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Notable L.A. bowling events in 2013: Here's No. 1

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Here is No. 1 of the notable bowling events in Los Angeles County for 2013:

Kelly Gold added another gem to her ever-growing bowling resume Tuesday, firing a 299 – one pin short of a perfect game – en route to a sizzling 754 series.

Kelly blasted games of 299, 218 and 237 during her “Valley Mixed 4” league at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana.

It was one of the West Hills resident's biggest highlights of the year.

But it wasn’t close to her pulsating performance on Jan. 8 when she flew to the top of the super elite of women’s bowlers in the San Fernando Valley area.

That was the day she crushed back-to-back 300 games in her first two games of her women’s travel league at Canoga Park Bowl.

“That probably hasn’t been done a hundred times in the United States,” said local bowling legend Bob Englehart about rolling two sanctioned perfect games in a row.

The twin perfect games gave Kelly eight certified 300 games. Englehart affirmed that Kelly’s performance ranked “without a doubt” as the most notable Los Angeles County bowling event for 2013.

Even Kelly Kulick, perhaps the No. 1 women’s professional, weighed in on the back-to-back perfect games, saying: “If you get 24 strikes in a row, it’s like hitting three home runs in baseball.”

After bowling the two 300s, Kelly added her 25th straight strike in the first frame of her third game before settling for a 161 score and a 761series.

Months later, Kelly Gold remains amazed at how she was in “a zone” that memorable day in January.

“We started bowling and I just got on a roll,” Kelly said. “And I wasn’t that nervous at the end of the first game like I usually am.

“I felt pretty good, the ball was moving nice and I kept striking. It was just like it was automatic. My timing was good. It was weird, surreal. And really great.”

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