2010). "Ohio Bowler's 900 Series Now Official". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  23. ^ USBC Communications (9 January 2011). "Indiana bowler Rolls 900 Series". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  24. ^ Jay Notareschi (3 May 2012). "Greece resident John Martorella Sr. rolls 900 series". Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  25. ^ Bowling Digital (24 April 2012). "California teen becomes 20th bowler to roll 900 series". Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  26. ^ Bowl.com (17 April 2013). "Connecticut bowler shoots 900 series". Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  27. ^ Bowling Digital (22 April 2013). "PBA Senior rookie Joe Scarborough rolls first 900 series in PBA history". Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  28. ^ a b Bowl.com (19 March 2013). "900 series rolled in Delaware". Retrieved 15 April 2014.