A Girard man broke the Guinness Book of World Records for “Highest Pinfall in Tenpin Bowling in 1 Hour by an Individual” Feb. 15 at Game of Wickliffe.
In front of a crowd of supporters, Adam Barta, 35, knocked down 2,709 pins during The National Bowling Association’s Reed-Hawthorne Memorial Classic Tournament.
The previous record — 2,132 pins — was set by George Frilingos in Queensland, Australia last year
As soon as the count was official, Barta was inundated with hugs and high-fives from his fans, which included his wife, Marci, and sons, Logan, 14, Blake, 2, and Brooks, 5 months.
“I’m sure it’s going to start a big windstorm over here. I’m sure it’s just the beginning of the record,” Barta said modestly.
Barta — who was the first seed going into the tournament — ended up finishing second.
However, he said the important thing is that his charity got publicity from the Guinness stunt, raising about $2,500 to provide food, cash and hope to needy families who have been touched by cancer.
“My father passed away on Christmas Eve two years ago from cancer,” Barta added. “My father was only given 2 1/2 weeks to live. He ended up living 2 1/2 years, so he defied the odds of what the doctor said. So I want to deliver a personal message of the power of hope. You can fight another day. Maybe tomorrow there will be a cure for cancer.”
The world record was livestreamed by MichiganBowler.Tv. Craig Elliott, owner of the company, said the prior record holder watched Barta break his record online from Australia.
“The old record holder has been suppporting Adam,” Elliott said.
Glenn Gable, CEO of Game Entertainment, called Barta’s world record “a feather in the cap of one of the nation’s largest bowling centers.”
Mary Krahe, chief operating officer of Game Entertainment, said she was optimistic Barta would beat the record after watching him bowl 156 strikes in practice.
“To be able to be known as the house that helped him get the record? That’s some pretty cool bragging rights,” Krahe said.
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