Jim Zima bowling column: Johnson's near misses add up to 299 record

12:51 AM, Mar. 25, 2013  |  Comments
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Rory Johnson could have tied the Green Bay-Bay Area USBC Bowling Association record for most 300 games in a season, but instead he tied the record for 299 games in a season. And with the season's end a month away, he could claim sole possession of the mark.

The GBBA record for 300 games in a season is eight while the record for 299 games in a season is four.

Johnson has four 300 games and four 299 games this season. But for a 4-pin - make that four 4-pins - Johnson would have eight perfectos.

Jeff Lee and Alex Young share the record for 300s in a season. Lee did it three times, in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08, while Young did it in 2010-11.

With his four 299s, the 33-year-old Johnson shares the mark with Tim Thyes (1994-95), Young (2003-04), who got all of four in a three-week span, and Lee, who did it in 2005-06 and 2007-08.

Getting 299s - or 300s - is nothing new for Johnson.

The four 299s this season give him a career total of nine, not even close to Mike LaFave's career mark of 22. Johnson's four 300s give him a career total of 17, again not close to career leader LaFave, who has 82 (including three this season).

In recalling this year's 299s, Johnson said, "I believe on the first one I came up heavy (on the head pin) and the other three I came up light. The ball slides a little bit, but they were all good (pocket) shots."

Three of the 299 games came in Riv's Rowdies, an every-other-week couples league at Riviera Lanes, on Nov. 24, Dec. 22 and Feb. 16. The last one was in the Riviera Golden Guys on Feb. 27.

Three of his 300s came in the Golden Guys on Oct. 17, Nov. 28 and March 13 and the other was on Jan. 5 in the Rowdies.

The 300 on March 13 was especially pleasing to Johnson.

"I wanted to have just as many 300s as I have had 299s, and getting that one tied it up," he said.

Johnson doesn't believe nervousness on the 12th ball was the reason for his 299 games.

"Even after you have had a 300, you are still a little nervous," he said, "but I have had quite a few (USBC) honor counts (800s, 300, 299, 298), so I don't think I was that nervous. But it never comes easy."

In addition to his 300 and 299 honor counts, Johnson has two 800 series this season, an 805 on Nov. 17 in the Golden Guys and an 815 in the Rowdies on Nov. 24, and nine for his career.

Johnson is averaging 238 in the Golden Guys and 242 in Riv's Rowdies.

Xbowling: Sports Challenge Network is partnering with United States Bowling Congress to provide its Xbowling feature to the USBC open and women's championships going on in Reno, Nev.

Xbowling, a free app that allows bowlers using smart phones or other devices to compete with each other remotely, has created a special Tournament Edition of the app for the USBC championships.

The Tournament Edition will include real-time tournament scores, a player stats package, competitive side-games and leader board challenges.

The new technology will allow fans to track games frame-by-frame along with tournament standings and other statistics, all of which will be available through the Xbowling app or online at www.xbowling.com.

Xbowling is the bowling industry's first mobile-based sports challenge platform that offers ways to connect and compete regardless of skill level and from any location. Xbowling ties directly into the scoring systems of technologically enabled bowling centers and allows bowlers to connect with other players around the world. The app is available free from the Apple Store and Google play.

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