Airman wins big in Navy Bowling Base Team Championship

(Via Ho’okele News)

Art Hamabata shows the winning form he used to gain the highest average award in the Navy Bowling Base Team Championships. MWR Marketing photo by Reid Kagemoto

Helen Ko

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Competing against 250 bowlers and five bases in the Pacific Region, Art Hamabata won the title of the Navy Bowling Base Team Championships league high average bowler award with his 208.088 average score.

Hamabata is an Air Force staff sergeant. assigned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. He won a free bowling ball from Storm and an amateur staff contract for one year which includes four balls, two bags and three shirts, a $500 product credit to be used throughout the year and staff pricing for all Storm products.

Hamabata started bowling at the age of 4, so he’s been a bowler for the past 50 years. He practices at the Hickam Bowling Center about once a week.

“I didn’t expect this. This is my very first award for this title.

This is the very first tournament that the Navy ran,” Hamabata said.

Some of his stats include a 219 high average held. His highest series held at Hickam Bowling Center was 798, he played his first 300 game in 1984 in Florida and 18 years later he bowled his 600 game here at Hickam Bowling Center.

Hamabata heard the good news from Millie Gomes, director of bowling and Sharkey Theater, who encouraged him to put a team together.

“There is no plaque or trophy for winning this award, but I did get great products from Storm. I also want to thank Millie Gomes for being part of the team,” Hamabata said.

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