It’s the new game in town – pick the bowler who will be next to roll his or her first perfect game.
Kelly Gold, celebrated for her back-to-back 300 games earlier this year, cited mental toughness as the reason she chose Kristen Carroll for a soon-to-happen perfect game.
Mike Weekley, among the very elite of L.A. bowlers, anticipated Joe Curry bowling a 300 in the near future. Local legend Bob Englehart saw Stephanie Wardak as a worthy candidate for an imminent perfect game.
Fact is, Carroll and Curry and Wardak are all great choices, but there’s a better one. And that’s Dave Carroll, Kristen’s dad.
Dave underwent hip-replacement surgery in January and is now bowling as well as he ever has. Sporting a career high of 279, Dave challenged that mark during the current summer season when he blasted a 258.
And that was no fluke.
A month after his surgery, Dave returned to his league play and blasted a 720 series – and he knew he was on his way back. After averaging 192 in the fall season, Dave has raised that mark to 201 in the soon-to-be-concluded summer session. He’s been popping scores in the 230s or 240s on a regular basis.
Dave, a Woodland Hills resident, said the difference is all a matter of being healthy.
Before the surgery? “I was telling people, ‘I’m done. I can’t bowl like this.’ I was frustrated,” he said. “I was bowling 520 series and was missing every time to the right.”
Now that he’s healthy and bowling with longtime girlfriend Danielle McKinney, Dave is primed to hit the 300 jackpot.
“It’s definitely going to happen,” he said.