No doubt about it, Greg Kolski is no one-trick pony.
Kolski, who recently made local headlines by bowling a staggering 100 games in one day, showed Tuesday night that hard work can pay off.
The Canoga Park resident blistered a 237 in his final game in league play at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills after opening with five strikes. Kolski, who averages 162, finished with a clean game (no opens in any frames) and a 280 score with handicap.
Kolski’s high game is 257.
In December, Kolski distinguished himself with an ironman effort in which he bowled at Woodlake for 13 hours 10 minutes without taking a break to eat. He played no-tap, a game in which the bowler is awarded a strike if he knocks down at least nine pins.
During his marathon effort, Kolski rolled a strike in the first 10 frames of his ninth game en route to a 284.
Talking about his marathon performance Tuesday, Kolski said “I just wanted to try it once.”
That day, he blasted at least a 200 in six of his first 11 games, so his 237 was far from unusual for him.
After his opening five strikes Tuesday, Kolski said his shot in the sixth frame “hit the pocket, but [the pins] didn’t break right.”
He wound up leaving the five pin, which he converted for a spare. The right-handed Kolski, who uses an explosive sharp hook, then left a baby split (3-10) in the seventh frame – and he converted that as well. He finished with a strike in the eighth, a spare in the ninth and a strike and a spare in the 10th.
His first game Tuesday was a 179 and he scored a split-marred 137 in the second game. So he improved 100 pins from his second game to the third.
For the three games, Kolski averaged 184.3, or 22 pins above his average.
As longtime bowling expert Tom Matino said about Kolski: “He’s relentless in practice so he can perfect his game.”