by Fred Eisenhammer
WINNETKA – It’s been a real Lew-Lew of a season for one elite bowling family. On June 1, Bill Lew blasted his first sanctioned perfect game as part of a sizzling 728 series (300-201-227). Lew, a 68-year-old righthander, recorded his gem three months after his son, Adam Lew, notched his second perfecto. Adam, 34, blistered his first 300 in December.
Not to be forgotten is Bill’s daughter, Amy, who has been on an absolute roll and is threatening to join the Lew perfecto club. Amy, 33, with her textbook form, recently blasted a 257 en route to winning her league’s women Sweepers title. Adam, incidentally, w
on his league’s men’s Sweepers championship.
So it was a clean Sweep for the Lew brother-and-sister combination.
But back to Bill’s masterpiece. Bill actually recorded his first perfect game in September at AMF Riverside Lanes. But the league was not sanctioned so he was still chasing his first official 300 when he found his 12-strike mark at Winnetka Bowl.
“I’m so proud of him,” Amy says. “He’s definitely an inspiration to become a better bowler. He works so hard on his game and his scores show it.”
Bill said nerves were not bothering him as he prepared for his final shot of his 300 in Winnetka Bowl’s Thirsty Nite Out League. “To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t nervous at all.
“I just knew that I had to roll a good shot and I did,” said Bill, who travels 78 miles one way from his Riverside home to bowl. “As a matter of fact, my kids know that – whenever there’s a time where I have to perform, that’s the moment I live for.
“With 40 to 50 people behind me supporting me, the last thing I wanted to hear was, ‘Awww, he pulled the shot.’ I had to make a good shot.”
The first person to congratulate him was Adam, who like Amy, was bowling on Bill’s team that night. “This  was better than the first one because my family was there,” said Bill, adding that the 300 was “one of the best moments of my life, ranking right up there with having my kids.”
Bill, likewise, was present when Adam knocked out his most recent 300. “The place all went nuts,” recalled Bill, whose wife, Nancy, averages 153. “It was tremendous. [My kids] are really well-liked so when Adam did it, the whole place swarmed him and I saw that. I was so happy for him when they all gave him hugs and handshakes.”
Now that the Lew family has reached another milestone, the spotlight shines on Amy. Bill says she’ll have her moment in the 300 sun too.
“Hopefully really soon,” Bill said. “The past few weeks she’s tightened her game a bit and is banging out some good games. I know she’ll shoot one.”
That wouldn’t come as a big surprise. Bowling 300s is a family affair for the Lews. Bowling excellence comes easily. “It’s in their blood,” said Bill, whose dad was a scratch bowler. “They can’t help it.”