About three weeks ago, Bill Plummer of Newbury Park turned in perhaps the most spectacular effort so far this year among local bowlers.
The left-handed Plummer crushed back-to-back perfect games at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana during a 793 series (193-300-300). It was reported that he was the third local bowler within recent memory to register that super-rare back-to-back 300.
He was actually the fourth. Charles Kenny, a 33-year-old right-hander from Northridge, recorded the feat in May 2011 during a powerful 842 series (242-300-300) at Mission Hills Bowl.
Rolling a perfect game is certainly not uncommon for Kenny (shown in photo), who has blasted more than 60 in his career.
Plummer and Kenny are part of a very exclusive back-to-back 300 club in L.A. County that also includes Kelly Gold of West Hills and Johnnie Englehart of Canoga Park.
Gold and Englehart, both right-handers, smoked their back-to-back 300 games at Canoga Park Bowl, now known as Winnetka Bowl. Gold went 300-300-161 for a 761 series in January 2013, and Englehart went 300-300-209 for an 809 series in August 2009.
Interestingly, Gold and Englehart started their series with 300s, while Plummer and Kenny ended it that way.
In any event, there’s a total of four in the 300-300 club . . . but the area is still looking for its first 900 series.
Perhaps that stunning achievement will come one day – and perhaps it’ll be rolled by Kenny or Plummer or Englehart or Gold.
They’ve already shown they can focus over multiple games.