A new name will be added to the 300 Club at Bowlaway Lanes this week, after Andrew Williams bowled a perfect game amidst a crowd of cheers. Williams’ streak of 12 perfect frames makes him the 12th member of the prestigious club.
Williams said he was particularly surprised at the outcome of his game because he was at a disadvantage; not only was he not planning on bowling that day, but he was suffering from a knee injury as well.
“I was asked Tuesday night if I could bowl with the team Wednesday, but I had a hurt knee, so I figured I’d sit it out,” Williams said. “Then I got a call from Estill Shepard around 1 o’clock asking if I could fill in since one of their guys called off, I figured I might as well since we got off work early, so I was feeling pretty good.”
As the game went on, however, the excitement began to build. After seven straight strikes, Williams began to realize that a perfect game was within his grasp.
“About the seventh frame is when I looked and realized I kept having them all strung together, and I was like, ‘Well I have a pretty good chance of throwing a perfect game,’ and then I just kind of relaxed a little bit and ended up finishing it off,” he said.
He rolled another strike for the eighth, and they just kept coming. Williams said he was almost afraid to look back.
“When I picked up my ball, I didn’t look back because I thought there might have been a big crowd but I didn’t want to jinx myself and get nervous. So, I just kinda did my thing, kinda got like a little lane-vision-type thing going on,” he said.
On that final frame, Williams knew he had drawn a crowd. As he approached the lane, right on the verge of bowling the prestigious perfect game, disaster nearly struck.
“On that 12th one and I threw it, my knee kind of gave in so I went down, but when I looked back I saw everyone on the approach yelling, cheering, giving me high-fives and hugs,” said Williams.
Williams has been bowling for about six years, having started in the Young American Bowling Alliance when he was 15 years old. He said he’s always been a huge fan of bowling after practically growing up in a bowling alley while his sisters and other family would bowl in Culver. He occasionally got to bowl a bit, but he said he developed a passion for it and finally got into it when he was 15.
Williams said he usually averages a 205 game, and his highest before this unbelievable record was 289.
With this feat behind him, Williams says a professional bowling career is not out of the question.
“I’m going to start hitting up more tournaments and stuff like that and see where I can go,” he said.