Cross off another historical mark for the PBA this season. Joe Scarborough of Charlotte, N.C. bowled the league’s first 900 three-game series at the PBA50 event in The Villages, Fla., opening with 37 straight strikes. Scarborough broke the record for most consecutive 300’s in a senior event, highest three-game series and tied the mark for most 300’s in a PBA50 tournament.
Scarborough also shattered a long standing PBA record held by Jim Tilton, who opened the 1985 Molson Golden Bowling Challenge with 23 straight strikes. He ended up averaging 205 for his final 13 games and tied for 49th with a 223.3 average.
He spoke about the record to the Charlotte Observer,
“I’m pretty surprised,” Scarborough said. “I had the shot, I took my time and it worked out. To be honest, no, I wasn’t nervous.”
Scarborough was also competing in his second event in the renamed PBA Senior Tour. He said his previous high three-game series was an 838 and he had bowled 14 prior 300 games. As well, Scarborough was a PBA member from 1991 to 2001 and twice bowled in standard PBA Tour events. He rejoined when he turned 50 in October.