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Notable L.A. bowling events in 2013: Here's No. 4

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Here is No. 4 of the notable bowling events in Los Angeles County for 2013:

This is how the laws of nature work:

When a bowler ages into his 50s, into his 60s, and certainly into his 70s, the scores drop in inverse proportion.

It's just that simple.

But try telling that to Canoga Park resident Bob Adams.

Adams keeps defying the norm as he enjoyed a stunning 2012-2013 winter season at Canoga Park Bowl, improving his league average from the previous year by 10 pins to a scorching 193.

And he did it at the age of 73.

And he did it with the use of only one eye -- as he lost his left eye two years earlier because of glaucoma.

Incredible may not be an adequate word to describe the right-handed Adams.

What's more, Adams continued to make progress during the summer "River Maniacs" league summer season at Canoga Park Bowl, finishing with a hard-to-believe 196 average.

"He's amazing," said his wife, Candy, also a stellar bowler. "He flies model airplanes and is still driving and [roller] skating. I have enough trouble with two eyes and he has just one."

Adams is gracious when explaining his improvement. He simply gives the credit to his longtime bowling teammate, the prolific Johnnie Englehart, who's bowled dozens of 300 games and 800 series.

"He's been teaching me a lot about bowling," Adams said. "He teaches me how to read the lanes and teaches me all kinds of stuff. He's an encyclopedia of bowling. That's the reason [the average] went up."

Adams' highest certified one-game score is 287. At the rate Adams is going, that personal best may not last that much longer.



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