Baldwin bowler reflects on 300 game

GREAT SERIES: Tim Hickman gets ready to bowl his next series. (Star/John Raffel)
GREAT SERIES: Tim Hickman gets ready to bowl his next series. (Star/John Raffel)

BALDWIN — Tim Hickman could be excused if he’s rather sad to see the 2011-12 bowling season come to an end.

It was during the Thursday night men’s league at the Baldwin Bowling center that Hickman turned in a memorable accomplishment. He bowled a sanctioned 300 game on Dec. 7.

He’s had three other sanctioned 300s, plus three other perfect games in non-sanctioned tournaments. He’s been bowling at the lanes since 2006.

“It was important to me because it had been awhile,” Hickman said “It had been five years since I threw the other 300. It was exciting, being here in Baldwin.”

As soon as Hickman released his final ball, he started smiling. He knew it was going to be a strike and he was going to enjoy a perfect game

“When I threw it, I knew it would be good,” he said. “I wanted to hit my target and whatever happened, happened. It was exciting.”

Hickman shot a 205 his first game, then hit the 300 and finished with the 221. He wound up with a 726. For his third game “I was pretty relaxed. I think there are sometimes that (after a 300 game) you have a letdown.”

Hickman’s best all-time series is an 805, which was 12 years ago in another area.

This season, Hickman was averaging a 216 per game. He’s also a golfer.

“Probably golf is more challenging,” Hickman said.

But when it comes to bowling Hickman would like to win a tournament. He wouldn’t mind doing well in the state tournament. In the Flint city tournament 15 years ago, he won all-event championship, singles championships and all events championship titles.