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The wait is finally over for 'elated' bowler Christy Fentress

Christy Fentress blasted a 223 in her final game at AMF Woodlake Lanes.
Christy Fentress blasted a 223 in her final game at AMF Woodlake Lanes.
Fred Eisenhammer

Christy Fentress had been talking about it and talking about it and talking about it . . . seemingly forever.

And on Tuesday night , it finally happened.

Fentress reached her goal of bowling a sanctioned 200 game.

Actually, Fentress blew past the 200 mark in the ninth frame en route to blasting a 223 in her final game of the “Guys and Dolls” league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.

It was a clean game (no opens) for Fentress, who nailed the 3-10 baby split in the first frame and was off to the races thereafter. “I’m just elated. It was just amazing,” said Fentress, one of the most affable players in the league.

“I was holding my breath the whole game.”

Fentress is only in her second full year of league bowling. She set her sights on the 200 barrier since the summer, though it has seemed like it’s been many years because she’s been close so often.

Fentress, a Thousand Oaks resident, has shown that it was just a matter of time before she would reach her goal.

A month ago, the right-handed Fentress blasted a 213 in practice and then she set her then-high of 196 two weeks ago in league play.

Fentress, the daughter of longtime amateur bowler Howard “Buster” Smith, rolled games of 153 and 136 before blasting her 223. “The rhythm was just good. It just felt good. Whatever I was doing right, I thought, ‘just keep doing it,’ ” said Fentress about her final game.

Fentress, a 147-average bowler, got her third game rolling with spares in the first three frames. She then rolled strikes in the next two frames. After a spare in the sixth frame, Fentress smoked three strikes in a row in the seventh to ninth frames to seal her 200.

A passionate bowler, Fentress practices regularly on Sundays at Woodlake Lanes. To illustrate her dedication, she admitted that she even listened to a bowling podcast for a half-hour.

“I just started today,” she said, laughing.

Fentress, who has rolled a 517 series this season, said she now has a new goal: a 600 series.

“You got to have another carrot,” she said with a smile.