Ann Egan doesn’t have a basement full of bowling trophies, but she unequivocally could say one thing about Tuesday night’s competition in the “Guys and Dolls” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills:
She’s No. 1.
Ann took home first-place honors in the “Sweepers” women’s high-score-with-handicap category by blasting a 730 handicap series.
She posted scratch scores of 141, 117 and 148, averaging 135.3, or more than 25 pins higher than her 109 average. It was her best series – by 45 pins – of the summer season.
“I had been bowling for seven years before I broke 100 [average],” said Egan, laughing, “but my friends love me so I’m very happy.”
Ann bowls on a four-woman team with Laura Coury, Jaye Rettedal and Stacey Tarantino that has drawn local headlines for its celebrated summer duels against a team made up of their husbands.
On Tuesday, Ann was the starring member of her team, posting five strikes in the third game, including two doubles.
One of the most affable players at Woodlake Lanes, Ann was at a loss to explain her resurgence. But she finally came up with a possible answer.
“We were bowling against our husbands,” Ann said. “I had incentive.”
She was all smiles after bringing home the cash prize for winning the title in her category.
“I’m the worst bowler ever,” she joked.
Laura, however, didn’t seem surprised that her teammate took the spotlight on this night.
“It was her time,” Laura said.