Two days earlier, bowler Bill Plummer couldn’t quite keep up with Mike Weekley when the latter blasted a 300 game at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.
On Thursday night, there was no keeping up with Plummer at Woodlake Lanes.
Plummer, a 53-year-old Newbury Park resident, blistered his fifth certified perfect game during a 750 series in which the stylish left-hander rattled off scores of 239, 300 and 211.
Only days earlier, Plummer faced off against Weekley on opposing teams in a high-energy, spirited duel on Lanes 1 and 2. In the third game, Weekley rolled a 300 as Plummer pushed his good friend with nine straight strikes of his own, finishing with a 269.
“When you see something like that , you feel, “I haven’t done that in a long time.’ Mike inspired me,” Plummer said.
Plummer’s 300 was his first in four years. “I just recently moved to Southern California,” Plummer said. “All the others were in Northern California.”
All 12 of Plummer’s strikes pummeled the pocket, but he said his 11th shot was the scariest. “It looked good, but didn’t feel good,” he said, laughing.
Plummer, who was bowling anchor on his five-player team, averages 213. He’s one of a contingent of bowlers with 300 potential who takes part in the highly competitive “Wednesday Stars” league.
Plummer called his perfect game in the “Thirsty Nite Out” league without a doubt his biggest bowling highlight. “Always the last one is the best,” he said. “A new ball, a new alley. I’m four years older. You really appreciate it when you haven’t done it in a long time.”
Plummer said he didn’t have any particular goals in bowling.
“I just want to have fun,” said Plummer, who has rolled a torrid 789 series, “but every time I step on the bowling lane, I want to do well.”
Word spread quickly in the bowling community after Plummer nailed his 300. Ace bowler Alfonso Alvarez, a teammate of Plummer’s in their Wednesday league, was gleeful when he heard the news at home that night.
“That’s fantastic,” Alvarez said. “He’s a character and well-liked.
“He bowls with different people and everyone knows him. As a left-hander, he can leave some spectacular splits, but when he’s on, he’s on. He’s one of the top dogs in the house.”
Plummer’s final thought: “The best thing was all the congratulations and all the support. When you have 35 people cheering for you to get the next [strike], you really appreciate it a lot.
“It’ll motivate me to get the next .”