Jamie Brooks waited a long time for his chance to become a member of the 100,000-Pin Club at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships.

When the May 1 start date for the 2021 event was finalized, he was among the first in line to lock in his dates and times, which he hoped would be close to the beginning of the event so he could complete a journey that was six decades in the making.

The BPAA Hall of Fame member (as a recipient of the Victor Lerner Memorial Medal) was able to register for the second day of the tournament, and he etched his name in the tournament record book when he toppled his 100,000th pin during the final game of his Team event at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

When he went over the top, all competition at the Plaza was halted, as Tournament Director Duane Hagen and USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy presented Brooks with a crystal pin to commemorate the accomplishment.

“You know, I’ve had goals all the way through my life,” said Brooks, who made his first appearance at the 1957 American Bowling Congress Tournament in Fort Worth, Texas — the year automatic pinsetters debuted. “About 10 years ago, I knew I could get this, and the good Lord left me here long enough for me to do it.”

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