Jeremy Sonnenfeld of Sioux Falls, S.D. made bowling history on Feb. 2,
1997 when he became the first person ever to roll three sanctioned perfect games
in a three-game series. He was not the first person to shoot a 900 series. But it was
the first recognized by ABC. ABC has relaxed their criteria for sanctioning scores
in the past few years.
On Nov. 9, 1998, Tony Roventini of Greenfield, Wis., bowled a sanctioned perfect series performed
in league competition. Roventini, then 28-years-old, many agree that the format of league bowling is a much
more difficult situation under which to record such a feat.
He bowled his way into the record book while participating in the Variety Club Midwest Challenge League
at Classic Lanes in Greenfield, Wis.
The left-handed Roventini, the leadoff bowler for his Pro World team, finished the night with
a career record of 18 games of 300, 6 series of 800 (high=857) and 1 series of 900.
20-year-old Vince Wood of Moreno Valley, Calif. was the third kegler to stroke a sanctioned perfect series and
the first to perform the feat in a mixed league. His Vegas Express Mixed League teammates in the Sept. 29, 1999 effort at
Cadillac Bowl in Moreno Valley included his mom, Loretta, and his dad, William. He finished the night with a career record of 17 sanctioned 300s, 11 800s and 1 900.
The American Bowling Congress (ABC) has had at least six other reports of 900 series being bowled in
its 100+ year history. None were approved either because the league or tournament had not agreed to be
governed by the ABC prior to the event or because the lane conditions did not satisfy ABC standards.
By todays ABC rules a bowler may no longer be penalized, after the fact, due to improper lane dressing application.
Those known to have unsanctioned 900s were:
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Scores for three consecutive perfect games have been approved on two other
During a December 1993 tournament,Troy Ockerman,
Owosso, Mich., blasted four 300 games - all on the same day. Three
of those games, covering two different events, were consecutive. His
string of at least 36 in-a-row ties him for the men's record for the most
Also sharing the 36 in-a-row record is professional bowler
Norm Duke. During an April 1996 PBA tournament held
in North Brunswick, N.J. Duke had three consecutive perfect games. His effort
was over the course of two squads and not in a single series.
Others who have made strike history include:
With a string of 40 in-a-row, LPBT champion Jeanne
Naccarato - Maiden of Tacoma Wash, is recognized as the most prolific stringer
of strikes in history. She had 33 consecutive strikes in an 864 series, then
started off her next game with seven more. Wow!
In 1989, Tom Jordan of Paterson, NJ, slammed
46 of a possible 48 strikes while establishing ABC records for a four game
series with 1,198 and for three games with 899. Jordan twice had strings
of 23 in-a-row in bowling 300-299-300-299.
His accomplishment bested the 49 year-old three-game series record of ABC Hall of Famer
Allie Brandt of Lockport, NY who posted 297-289-300=886 in 1939. Brandt,
described as 5 foot 5 inches tall with a weight of 130 pounds is known as "one of bowling's feisty little men".
Jordan's three-game series of 899 was tied by Ron
Prettyman in Newark, Del. on Feb. 10, 1996 and by
Steve Lewis in Xenia, Ohio on Sept. 19, 1996.
Kelly Renninger of Mountoursville, Pa., the first
female in YABA history to roll consecutive 300 games, strung 29 straight
strikes en route to an 838 series, the best ever for a female youth. It
happened on Nov. 20, 1994.
The record for most consecutive strikes by a team is attributed to the Milwaukie
Bowl team of Beaverton, Ore. which posted 32 in-a-row during the 1988-89
Bill Bunetta, 76, Fresno, Calif., is the oldest
known bowler with consecutive 300s. He finished with an 824 series on Oct.
Paul Fluche, East Hanover, NJ, has two career 300s
- the most known for a physically challenged bowler. A one-armed
bowler who maintains a 200 average, he says "tying my shoes" is his greatest
Alex Cavagnaro, New York, NY, threw two 300s at
age 11 to become the youngest ever to accomplish the feat. His first came on Nov. 17,
1995, the second was tossed on Nov. 27, 1995, a mere ten days later! His third took
a little longer - it was bowled on Dec. 6, 1998.
Ken Shaw, 41, Hales Corner, Wisc. bowled a 300 game
righthanded in the 1996 ABC National Tournament. Nine days later, he
tossed a perfecto in league - lefthanded! His resume shows five 300s
lefty and two righty.
The number of perfect games bowled during a season first became a problem
for American Bowling Congress (ABC) officials in 1908 when the organization
was only 13 years old. In prior seasons, the ABC awarded medals for
the three highest individual games rolled in the nation.
Before 1908, no one ever received an award for a game greater than 298. (Awards
were not given in 1902 when Ernest Fosberg of East
Rockford, Ill. bowled the first 300 ever recognized in five-man league
The crisis struck when A.C. Jellison and
Homer Sanders, both of St. Louis bowled 300 games
in the same season. Perplexed with the problem of having only one gold medal
and unwilling to duplicate the award, the ABC decreed that both keglers had
to vie for it in a three-game match at the ABC tournament in Pittsburgh.
Jellison, who won the gold, is recognized as the holder of the record for
the first perfect game in ABC history without regard as to which feat was
performed first. For his accomplishment, Sanders received a silver medal
and a place in trivia history..