Tough to beat

by Bob Johnson 0

Action continues this weekend in the Tulsa Area USBC City Championships, but nobody is expecting to bowl well enough to capture the doubles championship.

Reason: The score atop the doubles standings following last weekend's action is believed to be a new Tulsa city record.

It's 1604, and it was assembled by Pat Stinnett and Jeff McCratic as they bowled their doubles event at Sheridan Lanes.

Stinnett set the pace with an 805 set on games of 268, 278 and 259. McCratic "brought up the rear" with 799 on games of 258, 276 and 265.

Association manager Wes Thompson, who has been keeping tenpin records for nearly 40 years, told the Tulsa World, "I've seen 1500s, but I've never seen 1600s."

Added Thompson: "Nobody is going to touch that score."

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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