HAMMER’S GEORGE SHOOTS 836 WITH INFECTION
Led by a pair of 300 games by Hammer Amateur staffer Roxanne George, Team Ebonite International posted a new United States Bowling Congress mixed team series record.
The quintet of George, Laura Mattila, Shannon Labinski, Steve Brinkman and Bill Monce rolled a 3,685 team series in the Bob Kodel Bluemound Major at Bluemound Bowl in Brookfield, Wis. Their score tops the previous record high of 3,636 for a mixed team with three women and two men.
“I don’t think any of us knew what type of scores we were really putting together,” said George. “The atmosphere was really candid and we were just out there having a good time at league. I think that helped everyone succeed even more because there was no pressure on anyone.”
All five players were rolling equipment from the brands of Ebonite International. Both Labinski and George rolled the Hammer Infection, while Mattila used a Hammer Plague. Brinkman, a Columbia 300 staffer, used a Burst from Columbia 300, while Monce used the Cyclone, the latest release from Ebonite.
George led the charge with a pair of perfect games around a 236 game for an 836 series. She was followed by Monce with 781, Brinkman, who rolled 750, Labinski who posted 734, and Mattila, 584.
“Oddly, this was the first time this team bowled together all season,” George said. “Steve was a sub on our team this week. We are one big family on the lanes and our league on Friday’s is just a fun night out. It surprises me what happens on the lanes with scores when you are really just out there to have fun without expectations.”
The perfect games were Nos. 7 and 8 for George. The 800 series beat her previous high of 813 (twice). George said her Hammer Infection gave her a look that resulted in her high scores.
“I just drilled up this new Infection with a pin down layout to take to USBC Nationals,” she said. “I wanted something that would roll a little earlier but still have a strong backend. Throughout the night, I was able to make parallel moves with the Infection and never had to switch to another ball.”
The four-year Hammer staffer says that overall, the Hammer line of bowling equipment matches up well on anything where she bowls.
“I like the variety in Hammer equipment,” said George. “I love that each line within Hammer has a little bit different shape. The line is very inclusive of all of today’s conditions and not just specific to heavy oil or dry lanes and that is a winning combination.”
— Hammer Bowling Balls & Bowling Equipment -Based in Hopkinsville, Kent., Ebonite International is a privately-owned company that currently services bowling centers, distributors and retail outlets both domestically and internationally. In addition to Hammer, the company’s consumer product brands include Track, Robby’s, Columbia 300, Ebonite and Powerhouse™; its commercial product brand is Ebonite Bowling Center Direct.
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