Bowling refers to a series of sports or leisure activities in which a player rolls or throws a bowling ball towards a target. It is one of the major forms of throwing sports. In pin bowling variations, the target is usually to knock over pins at the end of a lane. When all the pins are knocked down on the first roll, this is a strike. Well now that we know what it is let’s see its history.
The Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame tells us that a British anthropologist, Sir Flinders Petrie, discovered in the 1930’s a collection of objects in a child’s grave in Egypt that appeared to him to be used for a crude form of bowling. If he was correct, then bowling traces its ancestry to 3200 BC. A German historian, William Pehle, asserted that bowling began in his country about 300 AD.
There is substantial evidence that a form of bowling was in vogue in England in 1366, when King Edward III allegedly outlawed it to keep his troops focused on archery practice. And it is almost certain that bowling was popular during the reign of King Henry VIII.
Beginning as a high school student up until my 50’s I have many memories of great times at bowling alleys, so bowling has been a part of my life for more than 30 years. Now do not believe for a moment I am any good at it but once again I have had plenty of fun playing it! My highest score is 212 once while in college considering a perfect score is 300. A fluke, because since then I do not pass 160.
Now as the Interim Athletic Director at Missouri Military Academy knowing that it is a varsity sport in several states and looking for an option for cadets to enjoy leisure activities in 2017, we came up with our first Bowling Night held at Mexico Lanes Bowling Center where 18 Cadets played in teams of three.
Top Bowler honors went to Senior Ernesto Melgar Bravo Company, Second place was Phoenix Jumper a sophomore from Charlie Company with a 145. Junior Juan Pablo Cepeda from Bravo totaled 119 for third place. Freshman and Delta company cadet Alex Cohen secured fourth place with a 107.
The “I do not know what I am doing but had a blast award” went to cadets Dawson Lane and Juan Diego Silva with 37 and 44 scores respectively. Cadets attacked the concession stand like there was no tomorrow and the food was coming out from the concession stand until we left. Talking to the lady back in the kitchen we totaled 40 orders (me included).
Today, the sport of bowling is enjoyed by over 95 million people in more than 90 countries worldwide. Bowling’s top athletes regularly compete in worldwide competitions and on the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea featured ten-pin bowling as a demonstration sport.
Let’s see what comes out of this first outing.