The Herald Bulletin

December 19, 2013

Female perfect games rare

The Herald Bulletin

---- — And then there was yet another. Another week and another perfect game. Only this time, it wasn’t a man and it wasn’t a youth, this time it was a female.

Tia Buckner rolled her first 300 game in the TNT league on Monday night at Cooper’s Sport Bowl. Buckner and her husband, Ryan, were matching each other strike for strike during the second game of the night.

Yes, competitiveness is a natural trait in the family. Tia carried it all the way out, while Ryan left a nine count on the 11th ball to finish with a 289 game. While both games are worthy of print, this time the female gets the win.

Females and perfect games are not a common theme in the bowling world. While doing some research, I found that there have only been a handful of 300 games rolled by women in the area. Not only is that elusive 300 game hard to come by for any gender, but on the female side, it is heard of even less.

Congratulations, Tia on a perfect game and for joining such an elite group of women in the area’s bowling world.

The Buckner name goes hand in hand with bowling in this area. Tia’s husband Ryan shot a perfect game earlier this season and her father-in-law, Terry, rolled his own a few weeks back. Only it doesn’t stop there. There is also a brother-in-law, cousins, uncles and just about every type of family member possible that bowls and is considered some of the area’s best.

Tia is one of the area’s better women bowlers in her own right so marrying into the Buckner family is just a natural fit.

High school bowling will be held tonight at Cooper’s Sport Bowl. Both the girl’s and boy’s will be in the same house starting at 5.

Junior varsity will be bowling this Saturday in Elwood at Wells Lanes. Start time is also at 5 p.m.

Tomorrow finishes off the first session of the area’s youth bowling season. The year-end banquet will consist of free bowling, a food buffet and all scholarship awards being presented. Also, sign-ups for the next session will be taken at this time.

Coming up in January, the Indiana Masters Tournament will be held on the 25th and 26th at Cooper’s Sport Bowl. This is an elite tournament and considered one of the best. It is an open format that includes some of the best from around the state and even bowlers from surrounding states. The winner will earn a spot into the USBC Masters Tournament.

Saturday starts with multiple squads of intense competition while Sunday cuts to the top 32 with double elimination match play. So, if you want to compete with the best or just want to see some top tier bowling, mark your calendars, get your entry in and get ready for some bowling.

From my family to yours, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!