Bernice and Clark Brown are not going to let their age keep them from doing what they enjoy, even after nine decades.
One day before her 92nd birthday on Feb. 27, Bernice threw three strikes in a row, and then two more later during the Thursday Morning Seniors Bowling League game at the Spryfield Bowlarama, much to the amazement of her team members.
“She was just awesome. If you can get one or two strikes in a day, it’s good bowling, but five?” said fellow bowler Darrell Reilly of the Feb. 28 game.
Clark, who uses his walking stick to balance himself in the bowling lane for each throw (watch video) is turning 95 on March 4.
“Oh, they’re great, great people and everybody thinks the world of them,” said Reilly.
Married in May 1945, Clark said he and Bernice took up bowling “for something to do,” and now they rarely miss a week at the alley.
The couple, who moved to Spryfield in June 1959, have been bowling together for 20 years. They are now living in the Parkland Estates retirement home.
Reilly met Clark years ago playing horseshoes, and is amazed at how good his friend’s hand to eye coordination still is.
“My God, does he ever have it, for 95 years of age,” Reilly said.
To help celebrate the Brown’s milestones, bowlers serenaded the couple with Happy Birthday and a cake after their game on Feb. 28.