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Bowler Kelly Gold welcomes Bill Plummer to the back-to-back 300 club

Kelly Gold smoked back-to-back 300 games in January of last year.
Kelly Gold smoked back-to-back 300 games in January of last year.
Fred Eisenhammer

Vacationing back home in Michigan, away from the maddening world of the San Fernando Valley, Kelly Gold suddenly received a flurry of emails from L.A. in the past 24 hours.

The message: Bill Plummer had just bowled back-to-back 300 games Wednesday night at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana. The news provided a flashback to Gold because she had turned in that extremely rare feat in January of last year.

Normally, Kelly would have witnessed Plummer’s powerful performance firsthand because she typically works that night as a Corbin Bowl employee.

But on this Wednesday, she was more than 2,000 miles away.

“I couldn’t believe I missed it,” said Gold on Thursday night from Michigan.

“Lucky me. I miss all the good stuff. I can’t wait to see him and say, ‘Welcome to the club.’ ”

Plummer joins Gold and Johnnie Englehart in that exclusive club of Valley-area performers with back-to-back perfect games – an achievement that is considered much more difficult than an 800 series.

Plummer, a Newbury Park resident, rolled games of 193, 300 and 300 for a personal-best 793 series. Gold of West Hills went 300-300-161 for a 761 series. Englehart of Canoga Park went 300-300-209 for an 809 series in August 2009.

Gold and Englehart both recorded their masterpieces at Canoga Park Bowl, now known as Winnetka Bowl.

“Bill’s a great bowler,” Gold said. “He’s calm, mellow and it didn’t surprise me that he controlled his emotions long enough to get the job done.

“When I read about it, I flash-backed to [her back-to-back 300],” she said. “I don’t remember the shots, but I remember the feeling and elation that you’ve done it.”

Talking about the exclusive group of back-to-back perfect gamers, Gold added, “It’s an elite group and I’m lucky to be part of it. You can’t ask for two nicer men to be in the same group with.”

Gold and Plummer have something else in common besides being part of that back-to-back 300 club. They’re both chasing their first 800 series. The sharp-shooting Englehart has collected more than 60 800 series.

Gold said Plummer’s 300-300 is a motivating force for her. “I am inspired to do something spectacular,” Gold said.

“When I get back, I’m going to tell Bill, ‘Now, it’s time to do our 8s. Let’s go. It’s time to get it all together.’ ”