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Greg Kolski edges closer to 700 series

Greg Kolski smoked a 692 series.
Greg Kolski smoked a 692 series.
Fred Eisenhammer

One thing about bowling: A player can miss a milestone and still reach one at the same time.

Such was the case last week when Greg Kolski barely missed bowling his first 700 series. But on the way, Kolski raised his personal-best series by 22 pins as he blistered a 692.

Kolski, one of a group of fast-rising young stars in L.A., scored a 233, 216 and 243 last Thursday at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.

He closed fast in his finale with strikes in the eighth and ninth frames and two in the 10th before rolling a seven.

Kolski said he was disappointed that he didn’t reach the 700 barrier but “was ecstatic that I was that close.”

The West Hills resident bowls in two leagues – on Tuesdays and Thursdays – at Woodlake Lanes and is averaging in the 180s in both.

Kolski has a huge hook that is a deadly strike ball, and he’s added an improved spare shot. “It’s getting a little easier picking up spares,” he said. “But picking up the 10 [pin] is still my Achilles’ heel.”

Kolski, who has set goals of rolling a 300 and a 700 series, will be turning 30 on Friday, but he has no plans to bowl on that day.

But he’s hopeful he might be able to celebrate a day early by smoking a 700 series when he returns to league play on Thursday night.

“That [700] would be fantastic,” he said. “I could get that particular milestone out of the way.”