Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Once Not Enough for Graham

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Once Not Enough for Graham

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Jim Graham has been on a roll the past two weeks.

First, the left-hander posted his 16th career 300 game in the Cassat/Batt Bowl Mixed Scratch League. A week and a half later, Graham bowled No. 17 in the Jax Classic League at Jax Lanes Grove Park.

To top it off, Graham's second perfect game was part of an 828 series, the 10th 800 series of his career. But it fell short of his personal best (835), and the house series record at Jax Lanes Grove Park (834 by Victor Smith).

After rolling the 300, Graham started the second game by leaving a solid 9 pin in the first frame and a solid 7 pin in the second. After he converted those two spares, he had a strike in the third frame before leaving another 7 pin in the fourth frame. He converted that spare and then struck out the rest of the way for a 259.

In the final game, Graham started by leaving a solid 8 pin and converting the spare in the first frame. Then he reeled off eight consecutive strikes before leaving a 6 pin on the first ball of the 10th frame.

"I tugged that shot and it cost me the house high-series record." Graham said. He converted the spare and finished with another strike for a 269 and an 828 series.

"It's great to roll an 800 series, but it's frustrating knowing that I had the chance at the house record and I just didn't execute the shot," he said. In addition to his collection of 800 series and 300 games, Graham has five 299 games and four 298s.

Graham was inducted into the Greater Jacksonville Bowling Association (GJBA) Hall of Fame during the 1998-1999 bowling season on merit of achievement. The 18-year veteran bowls in two leagues and has a composite 225 average.

LIMER ROLLS FIRST 300 -- Roger Limer rolled his first perfect game last week in the Independent Men's League at Cassat/Batt Bowl on Jacksonville's Westside. The righthander started the night with a 223 game before flushing the pocket with all twelve shots.

"I have to thank Tommy Nevitt for that 300 game,'' Limer said. "Years ago he told me when I get in the position for a 300 game to move inside on my approach two boards on the final shot, and it worked. …

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