Greg Kolski has distinguished himself as one of the top up-and-coming young bowlers in the L.A. area.
After four years on the lanes, Kolski is averaging a solid 163 with a high game of 257 and a torrid series of 595.
And one day last month, Kolski completed an extraordinary and amazing performance. It was a feat that is tough to beat.
Kolski, who will turn 29 next month, rolled 100 games in one day. Yes, that’s one hundred.
He bowled by himself on lane 30 at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, rolling ball after ball for 13 hours 10 minutes without taking a break to eat.
Kolski played no-tap, a game in which the bowler is awarded a strike if he knocks down at least nine pins.
And Kolski used that advantage to blister a 284 in his ninth game – bowling 10 strikes at the start, then getting seven pins before missing the spare.
“It wasn’t meant to be that night,” said Kolski about bowling a 300.
Kolski scored at least 200 in six of his first 11 games. He slowed down a bit thereafter but still blasted a 261 in his 15th game, a 233 in his 30th game, a 242 in his 39th game, a 253 in his 67th game, a 250 in his 83rd game and a 252 in his 98th game. Hanging tough, Kolski rolled a 195 in game No. 100.
Longtime bowling observer Tom Martino praised Kolski for lasting 100 games. “He’s relentless in practice so he can perfect his game,” Martino said.
Bowling so many games wasn’t completely foreign to the likeable Kolski. He had previously bowled 85 games in a day. This time, he wanted to bowl 100 games and to ensure he made it that far, he went to no-tap, where the games generally go more quickly.
Kolski started at 9 a.m., and threw his last ball after 10 p.m.
As for what he learned from the experience, Kolski said: “Mostly about how much endurance it takes to get through them all. Once you get to 80, you really feel it. I’m just glad I got through 100 games.”
Kolski used a $12 coupon that allowed him to bowl as many games as he could in one day. “It came out to 12 cents a game,” Kolski said. “That’s a real bargain.”