BOWLING: Tennessee quintet sets all-time USBC team series record with 3,937 Members of Pro Bowl West set a United States Bowling Congress record for highest team series with 3,937 on March 30 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The score was officially approved by USBC on April 7.
Members of Pro Bowl West set a United States Bowling Congress record for highest team series with 3,937 on March 30 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The score was officially approved by USBC on April 7.
Chris Cross, Gary Workman, Chris Massengale, Anthony Reviere and Frank Massengale had 1,341, 1,250 and 1,346 games in the Eastgate Men’s League at Holiday Bowl. That beat the 3,934 by Limo Exchange in New Castle, Del., in 2004.
“It’s amazing that five guys all could bowl that well at the same time. It was totally awesome,” said team captain Frank Massengale, a member of 1991 USBC Open Championships winner Tri-State Lanes.
“Setting a five-man series record compares to winning the national title which was in my first nationals,” Massengale said. “It means a lot this time to bowl with my son.”
Massengale’s son Chris led the team with 828 including an opening 290 game. Cross, the team’s lone left-hander, was next at 805 with a 290 final game. Frank Massengale had 784, Workman 772 and Reviere 748.
“We didn’t know we had the record until the next day,” Chris Massengale said. “It was just one of those things you don’t think about. We definitely were not shooting for a record. We just wanted to get into the (April 13) league roll-off.”
In addition to its national series record, Pro Bowl West’s 142 strikes tied with Westgate Bowl of Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2004 for the most in a series. It also broke its own city series record of 3,733 last year. The previous Chattanooga high game was 1,339 while Pro Bowl West held the old city series record with 3,733. The previous state high series was 3,746 by Get You Summa That in Nashville in 1997.
“This is only our second year as a team,” said Frank Massengale, who dedicated the feat to old friend and bowling partner Dale Bumgarner who died late in 2008. “Last year was a first step. We broke the five-man city record and missed the state by 13 pins. This is awesome.”