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A striking performance by 21-year-old Amy Davis

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It happened to bowler Kelly Gold of West Hills when she crushed back-to-back perfect games in January.

It happened to Charles Mandel of Woodland Hills when he smoked an 845 series in July.

And it happened Tuesday night to Amy Davis of Northridge, who blistered a 180 in her second game in the "Guys and Dolls" league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.

All three bowlers were in that "zone," a fleeting period of time in which everything seems to goes right.

Amy, incidentally, carries a 103 average.

Her previous high game was 136.

She's 21 years old and she has about a half-year of bowling league experience.

After scoring a promising 127 in her first game, Amy really found her "zone" and carried her team to victory in her second game.

Amy slammed six strikes -- including a four-bagger from the fifth to the eighth frames. By the seventh frame, Amy already had exceeded her previous best game.

"She bowled four strikes in a row and she hadn't bowled four strikes in a month," marveled teammate Doug Tucker.

With handicap, Amy's score skyrocketed to a 294. Afterwards, Amy said she didn't necessarily feel as if she was in a "zone."

"I was worried I was going to miss," said Amy, who bowls on the same team as her mother, Judy Davis.

Amy, a right-hander, is somewhat of a "smashmouth" bowler who hurls missiles at the pins.

"I aim slightly to the right of the head pin or to the left," she said. "Either way works."

Her score likely would have been much higher in her spectacular second game had she not fouled on her first shot in the second frame. She finished that frame with a seven-count.

Amy came back to earth slightly in her final game, rolling a 95.

But her third game just served as a contrast to her previous game during which Amy was in a "zone," exceeding her previous best by a whopping 44 pins.

"We were thrilled," Judy Davis said.



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