Duncan man bowls first 800 for Langford Lanes

Robert Martin holds the high score at Langford Lanes

Robert Martin

Robert Martin holds the high score at Langford Lanes.

It’s the first time he’s held a record at a

bowling alley despite downing pins since he was four years old.

“It’s really nice, I’ve never had that before,” the 31-year-old said.

On Feb. 4 he not only bowled a perfect game with a score of 300, he bowled an 800 series – three games in a row with a score of 800 or higher. On that Monday night he scored 821, the leading score at Langford Lanes.

He was playing as a spare with the Monday Masters bowling league. With a one-week gap due to Family Day, Martin was back on the lanes two weeks later to bowl a second 800-series finishing with 806 points.

“That’s the first time I’ve done that back-to-back,” Martin smiled. “I think it’s more difficult to get an 800 series than it is to get a perfect game. I’ve seen people shoot a 300 game, who’ve never got an 800 series in their life.”

To qualify a 300 game or 800 series for a standing record, the game must be played within a league or tournament. In sanctioned play Martin has three 300 games and three 800 series under his belt.

When he was in university Martin bowled on the Saginaw Valley State University bowling team and did a fair bit of travelling to tournaments. Now his just enjoys to play recreationally.

Wilson lives in Duncan and works downtown Victoria as a a car salesman. He is able to bowl at Langford Lanes on his way home from work.

Aside from meeting new people and having fun Wilson said, “Bowling has taught me sportsmanship.”