Bowling stalwart Teresa Lauer expressed surprise when a reporter approached her and asked whether she would agree to an interview.
“I don’t know why anyone would want to do a story on me,” she said, smiling.
Rick Auerbach, a teammate of hers in league play at Corbin Bowl, offered a pretty clear-cut reason:
“Teresa’s the best [women’s] bowler in the area to Kelly Gold – for years,” said Auerbach, who has rolled five perfect games. “She’s a heckuva bowler.”
Lauer has distinguished herself on the lanes almost immediately after she started bowling in leagues in 1985. Thirteen years later at Canoga Bowl in Canoga Park, Lauer enjoyed her biggest highlight.
The right-handed Lauer posted strikes on her first 10 shots, needing two more for a perfect game. “I remember not being nervous until the 11th shot – I was good through 10,” she said.
Lauer then drilled a no-doubt-about-it strike on her 11th shot, leaving her needing only one more strike for a 300.
“I wasn’t nervous on my last shot, because I had just got a strike on the 11th,” she said. “But I left the 10 pin and fell to the ground and said, ‘Oh, no.’ ”
Lauer’s rousing 299 score was her first game of the night and she added a pair of 216s in her last two games to finish with a sizzling 731 series. Her high series now is 758.
Despite consistently averaging over 200 through the years, Lauer isn’t quite sure she measures up to Auerbach’s ranking as the No. 2 woman bowler in the area.
“I think it’s very nice of Rick to say that, but I think there’s a little hyperbole there and I’m not sure I agree,” said Lauer, a Sherman Oaks resident.
“There are some pretty good bowlers out there. I’m not as good as Kelly, but I don’t bowl as much either. It’s just not as important.”
Lauer bowls only once a week – on Wednesday nights in Corbin Bowl’s Super Stars league.
As for her goals, she said bowling that elusive 300 isn’t her primary one, although she hopes that “one day they’ll all fall.”
Said Lauer: “My goal is just to have fun and be a little more consistent.”