Jeanette Griffin knows full well that bowlers often climb the highest peaks and plunge into the deepest valleys during their league seasons.
“I wish I could be more consistent,” said Griffin, who averages in the high 130s. “One Tuesday, I might be awesome, and the next Tuesday, it’ll be, ‘What happened?’ said Griffin, laughing. “I’d like to consistently bowl over my average.”
During the third week of the summer “Guys and Dolls” league season at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, Griffin had one of those awesome moments. The right-handed Griffin blasted a 225 game – which translated into a memorable 302 with handicap.
Those two scores rated as the women’s top scratch and top handicap games in her league and earned Griffin two cash prizes at the end of the season.
Griffin, a Woodland Hills resident, said she didn’t do anything special during her 225 game. “I just go up there and think positively and focus and look at the markings on the floor and see that’s where the ball goes,” she said simply.
It was Griffin’s first league season at Woodlake Lanes after eight years at Canoga Bowl.
Griffin, who celebrated her 55th birthday Thursday, has already earned a niche as one of the most affable and radiant bowlers at Woodlake Lanes in just the three months she’s bowled there.
“She has a vibrant personality,” said fellow bowler Carol Tucker. “She just lights up a room.”
Said Griffin: “I don’t like to take bowling real seriously. I just want to have fun. If I screw up, well, ‘it was just a bad night and I’ll do better next week.’ ”
Griffin bowls in only one league a week.
“Bowling just breaks up my week,” Griffin said. “I really don’t have any [bowling] goals. I just try to bowl the best I can every night.”