It was Kolski vs. Kolski on Tuesday night at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
The ending was predictable.
Brothers Tom and Greg Kolski, both from West Hills, were competing against each other for the first time in a certified bowling competition. The two had been teammates for five years during league play at Woodlake Lanes, but they separated about a year and a half ago.
“My sister’s husband wanted to bowl at Corbin [Bowl in Tarzana] and didn’t want to go by himself,” explained Tom about leaving his older brother.
The two were back together Tuesday night – but this time they were dueling on opposite teams for two hours and matching big-time hooks in the "Guys and Dolls" league.
The two right-handers blasted away and blasted away – with Greg getting the upper hand early when he blistered five consecutive strikes in the first game. But Tom rallied strongly in the third and final game by smoking three strikes in a row down the stretch.
And after it was over, the ending was no surprise.
They shook hands.
“We were going to shake hands whether I bowled well or sucked,” said Greg, laughing.
The two are close and talk about bowling “all the time,” Greg said.
Said Tom: “I used to do better than him, but I went backwards and he progressed.”
Greg, 29, carries a 185 average; Tom, 28, averages 149.
Greg finished Tuesday night with scores of 217, 158 and 158 for a 177.7 average as his team won the first two games. Tom rolled games of 171, 122 and 194, averaging 162.3
Tom’s powerful finish boosted his team to a three-pin victory in the final game.
“I’m glad he had a good last game,” Greg said.
That’s called sportsmanship.
On this night, there were no losers between the Kolski brothers.