That’s how long Westlake Village’s Monica Cohen had been away from league bowling.
She made her return last week at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills and marked the occasion with a stirring 151 score in her second of three games.
Cohen said, as best as she could remember, she had never averaged above 130.
“I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to bowl,” said Cohen with a laugh. “I didn’t know if I could throw the ball down the lane. When I bowled a 100 (actually 105) the first game, I thought, ‘I can do this!’
“All the support from my teammates made me comfortable and I had a ball. I really enjoyed my whole night.”
The right-handed Cohen displayed an impressive hook, collecting five strikes in the second game, including back-to-back strikes on two occasions.
She added three strikes in her finale when she bowled a 121.
“I just did the best I could and never felt stressed out about it,” Cohen said. “I just had a lot of fun. It’s different now than when I was in my 20s and life is so crazy. I joined to socialize and the people were so nice.”
Cohen said she had distant memories of her high game ever, which she registered at Woodlake Lanes. “I bowled a 203 once,” she said. “Unfortunately, that was a one-time deal. I never broke 200 again.
“I’d love to bowl 200 [now] and to be honest, I’d like to get my average up to 160 or 170. But I know that’s a big challenge.”
In her second week back in the league, Cohen was hobbled by an apparent strain of her leg muscles. She’s still hopeful she can return to the lanes for Week 3.
“Two muscles are screaming out at me,” Cohen said. “It reminds me that it’s not 1984 again.”