It’s time to update an update.
Earlier this week, it was reported that the local back-to-back-perfect-game bowling club actually had one more member than previously known.
In actuality, there’s an additional member – making it five overall from the San Fernando Valley area who have blasted back-to-back sanctioned 300 games.
The exclusive club also boasts Bryan Alpert of Northridge, who drilled games of 193, 198, 300 and 300 during his four-game Sport league in 2007 at Pickwick Bowl in Burbank. Incidentally, Bryan, now the manager of Corbin Bowl in Tarzana, was the manager of Pickwick Bowl at the time of his back-to-back gems.
Bryan is no stranger to perfection, having smoked more than 50 perfect games in addition to more than 30 800 series.
On Wednesday night, Bryan tacked on another honors score with a blistering 844 series (266, 289, 289) at Corbin Bowl. Bryan, probably the top ambidextrous bowlers in the country, set his personal-best right-handed series with the 844.
His all-time high series is 846, which he accomplished left-handed in February 2003 at Brunswick Matador Bowl in Northridge.
The back-to-back Valley-area honor roll now reads like this (at least for the moment):
Bill Plummer (Newbury Park): 2014
Kelly Gold (West Hills): 2013
Charles Kenny (Northridge): 2011
Johnnie Englehart (Canoga Park): 2009
Bryan Alpert (Northridge): 2007
As for Bryan’s 846 on Wednesday, he racked up 30 strikes – 10 in each game – and four spares. He rolled strikes on his first 10 shots in his second and third games. Bryan left a solid seven pin in the second game and a solid 10 in the third game.
“That shows how tough it is,” Bryan said about bowling back-to-back 300s.
No Valley-area player has bowled a 900 series, which requires 36 strikes. With his 30, Bryan was a mere six strikes short, but he dismissed the notion that he was close.
“That’s miles away,” he said.
Still, it was a brilliant series – and one of the best ever by a Valley-area bowler.