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Bowler Doug Tucker has his night in the sun

Doug Tucker smoked a 246 in his first game on Tuesday night.
Doug Tucker smoked a 246 in his first game on Tuesday night.
Jerome Aron

It’s been written about over and over in this space, but it’s worth repeating:

When a bowler gets hot and stays hot, it’s such a pretty sight.

Ace women’s bowler Kelly Gold once described it as if “you were on your own little lane by yourself and you can’t miss. And if you do miss, it still carried.”

On Tuesday night, it was Doug Tucker’s turn to get blazing hot.

Doug is a 162 average bowler – up significantly from his average of 146 two years ago – and he couldn’t miss in his first league game at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.

After a first-frame open, Doug got in his left-handed groove and threw sweet hooks into the pocket from the second to the eighth frames.

Seven solid strikes.

He finished the game with two spares for a personal-best 246 score – which equates to a stratospheric 307 with handicap. He broke his previous-best scratch score by 10 pins.

“He was amazing,” said teammate Hans Kostrzewski. “I’ve never seen him bowl that well. He was in a zone.”

Doug, a Winnetka resident, opened his second game with a strike in the first frame and then got a bad break with the 4-5 split.

No problem.

Still in a zone, Doug weaved his ball between the pins for a spare, then rolled a strike in the third frame and a spare in the fourth before cooling off and finishing with a still-strong 164.

Beset by two splits in the final game, Doug closed his night with a sub-par 112. He still finished with a sterling 174 average for his 522 series.

“Sometimes you get the breaks and sometimes you don’t,” said Doug, philosophizing about his night’s work. “I just bowl to have fun and that’s what it’s all about.”

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