Carleen Natividad, 35, bowled her first 300 game in the sanctioned Bar League Challenge on Thursday, July 8, at Town & Country Lanes in Keizer.
“It is only the second perfect game ever bowled by a woman at the lanes” said owner Don Lebold. “It’s a truly remarkable feat.”
Don added he knows of only three women in Salem-Keizer who have ever bowled a 300 game, until Carleen bowled her game last week.
With regards to her 300 game, Carleen said she wasn’t nervous going into the 10th frame. Her dad, Ted Natividad, an avid bowler and assistant coach with the McNary girls high school team, kept her calm, she said. Her only thought before throwing the final strike was, “OK….here it goes.”
On throwing the last strike she turned and ran to her dad and burst out in tears. Trying to calm down and with shaky legs, she went outside to get fresh air until reminded by a team mate she needed to come back in and bowl the third game.
Carleen’s last three balls were solid shots, perfect pocket strikes.
Due to an accident in 2008 Carleen has not bowled regularly on a team until this summer’s league; her current average is 164. Her previous league average was 198. Recently she competed in the “Bowl Down Cancer” tournament in Portland and won $500.
Carleen lives in Keizer and has been bowling with her family since the age of nine. She is a graduate of McNary High School.
She is also a member of the bowling Natividads. The family has accumulated its share of perfection over the years.
As reported last year in the Keizertimes, Ted Natividad, Jr., or TJ, has two sanctioned 300s; Ted, Sr has one 300, though it wasn’t sanctioned (bowled in a Monte Carlo game). Bill Secco, who is married to Carleen’s sister Christina, has two, as does one of Carleen’s nephews.
– Submitted by Bill Griffith