LAKE FOREST – JT Diso made his very first season as an adult bowler a very memorable one. Bowlers try for years to shoot a 300 game and 800 series, and JT accomplished both within a month of each other. On May 13th while bowling midseason sweeps at Cal Bowl, he bowled his first sanctioned 300. Then just three weeks later on June 5th, back at his home house Forest Lanes, he put together games of 268, 259, and 278 for an 805 series. To finish out the league, he added his second 300 game on July 24th.
Now anyone that has bowled in leagues for any amount of time has probably witnessed a USBC ring presentation (ABC and WIBC for those who go way back). And this used to happen quite frequently, as bowlers were able to receive rings once per bowling calendar year between August 1st and July 31st for each eligible honor score (298, 299, 300 games and 800 series). Yes, a bowler could get four rings a year, and even a fifth if he or she could shoot a perfect 900 series. However, this all changed in 2014 when the USBC decided to do away with 298’s and 299’s as honor scores (11 in a row crystal trophies were offered starting in 2011) and make 300’s and 800’s a lifetime award, meaning one could only get a ring once for each achievement. Anyone who had received rings prior to the 2014 rule change could no longer get rings.
Here’s where the story gets pretty cool. Rewind back to this past Thursday night. Presenting JT with both his 300 and 800 rings were OCUSBC association house rep. to Forest Lanes, Jessica Diso, and General Manager of Forest Lanes, Jon Diso. In an extremely unique occurrence, mom and dad got to present their son his awards, and because of USBC’s lifetime rule, this is the only time this will happen. Needless to say, it was a proud mom and dad moment for Jessica and Jon.