Record for Wheelchair Bowlers with Muscular Dystrophy!
My friend and fellow Quad Squad Bowler, 17-year-old Alex McDonald topped
his previous best (192, link below) with an impressive 195 at our recent
Quad Squad outing. In doing so, he raised the bar for others with
Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and increases his World Record for Dynamic
Wheelchair Bowling for Bowlers with MD.
And he humbled me in the process! See, Alex and I -- and all of
the Quad Squad -- have a friendly rivalry, and compete for top score of
the day. But neither I nor any other Quad Squad Bowler could keep
pace with Alex a few weeks ago. (And if you read previous blog
entries about my poorly driving wheelchair, it is fixed and that wasn't
the problem; I just struggled for some reason.)
I want to highlight a few points about Alex's scoresheet (which is
below) in particular, his final three games (the first game was a
warm-up and he had splits-itis).
In Alex's final three games, his average score was 182.33 and he
averaged 8.33 marks per 10 frames. In those three games, i.e. 30
frames, Alex only had a total of three frames in which he had non-split
open frames (splits are indicated by a circle on the scoresheet).
In theory, every non-split (that isn't a strike) becomes a spare attempt
that a "really good bowler typically converts."
Alex converted 2 of 3 in his second game, 4 of 5 in his third game, and
5 of 6 in his fourth game. And just for the heck of it, Alex
converted two splits into spares (one of them was the nasty 6-7-10,
which he converted beautifully; ok, I just checked the scoresheet and it
shows no converted circled-7, which means the machine scored
inaccurately, which can happen if a pin moves far enough from its usual
position without falling over, or it was the 6-10 split, which is
converted the same way as the 6-7-10 -- BUT it doesn't really matter
because that was in game four, not Alex's MD record 195 game; click
HERE to see a 6-7-10 split setup and
how Alex converted it).
Altogether it was some high quality bowling by Alex -- AND great to see
-- especially since Alex is about to start varsity bowling for his high
school! The IKAN Bowler® is sanctioned for league and tournament
play by the USBC, so Alex can compete with his able-bodied classmates on
their bowling team.
I hope the high quality bowling Alex demonstrated below continues and/or
improves when he's in high school competition.
If you'd like to see Alex's previous high of 192, click
Here's Alex's latest record scoresheet:
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 206 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT