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Gaydo has a great day "at the office"

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Cherokee Bowl owner/operator Tim Gaydo stands at the lanes on which he rolled an outstanding 809 series on Jan. 7, 2008 . Photo by Dan Whitney
Cherokee man bowls 809 series

Tim Gaydo has been bowling most of his life. His parents owned and operated the Cherokee Bowl for many years and Tim, who bowled on the Midwest PBA Tour for several years in the 1990s, purchased the business in the late 1990s.

He got tired of being on the road while touring, and had many things to do at the Cherokee Bowl, so he quit the road and returned to full-time work at the bowling alley.

Gaydo still continues to bowl, though, and is carrying a 227 average in the Tuesday night Town and Country League. Last Tuesday was New Year's Day, of course, so the league didn't bowl, and rescheduled a make-up session for Monday, January 8.

Gaydo did some heavy work loading hay bales that day and when he greeted his Miller Lite teammates at the alley Monday evening was complaining of being stiff and sore, and skeptical of how well he would be able to bowl that night. After leaving one pin standing on his first roll in his first three frames - picking up the spare each time - he proceeded to continually roll strikes. During the course of the evening, Gaydo had one streak of 14 consecutive strikes and another of 11 in a row.

His line scores for the evening were 265, 266, and 278 - totaling up to an 809 series - the best the veteran kegler has ever achieved on his "home" lanes.

Though he says he's been bowling well all season, Gaydo surprised himself with the groove he was in Monday.

In case anyone out there wants to see for themselves if the lanes on which Tim was bowling were somehow magically responsible for his 809 series, he was bowling on lanes 11 and 12.

The scoresheet tells the story of Tim Gaydo's great night at the Cherokee Bowl. Photo submitted
It's apparent though, that it was more a case of practice, practice, practice. Gaydo himself tells people "If you want to learn how to bowl, you've got to bowl," and he certainly practices what he preaches.

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