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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Bowler adds father’s ashes to ball, rolls perfect game

HinkleJohn Hinkle is no stranger to rolling perfect bowling games. He won two NCAA bowling championships at Western Illinois University 20 years ago, and has rolled so many 300 games "he's lost count." 

However, the perfect game he rolled last week is was unlike any other he's experienced. Hinkle decided to have his father's ashes added to his bowling ball, which proved to be monumental and emotional. Hinkle said, I had tears in my eyes in the 11th and 12th frames. I couldn’t tell you where that last ball went, I had so many tears just throwing it." 

The perfect game was the result of Hinkle's first time to use the special bowling ball. Although it took a few years to find someone that could add the ashes to a bowling ball, it appears it was worth the wait. 

According to Hinkle, the moment was especially monumental because his dad had never bowled a perfect game. Hinkle said, "[i]t's special. Dad shot 298. 299, never had a 300. I had goosebumps, chills. . . He was there. This is the best (300 game), and definitely the hardest. I was shaking." 

A beautiful moment for a bowling family. 

See Kurt Peglar, Bowler adds father’s ashes to ball, rolls perfect game, Everything Lubbock, April 21, 2021. 


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