Tacoma’s Green-Brown rolls perfect game

Tacoma’s Anna Green-Brown had the game of her life at the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships in Reno last week when she rolled a perfect 300 game, the first of her career.

The 53-year old bowled 12 strikes in a row in the third game of her doubles match on June 17. That brought her score to 636 for the series, the highest she had ever thrown in nine trips to the event.

“I didn’t realize until the sixth or seventh frame that I was striking so much,” the right-hander said. “And when I looked at my score and saw it, my first thought was, ‘Well, I’ll blow it.’ ”

A member of two Tacoma-area leagues, Green-Brown said she hadn’t practiced much for the month leading up to the championships. It made her more relaxed, and she thinks is what she needed to do to reach perfection.

Her 300-game added to an all-event score of 1,771, good enough to place her seventh overall in her division.

Green-Brown said she wasn’t nervous when she picked up her ball in the 10th frame, because her niece had just told her a joke, taking her mind off what she was trying to do.

“The pressure didn’t bother me after that,” she said. “I was laughing and just went up and threw my ball, like always.”

Her perfect game was the third of the 2014 championships, and the 23rd in tournament history.