(April 21, 2013) Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C., rolled three consecutive 300 games, throwing 36 consecutive strikes, to start the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl at The Villages at Spanish Springs Lanes Sunday (April 21st), recording the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history. This 900 series also counts for the 23 recorded 900 in history.
Carolina man has rolled the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history — three straight perfect games.
The PBA said Monday that Norm Duke bowled three consecutive 300s in a standard PBA Tour event in 1996, but the performance didn't count as a 900 series because he ended one round with two perfect games and started the next round with the third.
Scarborough is a 50-year-old self-employed electrical contractor who was competing in his second event in the renamed PBA Senior Tour. He qualified 38th in the re-named PBA Senior Tour’s season-opener in New Port Richey, Fla. Joe threw another strike to start his fourth game, but his streak ended at 37 when he left a split on his 38th shot. Three straight sub-200 games then toppled him out of the lead and into a tie for 12th place.
Things did not get better on Monday, as Scarborough struggled to a 1652 eight-game total, and missed the cut to the top 32 players, finishing in a tie for 49th place.
For his 13 games after the 900, Scarborough averaged just 205. In comparison, the two-day leader, Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., was rolling at a 251 clip on the forgiving Cheetah pattern.
When all was said and done, a familiar face was in the winner’s circle: that of Walter Ray Williams Jr.
“I’m pretty surprised,” Scarborough said. “I had the shot, I took my time and it worked out. To be honest, no, I wasn’t nervous. I was pretending I was at home practicing, and I blocked out the crowd and focused on executing every shot.
“After the first three games, I moved to the other end of the house where the lanes were drier and I just couldn't get the ball down the lane the same way. It wasn't the pressure.
“It’s unbelievable, especially to be the first in the PBA to do it,” he added. Scarborough said his previous high three-game series was an 838 and he had 14 previous 300 games.
“It’s interesting that I used a different ball to start practice, but I switched (to a Storm IQ Tour Pearl) and I threw six strikes in a row to end practice. So I decided to start with that ball. I knew I had something good, but not this good.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done so far,” he added, “but I’ve still got work to do.”
Scarborough’s perfect start set PBA50 Tour records for consecutive 300 games (the previous record was two by Norb Wetzel of Fond du Lac, Wis., in Albany, N.Y., in 1998 and by Rohn Morton of Portland, Ore., in Tucson, Ariz., in 2005), and highest three-game series. He also tied the record for most 300s by an individual in a PBA50 Tour tournament, shared by Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska (Columbus, Ohio, 2010) and Bob Kelly of Dayton, Ohio (Mooresville, N.C., 2010).