Hours of practice are paying off for the top two Army bowlers who live on Fort Hood.
They returned from All-Army Trials in May – clinching number one and number two spots.
One of them returned with a trophy from the All Armed Forces Championships.
Sergeant First Class Damian Codrington just tried out for the All-Army team and he's already seeing gold. However, he doesn't let his first medal and trophy at the California Championships get to his head.
Any day, you can find him with a bowling ball in hand.
“I'm awfully relaxed,” he said. “I don't pay attention to much around me, when I'm on these lanes, I'm focused.”
Codrington's day job is with Fort Hood's Materiel Field Team, but his real passion lies in the lanes.
“It's more of an ahh-oo-sa for me – when I feel lost or out of place,” he said. “Bowling just fine tunes everything for me.”
Codrington spends his lunches hitting strikes, but what's practice without a little friendly competition?
“But only whoever can back it up – that's what I'm saying. Let's see how he does under pressure,” he said.
Staff Sergeant Allan Smith has bowling in his blood and it's been a lifelong dream to go pro.
“In my family, if you didn't bowl, you wasn't part of the family,” Smith said. “My mother got inducted into the Hall of Fame in Houston last year.”
That's why he actually joined the military. He's in the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade.
“I heard there was an All-Army bowling team and I was like hey I like to bowl so I joined the Army,” Smith said.
He has had 15 perfect games and is aiming for more. He places 30 to 60 games a week.
Sergeant First Class Codrington has his sights set on first place in the January Military Bowling Championships. As for Staff Sergeant Smith, his life goal is to get his professional bowling card and he's certainly on his way.