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Charles City Community Fund holds 9-Pin event at Comet Bowl

Charles City Community Fund holds 9-Pin event at Comet Bowl
Press photo by John Burbridge
Cheryl Fuller puts some loft on the ball while bowling in the 9-Pin Tournament hosted by the Charles City Community Fund held Sept. 24 at Comet Bowl.

Press Staff Report

CHARLES CITY — Sometimes you can be too good.

Like when a right-handed bowler buries the ball into the 1-3 pocket with such force and lack of deflection that it cuts through the heart of the rack chopping the 5-pin off the 9-pin, leaving the latter standing alone untouched despite the violent elimination of maple wood around it.

That’s a “true tap”, one of the reasons why perfect 300 games are still uncommon though more common than years before.

And that’s also why you get two chances per frame in the sport.

On Sept. 24 at Comet Bowl, there was a tournament where one-pin taps go to die. It was the 9-Pin Bowling Event hosted by the Charles City Community Fund.

Simply put, in this tournament you get credited for a strike if you knock down nine pins on your first ball.

The was the 11th annual 9-Pin tournament that was started again after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The Charles City Community Fund is a non-profit organization that serves Floyd County by funding and supporting local agencies that provide essential needs and services to those going through difficult times, or youth and families in financial hardships.

“We are just a group of people that decided we want to raise money for the great charities in this community,” said Mike McCarty of the CCCF. “We are not a big foundation with a big amount of money tucked away.

“Every year we give out all of the money we raised the year before.”

The CCCF stated that it gave out $27,000 to nonprofit organizations, and raised nearly half that amount through projects and events like the 9-Pin Bowling Tournament, the Full Moon 5K Run held in the spring at Wildwood Golf Course and other events.

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