Bowler Theo Sojourn is sticking with his game plan – even after crushing a career-best 279 game.
Sojourn, a Santa Clarita Valley resident, is one of the few high-level bowlers who refuses to put his focus on blasting his first perfect game.
And he tells why.
“I’ve never had that as my goal,” said Sojourn, who’s bowled two years in league play. “I’ve always wanted to be a 200 bowler – not 220 or 225. I want to be consistent. I want to get a 200 average and once I did that, I’d achieve my goal in bowling.”
Sporting a 171 average, the right-handed Sojourn put on a show a few months ago at Brunswick Matador Bowl in Northridge. He racked up 11 strikes, just missing a perfect game by leaving a 10 pin in the ninth frame.
“It was a good ball too,” said Sojourn with a laugh. “I kind of got robbed.”
Sojourn recognized that he got a few breaks too. “I had a lot of pocket shots, but the other three were lucky,” he said. “They were Brooklyn, pins rolling and pins hitting off the wall. I got lucky, man.
“Bowling is not all skill. Even the pros get lucky.”
Sojourn became a local celebrity last year after his unselfish decision to try his hand as a left-handed bowler days after suffering a serious injury to his right hand. His gesture of not letting his league teammates down drew media attention, especially when he began to flourish with his off hand.
Sojourn fashioned games in the 80s before relying on his self-taught hook to blast a 240 game as a lefty just six weeks after his injury.
That was his best score as a lefty or righty.
Now back as a righty after his three-month dalliance as a lefty, Sojourn has already improved his average from last year by nine pins.
He started this season with a scorching 662 series in his first week. “But each week, I’ve been scoring less, less and less. That’s why it’s a challenging game. Bowling is not simple,” he said.
On Monday night at Matador Bowl, Sojourn averaged 169 with scores of 146, 189 and 169.
“I’m so much better than that,” he said. “I just want to be a 200 bowler.”
For Theo Sojourn, that would be his perfect score.