Bum knees and all, local bowling legend Bob Englehart isn’t slowing down.
In fact, he may be at the top of his game.
The 55-year-old Englehart blasted his second perfect game in three weeks during a powerful 793 series (235-300-258) Wednesday night at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
The perfect game was his 33rd, his third of the year. He also has blistered 24 800 series, including three this year. The left-handed Englehart had a chance to break 800 with a strike in the final frame of his last game, but he left a solid seven pin.
Englehart got one break in the ninth frame of his 300 game when a “messenger pin bounced around and took out the seven. All the others were flush,” Englehart said.
Englehart, a tall gunslinger from the Santa Clarita Valley, put on a show despite bowling with two painful and injured knees that hamper his leverage out of his powerful backswing.
Still, Englehart hit the pocket on all 34 of his strike balls, saying he’s working around his injuries.
“I think I’m just getting used to it – finally. I can’t stay down, but my body is getting used to the motion,” he said. “The ball was hitting very hard and just destroying everything.”
Englehart has now collected six honors scores (300 game, 800 series) this year and is closing in on his personal record of eight in a year.
Less than two months ago, Englehart crushed an 845 series at Santa Clarita Lanes with scores of 279, 268 and 298.
He’s definitely on a roll.