The Thursday Night Men's League at Indian Hills Bowl met for its fourth session on Sept. 14, and it was quite a night, as Bud Gustafson rolled his way to a near-perfect game.
Gustafson's first game was 191, his second 196, and after 11 perfect strikes, he left the number 4 and 10 pins, for a total of 298 pins, missing a perfect 300 by two pins.
His 685 series gave him a 228 average for the night.
Scores of 298, 299 and 300 are considered "honor scores" by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and members bowling these scores in a sanctioned league are entitled to either a ring, plaque or watch, commemorating the date of their achievement as well as having their name and score permanently recorded at the Bowlers Hall of Fame in St. Louis.
Pending approval by USBC, his score and 8-inch by 10-inch photo will be added to the Indian Hills' "Wall of Fame."
Gustafson is 64 years old and moved to the area in December 2005 from Brainerd, Minn.
He stated that he used to maintain an average in the 220s years ago, but when his performance steadily diminished over the years he quit for about five years before recently moving to Cherokee Village.
He also stated that, although he has rolled a perfect game once in his lifetime, he has never rolled an honor score in a sanctioned league before.
The Indian Hills USBC Bowling Association, which last year had 121 members, is chartered as a nonprofit corporation by the United States Bowling Congress.