Abe Levy has been bowling in leagues for more than 10 years and his fellow bowlers have noticed that he’s the consummate anchor – the last one to bowl on his or her team.
“Smooth,” is the way fellow bowler Gayle Aron describes Levy.
“Consistent,” says Joe Curry.
Mike Hahn may have put it best: “He’s the quiet assassin,” Hahn said.
That’s Abe Levy. He doesn’t say too much, he just knocks down pins in clutch situations year after year after year.
He’s a solid 185-average bowler who rises to the occasion when the chips are down.
Tuesday night was typical. Levy, a Northridge resident, scorched a 224 in his third and final game at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills to help his team win the rubber game of the series. He blasted four strikes in a row from the sixth to the ninth frames to put the game out of reach.
Levy’s come-through effort in the finale followed two lackluster games in which he bowled 147 and 145. Levy shook off those scores to notch nine straight marks in the finale after a first-frame open.
The 56-year-old Levy says he’s been bowling since he was 7 years old and laughs when he’s told that he handles the pressure well.
“There’s no money, so there’s no pressure,” said Levy, laughing.
Actually, there are decent payoffs for the top finishers in league play, but bowling for a little extra money doesn’t bother the right-handed Levy.
He bowls once a week in leagues and says that his goal is “just to have fun.”
Levy has posted a high game of 274, but he doesn’t call that lofty score the highlight of his career. “It’s just to be around people,” he said.
As for filling the anchor role, he said he’d rather bowl in a different position.
“I’d like to bowl first so I could leave early,” said Levy with a big smile.