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Tommy Gollick wasn’t really paying attention.

He tossed a few practice balls and went to work collecting money for high game pots and side action. Gollick was so preoccupied that when the lights came on for scoring, he forgot what he was doing and left a split.

The problem was corrected in fame 2, and Gollick struck. He struck again in frame 3. And again in frame 4.

Then, Gollick set records.

The 32-year-old left-hander, who resides in Oberlin, finished the first game with 279 before popping three consecutive 300 games for an 1,179 total while competing in the Summer Scratch Singles League at Red Crown Bowling Center Tuesday night.

Gollick finished with 47 straight strikes, a national record for most consecutive strikes according to the United States Bowling Congress website. The previous mark was 40, set in 1986 by Washington’s Jeanne Naccarato.

“The best way to describe it is disbelief,” said Gollick, holder of two PBA East Region titles. “It seems so unreal that you would carry 47 strikes in a row.

“I’ve had 300 and shot 800s, but I’m not one that genuinely posts zip codes. I’ve had my share of hot streaks, but this was crazy.”

There have been 13 sanctioned 900 sets. Unfortunately for Gollick, he won’t be listed in that illustrious group because his occurred in the last three games of a four-game block.

“I don’t care what we bowled on, that’s 47 in a row…that’s ridiculous,” said Gollick, who has 41 perfect games and 21 800 sets. “Those are the rules, and it doesn’t bother me a bit.

“A night like that will never happen again. Of course, I can’t say that because I never thought it would happen once.”

Gollick did surpass the Red Crown record for highest series with his first three games, which was 879. His four-game block is the second highest recorded in the United States. Tom Jordan, of Union, N.J., owns the record with an 1,198 total.

This mark didn’t come easy. Using a Storm Invasion, he didn’t have to move his target but did make subtle changes to his feet and with hand positions to handle the lane transition. From there, it was repetition and dealing with pressure.

He blasted the first 300 no problem Then, he polished off strikes 24 through 35, breaking the house record of 878 and adding his name to Red Crown lore.

“The second ball in the 10th frame of the second game was probably the hardest of the night,” Gollick said. “One of the biggest things was getting the house record. It’s something that I hadn’t done in my career.“

Gollick couldn’t have felt better about his accomplishment. He had back-to-back 300s and a house record, two more goals to cross off the list.

But three 300s? Gollick never considered the feat. It was as he put it “impossible”.

“I knew I would leave a single pin, a split or make a bad shot,” he said. “The thought of rolling a third 300 never crossed my mind.

“But the ball kept carrying. It read the front and was still holding pocket. I figured I would stay put and throw it a little firm. Once I did that, I was able to dial in.”

Gollick kept striking and other players took notice. He started to get a little nervous in the 10th frame of Game 4, and yet, he still got it off his hand, crushed the pocket and blasted 10 pins into the pit on the first two shots.

On the last ball of the night, he could barely keep his legs under him. Gollick even balked twice and had to restart his delivery.

But it didn’t stop him from completing this memorable string. One that will have him in the record books for a long time.

“I figured I had 46, why not 47?,” Gollick said. “It hasn’t sunk in yet. I think once it goes through USBC and gets approved, then I will be like, OK, it happened. It was a surreal night. I did it and can’t even believe it.”