Ray Schultz Jr. is a local bowler at the 11th Frame Lanes in East Aurora and bowls in the Tuesday night Men’s Scratch League. He has been recognized by his achievements in bowling with eight perfect 300 games and four – 800 sets. He also once bowled two consecutive 300 games and is somewhat of a local celebrity at the lanes. Ray is recognized by his fellow bowlers as “hilarious” and is categorized as being a “damn decent guy to bowl with”.
How and when did you get started in bowling?
I remember sleeping under the counter at the lanes while my dad bowled in one of his many league nights. I was probably 3 (1983). When the men were done, I’d go out in my socks and roll my father’s ball a couple times. It was a grey Columbia 300 White Dot. I started bowling on a journey league when I was 12 years old.
Which pin is your least favorite? (ex. 7 pin)
10 pin. Not to shoot at, just to leave it.
What is the origin of your nickname of “____________________?” Who came up with the nickname?
I don’t have a bowling nickname. If I did it would be inappropriate and vulgar. Too “R” rated for this (blog).
Do you have any superstitions, in bowling or any other sport?
No superstitions, but I try not to eat while I bowl. Or piss. I’m good at the first one.
What is the craziest thing you ever witnessed in the bowling alley?
I grew up in a bowling alley, so I’ve seen some crazy stuff. Fights, sex, drinking games, objects thrown down alleys that weren’t bowling balls. Pregnant girls smoking (1980s).
How do you feel about two-handed bowlers?
Two-handed bowlers—Two different types (#1) like to see the ball hook (#2) use the revs for an advantage. I’m cool with #2 but if a person is impressed by revolutions, I am always quick to point out that you scored on pin fall not the number of boards you cover. “Straighter can be greater”.
Do you use a glove or wrist brace?
I use no performance enhancing equipment, especially braces or gloves.
What type of ball do you have?
I currently have a Hammer Wrench. I don’t really have an allegiance to any ball or brand.
What is your beverage of choice when bowling?
I like to drink beer and bowl. Miller Light typically, but if I’m with friends, I care very little about bowling and much more about having fun.
Have you ever bowled naked? If no, do you think you will ever bowl naked?
I’ve bowled in my boxer briefs. I can see multiple scenarios where I’ll bowl naked. It’s bound to happen.
What is your favorite bowling movie?
‘Kingpin’ is fantastic. Bill Murray is a genius and I’m one more birthday sex from naming my next son Roy Munson Schultz.
Bowling has changed a lot over the years. I love having a beer and talking about the good old days with other “old school” bowlers. If you are one of sixty guys to bowl a 300 at your lanes… bowl somewhere else.
Bonus Question: (worth a free beer!)
Anita, Cheri, Miguel, and Jake were bowling one night. For fun they decided to put the girls against the boys, with the highest total score for each team winning.
Anita scored 18 less than Miguel.
Cheri score was 16 less than twice Anita’s score
Cheri outscored Jake by 21
If the total scored by all four kids was 529, did the boys win or did the girls win?
*Hint solve in terms of Jake = x
Looks like I owe you a beer! Cheers!