As a youngster, Rudy Graham was luckier than most junior bowlers. He had a dad who was a bowling coach and a mom who ran a bowling alley.
It’s no wonder that today, 35 years after he rolled his first ball down the lanes at Center Ridge as a 5-year-old, Graham is one of the area’s top league bowlers. He has compiled an impressive list of scores which includes 13 300 games and five 800s.
His latest entry — an 823 bowled Sept. 12 at Brunswick Zone — earned him a share of the Bowler of the Week title for the period Sept. 10-16.
Kevin Kordish shared the honor with a 300 rolled at Black River Lanes (formerly Rainbow.)
Maryl Hall rolled a 714 to earn the women’s title.
Graham put together scores of 288, 278 and 257 to achieve the 823 — the first area 800 of the season.
Graham, whose mother, Marie, has helped manage Brunswick Zone for 35 years, and dad, Ron, has coached bowling there for the same length of time, said he never tires of rolling honor scores, but feels 800s are the hardest to come by.
“You have to keep your cool and stay consistent (for an 800),” said Graham, who admitted to reverting back to the basics for his 823. “I concentrated, watched my marks, kept my attitude down and, like my dad always told me, kept my arms straight.”
Graham, a New London resident, bowls in two leagues at BZ. His best career series is an 888, bowled at Brunswick Zone.
Bowling with the Wednesday Nite Men, Kordish used his fourth career 300 game to propel him to a 703 series.
The perfect game was the first of the season by area bowlers.
Hall started strong and stayed consistent for her 714 with the Lake Erie Ladies at BZ. She opened with a 258, then added 233 and 223 games.
Her 700 was the second by an area woman this season. Erin Loschetter hit a 715 on Sept. 6, also at BZ.
Judy Kovacs came away with the top single game of the week — a 279 on Sept. 14 which led to a 638 series with the Friday Nite Mixed league at BZ.