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Perfection strikes twice in the county

By DEREK LaRIVIERE
Published September 14, 2006


As the 2006-07 regular season got kicked off this month and the summer season wound down, high scores rose up all over the county, including two perfect games.

Virgle Goforth, 67, shot a 300 while competing during the Senior Men's Trio Summer League at Neffer's Bowl. A veteran bowler, Goforth found more excitement from the reaction of his fellow competitors than actually throwing the game itself.

"It was just one of those games where I threw 12 beautiful balls," Goforth said. "Some of the guys had never seen anyone bowl a 300 though, so I think they were more excited than I was."

He tossed the 300 in his first game of the three-game series almost two weeks ago. The perfect game was his sixth in 27 years, but it was his second in less than two. He threw his last 300 on April 21, 2005, during Senior Men's Trio Winter League at Neffer's.

Chuck Clouse, 43, fired his second perfect game of 2006 after not having one for 10 years prior. On Aug. 20 during the monthly Sunday tournament at Parkview Lanes, Clouse tossed 12 consecutive strikes.

The tournament is 9-pin no-tap, but Clouse's 300 was legitimate as he did not receive a 9-pin strike the entire game. He had previously had dances with perfection on May 17 during the Summer Funtime League at Beverly Hills Bowl and at Manatee Lanes in 1996.

Clouse is a 25-year veteran of league bowling that competes at both Beverly Hills and Parkview. Goforth is entered in leagues at both Neffer's and Manatee.

11 STRIKES IN A ROW: Sometimes nailing down 11 consecutive strikes during a game can be bittersweet. Some bowlers find themselves questioning that one ball that stopped them from grabbing a perfect game.

Eleven in a row is still quite a feat and is recognized as such by the U.S. Bowling Congress. Two local bowlers achieved that mark in the past three weeks.

Todd Snedeker and Dave Brown both finished with 290s or above after hitting 11 strikes during their respective games.

Snedeker accomplished his during the Wednesday Night Men's League at Neffer's on Sept. 6. Considered the most competitive league at the bowling center, the Wednesday Night Men's League puts up some of the best scores in Citrus County every week. The 290 Snedeker registered was his first USBC achievement score.

Brown threw a 299, one heartbreaking pin from perfection, during the first week of Tuesday Night Mixed League at Beverly Hills Bowl. The 299 marked the second time Brown has thrown 11 consecutive strikes and his second career USBC achievement. The last came on June 1, 2004, during the Odd Balls Summer League at Neffer's when he threw a 278.