Bowler to attempt world record at Lake Wylie lanes

jmarks@lakewyliepilot.comJanuary 16, 2013 

— Anyone having business with Jack Ness may want to resolve it before Jan. 25. He’ll be a little occupied that day.

Ness plans to be dropping pins and raising dollars, without a moment to spare. The Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce assistant manager is lining up a world record attempt for the most games bowled during a 24-hour stretch. He’s aiming for 100, or to keep at it “as long as my hand holds up.”

“There’s not a record,” said Ness, 26. “I’ll be setting the record.”

The bowling center contacted Guinness World Records to see what mark he’d have to hit. Turns out, there’s no such total on record.

“We started it just as a fun thing and contacted Guinness, and we just kind of went with it,” Ness said.

According to Guinness, there are 30 world records for bowling, though some have to do with Wii bowling or cricket. The nearest on-the-books record to what Ness will attempt is “longest marathon tenpin bowling.”

In June 2010, Stephen Shanabrook bowled 643 games in almost 135 straight hours at a center in Plano, Texas. But that record was for length of time bowling, not number of games.

There also are records for most pins knocked down in a 24-hour span, but only for a pair and a team of 12 bowlers.

Bowl N’ Bounce owner Darrin Skinner isn’t sure how the scoring will look, but he’s not expecting his guy to be kicking the ball down the lane to pass time. Ness, a southpaw, bowled his first of 20 perfect games at age 17.

“He’s a good bowler,” Skinner said. “He’s going to go for it.”

Bowling since age 3 – the Gastonia resident even met his wife through the sport – Ness said the game is all he knows.

But a health scare four years ago got him thinking beyond pins and arrows. That’s when doctors at CMC Charlotte removed most of a brain tumor, a condition no longer showing effects.

For the world record attempt, Ness is taking per-game pledges and donating the money to Levine Children’s Hospital. There also are corporate sponsors. It’s his way of giving something back for the help he received, Ness said.

The past several years Ness has traveled all over, bowling pro events at maybe 30 games per day. He’s planning to be well rested and well hydrated for his noon-to-noon attempt lasting into Jan. 26. “More of a night owl” than an early riser, and seemingly young enough to handle it, Ness is confident in his attempt.

He’s also confident that he won’t be giving up bowling due to the experience.

“I’m going to take a few days off,” Ness said. “Bowling is my passion.”

Want to go?

Jack Ness will see how many games he can bowl from noon to noon, Jan. 25-26. Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce, 4034 Charlotte Hwy., will remain open the entire time and will have specials including 99-cent games, shoe rentals, hot dogs, popcorn and fountain drinks 1-10 a.m. Jan. 26. A cornhole tournament will be held Jan. 25. For more information, call 803-831-2553.

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