NAHS grad looks to set bowling record

  • Posted: 1/24/2013 2:13 PM
    6/1/2013 6:09 PM

Jack Ness, a 2004 graduate of North Augusta High School, may sleep exceptionally well Saturday night, with visions of flying pins in his dreams.

The longtime bowler, now living in Gastonia, N.C., is looking to set a world record for bowling the most games in a 24-hour period.

Hopes are to drum up more business for Lake Wylie Bowl N' Bounce, in York County, where he is the assistant manager. He is also looking to collect donations, via pledges, for Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

Ness noted that he has a particular appreciation for such facilities, as he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008 and had it removed in 2010.

For his bowling marathon, he plans to begin at noon Friday and roll on until noon Saturday.

"Over the years of bowling, in numerous tournaments, I've bowled a lot of games in a day. It comes natural to bowl ...

"I've never done it for this extended period of time or anything like that, but I'm ... going to eat some carbs, stay with a little bit of caffeine, do a little cardio, and when I get tired, I'll do some jumping jacks to try to stay awake."

The North Augusta native, whose parents are Jackson resident Ron Ness and Inman resident Patti Maness, said he started bowling at age 3, at the Garden City Lanes in Augusta.

It went out of business, so he shifted to Northside Lanes in North Augusta, in the mid '90s, and also worked there while in high school. His Yellow Jacket time included four years as a tuba player in the Jacket Regiment.

"I wanted to pursue a career in bowling. I was going to go to Vincennes University, up in Indiana, on a bowling scholarship, and then about two weeks before I was supposed to go, I tore ligaments in my bowling thumb, so I was unable to attend."

He went back to work and studied as well, spending a year in college, and then opted to pursue his favorite sport. Following were jobs at in Hendersonville, N.C., and Gastonia, N.C.

When he first approached his current employer, he emphasized his expertise in the sport. "They made me assistant manager, and it's worked out very well. Everything is going great. Our sales are going up. We're getting more leagues in here. I couldn't ask for a better job."

He noted that he met his wife, Heather, through bowling. "We bowled in youth tournaments with each other growing up, and we knew each other quite a while before we actually decided to date."

He said she and his parents are planning to be on hand for the entire duration of his event, "and I have a good many friends coming over from the Gastonia area to support and to hang out."