“I always try to make adjustments, but they don’t always work. But, (during the tournament), I couldn’t even tell you what I was doing differently. Wherever I bowled, it seemed to be the right place. I’m not a professional bowler, and my bowling didn’t look pretty, but it worked out.”
— Jonathan Marks, 31, of Craig, on bowling a perfect 300 game Feb. 12 during the Craig City Tournament.
Sometimes luck is all an athlete needs to accomplish a rare achievement.
For Jonathan Marks, it was a case of beginner’s luck.
The greatest individual accomplishment a bowler can achieve is to bowl a perfect 300 game.
Marks’ father bowled for years, but never accomplished a 300 game.
But, on Feb. 12, during the Craig City Tournament at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, Marks, 31, threw a perfect game in only his fourth year bowling.
“Everything seemed to go my way,” Marks said. “About the ninth frame, I started to get really nervous, but I just kept putting the ball in the right place.”
Marks, who moved to Craig from Lafayette, La., to work at Sandrock Ridge Care & Rehab, said he thought bowling would be a great way to meet new people.
However, he said he never expected bowling to be more than “a stress reliever.”
“I had a buddy in Kiwanis who asked me a couple of years ago to bowl and I thought it sounded like fun,” Marks said. “I thought it would be a nice way to get out in the middle of the week and take a break.”
Marks said he averages between 160 and 170 per game, and while he has made adjustments to improve, he never dreamt he’d get around 300.
“I always try to make adjustments, but they don’t always work,” he said. “But, (during the tournament), I couldn’t even tell you what I was doing differently. Wherever I bowled, it seemed to be the right place.
“I’m not a professional bowler, and my bowling didn’t look pretty, but it worked out.”
As the strikes piled up during the tournament, Marks said people started leaving him alone.
And, so not to jinx himself, he didn’t talk about it.
“I’d say about the eighth frame, everyone started staying out of my way,” he said. “When the last pin went down, I just smiled, then yelled. It was an adrenaline rush for sure.”
After his celebration was over, Marks said he called his father to let him know about the perfect game.
Marks said he isn’t sure if he will ever bowl a 300 again, but that is what he loves about bowling — anyone can do something great on any given night.
“I never began bowling with a goal, just as something fun to do,” he said. “What makes bowling so fun is anyone can have a great night. There is always a chance I could bowl another perfect game, but I will keep having fun.”
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