That should come as a surprise to absolutely no one given how often the boys and I are at the bowling alley. Sean has been working at Richmond’s Lucky 9 Lanes (formerly The Zone) for the past 6 months, so he’s there two or three times a week.
Then there’s Jacob – the 3-time provincial medalist (he has two silver medals and one bronze medal as he chases that elusive gold). He fell in love with bowling as soon as he tried it.
And of course there’s me. I love playing, although my form and technique leave a lot to be desired; I’m just trying to regularly out-bowl my weight.
It’s pretty well-known (mostly because I keep reminding everyone haha) that Jake won the silver medal for his age group in the Provincial Bowling Championships last month in Kelowna. That means he’s the second-best 11 year-old boy bowler in BC!
Needless to say, we’re very proud of him. Especially considering that he really only started bowling last September. So to go from a beginner to a silver medallist in just seven months is quite an accomplishment.
Believe it or not, bowling is an extremely mental game. To do well you need good concentration, you need to adjust to lane conditions, and you need to be able to block out distractions.
This afternoon, I took the kids bowling at The Zone in Richmond. It was some good family time after being away all of last week for YouthLeader. I had a decent first game (scoring 161) and with a strong finish to the game, I was looking forward to an even better second game.
I’d say I’m a good (not great) bowler. My average score is about 150 or so, and my best game ever is 227. As anticipated, I got off to a great start in my second game, getting 3 consecutive strikes for a game-opening turkey. I was hopeful of breaking my all-time high score.
Then, it all changed….just seconds before I was about to start my fourth frame.