Dude! Bowler rolls perfect 900 series (that’s 36 straight strikes!)
It’s the ultimate in bowling: The perfect game. The 300. A dozen straight strikes … something so difficult, there’s no official record The Dude ever accomplished the feat.
But Hakim Emmanuel is no ordinary dude. No, when Emmanuel rolled his 12th straight strike, he was just getting started.
Last Thursday in Massachusetts, Emmanuel, who carries a 217 average in his league and claimed to have never rolled a 300 up to that moment, bowled not one, not two, but THREE straight 300s … the perfect series.
According to bowl.com, the accomplishment is still awaiting approval from the United States Bowling Congress; if it does, it will become the 27th USBC-approved 900.
Approval, it seems, shouldn’t be a problem. After all, it was a league game. And there’s video evidence:
"I’ve gotten close before, but I’ve never gotten that elusive 300," bowl.com quoted Emmanuel as saying, adding his previous high game in USBC-certified competition was 290 on two occasions. "The first one last night was one of those moments I’ll never forget. After that, I just told myself to stay in the game and stay focused."
"Toward the end of the second 300, in the back of my mind, I was wondering if it was real and if I could do it again," said the 38-year-old Emmanuel, who plays in the Patriots Doubles League at Westgate Lanes in Brockton, Mass. — a state which has never had a USBC-certified 900. "People stopped bowling as I entered the 10th frame of the last game, and I just reminded myself that I’d made it that far, so throw another good shot and see what happens."