Record for a Female Using Sip-and-Puff!
My friend and fellow Quad Squad member Rhonda Reese set a new record for
dynamic wheelchair bowling by a female driving her chair by
sip-and-puff. After not being able to bowl for about six months, Rhonda
shook the rust off her bowling game and bowled an impressive 170 --
beating her previous best by sizable margin -- nine pins!
Whenever we bowl, we have a friendly competition to try to have the top
game of the day, and after game one, Rhonda was in the lead with a 142,
ahead of both Lilian and me (the only Quad Squad Bowlers who could bowl
that day). I managed to take the lead with a 170 in game two, despite my
chair still being squirrelly (bowling a turkey, a.k.a. three consecutive
strikes, really helps:).
Rhonda is a bit of a deliberate bowler, and I finished three games by
the time she finished two. She was thinking of stopping, but I
said, "Rhonda, you haven't bowled in six months -- enjoy yourself and bowl
another game!" We were all rooting for Rhonda (we all cheer for everyone
to do well, but we especially wanted to see Rhonda bowl well because she
hadn't been able to bowl for a long time). To keep her company, I bowled
a fourth game alongside her. But I finished faster than Rhonda, and she
wound up being the ONLY person in Spanish Springs bowling!
It was too quiet, so I wanted to try to keep her from being nervous (she
already was, because she knew she had a good game going -- and it's her
nature to be nervous:). I was on
lane one, she was on lane two, and Lilian was also finished bowling on
lane three. So I asked Rhonda if I could distract her from being nervous if I
crossed over in front of her and went to cheer for her by Lilian. She
said "go for it" so I did, and I led the cheer, "Let's-go, Rhon-da" (clap clap,
clap clap clap; the "clapping" I did vocally, of course:) from lane 4,
but nobody was doing it with me (Jackie later said they didn't
want to make Rhonda nervous:). I was trying to break the silence and
tension and get Rhonda to relax a little.
It looked like Rhonda would fall a little short of her previous record
(161) until the 10th frame. She had 122 in the 8th frame and a spare in
the 9th (i.e. the potential to have 142 in the 9th and a chance to break
her record, if she rolled a strike with her first ball in the 10th). So
I said, "No pressure Rhonda, just three strikes -- just start with one!" :-)
Boom, STRIKE! :-)
And ANOTHER! :-)
After the double, she had 162 and another
ball. I said, "Rhonda, there's REALLY no pressure now, because you
already have a new record!" :-)
Rhonda replied, "Yeah, but I want to set it as high as I can -- so there's
still pressure!" (She was killing me with all the pressure talk!:)
Anyway, she got 8 with her last ball for a 170 and her entrance into THE
170 CLUB! WOOHOO! Way to go Rhonda! :-)
Afterward, she was pleased with her new record, but lamented, "But now I
have to break 170 to get a new record."
Dale, who caddied for Rhonda, was like, "Quit trying to find the dark
side of a silver cloud!" It was funny.
Good times. Here's her scoresheet:
P.S. We should have gotten
her scoresheet signed by a Spanish Springs employee (e.g. the person who
printed it) and by one of the many witnesses. But I witnessed it,
and her score is legit! No worries.
CONGRATULATIONS RHONDA! :-)
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 206 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT