Mark Rogers just missed bowling the second 300 game of his career as he rolled a 299 game in the Galaxy Cash League on Monday. His last ball hit the rack a little high and left the four pin standing.
Rogers bowled the final 300 game recorded at the Maroon Lanes in March 2001. The Maroon Lanes closed in Feb. 2007.
This was the third time that Rogers missed perfection by one pin as he also rolled 299 games in Feb. 2001 and in July 2011.
Galaxy Cash League
As noted at the top of this column, Mark Rogers led this league with a 299 game on Monday. His near-perfect game was part of a 687 series.
Brandon Simpson rolled the high series at 710, and he rolled the second-best game for the night at 278.
A 600 series was also bowled by Matt Cracraft (695), Mike Hilvers (687), Bill Bowles (686), John Hickam (686), Matt Joyce (681), Aaron Rose (673), Todd Young (665), Terry Jackson (661), Andrew Magedanz (660), David Norman (659), Shawn Barton (607), J.J. Reisig (603) and Joe Bryant (602).
No-Tap Doubles League
In addition to regular strikes, nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.
Lewis Jones Jr. and Brandon Simpson bowled no-tap 300 games on Tuesday. This was the fourth no-tap 300 game of the summer for Jones Jr. and the third for Simpson.
The next-best games were 298 by Bobby Abrams, 277 by Steve McKnight, 266 by Charlie Harris and 265 by Lynn Estes.
Simpson also rolled the high series for the night at 808. This was his third 800 series of the summer.
A 700 series was bowled by Steve McKnight (787), Jones Jr. (770), Estes (737), Carl Daniels (731), Abrams (727), Bill Bowles (715) and Ron Roberts (705).
Sara Zuercher led the league’s ladies with a 265 game and 652 series. Sandy Reynolds bowled the second-best women’s game at 244, and Ellen Spurlock rolled the second-high women’s series at 644.
The next-best women’s games, after Zuercher and Reynolds, were rolled by Tina Hisle (238), Narita Rose (234), Spurlock (232), Sue Hegelmeyer (230) and Pam Bennett (228).
A women’s 600 series was also bowled by Rose (637), Novel Davis (625), Reynolds (624) and Hisle (611).
KSBA Jamboree this weekend
The 50th-annual Kentucky State Bowling Association Jamboree will he held at the Galactic Alley in Cynthiana on Saturday and Sunday.
This is a business meeting where representatives from the local Kentucky associations will make plans for the state tournament and annual meeting, which are scheduled for Paducah in November.
Bluegrass Games Bowling
The bowling competition at the 30th anniversary edition of the Bluegrass States Games will be held at the Eastland Lanes in Lexington on July 19 and 20.
There will be singles and doubles events for five age groups — 8 and under, 9-12, 13-19, 20-54 and 55 and older.
The bowlers in each group with the top four scores after three games will advance to the medal round and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.
The entry fee is $25 for one event or $35 for two events. Entry forms and details can be obtained at www.bgsg.org.
The deadline for entries by mail is July 15, but on-line entries will be accepted until July 17.
Medal winners at the 2014 Bluegrass Games will be eligible to participate in next year’s national games, which will be held in Lincoln, Neb., July 28 through Aug. 2, 2015.
Kulik is runner-up at Queens Tournament
Former Morehead State University bowler Kelly Kulik just missed winning the USBC Queens tourney for the third time last week. She had won this tournament in 2007 and 2010.
The tourney was held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno with a field of 178 bowlers from 11 countries. The finals were televised live on ESPN2 last Thursday.
Kulik was the fourth seed in the step-ladder finals and downed Missy Parkin 255-220, Jennifer Higgins 268-209 and Tannya Rouminger 248-137 to qualify for the championship final match against Maria Rodriguez from Columbia.
Kulik lost her high-scoring touch in the final match and lost to Rodriguez 190-189.
It appeared that Kulik had no chance to win when she left a 7-10 split in the ninth frame. However, Rodriguez failed to convert a 2-4-5-8 “bucket” spare in the 10th frame, which left Kulik a chance to win by bowling two strikes in the 10th frame.
Unfortunately, Kulik left the 10 pin with her first roll and had to settle for the $10,000 second-place money. Rodriguez took home the $20,000 winner’s share and the tiara.
This was the third time Kulik was the runner-up as she had also finished second in 2001 and 2009.
USBC to add mixed tournament
The USBC will hold a national tournament for mixed teams comprised of two men and two women in 2015. This new event will be bowled in conjunction with the USBC Women’s Championship tournament.
I had reported earlier that the U S Open and Women’s Championship would be held in El Paso, Tex. In 2015. The Open will be held in El Paso, but the Women’s Championship will remain in Reno next year. However, the tourney will move from the Reno Sparks Convention Center to the National Bowling Stadium.
This week’s top scores
Mark Rogers 299
Brandon Simpson 278
Matt Joyce 259
Mike Hilvers 258
John Hickam 247
Matt Cracraft 247
Bill Bowles 246
Aaron Rose 240
J. J. Reisig 240
Terry Jackson 232
Shawn Barton 226
David Norman 226
Todd Young 226
Charlie Jason 226
Andrew Magedanz 224
Daniel Cordial 222
Joe Bryant 219
Ray White 213
Bobby Abrams 212
Mark Walters 211
Gary Cromer 210
David Roop 209
Daniel Benge 200
Paul Miller 200
Kymmi Bowles 193