Left-hander Bob Rudnick of Lancaster bowled an 888 series Wednesday night at Spare Time Bowling Center. It is believed to be the highest three-game total ever in Western New York.
It beat by two pins an 886 bowled by the late Allie Brandt in 1939, which stood as a national record for many years and was still considered the record for Western New York.
Rudnick, 52, who works at Lowe's in Williamsville, was bowling with his brother, Dave, and Larry Menard in the Miller Lite 3-Man League. He began with his third career 300, then left a 10-pin on his last ball in the second game for a 299. Rudnick began the third game with 10 strikes, left a 7-pin on his 11th ball and picked it up for his 289.
It was the first career 800 series for Rudnick.
"With 599 after the second game I obviously was thinking about 800," Rudnick said.
"I was shocked as you are," Rudnick added. "You always think a lot about having one of those nights but you don't expect it. Tonight it showed up.
"I got a couple of breaks [with light hits] early but the more the night went on the better I was rolling the ball. I had no crossover strikes. The 10-pin in the second game was a little light but the 7-pin was a solid pocket hit.
"I was bowling nice and easy. We're leaving Friday to go to the [USBC Open in Corpus Christi, Texas] and I concentrated hard on hitting spots because down there you've got to make good shots."
The two Rudnicks combined for a 1,599. Their team total was 2,248.
According to the USBC Bowling Encyclopedia, Rudnick's total would be a three-game record in 30 states. The New York State record is 898 by William Young of Homer in 2004. There are several 900 series on record that stand as the USBC record for a three-game series.
Women make history
History was made in Taylor, Mich., on Wednesday when two women qualified for a Denny's PBA Tour standard event for the first time. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga and Cathy Dorin-Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, finished third and fourth, respectively, in the qualifying round for the Ace Hardware Championship at Taylor Lanes. Johnson had 1,532 pins (218.85 average) for the seven-game round. Dorin-Lizzi totaled 1,497 (213.85). Amateur Bob Goergen of Midland, Mich., fired a 225 in his final game to become the top qualifier with 1,547 (221.0).
The top four PBA members plus the top amateur (Goergen) qualified for today's 64-bowler field.