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Examiner
  • Local bowler perfect twice in a week

  • When Jim Jamis bowled his first career 300 a couple years ago, he got a commemorative ring to mark the occasion. He always told his 6-year-old son Jordan that if he ever bowled another, he’d give him his first ring.

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  • When Jim Jamis bowled his first career 300 a couple years ago, he got a commemorative ring to mark the occasion. He always told his 6-year-old son Jordan that if he ever bowled another, he’d give him his first ring.
    On April 1, he bowled 300 No. 2, and Jordan got his ring. Then, to his surprise, he bowled another a week later. Now, Jordan’s getting greedy.
    “Now he’s like, ‘Oh that’s great, now you bowl another one next week so we each can have two rings,’” said Jamis, who lives in Independence.
    Jamis bowled both his recent 300s, which were tallied in his Challengerz League, at Strikerz Entertainment Center in Independence. He registered a 734 (252-300-182) series in the first week and a 764 (300-212-252) the second time.
    Jamis, who is a golf pro at Cardinal Hill Golf Course in Liberty, capped a remarkable 10-day run of luck that started when he notched a double eagle on the links the Friday before his first 300.
    “I’ve never bought a Powerball ticket in my life but went out and bought one after the second 300,” Jamis joked.
    On April 1, Jamis said there really was no pressure involved. Having been in that spot before, he knew how to handle it.
    “You just kind of have to tell yourself to slow down,” Jamis said, “because your adrenaline’s really pumping. You know you’re probably going to walk a little faster and probably going to throw it a little harder.”
    A week later, with the same familiar faces watching him, was a little different story.
    “The second one was a little more nerve-wracking because the odds are piled against you,” he said. “While I wasn’t really nervous on the first one, it was just kind of exciting, the second one I kind of was because most of the people that were there knew what happened the previous week. So everybody kind of stops and starts watching you.”
    Jamis had a method to alleviate the nerves, though. Every time he felt a few butterflies, he just thought of Jordan, his wife Sierra and 1-year-old daughter Alyssa.
    “I’d think about my family right before I threw and it just kind of put everything into perspective and gives you a clear thought in your head,” he said. “That’s really all I care about so it’s not a big deal.”
    That’s not to say Jamis didn’t want to close the deal. It wasn’t lost on him how rare an opportunity this was. Not many people ever bowl a 300, much less three and two within a week of each other.
    “Honestly, it doesn’t really hit you right away,” he said. “The nerves die instantly as soon as you throw that last ball. It’s just one of those things, you want to bottle up that feeling because it’s complete relief. You’re not nervous anymore and you want to just try to feel the moment and enjoy it. You don’t know if you’re ever going to get there again.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Or, in Jamis’ case, maybe he’ll get there in another week or so.
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