Almost perfect

Johnny Blizard, 71, bowls a 299
Jun. 26, 2013 @ 05:54 PM

Johnny Blizard was on fire when he bowled a 299 game at the High Point Bowling Center a few weeks ago.
While on a bowling trip with seniors from the Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center, the 71-year-old was one point away from bowling a perfect game on June 10. In the last frame, Blizard threw two strikes, which earned him a third ball. With that ball, he knocked down nine pins.
“If I had gotten a strike, I would have had a perfect game,” Blizard said.
Blizard, who bowled competitively for 15 to 20 years in his younger years, said he just started back a few months ago. He stopped bowling after four buddies in his old league died.
He said he missed them so badly that it was hard for him to even go into bowling lanes. Recently, another friend asked him to join him to go bowling with a few of the seniors from the senior center.
“This is the first time that I have had a game like that at this age,” Blizard said. “It really surprised me. Bowling a 300 is always a goal that I have in mind, but it does not always happen.”
He said while he and his wife bowl for the exercise, now he looks forward to breaking that 300 mark.
“It is good exercise, and that is why me and my wife do it,” Blizard said. “But when I do something, I try to be the best at it.”
The group bowls every Monday at 1 p.m. at the High Point Bowling Center at 309 W. Fairfield Road. | 888-3657