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Here’s a 128-pin turnaround that was really memorable

Johnnie Englehart has crushed back-to-back perfect games.
Johnnie Englehart has crushed back-to-back perfect games.
Fred Eisenhammer

Chris Ivey of Reseda isn’t the only bowler who has enjoyed a dramatic series turnaround.

Last week Ivey crushed a 253 in the finale of his series at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills after rolling a disappointing 144 in his previous game.

Then there’s super elite bowler Johnnie Englehart of Canoga Park, who has fashioned a pretty memorable turnaround of his own.

The 56-year-old Englehart blasted his first perfect game in startling fashion – following scores of 165 and 172.

That represented a 128-pin swing from his second to third games, which is pretty darn impressive.

The right-handed Englehart, who crushed his 53rd 300 game in March at Canoga Park Bowl, said the turnaround was precipitated by his best friend who was watching him bowl. His friend said that he would take off after Englehart stopped striking in the third game.

Said Englehart: “He was true to his word and saw all 12.”

Footnote: On Aug. 24, 2009, Englehart’s turnaround from his first and second games at Canoga Park Bowl was exactly zero. That was the night he bowled 300, 300 and 209.