This is what you call tense.
Noel Petok strung together four strikes from the fifth to the eighth frame to make a serious bid for his first 200 game Tuesday night – in his first season of adult league bowling.
But when the 33-year-old Petok entered the 10th frame, he knew his mission was far from accomplished. Petok needed either a strike or a spare and then a good count as well.
Then disaster seemed to strike. Petok’s first shot in the 10th left the 3-10 split and his dreams for that elusive 200 appeared to vanish.
“I knew I needed a spare,” Petok said.
Petok then nailed the spare, moving him oh-so-close to the coveted 200. But it was still no gimme.
“Once I got the spare, I knew I needed a strike,” said Petok, a West Hills resident.
That’s when Petok came through with his fifth strike of the game – to finish with an even 200 in his first game of the night in the "Guys and Dolls" league at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
Petok, sporting a 150 average, added scores of 172 and 146, leaving him with a personal-best 518 series, surpassing his previous best by six pins.
With handicap, Petok smoked a 734 series.
Interestingly, Petok set his series high despite leaving eight splits, including three in a row in the final game. Of all the splits, he converted only one -- that one being in the 10th frame of his first game.
But that spare was the big one!