From staff reports
Never let it be said that Glory Days Magazine’s bowling team, nicknamed “Rolling Thunder”, ducks a challenge. Facing tough opponents is what the King Pin-Glory Days Bowling Challenge is all about, after all.
For the past three winters, the staff at Glory Days, in conjunction with King Pin Bowling & Entertainment Center as the host lanes, has been challenging high school athletes and coaches to bowling contests once per month. The season runs from November or December until April, and Rolling Thunder came into the 2017-2018 season with an all-time record of 10-2, it’s only defeats coming to the Egg Harbor Township High bowling team and the Upper Township Challenger League.
This year, the Glory Days staff decided to schedule one of its toughest matches ever to kick off the season, as Rolling Thunder challenged a couple of staffers at King Pin, David and Jim. It went how you might have expected, as the King Pin staff handed Glory Days just its third loss ever, as Jim rolled a 392 two-game series to grab top honors. Bill Lynskey, Director of Advertising at Glory Days, kept Rolling Thunder in it and finished in second place with a 326 series, including a solid 165 in the second game. David came in third with a 305 despite not having bowled in more than a year, and Glory Days Publisher Dave “Sully” O’Sullivan was fourth with a disappointing 229.
“Thankfully, Lynskey kept us in it deep into the second game, because my game was way off. I was able to straighten out a few shots and finish with some strikes, but overall it was a bad performance,” Sully said. “Give Jim credit though, he was on fire, especially with that 211 in the first game. At that point we knew keeping our winning streak going wasn’t going to be easy.”
Lynskey had four strikes in two games, but stayed in contention by picking up spares in nearly every frame. He failed to pick up the spare in just five of 20 frames.
Jim came out on fire, striking in four of the first six frames, and he finished the night with an impressive 11 strikes. David picked up a pair of strikes to finish the first game with a 144, then nailed four more in the second game to post a 161.