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A man who honoured his father with a custom bowling ball played one of the luckiest games of his life.
John Hinkle Sr. passed away in 2016 but his son, who is named after him, decided to honour him in a unique way.
John Jr., a two-time NCAA bowling champion, had a custom bowling ball made.
The memorial ball only has two finger holes as the hole that would have been for the thumb is filled with his name-sake's ashes.
Once it was created, the 39-year-old Western Illinois University bowler set out to bowl the perfect game as a tribute, bringing his brother Joe with him to their hometown alley, Landmark Lanes, on April 12, 2021.
He told WMBD-TV: “I was talking to my brother and told him, ‘I’m shooting a 300 with this ball.
“And Joe said, ‘Do it!’ ”
And somehow, he had managed to do exactly that, despite welling up with tears in the last two rolls.
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Posting to Facebook about the "epic night" with a 12-strike streak, he wrote: "I can’t express what tonight means to me. I just bowled a 300 with my ball I put my dad's ashes in.
"He never had a perfect game until NOW."
Hinkle Jr. admitted he’s personally bowled several perfect games in his career, but this one meant a lot.
His dad introduced him and his brother to the sport but sadly never achieved a perfect score.
The highest score his father had ever achieved was around 298 or 299.
His brother joked: "This makes up for so many nights growing up when we slept in a bowling alley while our parents were finishing league night.”
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