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Bowler Justin Obacz making his mark and has fun doing it

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Bowlers love to talk about their release point and finding their "mark" to guide them through their games.

As far as Justin Obacz of Simi Valley is concerned, why bother with such minutia?

"It's too complicated when you have to look at all the arrows and boards," Obacz deadpans.

Obacz faithfully heeds his bowling mantra, firing away with a herculean hook like a rifleman who doesn't bother to measure his shot before pulling the trigger.

And yet, Obacz is impressively accurate as he competes in the highly competitive Wednesday Superstars league at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana.

Obacz is averaging 164 -- and he still hasn't completed his first full year of bowling in a certified league. Still, more than Obacz's bowling skill is his personality that sets him apart. In a sport full of characters, Obacz is certainly among the most colorful.

He tells a reporter in their first meeting that he is "the worst bowler in the world."

It's sometimes difficult to tell whether Obacz is joking, but there is no doubt that he is far from a bowling neophyte. He has a high game of 298 that he smoked in the unsanctioned Party Animals league years back.

"It was a league where they had black lights and the music was blaring," he said. "My kind of league."

Obacz says he wants to average 200 for a season. And when does he want to reach that level?

"Hopefully, in no less than a year," says Obacz, who has a high this season of 216.

Obacz has many supporters.

Said teammate Wendy Nitz: "He can average 200 -- easily," adding that Obacz represents the team's "comic relief."

Said league colleague Deanna Peters: "He's proof that you don't have to focus 100 percent and you can still bowl well. I think that describes him pretty well."

On Wednesday night, Obacz rolled games of 133, 168 and 178, slightly below his average.

But whether he averages 200 or not, Obacz acknowledges that he's having fun bowling.

"Absolutely," he says. "It's like everything else. If you don't have fun, why do it?"



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