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Bowling Insider: Perfection? Hand it to Hudson

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John Hudson | Tony Baranek/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 22, 2014 6:18AM



In a time when ball and lane technology has sent the amount of 300 games soaring, there still are a few unique accomplishments to be found.

How many bowlers can say they’ve thrown a perfect game with both their right and left hand?

John Hudson can.

Earlier this season the 50-year-old Orland Hills native recorded his second gem from the right side to go along with a perfecto he threw left-handed in 1982.

“I know one guy who did it at Arena (Lanes) many years ago, but I don’t know of anybody else,” Hudson said. “I asked the USBC how many people have done this, and they couldn’t even give me a figure. They don’t keep track.”

Hudson is a manager/league coordinator and salesman at Tinley Bowl. He carries a 215 average as a regular on the Thursday night Tinley Classic league, and is a substitute on the Monday Night Keglers.

It was on the Monday league that he threw his third 300 on Sept. 23.

Hudson is left-handed by nature, and for almost 30 years bowled from that side of the lane. He threw his first 300 in February 1982 as a 17-year-old in a men’s league at Orland.

Hudson later developed tendinitis in his left arm, and by 2008 was on the verge of abandoning the sport. But he gave bowling from the right side a shot instead.

The results were astonishing.

Hudson tossed a 300 game from the right side at Orland Bowl on Feb. 23, 2010. His average climbed higher than it ever did from the left side.

“My first year I averaged 193, and the next year it increased to the low 200s,” Hudson said. “The third year I was in the low teens.

“I still have my days when it’s tough and I still feel like I want to bowl left-handed, but the results are there.”

Feeling grrr-eight

Glenn Lubas was the spotlight bowler on April 13 in his Sunday Night Villagers league at Palos Lanes.

The 53-year-old Bridgeview resident opened the first game with 11 consecutive strikes for his Sarge’s Crew team. The 12th ball came in a touch high, leaving the four pin. Lubas finished with a 299.

“I got a little slow on that last (ball),” Lubas said. “If I had it back, I wish I’d had a little more energy. I think maybe it kind of set me off, got me more determined.”

Lubas turned his focus to another milestone and shot his way to the best overall night of his 38-year career.

Lubas shot a 246 in Game 2 and closed with a 258 to earn his first 800 series. It came with drama. He needed the first two strikes and at least a seven count in the 10th.

“That was pretty cool,” said Lubas, who buried all three shots to total an 803. “I surprised myself because I was throwing with energy. All three shots (in the 10th) came off nice.”

Lubas has one career 300 to his credit, achieved at Burr Oak Bowl 20 years ago. He is one of the top bowlers at Palos, averaging 216 going into the final week of the 2013-14 season.

Nine years ago, Lubas was contemplating quitting the game when his friend and teammate, Bob Stringham, came up with a unique way to keep him on the team.

“I was having problems with my 1960 Oldsmobile Super 88,” Lubas said. “Bob made me promise that if he got the car running I’d have to keep bowling.

“Son of a gun if he didn’t get his buddy to come over with a tow truck, bring it to his house and the next thing I know they’re calling me to come over and I’m sitting in the driver’s seat. The old gearhead got it fixed. Now I have a contract to bowl with him for the rest of my life.”



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