Gilliland hits his second 300 of the summer; Gholson shoots 299
Larry Mason

July 19, 2005 - Thursday night's Men's Trio League produced some great scores this past week. Two individuals rolled honor games, Mike Gilliland and David Gholson. Gilliland shot the week's top game, a perfect 300, while Gholson recorded the second, a 299. Greenville's Doug Brann came within a pin of getting the week's third honor game, but had to settle for a 289. Joe Kirkpatrick shot this week's highest three game series, 761, as well as the summer's first four game series, a 1026. Four other men joined Kirkpatrick in shooting 700s, Gilliland, Ace Wiginton, Harold McClure and Jason Keller.

It appears that rolling perfect games is becoming somewhat routine for Mike Gilliland. Thursday night he rolled his second perfect score of the summer, the seventh of his bowling career. His 300 came in game three of Thursday's action. A 233 in game two and a 197 in game one preceded it. His three game series was a 730, ironically, his first 700 series of the summer. Mike's fourth game was a 195, which, when added to his 730, gave him a four game total of 925, his first 900 four game series of the season, as well. In all, Mike had a pretty good night, averaging a very respectable 231.

Gilliland raised his Thursday's average to 215, which moved him to tenth place on the high average list, while his 730 series moved him to eighth place on the high series list. Because Mike has thrown two perfect games this summer, he moved to the top of the high game list, ahead of the three other individuals who have tossed perfect games to date, Jason Keller, Mike Fletcher and Wayne Womack. Womack and Keller have come very close to recording multiple honor games, Keller shooting a 279, Womack 288 and 280.

David Gholson shot his first honor game of the summer on Thursday, 299. His ring winning game came in game four. His first three games were 181, 226 and 248. His three game series was a 655. Coupling this with his 299, he finished the evening with a 954 four game series, his first 900 of the summer. Dave's average is a 213, which places him in the NO. 12 position on the high average chart, a position he shares with Nevil Solomon and David Strain. Gholson's top series this summer is a 677, 22nd on the high series list. He is tied with Michael Carter. Dave's 299 honor game is the summer's second highest game, and in this category, he isn't tied with anyone. Gholson shot a 637 on Sunday.

Joe Kirkpatrick tossed the week's highest three game series, a 761, but he didn't stop there. Joe also rolled the season's highest four game total, a 1026. In the case of the former, Joe tossed games of 236, 279 and 246 to fashion his fourth 700 series of the summer. His series moved him into third place on the high series list. With regard to the latter, Kirkpatrick shot a 265 fourth game, which, when added to his 761, resulted in his shooting the center's first 1000 four game series of the summer, a 1026. That means Joe shot a 256 average for the day. Last year, the center recorded three 1000s, Cliff Whitney's 1024, Dave Gholson's 1016, and Darreyl Dixon's 1007.

Normally, Kirkpatrick's series would have grabbed this week's headline, but it was relegated to third place by virtue of Gilliland and Gholson's honor winning performances. As it is, Joe raised his average to 227, good enough to take over fourth place on the high average chart, and his 761 series moved him into third place on the high series list. Joe has tossed two 279 games this summer, which gives him claim to the number seven position on the high game chart. Three other individuals, Joe Callahan, Clinton Cline and Nevil Solomon share this spot with Kirkpatrick. Joe rolled a 694 series on Tuesday night and a 648 on Sunday.

Ace Wiginton brought in the third highest series of the week, posting a 715 series on Tuesday. He rolled games of 234, 256 and 225. Wiginton is averaging 209, placing him in 16th place on the high average list. His top series is this week's 715, which ranks 13th on the high series list. It is his first 700 series of the summer season. He finds himself in 10th place on the high game list with a 268. Ace shot a 633 series on Sunday night.

Harold McClure came through with our fourth highest series this week, a 708. It moved up to the 15th position on the high series list. It was Harold's first 700 series of the summer. In addition to his first 700, Harold fired a 223 in game four, to give him his first 900 four game series of the season, as well. McClure 708 raised his average to 214, which nudged him into 14th place on the high average list. He has a 258 high game so far this summer, which gives him claim to the NO. 14 slot on the high game list.

Last, but not least in the run to 700, was Jason Keller, who rolled games of 218, 262 and 214 to collect his fourth 700 series of the season. His fourth game, a 207, was enough to give Jason his third 900 four game series this summer, a 909. Keller is averaging 222, placing him sixth on the high average list. He owns the center's highest three game set for the summer, a 782. Keller is one of the four men who have thrown a perfect game this season. Jason rolled a 668 on Tuesday night, and had a 648 on Sunday.

Greg Pullen averages 211 and is in 14th place on the high average list. Thursday night, he rolled a 693 series comprised of games of 233, 204 and 256. His fourth game was a 222, which gave him a four game total of 915 for the evening. It is Greg's second 900 series this season. He has a season high 728 series, which locks him into 9th place on the high series listing. Pullen has a high game of 258, tying him with Harold McClure for 14th place on the high game list.

Joe Callahan averages 190 in Sunday's mixed league. This week, Joe had a little difficulty in his first two games, rolling a 167 in game one and a 176 in game two, both well below his average. However, he put it all together in game three, tossing his highest ever USBC sanctioned game, a 279. One pin is all that kept Joe from recording a ring winning score. His series for the three games was a 622, putting him 52 pins over average.

Sybil Galloway, who averages 151, put together games of 168, 192, and 181 on Sunday to finish the night with a 541 series and a 180 average. Sybil completed the night's action 88 pins above her normal series of 453. Sybil's performance was instrumental in her team's winning all four points that were up for grabs when the night's competition began.

Donnie Wooten is probably the most popular of all of our Thursday night men's league bowlers. This man has six pins holding his spine together, and has to bowl using a ten-pound ball. Well, last Thursday, Donnie shot his highest series in recent memory, a 510, giving him a three game average of 170. Donnie's current average is a 156, which expands to a 468 three game series average. For four games, his series average would normally be a 624. Thursday, Donnie shot his highest game of the summer in game four, a 207, allowing him to complete the night with a 717 four game series and a four game average of 179. He finished the night 93 pins over his four game series average.

Others who bowled well this week included: Wes Campbell (684 Tuesday/628 Thursday), Larry Stovall (675), Ricky Steele (664), David Strain (664 Thursday/628 Sunday), Robert Thompson (655), Duane Anspon (642), and Doug Brann (640).

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Larry Mason writes a weekly column on the bowling action at Classic Lanes. His column appears on Tuesday.

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