The new year is only a few weeks old, and Dave Shanbaum already has bowled a 300 game.
It’s the 17th perfect game of his career. Yes, 17th.
The 44-year-old lifelong Windsor, Ont., resident rolled his latest 300 on Jan. 15 in the B’nai B’rith Brotherhood-Eddie Jacobson League. Shanbaum bowled 235-300-218—753 at Country Lanes in Farmington Hills.
This is Shanbaum’s fifth season in the league, and he has four 300 games in league play. No. 3 came on Oct. 31, 2016. He bowled 211-300-226—737 that night.
“It doesn’t get easier to bowl a 300 the more times you do it. You still feel the adrenalin flowing; you still feel the pressure as you get to the end of the game,” he said. “You have to breathe, and you have to take it one shot at a time.”
In the Brotherhood-Eddie Jacobson League, it’s customary for many bowlers to stop what they’re doing and cheer on a fellow league bowler when he’s getting close to a 300 game.
While the support is much appreciated, it can be distracting.
“That usually happens in the 10th frame,” Shanbaum said. “You know it’s going to happen, so you need to be ready to block it out and focus on what you’re doing.”
Shanbaum threw 12 solid pocket hits in his January gem.
The right-hander can’t say the same for a close call Dec. 18 on another league night. He bowled 299, leaving the 4 pin on his final ball.
“That wasn’t a good shot,” he said. “I left it inside.”
When he’s not bowling 300 games, Shanbaum makes a living as a computer programmer. He’s been employed by Applied Systems in its Windsor office for more than 20 years.
He has no aspirations of one day becoming a professional bowler.
“The pros are on another level,” he said. “They make it look so easy, and they bowl on tough lanes with tricky oil patterns.”
Shanbaum normally bowls in several leagues at once. He’s bowling in three leagues this season. Besides the weekly Brotherhood-Eddie Jacobson League, he’s also bowling in two weekly leagues at the Rose Bowl in Windsor.
He’s averaging 219 in the Brotherhood-Eddie Jacobson League and around 217 in the Windsor leagues. He’s normally in the 215-220 average range, so it’s a typical season for him.
His team in the Brotherhood-Eddie Jacobson League is called the Ten Pin Commandments, and includes Dave Little, Ivan Fenyvesi and Howard Keller along with substitute Steve Teper.
“We’re somewhere in the middle of the pack in the standings,” he said.
Shanbaum has been bowling in adult leagues since he was 18.
He bowled in a B’nai B’rith league in Windsor before the league folded. He then bowled in the B’nai B’rith Downtown Fox League on the U.S. side of the Detroit River before moving to the Brotherhood-Eddie Jacobson League.
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