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May 1, 2014

Angie Colip: Personal experiment pays off at season's end

Don’t forget that the Best of the Best Tournament will be held at Cooper’s Sport Bowl on May 11 with an 11 a.m. start time. The men must have bowled a 700 series during league play sometime during this bowling season to qualify. The women must have bowled a 600 series. This is always a fun tournament to be a part of or just to come out and watch some good bowling. This is a great way to wrap up the bowling season.

This is also the first year that I have actually qualified for this tournament. I shot my first 600 series ever the very last week of bowling for the Delco Remy Day Girls league on April 22. With games of 182, 234 and 225, I finished with a 641 series. Talk about ending with a bang.

Not only did I shoot my highest series ever, I raised my average by over 10 pins from last year. I finished the season with a 170 average. Not bad for a recreational bowler.

After all of these years, I finally decided to try and take all of the lessons I have learned from a family full of bowlers and implement them into my own game. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to improve my game, I think it was really about not wanting to fail. What if I really worked at it and I didn’t succeed? It has always been easier, and I will admit more fun, for me to take a backseat in the bowling talent department of my family and cheer for their success.

It wasn’t a conscious choice, it happened so slowly over time that until just now, I didn’t even realize that I was using the “recreational bowler” phrase as a crutch.

Earlier in the season I vaguely mentioned that maybe I should try and implement some of the things I have learned over the years into my own game. Hours and hours of watching practices, traveling to competitions and overall paying attention to people that knew what they were talking about is a valuable asset that I never took advantage of.

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