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That feeling of invincibility for bowlers is so sweet

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Kelly Gold said it. So did Charles Mandel.

When Gold blasted her back-to-back perfect games in January and Mandel racked up his blockbuster 845 series in July, both bowlers described their couple of hours in the spotlight as being surreal and being "in a zone."

It's one of the greatest feelings for bowlers -- rolling the ball with an air of confidence that they've suddenly become invincible.

Gold once described it as if "you were on your own little lane by yourself and you can't miss. And even if you do miss, it still carried."

The performances of Gold, a West Hills resident, and Mandel, a Woodland Hills resident, were recently named Nos. 1 and 2 in's rating of most notable bowling events in Los Angeles County for 2013.

What makes bowling so intriguing and appealing is that one doesn't have to be a top-caliber bowler such as Gold and Mandel to experience those feelings of invincibility.

Even regular bowlers enjoy this "can't miss" feeling from time to time when they produce scores that they never thought possible.

Sometimes the form and rhythm just come together without warning. Sometimes the pins happen to be accommodating and those shots that should go down as splits wind up as strikes.

Bowling can be a funny game and there's no explanation sometimes for weird pin action.

Perhaps the takeaway on this is to be appreciative of the days when virtually everything goes well. That feeling of being invincible assuredly won't last indefinitely.

Bryan Alpert of Northridge was once asked if he took all his honors scores (300 games, 800 series) in stride. The question was asked because he's probably the best bowler in the San Fernando Valley area -- when he's not working as manager of Corbin Bowl in Tarzana.

Alpert's answer was that he treasured each perfect game and 800 series and he has accumulated more than 80 combined.

"You never know when you won't do it again," he said. "You really try to appreciate it. It's still pretty rare."

That goes as well for bowlers who will never reach that coveted 300 game or 800 series but achieve a personal milestone.

Savor the moment! Who knows how long you'll go before you'll be in that "zone" again.



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