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Notable L.A. bowling events in 2013: Here's No. 3

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Here is No. 3 of the notable bowling events in Los Angeles County for 2013:

Bob Englehart talks a lot about retiring from bowling, but don't believe it.

He will never give up the sport.

Not the way he's bowling now. At 54, the local legend continues to amaze with his first-rate performances.

The tall left-handed gunslinger recorded his 21st 800 series in the "Wednesday Stars" league in March at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills, scoring an 815 (276, 273, 266).

Two months later, he notched his 30th perfect game during a 740 series in league play at Woodlake Lanes.

And then he capped his year with two more honors scores (300 game or 800 series) in October: blistering an 805 series (279, 278, 248) in league play at Santa Clarita Lanes and then smoking a perfect game back at Woodlake Lanes three weeks later.

For those keeping track, that October blitz marked his 22nd 800 series and 31st 300 -- which meant two 800 series and two 300 games for the year.

"Not bad for a 54-year-old," said Englehart, laughing.

Turning serious, Englehart said his 2013 year was actually not in his top five as far as honors scores or average.

He's recorded a 238 league average in four different seasons and he's slightly below that now.

Still, four honors scores in one year is nothing short of magnificent.

And Englehart, a Santa Clarita Valley resident, accomplished it all bowling with severe injuries to his knee, ankle and feet that will force him to miss all of this month so can receive treatment.

One more thing: Englehart isn't settling for all his past laurels. He's set a goal to average a smoking-hot 240 for an entire season.

Retirement can wait.



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