FAIRFIELD — Troy Johnson
waited 15 years to roll his
first 300 game.
The wait for his
second one lasted a little more than 15 minutes.
Competing in the Saturday Night Mixed League
at Fairfield Lanes on Sept. 27, with his
parents and grandma as teammates, the 23-year-old Johnson
rolled back-to-back 300s and then struck with his
first eight throws in his
third game before a defiant 10-pin in the ninth frame ended the run at 32 consecutive strikes.
"When I missed in the ninth, my heart just dropped," Johnson
"You go from being up in the clouds to coming back to reality.
I told my dad, 'I just want to go home.' It didn't feel like there was anything else to shoot for."
finished with a 300-300-265 for an 865 series, which ties for 10th best in the history of the Greater Hamilton Bowling Association
"When I got that first 300, I jumped up and screamed and when I turned around, the only person I saw was my dad," Johnson
"I've been trying for so many years to get it, it was just a big relief.
"It's actually been a competition between me and my dad," Johnson
remembered that scene and he
used what he
learned from that night while chasing his
"I wasn't nervous at all," Troy
Despite the anticlimactic finish of a spare in the ninth, a spare in the 10th and a 7-spot on the third ball in the 10th, Johnson
was mobbed with congratulatory handshakes and hugs.
"After everyone came up to congratulate me, my dad bought me a shot at the bar and then we all went to Richard's Pizza to celebrate," Troy
Troy graduated from Hamilton High School in 2003, where he was co-MVP of the bowling team his junior year and MVP his senior year.
still lives in Hamilton and works as an electrician as a member of I.B.E.W. 648
also helps coach the youth program at Columbia Lanes, which is where he
start in the sport, at his
father's urging, as a way to keep busy in the winter when he
couldn't play baseball.
Until a few weeks ago, his
career high game was a 290 and his
best series was a 791.
"It still hasn't really sunk in that I came that close (to a perfect 900 series), but I'm just glad my parents were there to see it," Johnson