Now it can be told:
One day after his Bowling Evolved website played host to the Laughlin Cup last week in Laughlin Nev., Dustin Markowitz bowled a perfect game at Riverside Lanes in Laughlin.
What was interesting about the 300 game is that it came during a Super Bowl bowling tournament in which two games were played under no-tap rules and two games under regular rules.
Under no-tap, bowlers are granted strikes if they knock down at least nine pins. The right-handed Markowitz got his 300 on his second game under the no-tap rules. What’s really interesting is that Markowitz scored his 300 without the benefit of the no-tap advantage; in other words, it was a natural 300.
It won’t go down as a sanctioned 300, but Markowitz wasn’t feeling disappointed in the slightest.
After all, the 27-year-old Markowitz is quite the accomplished bowler with 17 300s, five of which have been sanctioned.
“Any time you bowl a 300 in a competition, it means something,” said the Whittier-born Markowitz, who sports a 227 average. “If I hadn’t had [a sanctioned] one, I might have been disappointed in that kind of environment.”
In fact, Markowitz’s 300 turned out to be considerably heart-warming.
“To me, another thing that was amazing was having my mother there watch me shoot a perfect game,” Markowitz said. “I’ve never had that opportunity in my career. Believe it or not, this 300 had more meaning than other 300s – sanctioned or not.”
The story just gets better.
Heidi Frederick, Markowitz’s mother, happened to win the same mixed tournament in which her son competed and rolled the 300.
A 185-average bowler, Frederick scored a 1,073 with handicap for the four games, which computes to an average of 268.25.
As for his 300, Markowitz said the bottom line is this:
Whether one bowls a 300 that’s sanctioned or not, “to you, every one is special,” he said.