Sue Olson, who came up short on a quest for an 800 earlier this season, reached the goal last month and became the third person in the Green Bay Area USBC Women's Bowling Association to record two 800s.
The 823 on games of 267, 277 and 279, bowled March 21 in the Thunderwhales League at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley, was the 11th recorded by a woman in the history of the GBWBA and the first since Olson topped the barrier with an 810 on April 7, 2011.
Despite having 544 after her first two games and needing only a 256 in the final, Olson said, "I didn't even think about it. I try not to."
In her final game, she opened with eight strikes, spared in the ninth frame and struck out for the 279.
"After the first eight (strikes) I kind of knew (I had it)," she said. "I was throwing the ball really well, but I knew I needed at least two more marks. Then I left a 10-pin in the ninth but I picked it and then struck out."
Earlier this season, Olson missed a 10-pin on a spare shot and had to settle for a 781 series, also in the mixed men and women's Thunderwhales. The 781 was the highest in the GBWBA this season until she shot the 823.
She became the third woman to have two career 800s series in the association, joining Kim Hoffmann and Laura Fruzen.
Hoffmann had an 814 in 1997 and an 826 in 2001 while Fruzen shot 805 in 2002 and 814 in 2005. Both of Hoffmann's series came in the now-defunct Riviera Masters. Fruzen's 805 was in the Masters and the 814 in the Willow Creek Classic Couples.
Olson's 823 is the third highest score in association history behind an 844 by Jessica Smits bowled in the GBWBA City Tournament at the Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in 2007 and Hoffmann's 826.
Her chances of getting a third this season are running out because the season is nearing an end, but she said, "Just have to see how the ball goes, and if not, we'll see what happens in my summer league."
Bowling grant: West De Pere's Westwood Elementary is one of six schools in the nation to receive a bowling kit through the United States Bowling Congress' Bowling Foundation.
The kits, valued at $1,200, include six carpeted bowling lanes, rubberized balls and pins and an instructional DVD to assist coaches and teachers in introducing and instructing bowling.
Foundation President Nancy Schenk said, "It is always a joy to award these grants to students and schools in need. Bowling is an American pastime and one of the few sports you can do your entire lifetime."
The Foundation awards these kits to public and private schools K-8 or nonprofit organizations serving youth grades K-8.
Other schools receiving kits this year are in Flint, Mich.; Farmingdale, N.Y.; Lake Forest, Ill.; Nashville, Tenn.; and New Orleans.
Firsts: Roger Vandenlangenberg, Ashwaubenon Saturday Odd Couples, had his first national honor count with a 703. ? Tricia Spencer, Riviera Monday Night Swingers, topped the 600 mark for the first time with a 625.