Julius Marsh felt it was coming.
Marsh bowled a sizzling 211 in his one game of practice right before he competed in the Viva Las Vegas league Thursday night at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
And he said to himself: If he could maintain his hot hand, he could register his first 600 series.
That’s just what the 25-year-old Marsh did, smoking a 605 with scores of 167, 223 and 215. It broke Marsh’s previous best of 577 that he bowled in January. Marsh was in a celebratory mood as he talked about his feat two days later.
“This was definitely more than a thrill,” said an exuberant Marsh, a Woodland Hills resident. “Only two years ago, I had a 140 average.”
Since then, Marsh has built his average up to the 160s and established himself as one of the top young up-and-coming bowlers in the area. He served notice in March that he was primed for some lofty scores when he nailed six strikes in a row en route to a 246 game.
On Thursday, Marsh entered the 10th frame of his final game needing at least a spare and then five pins to finish with a 600.
Marsh nailed the spare and then he got some advice from Greg Kolski, who had come over to Marsh’s lane to encourage his friend’s 600 pursuit
“After I got my spare,[Greg] told me, ‘Just get a strike and you’ll be good,’ ’’ Marsh said.
Marsh got his strike on his final shot – and rang up his 605.
“My next goal is to bowl better than my highest score in league, which is a 246,” said Marsh, one of the friendliest and most popular figures on the lanes.
“I may not be able to do it today or tomorrow or two weeks from now, but it will eventually happen over time.”