Illinois Bowler Adds Dad’s Ashes to the Ball, Scores an Emotional Perfect Game
Losing a loved one is never easy, especially when it's your mom or dad. Sadly, a high school counselor in Peoria lost his dad in 2015, he too was also an avid bowler. John Hinkle shared this emotional, yet heartwarming story, with a Peoria news station. Though this is not the first 300 for Hinkle, there's a reason this moment is so special.
The 39-year-old told WMBD he practically grew up in a bowling area, oftentimes sleeping there while his parents wrapped up their bowling nights. He said his dad came close to scoring a 300 many times but never finished with a perfect game. But, because of newly amended rules, that was about to change. Grab a tissue, this story about to get emotional.
A rule change affecting weight holes forced Hinkle to make a change to his bowl, which he throws with two hands, according to The Olympian.
Peoria River City Bowling Association explained that due to new weight hole rules, Hinkle had to plug one of the holes on his ball to play.
Hinkle knew he needed his dad to be a part of his game moving forward so he found someone who would plug the hole using some of his dad's ashes. When he got the ball back he joked with his brother about bowling a perfect game with that ball. Guess what? It happened and his dad finally scored a perfect game more than four years after his death.
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[h/t The Olympian]