Penn Yan bowler rolls 300 game

Gary Pinneo

The Penn Yan Mustang bowling teams have enjoyed quite a bit of success over the past several years. The Mustang boy’s team captured a Section V Class C title this past season the Mustang girl’s team finished a strong second in Class C sectional competition. Penn Yan Coach Mindy Johnson has developed a very talented and competitive program through hard work and dedication. A big part of this success is the young Mustang bowlers have bought into the program. They start bowling at an early age and work hard to improve their individual games. The hard work and dedication have certainly paid off.

This past high school season, 15-year-old Kari Ayers was consistently was one of the Penn Yan girl’s team most consistent bowlers. During the Section V tournament in Rochester, her game seemed to have begun to peak. She compiled 1111 total pins in the Class C tourney, the second highest individual totals. Kari Ayers was named the All-League team. But her bowling accomplishments had not reached its pinnacle in February. Perfection was to be a few days away.

In a sanctioned youth league game at Doug Kent’s Lakeside Lanes a couple of weeks ago, Kari Ayers was indeed “perfect!” The talented 15-year-old rolled a perfect 300 game. This perfect game was verified and sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress. Further investigation has shown this amazing accomplishment to be even more unique. Kari Ayers is the youngest bowler (15-years-old) to record a perfect game at Lakeside Lanes. She could possibly be the first female bowler to have a sanction 300 game here. It was certainly a game for the record books. Ayers will be receiving a “Perfect 300 Game” ring from the USBC. This coming summer will also be a busy one too. She has been invited to compete in a national youth bowling tournament in Cleveland, Ohio. Kari is the daughter of Tracy and Rick Ayers of Penn Yan.

Hard work and dedication is certainly the key. This seems to be the winning bowling formula in Penn Yan. The Mustang bowling program is the perfect proof. Many more great winters are ahead for the local keglers. Congratulations Kari Ayers.