Frank Owen, an excellent bowler, is 90 years old. His stands five-foot-six and he weighs 171 lbs. The other week his scores were 302 and 303. That was in January, 2014. Not too bad for someone who was born in 1924.
One of Frank’s highest scores ever was 350. The rest of us who bowl with him in the Early Birds League at Rossmere Lanes,can only gasp in amazement. While we aim to get at least over 100, many of us get light-headed as we approach 200. But 300? It’s just unbelievable!
His team of four other bowlers can hardly believe what’s happening, either.
Frank’s other sport is golf. He has not divulged his scores in that game. I’m sure they are pretty low.
He is a cheerful gentleman who lives alone in North Kildonan in a four-room bungalow. It has a finished basement. He is his own cook and has been for the last 25 years. We have not asked him for any favourite recipes but I’m sure they’re special, too.
Before he retired 25 years ago, Frank was a farmer, working 800 acres in Indian Head, Sask. He also was a semi-trailer mechanic and sang tenor in the Sintaluta United Church choir. Singing is one of his hobbies.
Frank has two children and six grand-children. He had a heart attack when he was 89 but it has not affected his game. Those balls that he rolls go unerringly down the lane and hit their objects.
Frank jokingly talks about taking a drug test (in view of his unusally high bowling scores). But I don’t think that will be necessary. Watching him swing and roll those balls makes it look so easy. We are all in awe of his skills.
And we wonder, "Do we have to wait until we are 90 years old before we can make such good scores, too?"
Bertha Klassen is a community correspondent for Elmwood.