Thoughts while waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for opposing league bowlers to cut short their socializing and return to the lanes to take their turn:
Julius Marsh is one of the area’s marathon men when it comes to bowling. He once hung in there for 81 games in one day in 2011. That represented a five-hour commitment.
Julius was back at it Monday night when he rolled 17 practice games “before tiring out” at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills. Although Julius, a 26-year-old Woodland Hills resident, didn’t last as long as he did in his one-day marathon three years ago, he did set a personal best.
On the strength of opening with six straight strikes in Game 8, Julius finished with a sterling 264. “And I didn’t even use my own bowling ball,” chirped Julius. “I used a 14-pound ball from the bowling alley.”
Julius, who usually bowls with a 16-pound ball, averages 170. He also smacked a 236 in Game 16 . . .
League bowling may be fading some, but it better not go away because this competitive bowling provides exhilarating moments that just can’t be duplicated. Exhibit A is Rosie Bates’ nearly perfect 278 game at Winnetka Bowl against a cocky bunch of opponents that left them without much to say when it was all over.
For Rosie, it represented “the best moment of my life.” Megastar Johnnie Englehart spotlighted some significance in Rosie’s stunning performance in which a 150-average bowler could rise up and bowl like she was a chartered member of the super elite. “There’s hope for everybody,” he said with a smile.
Afterwards, Rosie, a truly modest individual, didn’t talk about how her goal was now to bowl a 300. “I just want to get better and learn how to throw a curve ball,” she said . . .
Jamie Beeler, “the toughest bowler around,” has finally been sidelined. But it won’t be for long.
Jamie, a Chatsworth resident, earned his nickname after completing three games of his league bowling at Woodlake Lanes despite a full-blown case of kidney stones, which ultimately forced him to seek treatment at a hospital later that night.
Jamie has now been out two sessions from his bowling league after his car was hit from behind while it was stationary on the San Diego Freeway. His car was forced to stop when the car in front of him stalled and came to a stop.
Jamie’s car was rear-ended by two different vehicles going the speed limit. He suffered neck and back injuries. Jamie showed at Woodlake Lanes on Tuesday night, declaring that he “was fine,” but he was not cleared by his doctor to return – until next Tuesday.
“I’ll be back next week with a vengeance,” declared Jamie, still “the toughest bowler around.” . . .
The “Party Animals” league is planning to return to Winnetka Bowl on Fridays, starting Sept. 5. The league was originally based at Winnetka Bowl before leaving in 2005. It’s now trying to recruit bowlers to round out the league. “It’s going to be a laid-back league; novice and experienced bowlers welcome,” said Marsha Martinez, who is helping to organize the league.
It will be open to 18 teams with a $20-a-week fee. Elizabeth Fonvergne, one of the original bowlers from Winnetka Bowl’s “Party Animals” league and a local star, will be competing again. For more information, contact Marsha at her email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Winnetka Bowl.