Coach knows where to find good advice

Bob Holm wasn’t going to turn down a little advice from a fellow bowling coach.

The 48-year-old Sands Township resident took a tip from Ishpeming-Negaunee coach Steve Windahl and ended up rolling his seventh career 300 game last Wednesday in the Trio League at Country Lanes in Ishpeming.

Holm, who is an assistant coach with Marquette Senior High School this winter, also coaches youth soccer.

“Steve told me my armswing was a little off,” said Holm, who usually only has time to bowl one league a week. “I wasn’t getting the ball back far enough, and he noticed that I wasn’t crouched down as much as I usually do. I tried bending my knees a little more, and it just set up everything a little bit different.

“It’s probably taken me about 10 weeks to figure out what I’ve been doing wrong. It’s nice to know I can still do it.”

The perfect game came after shooting 222 and 217 for a 739 series using a 16-pound reactive resin ball with a long name – Columbia C (System) Alpha-Max.

He said this may have been his best 300 as far as making good shots, since the closest he came to leaving a pin standing were several solid 9-pins that got knocked down by “messengers” that came across the lane.

“On the last ball, I knew I’d be a little slow with it,” he said about all the experience he has going for 300, “so I moved a little left (on the approach) to give it some extra room to hook.”

It worked perfectly as that ball, like all the others, settled squarely in the 1-3 righthander’s pocket.

Holm can lay claim to bowling the first 300 ever in the building that houses Superior Lanes in Marquette Township, which opened about 25 or 30 years ago as Westwood Lanes. He also may be the only person to shoot a 300 there under all three of its names, which includes Windmill Lanes for five years in the 1990s.

One other thing excited him about shooting 300 last week – Holm’s son, Zac, 13, got to see a perfect game for the first time ever, not to mention it was his dad who did it.

“He’ll be on Marquette’s team next year,” Holm said about the eighth-grader. Holm’s daughter, Brianna, is in her third year on the Redettes’ bowling team this season.

The latest Mr. 300 created a real competition for Mining Journal Bowler of the Week, since Holm shot 157 pins over his 194 average in the league.

But he was edged out for men’s honors by Jim Laakso in the Tuesday Miller Genuine Draft Major League, also at Country, who shot 170 over his 169 average on a 677 with games of 255, 226 and 196.

Thursday Coors Light Ladies secretary Jessica Ayotte ruined a unique situation where three of her bowlers were going to share women’s honors at 99 pins over at Country Lanes.

That’s because a night later in the Friday Nite Mixed at Country she zoomed 107 over her 180 average with 647 on games of 230, 195 and 222.

Of course, one of the Coors Light ladies at plus-99 was none other than Ayotte herself, who came in with a 177 average and used a big 265 to shoot 630.

The others were Catherine Lepage, a 136-average bowler who shot 507 with a 175 high, and Heidi Jaykka, who came in with a 92 mean and hit 375 with a 147 top game.

Steve Brownlee can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 246.