300: Like father, like son

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The odds of bowling a 300 game are 11,500 to 1, according to the United States Bowling Congress.
The odds of a father and son recording 300s on the same night are a lot greater, but Tupelo’s Matt Hartigan, 19, and his father, Kevin, 49, recently accomplished the feat at Rebelanes in league games.
“I contacted the U.S. Bowling Congress and they said it’s happened, a father and son bowling 300s the same day,” said Kevin Hartigan, who owns Rebelanes. “They said it’s still unique, very unique.”
It was a first for Rebelanes, which opened in 1958.
Matt, bowling for Rebelanes Pro Shop team in Wednesday Night League play, rolled scores of 211, 300 and 255 while Kevin, bowling for the Rebelanes team against Matt’s team, rolled scores of 247, 215 and 300.
“We were on the same pair of lanes, 13 and 14,” Kevin said. “Matthew bowled his first. I had to show him the older guys can still do it.”
“Hey, don’t let him kid you,” Matt added, then laugh. “The old guys can turn their game on and off.”
The game was the 17th sanctioned 300 for Kevin and the sixth for Matt. Both said they have rolled “a ton” of 300s in practice rounds.
Still, reaching perfection on the same night, in the same match, was special for both.
“It was probably one of the best 300s I’ve ever had,” Matt said.
“That was a good 300 for me,” said Kevin, who bowled that day with a new ball Matt had drilled for him. “It’s different when you’re up there and everybody’s watching, knowing every shot counts.”
Kevin was especially proud of the way Matt bowled that day.
“I bet he’d thrown 100 games that week and it got to where he was throwing it pretty well,” the father said. “I can remember my brother and I bowling with our father when he bowled his first 300. It was special.
“What Matthew and I did was a lot of fun.”