Column: Ed Gardner rolls second career 300 game |

Column: Ed Gardner rolls second career 300 game

John Shott, Tribune bowling writer

Earlier this bowling season, everyone in the His and Hers League at Tahoe Bowl had an opportunity to witness Ed Gardner’s 300 game.

Gardner’s second perfect game was set up by years of prep work.

He was first introduced to the sport by his brother, Chris, who took him to an alley on the UCLA campus to bowl with his friends. The first ball that Gardner ever rolled was a strike, and he has has been hooked on the game ever since.

Gardner joined a junior league at age 9 and bowled every Saturday morning at Mid-Town Bowl in Los Angeles.

From ages 16 through 21, Gardner participated on the junior/amateur tour in Southern California. This tour is like the Professional Bowling Assocation for kids.

Leroy Williams, a junior league coordinator, helped Gardner with the fundamentals, courtesy and discipline ” all key factors in becoming a better bowler.

Gardner also attended bowling clinics conducted by Donna Adamek, now a member of the Women’s Hall of Fame. She helped elevate his basic fundamentals, hand coordination and ball level so Gardner could create more ball speed.

The “G Man” moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2007 and started rolling in the Guys and Dolls League and serving as a substitute in other leagues.

Gardner’s first 300 game came in 1997 at Gable House Bowl in Torrance, Calif. His highest series was a 784, which consisted of sizzling games of 280, 257 and 247. It was recorded in a summer league in 2007 at Tahoe Bowl.

Gardner is now coached by Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa. Milligan discovered a flaw in Gardner’s swing and also imparted to him the difference that a good bowling ball can mean to his game.

“Those bowlers who gravitate to the sport of bowling are genuine down-to-earth people whose company you can come to enjoy,” Gardner said.

For his 300 game, Gardner will receive $100 from Tahoe Bowl, $100 from TSBA and a 300 ring from the United States Bowling Congress.

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