Martin Torres looks back at his magical game last month and remembers it clearly.
“I had it going,” said Torres, an Agoura Hills resident. “I started hitting and didn’t stop. It was one of those days when I was doing everything right. I was just in a zone.
“Everyone was high-fiving me and supporting me. Everything was falling into place.”
Torres smoked a 262, which translated into a 308 with handicap. The handicap score was the highest in the men’s division of the Thursday night summer league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills. Torres finished with a 620 scratch series.
Torres was presented with a spectacular-looking trophy for the top handicap game this week. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is better than what they give for the first-place team,’ ” he said.
The right-handed Torres, 41, is among the top rising stars in the L.A. area. He has bowled only two years in league play and already owns a 290 game. The happy-go-lucky Torres is one of the most enthusiastic bowlers at Woodlake Lanes week after week.
Torres, who averages 165, gives credit to his late father, Robert, for his 262 score.
“You know how kids have heroes in their life. Well, my father was my hero,” Torres said.
“I started thinking about him during the game and kept thinking about him more and more.”
Robert Torres, of Houston, Tex., was a top-level bowler. He rolled four perfect games and three 800 series, Martin said. Robert died in 2004.
“He was a big inspiration in my life,” said Martin, who uses a sharp-breaking hook to send pins flying.
Martin says his primary goal remains bowling a 300.
“That’s the first [goal] I want,” he said. “And then I want a 700.”