Alfonso Alvarez had already written the headline in his mind.
“It was ‘Bowler Gets Lost. Did You See Him?’ ” said Alfonso, smiling.
That missing bowler happened to be Alfonso himself. The right-handed, high-scoring marksman inexplicably struggled in his series two weeks ago at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, rolling three games in the 150s.
Alfonso’s bowling one game in the 150s happens about as often as the appearance of Halley’s Comet, so three times in one series is huge news. “It was my lowest scores ever,” Alfonso lamented.
Not to fret, though.
Alfonso, who has bowled a perfect game, a 741 series and recently averaged 218 and 213 in his two summer leagues at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, was back in form Wednesday night at Corbin Bowl.
Alfonso, a Woodland Hills resident, smoked games of 192, 247 and 202 for a 641 series, an average of 213.7. He finished his second game with a flourish, blasting nine straight strikes.
“A little bit better,” said Alfonso after his second game had ended.
Alfonso is bowling at Corbin Bowl once a week after competing exclusively at Woodlake Lanes. He admits the changeover has been challenging at times.
“It’s different from Woodlake,” he said, “but you can’t use that as an excuse. If you’re a good bowler, you adapt.”
And so he is.
The headline for Alfonso has changed as well. It now reads: “Bowler Found . . . and Doing Well.”