January 25, 2007
Tami Seppelt Joins 300 Club at Scotland County Lanes
History was made Thursday evening at Scotland County Lanes. Tami Seppelt became the first woman in the history of the bowling alley to record a perfect 300 game.
Seppelt became just the seventh bowler in the history of the lanes, and the first woman ever to achieve perfection.
She bowled 12-straight strikes while taking part in the Thursday Mixed League at SC Lanes. Tami represents the Party Shack team in the league.
The lifelong bowler said she had been close a few other times. She once bowled a 279 game with an open frame on the very first ball. Her previous best was a 285 game.
Seppelt also placed her name on the honor board at the lanes once again by achieving a 701 series. That marked the third time this year her three-game score had topped the prestigious 700 mark. She also owns a 710 and a 720 series this season.
Tami’s 300 game was the first since Bob Courtright bowled a perfect game back on February 23, 2000. She is the third family member to achieve the accomplishment. Her father R.C. bowled a 300 game on December 29, 1999. Tami’s 300 game came exactly 12 years to the date when her uncle, Dave Seppelt, bowled a perfect game back in 1995.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Tami. She confessed that the ninth frame was nearly a heartbreaker, but the pins finally fell, ending the suspense.
The rest of the league members either feigned ignorance of the impending accomplishment, or simply didn’t realize Seppelt was bowling a perfect game until after the final pins fell.
Two of her teammates confessed after she had bowled the perfect game that they hadn’t realized they were watching history being made.
“She generally bowls really well, so we weren’t surprised she was throwing strikes until the end when we realized that was all she had thrown,” said one teammate.
Seppelt admitted the final three balls were a little difficult. She contemplated taking a breath between throws but instead she gathered the ball and went right back to the lane to insure she “stayed in the groove.”
Tami will be honored by the league as well as the United States Bowling Congress. She will have a commemorative sign installed at the lanes to mark her achievement, joining the six previous 300 bowlers. Tami will also receive a 300-ring from the USBC.