Phil Gleason was due.
A bowler since he was 16 years old, the Vancouver resident had yet to have a perfect 300 game.
“I’ve had a 299, 298, but never 300,” Gleason said.
At age 78, on the evening of Feb. 25 at Husted’s Hazel Dell Lanes, Gleason was due.
And that’s when it happened.
Bowling in the Alki-Nuts League, Gleason rolled the first 300 game of his life.
Funny thing though, he said he wasn’t even really aware of it because he was focused on his team.
“I was into the game and really didn’t see it coming because of the team aspect of it,” he said. “It just happened. Just like a hole-in-one in golf, if it’s there, it’s there. If not, well then …”
Bowling against Gleason that night was Steve Long of Vancouver.
“He’s just a nice guy,” Long said. “We decided to be easy on each other going into that night.”