Noel Petok hasn’t even finished his first full year of bowling and already he’s talking like a pro.
After averaging 148 during the summer in his first season of league bowling as an adult, Petok rolled his first 500 series last week.
He blasted a 512, or a 170.7 average, propelling his fall average to a lofty 155.
Suddenly, the 33-year-old Petok was talking about bowling his first certified 200 or perhaps another personal-best series.
It’s fun watch the joy of bowling for these newcomers who’ve found a groove and are excited about the prospects of extending their success.
But bowling is a fickle game that inexplicably doesn’t always deliver the same results on seemingly identical shots that produced strikes. Sometimes, those shots that once worked for strikes end in dreaded splits.
Such was the case with Petok on Tuesday night at AMF Woodlake Lanes in his “Guys and Dolls” league. He rolled pedestrian games of 137, 134 and 155 – a 142 average. And there were splits aplenty – seven altogether – marring all three of his games.
“Bowling is fun but can be frustrating at times,” said Petok, a West Hills resident.
Frustration often creeps into a bowler’s game when the pins seemingly act inappropriately. But young, determined bowlers – such as the wide-eyed Petok – brush it off and continue their dogged pursuit of new personal records.
“Maybe 520 is my next goal,” said Petok, a West Hills resident who remains enthusiastic about next week’s possibilities.
How does Petok explain his seven-pin improvement in his average from the summer season?
“I got a used ball from EBay for $25 and I think it gives me more hook,” said the right-handed Petok. “It’s the same weight as my previous one – 12 pounds.”
In any event, Petok is on his game.
“Noel’s bowling exceptionally well,” said teammate Geoff Gast.