Weighing just shy of 100 pounds, 11-year-old David Root needed both hands to lug his 14-pound bowling ball down the lane and achieve a feat most adults never do – a perfect game.
It happened about 7 p.m. April 4 when David was practicing at Spartanburg’s Star Lanes. The sixth-grader at Gable Middle School has practiced four or more days a week since he took up bowling a little more than a year ago.
All accounts point to David being the youngest person in South Carolina to roll a perfect 300. According to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), the national record for the youngest bowler to earn a perfect score is 10 years and 2 months. David will turn 12 in August.
Linda Gamble, proprietor and manager of Paradise Lanes in Spartanburg, explained that, unfortunately, bowling isn’t as organized as other sports, so state statistics are hard to come by. After several emails to local and state bowling officials, David’s mother, Alice Branam, got confirmation from the South Carolina USBC that David set the new record for the youngest bowler in the state to roll a perfect game.
David said he wasn’t really nervous as his score climbed closer and closer to 300 earlier this month, mostly because he knew he had plenty of time to achieve the goal.