If youâ€™ll be hanging out on Fort Irwin during the opportunity leave period, which runs through July 15, why not try your hand at a friendly, bowling contest? The Strike Zone is holding â€œBowl Over the GC,â€ which is a competition that pits your three-game score against Col. Kurt Pinkertonâ€™s score.
Last Friday, Pinkerton, who is the Garrison Commander, put on his bowling shoes, performed (what looked like) a few warm-up stretches and proceeded to knock down enough pins in three games for 503 points. Command Sgt. Maj. Dale Perez, the soon-to-be Garrison Command Sergeant Major, and his son Joe, shared the lanes with Pinkerton at the post bowling alley, which was busy that afternoon. Perez scored 396, while junior achieved 250 points.
Right next to Pinkerton and crew, three other bowlers came close to the top score. First Lt. Samuel Sistare, the logistics officer with Headquarters and Headquarters Company at 1916th Support Battalion under 916th Support Brigade, bowled a 457. Jimmy Perez, a supply and services supervisor at 916th Support Brigade, got 473. Corporal Alex Vanderham, an evacuation NCO with 4-9 Infantry under 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, was the closest with 490 total points.
Pinkerton bowls again tomorrow at 5 p.m. and then July 13 at the same time. You donâ€™t have to bowl the same night that Pinkerton plays. You have all week to play three games, and as many times as you need, to top his latest Friday night total; Strike Zone will tally your scores and if you beat the current Pinkerton score, you win.
Any bowler that can beat his three-game series will win three free games of bowling and a free shoe rental. Weekly winners will receive $10 in â€œMWR Bucks,â€ and the overall series winner will get $25 â€œMWR Bucks.â€ The overall top series winner for all three sessions will get his or her name put on a plaque that reads, â€œI Bowled Over the GC,â€ which will be hung at Strike Zone for all to see.