Dave Adams is bowling like a kid again.
The 62-year-old left-hander is having a banner season, and he’s rolling the ball like he was 30 years ago.
For the second time in his career, he tossed back-to-back 300 games last week, and now has five perfect games this year alone. He’s lost track of just how many 300s he has, but he estimates he’s got about 55.
“I’m having a career year,” he said. “I’m averaging about 245, and I’ve had one or two great years along the way.”
Adams bowls twice a week at Town ’N Country Lanes, and although he admits to being a house bowler these days, there are a couple of other reasons why he is bowling so well.
“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve suffered some knee problems. I can hardly walk sometimes,” he said. “What that has done, however, is it has slowed me down going to the foul line. I used to throw the ball very hard. That’s why my bowling got better when they first switched from long oil to short oil.
“Now, with me going to the line much slower, my timing is better, and I’m able to execute better.”
Adams also credits Town ’N Country proprietor Jack Scaccia Jr. for his improved performance.
“Jack puts out a great oiling pattern. You walk in there every week, and it’s the same. For me, I’ve only had to move one or two boards every week. I haven’t moved more than five boards all year long,” Adams said.
“It’s one of those things where everything is working together. I wear a knee brace on my left knee, and that keeps me slow. And with the oiling pattern being the same every week, Jack has made it almost too easy for a lot of us. I just walk in and do my thing.”
Adams, who also has about 25 800 triples to his credit, has broken the 1,100 mark for a four-game series twice, with a 1,104 and a 1,105.
But he’s content to be a league bowler.
“I probably won five or six NBA titles back in the day, and I was on ‘TV Tournament Time’ twice. I lost to Rick Mochrie Jr. and Jim Lewis when I was going for my fifth straight win for the ‘King of the Hill’ title. Those are the kind of things you never forget,” he said.
“But I don’t have the incentive to bowl with the young kids who rev the heck out of the ball. That’s beyond me right now. I like to compete, but I don’t get caught up with the game like I used to. I go to church on Sundays, and I have a lot of work to do in my business.”
Adams still uses the same bowling ball for both his strikes and his spares.
“I’ve got a Hammer Track ball that Jack drilled up for me, and originally, I didn’t use it much because it snapped too much in the back,” he said. “I don’t hook the ball much, and when I shoot my 7-pins, I just deaden my arm and let the ball roll. I’ve probably made 150 out of my last 160 7-pins by flattening-out the shot.”
Adams admits to being old school, but his game could stand up against most youngsters today.
“When you’re locked in, you’re locked in,” he said. “The other night, after I bowled another 300 game, I had the first 10 strikes in my next game. When I was bowling in our position round against Jessica DeVellis, I had the first 11 strikes and then threw a horrible shot and finished with a 298.
“But I’ve been in a groove most of the year, and I give a lot of credit to Jack for the way he keeps the lanes. I’m just having one of my best seasons ever.”
One of the most popular tournaments for the over-50 set will kick off next week when the 21st annual Charlie Bechard Memorial Tournament is held at Green Island Lanes.
The senior men’s handicap event is named after the man nicknamed “The Hand” for his longtime work as the official scorekeeper on the old “TV Tournament Time” show on WRGB.
The squads will be Wednesday at 3 p.m., Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. There are 64 openings for the Saturday squad.
Entry fee will be $22. Handicap is 100 percent of 220, with a maximum handicap of 70 pins a game.
This year, there will be only two divisions instead of three. The Class A division is for bowlers age 50-62, while the Class B division is for those 63 and older.
Mail an entry blank with your check to Green Island Lanes, 4 Lafayette St., Green Island, NY 12183. or drop the entry and check to Green Island Lanes or Uncle Sam Lanes. For more information, call Green Island Lanes (273-2322) or Uncle Sam Lanes (271-7800).
Charlie Millard of Waverly, one of eight out-of-towners in the quarterfinals, defeated regional pro Frankie Calca, 237-223, to win the 11th annual Joe Donato Scratch Singles tournament Sunday night at Sportsman’s Bowl.
Kingston’s Steve Ferraro, brother of PBA Hall of Famer Dave Ferraro and last year’s Donato champion, lost to Calca, last year’s runner-up, 194-161, in the semifinals. Millard beat Alex Aguiar, 248-224, in the other semifinal.
Millard earned $3,000, while Calca took home $1,500. The semifinal losers earned $700, while the quarterfinal losers took home $400.
Entries were down this year, with only 258 accepted through nearly 20 qualifiers.
CALLING ALL JUNIORS
Junior program leaders are reminded that the inaugural Daily Gazette Junior Team Championship will be held April 21 at Sportsman’s Bowl.
Check your local center for entry blanks.
Each local center can send as many four-person teams as they wish to compete. Each team consists of four bowlers from the majors, juniors and preps divisions. There must be at least one girl on each team. Most teams will have two majors, one junior and one prep bowler, but coaches can mix up their squads any way they like. Handicap will be 100 percent of 720. Entry fee is just $20 per team. Pizza and soda will be provided. The members of the winning team will receive plaques, and the winning team will also get possession of the permanent trophy, named in honor of the late Hal Buell, for one year.
STRIKES AND SPARES
u The next Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show” qualifiers will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Alpha Lanes in Troy and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. First place will be $1,000, and second place will be $500. Call Jeff Segel at 439-7628 for reservations. The TV taping also will be Sunday at Cove Lanes in Great Barrington, Mass.
u The Schenectady USBC Bowling Association’s 80th annual Championship Tournament continues March 29 with the Scratch Team Challenge at 9 p.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. Other squad times for team, doubles and/or singles are April 7 at 3:30 p.m., April 23 at 6:30 p.m., April 24 at 6:30 p.m., April 25 at 6:30 p.m., April 26 at 6:30 p.m. and the second Scratch Team Challenge April 29 at 6:30 p.m..
u Mike Hartman of Earlton defeated Jonathan Bowman of Peru, 258-236, to win the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour event at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy on Saturday. Hartman earned a $250 scholarship, and Bowman won a $150 scholarship. Other scholarship winners were Justin Carl of Albany ($100), Zachary Doty of Nassau ($70), Austin Van Buren of Altamont ($50), Ricky Rovelli of Albany ($40) and Chris Hanson of Ballston Lake ($35).
u Anthony Lanaro, who averages 163, came through with a 654 triple in the Let’s Golf Instead league last week.
u Habit for Humanity of Schenectady County will host a “Bowl 2 Build” tournament April 14 at 1 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl. The fundraiser will help rehab five homes in Schenectady. Bowlers can register individually or as a team. Habit for Humanity is requesting a minimum of $50 raised from each bowler. Visit www.schenectadyhabitat.org/events or call Darlyne Hayes at 395-3412, ext. 1, for more information.
u Team USA has selected four men and four women to compete in the inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Senior Championships Aug. 10-16 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. USBC Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., Ron Mohr, Hugh Miller and Ed Robers will comprise the men’s team, while Lucy Sandelin, Robin Romeo, Anne Marie Duggan and Tish Johnson, all USBC Hall of Famers, will represent the women’s team.
u The 18th annual Blizzard Bowl continues at Boulevard Bowl Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. Entry fee is $60 per team. Other squads are April 7 at 11:45 a.m., April 14 at 11:45 a.m. and April 20 at 9:45 p.m. The first singles/doubles squad is also set for this weekend on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Burnt Hills Lanes. Other singles/doubles squads at Burnt Hills Lanes will be April 6, April 13 and April 20, all at 12:30 p.m.
u The Schenectady/Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association will hold its annual membership meeting Saturday at 4 p.m. at Sportsman’s Bowl’s party room. Included on the agenda will be adoption of the budget and the election of delegates and alternates to the national and state conventions.