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Bowler Kelly Gold is primed for her next highlight

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It’s going to happen.

It’s going to happen.

It’s going to happen.

That basically is bowler Kelly Gold’s mantra as she doggedly pursues her first 800 series.

Gold crushed an amazing back-to-back 300s in the first two games of her women's travel league last year at Canoga Park Bowl. That ranked as’s most notable L.A.-area bowling performance of 2013 and catapulted Gold to the top of the area’s super elite of women’s bowlers.

Even famed women’s pro bowler Kelly Kulick weighed in on Gold’s pulsating performance, saying the 24 strikes in a row was “like hitting three home runs” in the majors.

Gold actually added a strike in the first frame of her third game that day, but settled for a 161 finale. It still added up to a sizzling 761 series, but not the 800 she is chasing.

“I started thinking instead of bowling,” said Gold of her third game. “I allowed it [two 300s] to get to my head. It’s something you should never do.”

Now, Gold has made it her mission to blast her first 800. She already has eight certified perfect games.

The right-handed Gold, a West Hills resident, smoked a 782 series in 2010 at Corbin Bowl with scores of 255, 300 and 227. And she blistered a 777 series in 2009 at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills with scores of 290, 232 and 255.

It seems only a matter of time.

“I’m sure she will [get the 800],” said fellow bowler Stacey Tarantinio. “In due time. And she's fun to bowl with.”

Just two months ago, Gold put together a powerful 754 series at Corbin Bowl with games of 299, 218 and 237.

On Tuesday morning, Gold – beset by six virtually unmakeable splits – rolled a 613 series (201, 200, 212) in her women’s travel league at Corbin Bowl. She is averaging 210.

“I’m not scoring as well [now],” she said, “but I feel better about my bowling. I’m more confident.”

And she added: “I’m going to do it [800] by the end of the year. You can quote me. I’m tired of waiting.”



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