One tough couple

by Bob Johnson 0

Attention, bowling couples: You may want to think twice about challenging Jim and Anita Murtishaw to a match.

Bowling together in league play at Cal Oaks Bowl in Murrieta, Calif., Jim connected for an 811 series, while Anita pummeled the pins for a 778 set.

You don't need a calculator (or, perhaps like us, you do) to figure out that the duo totaled 1589 — not bad at all for a mixed doubles total.

Although she was outscored for the session, Anita was the center of attention early on as she began with a 300 game, then extended her string of strikes to 18 during game 2. She wound up with 242 that game, and finished the session with 236.

Jim got 11 pins above the 800 plateau by rolling games of 265, 274 and 268.

Jim may have outscored Anita on this particular night, but Anita still owns career bragging rights in the Murtishaw family. Her all-time high series is 848; Jim's is 847.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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