with MD Enters 200 Club with a 201 & 213!
On October 10, 2009, my friend Alex McDonald became the fourth IKAN User
(to my knowledge) to bowl 200 or better! That day Alex bowled a
201 to join the 200 Club -- and just two weeks later -- Alex bowled a 213 to up the record for male wheelchair users
with muscular dystrophy! :-)
Alex has been really consistent (and good) at picking up spares. But
he's had trouble getting strikes relatively often, partly because his
ball wouldn't hook how he wanted it to. Well, on October 10th, our
fellow Quad Squad member Rhonda Reese brought Jeff Parker's old ball up
for Alex to try (for those who don't know, our Quad Squad friend Jeff
Parker passed away at the age of 37 from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy;
Alex also has Duchenne MD, but he's only 17 -- and may he have a long,
healthy life with the Good Lord's blessing and all the advances being
made in medicine). On the below scoresheet, you can see Alex was trying
to get familiar with Jeff's ball in the first game.
Maybe it was the cosmic Duchenne connection (maybe Jeff was there,
kicking over some pins) I don't know, but Alex sure got familiar with
Jeff's ball in the second game. As the scoresheet shows, Alex had four
strikes in the 10 frames, including a double over the 8th and 9th. Since
Alex was already extremely comfortable with his ball for spares, he kept
using it whenever he didn't have a strike, and he picked up every spare
in his second game, which led to a mighty good 201 -- and Alex's
entrance into the 200 Club.
I would've loved to have been there to watch and cheer Alex on, but my
wheelchair batteries were almost completely dead when I got in my chair
that afternoon, so I couldn't go bowling.
But I saw Alex's 213 game -- and it was exciting!
Alex opened with a spare -- and then FIVE STRAIGHT STRIKES -- and the
record watch was ON! After his fourth frame (so he had a spare, followed by a
turkey) I'm thinking, "Alright Alex! This has a good chance to be another
After another strike, and ANOTHER, my eyes were getting big and I was
thinking, "Look out Jon Musgrave!" Jon is the overall world record holder
in dynamic wheelchair bowling with a 243 (available
HERE). Alex followed the five
straight strikes with another spare in the 7th frame, but unfortunately
he missed his spare attempt in the 8th frame. He spared in the ninth,
but didn't spare in the 10th. The final tally was 213 -- an impressive
score for just about anyone, able-bodied or not.
I must point out an odd similarity between Alex's best game and my best
game (mine is 221; available
HERE). We both had two open frames (i.e. two frames without
a spare or strike) -- AND we both missed two single-pin spares in those
open frames. It's amazing that we both scored as high as we did,
considering we each had two open
frames, and the irony is we usually pick-up those single-pin spares when
we're bowling well.
Alex had no open frames in his 201 game, and I have also bowled a 201
with no open frames. The fact that we both had two open frames in
our highest games, shows the power of consecutive strikes.
For any IKAN User who wants to join the 200 Club, I highly suggest
trying out different bowling balls until you find one that has a pretty
good amount of break (curve) that you can hook into the headpin. I
elaborate on how to do that and more with my blog entry titled, "Keys
and Tips for Dynamic Wheelchair Bowling" available
Here's Alex's 201 scoresheet:
Alex's 213 scoresheet:
If you're curious, Alex's previous best was 195, available
CONGRATULATIONS ALEX! :-)
Bill Miller :-)
C1-2 Quadriplegic with a 221 High Bowling Game
Co-founder of Manufacturing Genuine Thrills Inc. d/b/a MGT