Here is No. 2 of the notable bowling events in Los Angeles County for 2013:
It wouldn’t be completely accurate to say that Charles Mandel was hot during his three-game series in his “Viva Las Vegas” bowling league July 23 at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
Mandel was absolutely scalding.
The right-handed marksman nailed 32 strikes – four below the maximum – en route to a spectacular 845 series. Mandel recorded scores of 277, 278 and 290. He ended his third game with 11 straight strikes after a spare in the first frame.
Mandel, a Woodland Hills resident, closed his first game with nine consecutive strikes and notched five straight strikes twice in his second game.
Two months later, Mandel was still trying to find the exact words to describe his series – which was a whopping 82 pins above his previous best.
“I’m still claiming ‘being in the zone and luck,’ ” said Mandel, who had one spare in each of the three games and no opens.
Mandel actually was a tad modest.
Mandel is an accomplished bowler, having rolled 11 straight strikes on four different occasions, three times at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana.
Furthermore, Mandel finished his 2013 summer “Viva Las Vegas” league season with a lofty 210 average.
What made the 845 series so special is that Mandel demonstrated consistent skill – not just in one game – but through three games. There was no letup from his pocket hits as 89 percent of his first shots went for strikes.
Bowling experts frequently say that an 800 series is more difficult and more impressive than a perfect game. Mandel not only crashed through the 800 barrier, he obliterated it.
Said Mandel: “It was really surreal. I could do no wrong. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”