TERRE HAUTE, Ind. —
Whatever the odds, 72-year-old Sherm “Big Daddy” Wilkins has defied them.
One day he sank a hole in one — the odds of that are 12,000 to one. A day later, he bowled a perfect game. The odds of an adult male accomplishing that are 11,500 to one.
The odds of doing both in a short span? Astronomical.
On Father’s Day, Wilkins recorded his first-ever hole-in-one using an 8-iron on a 105-yard par-three hole. The very next night, he rolled the fifth 300 game in his lengthy bowling career during league play at Terre Haute’s Vigo Bowl.
Wilkins said he’s played golf for years but probably never came closer than a foot or two of a hole in one.
The 300 at the bowling lanes was the fifth in his 60-year-career.
“What was neat, I only bowled 152 the first game, then I shot 300, then only bowled 177 the third game. So I only bowled 629 [three-game series]. I’d rather not mention that,” he smiled.
The obvious follow-up question of “Did you buy a lottery ticket?” begged to be asked.
“I did buy four and they were all losers,” Wilkins laughed. “They weren’t even close. I think my luck ran out that Monday evening.”
Despite his recent success, Wilkins keeps his perspective and priorities firmly in check when queried what he learned from this experience.
“It has something to say about just staying with something for many, many years,” Wilkins said. “I’m fortunate the good Lord’s given me decent health to do things. … because I know people my age that can hardly get out of a chair. It’s just something that I’ve done forever, just thankful I can still get out there and throw the ball.”
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