Miller's 224 and 15th 200 Game -- and 585 Series
Central Florida Quad Squad Bowling outing on January 28th, I bowled my
highest score to date -- a 224 -- which is a new record for wheelchair
users who operate their chairs by sip-and-puff (mouth control). I also
bowled my highest series of three games -- 179, 182, and 224 for a 585
series -- and the 224 was my 15th game of 200 or better.
Many people have bowled that well before -- but I happen to be a C1-2
quadriplegic who is paralyzed from my neck down and ventilator
dependent. And using an IKAN Bowler (which is legit because it's
sanctioned by the USBC) I've now had a 200, four 201s, two 202s, a 203,
205, 206, 210, 212, 221, 223 and 224.
Here's my scoresheet and commentary is below:
Peggy, Aaron, and I were the three Quad Squad Bowlers / IKAN Users on
this day, and we were assisted by volunteer caddies from
LovExtension (Connie, Pat, Nancy, and Linda, who caddied my 224
game:). Peggy did well, considering it has been a couple months since
she bowled, and Aaron did well too, considering he was using a brand new
ball for the first time. We all had fun -- it's always a festive
environment with a combination of caddies, caregivers, family and
friends cheering us on.
I started out very well, bowling a 179 in my first game, and having only
two open frames (a frame with no spare or strike). I managed to stay hot
in game 2, bowling a 182 with just one open frame.
So, after just three open frames out of the twenty frames in my first
two games, I actually had two open frames halfway through my third game
and was sitting on 77 after the 5th frame. That doesn't sound like a
start that would beat
my previous high game of 223.
But when you roll six-consecutive strikes, the score adds up fast! :-)
Bowling is always fun, even if I don't score so high. But my goal is
goal is to have a 500 (or better) series each time I bowl, which is a
166.7 average (or better). That's pretty solid bowling, because such an
average usually requires us to have 8 or 9 marks (spares and strikes
combined) out of 10 frames. I say that because we have limited ball
speed (6 mph) compared to able-bodied bowlers (adult males usually
average 15-20 mph ball speed) and the difference equals less "pin
action" at impact. That means it's harder for us IKAN Users to get
strikes. So I was certainly blessed to get six in a row.
Though I'm quite happy to have bowled 224, a small piece of me is
"kicking myself" because had I made the two single-pin spares in my
first and 5th frames, and then finished how I did, my score would've
been a 246 -- and would've topped
Jon Musgrave's 243, which is the overall world record for
bowling dynamically (IKAN style).
See, wheelchair users can be competitive too.
All glory to God.
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 224 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT