Minnesota bowler seventh to roll sanctioned 900 series

Published: Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 3:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 16, 2004 at 4:34 a.m.

Another American Bowling Congress-approved 900 series was rolled last week, but this time, there were witnesses and it didn't come in a pre-bowl situation.

Darin Pomije, a 30-year-old proprietor bowling in his own house in New Prague, Minn., rolled three consecutive 300 games in the Fabulous Foursome League at Strike Force Bowl on Dec. 9, becoming the seventh person to roll an ABC-sanctioned 900 series.

"I threw the last ball on lane 2 and ran it out to lane 4," Pomije said. "Once the pins went down, I fell to the floor and started crying and laughing. Everyone mugged me. It was unreal. All I can say is that it's a dream come true."

You may note the comment, "Everyone mugged me." And as you may recall, the previous 900, rolled by Jeff Campbell II in Pennsylvania, was performed in a pre-bowl situation with no witnesses.

Pomije said he was somehow able to keep his nerves in check, even heading into the final frame.

"A lot of things went through my mind, but every time I went up there, my mind was pretty clear," he said. "I can't believe I wasn't nervous. I wasn't shaking or anything. I was just in a zone, I think. I'm probably more nervous today talking to everybody about it."

Pomije's previous high ABC-sanctioned series was an 822. He has rolled four 800 series, as well as 11 previous 300 games.

Walter Ray to join ABC Hall

In his first year of eligibility, American Bowling Congress Masters champion and 40-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala has been elected to the ABC Hall of Fame.

Selected on 116 of 125 ballots, Williams was the only candidate on the regular ballot who received the 70 percent majority required for election.

Williams won the 54th Masters in Reno, Nev., in January after finishing second the previous year. Having competed in 20 Masters, he holds a 210.8 average, which ranks sixth on ABC's lifetime average list.

Williams' 40 career PBA Tour titles ranks second behind the late Earl Anthony, who won 41 titles plus a pair of ABC Masters championships.

Williams is the PBA's all-time earnings leader with more than $3.4 million, and he has won at least one PBA Tour title in 12 straight seasons.

Williams will be inducted into the Hall during ceremonies March 17 in Baton Rouge, La. He'll be joined by fellow inductees Todd Savoy of Superior, Wis. (non-pro category), Bob Chamberlain of The Villages (veterans category) and Steve James of Fox Point, Wis. (meritorious service).

Pin-pou rri .

Pre ston Willis posted a perfect game in the middle of a 644 series in the PT Sports/W.G. Mills Inc. League at Sarasota Lanes.

A stubborn final-ball 10-pin caused Thomas Dybalski to settle for a 299 game (744 series) in the Lawns USA/Barrett's Electric League at AMF Venice, foiling his attempt to bowl a 300 in back-to-back weeks.

James Kilanowski fired a 298 game en route to a 741 series during a recent session of the Tuesday Night Scratch League at Treasure Lanes.

Adam Haberman pounded out a 298 game in the Superior Heating & Cooling League at AMF Venice.

Dan Farmer rolled a 298 game (666 series) in the Pluto Realty Mixed League at Sarasota Lanes.

Millie Irizarry blasted a 701 series on games of 254, 238 and 209 to raise her average to 216 in the Monday Night Ladies League at Treasure Lanes.

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