JOHNSBURG – A perfect game isn’t an easy feat to accomplish, even for professional bowlers. With one being so hard as it is, many have failed to duplicate the original performance and score perfect games back to back.
However, that dream recently became a reality for Chuck Toohey, who is not a professional, but a truck driver from McHenry.
Most Sundays, Toohey goes bowling with his wife, Leeann, and their friend at Raymond’s Bowl & Entertainment Center in Johnsburg. But on April 30, something unexpected happened. After bowling a 300 his first game, Toohey said he couldn’t believe it when he also bowled a 300 the game after. Bowling two perfect games in a row requires a bowler to throw 24 straight strikes.
“The first one didn’t phase me a whole lot, because I’ve thrown 300s before, but I’ve never thrown one back to back before now,” Toohey said. “It didn’t really hit me until I threw the second one. That’s when it felt surreal.”
The 51-year-old McHenry resident’s remarkable performance didn’t end there. In his third game, Toohey came close to his third consecutive 300, finishing with a 279.
“On the first frame of Game 3, I left a 10 pin in the first frame, a four pin in the second frame and then got all strikes the rest of the way,” Toohey said. “So two spares and then the strikes came back. Those first two frames were the only two bad shots I threw, I think, because I was still hyped up from the consecutive 300s.”
Toohey said this was his new high score for three consecutive games, and the two 300s were Nos. 12 and 13 for him.
“I always try to do the best I can,” Toohey said. “If the pins fall, they fall; if not, then I have to make adjustments.”
Toohey said he bowls twice a week – Sundays and Tuesdays – and had been averaging 223 a game. But since he got a new Storm Code Black bowling ball about a month ago, his average has been about 240.
“It was really exciting to see,” Raymond’s Bowl manager Joe Kuna said. “I don’t know if there has been any higher scores in Lake or McHenry counties in a three-game span.”