Lauren Greene, 31, of New Bedford, is a fast learner.

She’s only been bowling three-and-a-half years and has hit two milestones, both on the same night.

A few weeks ago, in the Tuesday Mixed Summer League at Wonder Bowl, the left-handed bowler started the first game with a few spares and a few strikes.

“I didn’t know what was happening,” she said. “Everything felt pretty good, I was following through, I was hitting my mark and the pins were falling.”

Greene wasn’t sure how long that would last, but things went her way the entire game, finishing with a career-high 219 game and the first time she’d ever had a clean game (no opens).

“I got strikes in that game,” she said, “that I probably shouldn’t have gotten, but of course, I’ll take them.”

In the second game, she bowled marks in the first three boxes before she opened.

“I knew it had to end sometime,” said Greene. “I was back to my normal self.”

She finished that game with a below-average 137 game and was one pin shy of her 149 average in the third game for her first 500 series, a 504.

“I had a double whammy that night," she said, "and I had so much fun, too."

She claims she’s a sport-oriented person and played basketball, soccer and softball in high school.

When she was asked a little over three years ago to fill in for an injured bowler, she figured “why not give it a try?”

"I love sports,” she said. “I’m a very social person and I can be competitive, so, I figured bowling would fit in with my lifestyle.”

In January 2014, she bowled in the Monday Night League at Wonder Bowl and finished the half year with a 124 average.

“I got made fun of,” said Greene, “for using a 10-pound house ball and house shoes.”

Before the next season started, she decided she would bowl full-time and would need her own equipment.

“I went to Strike F/X Pro Shop at Wonder Bowl," she said “and found the perfect ball and shoes. My favorite color is lime green so I got a ball (12-pound Columbia Blurb) and shoes that match in that color.”

That season, with her new equipment, was a learning year for her. Fellow bowlers and teammates gave her advice. Some of it she followed and some she didn’t.

“What didn’t work,” Greene said, “I threw out and what did, I kept.”

She said it was a difficult transition from a house ball to her own ball because the house ball didn’t hook and her newly purchased ball had a little bit of a hook.

She was disappointed with her 118 average that year and was determined to improve the following year.

The next year went much better, as she ended with a 130-something average, a league championship and most-improved average (14 pins).

“I was so happy,” she said “and vowed to be most-improved again the next year. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as another bowler blew me out of the water.”

She did end that season, however, with a 143 and this summer, her average is up to 149.

“I think I’m finally hitting my stride,” Greene said. “I can’t wait for the fall/winter season to start."

Upcoming events

Registration for Wonder Bowl Junior Leagues are Aug. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Junior leaguers may sign up for the 9:30 a.m. league or the 11:30 a.m. league which compete weekly on Saturdays. Registration fee is $10 per bowler. League competition begins on August 26.

Yesterday was National Bowling Day and participating bowling centers are offering a free game on the lanes ending today. Go to GoBowling.com to find participating bowling centers in your area and download a coupon good for a free game today.

The Massachusetts USBC Women’s Bowling Association awards a $250 scholarship annually to a female member of the Massachusetts USBC Youth Association. Deadline for applications is Sept. 15. To obtain an application, email me at jefgor24@comast.net.

Fall/winter leagues will be starting at the end of August. Schedules are available at all area ten pin centers. Sign up early for best available days/nights and times.

League secretaries please remember that the 2017-18 season Kick-off Meeting is tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Holiday Lanes in Westport. League kits will be available then.

Highlights

Adam Boudreau, in the Summer Adult/Child League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a 257 game that was 116 pins over his average.

Del Picard, in the Columbia 300 Summer Classic League at Wonder Bowl, bowled a four-game 1,011 series that included 279 and 290 games.

Senior scores

AMF Somerset Lanes

John Grobe Mixed Summer Seniors: Russ Chace, 208; Chris Mercer, 200.

Wonder Bowl

Wednesday Summer Seniors: Bob Thibeault, 245/613; Steve Dion, 200; Rose Moniz, 201; Sandra Smusz, 543.

Friday Senior Mixed Tournament (Aug. 4): 1st, Steve Finnerty, 658; 2nd, Cindy Correia, 634; 3rd, Delores Henry, 630; high woman out of the money, Joyce Pontes, 624.

Other scores

WONDER BOWL

Columbia Summer Classic League: Jessica Anderson, 244; Amanda LaBossiere, 238, 257/927; Steve Costa, 226; John Marsden, 279; Guner Sinagra, 249; Brent Brewer, 224; Steve Oliveira, 266; Matt Rayner, 268; Nathan St. Don, 225; Sean Sweeney, 236; Eric Camara, 257, 258; Nina Fowler, 209; Josh Claudio, 253, 245/909; Tommy Machado, 233; Shawn Childs, 233, 258; Carlos Aguiar, 212; Charlie McConnell, 237; Ryan Sanchez, 258; Dale Carroll, 269; Louie Lemmertz, 279, 277; Dick Martin, 226, 218; Chris Avila, 237, 239/848; Wayne Venancio, 246; David Saucier, 246, 259/949; Jon Norton, 268, 260; Josh Pires, 212; Noah Carroll, 259; Charlie Macomber, 234; Brian Cooper, 254; Nicole Correia, 190; Brett O’Connor, 290; John Rusin, 255; Sue Barao, 227; Bobby Rebello, 222; Nick Jenkins, 258; Justin Avylla, 268, 231/914; Derrick Silva, 211; Frank Figueira, 199; Stephanie Millward, 246; Paul Moser, 258, 255; Jayme Silva, 256, 248/977; Steve Tinkham, 259; Eric Weldon, 237.

Junior Handicap Doubles: Matthew Borden, 205; Lily Capuccio, 149; Jody Donnelly Jr., 221; Jonathan Lawrence, 181, 188; Madisyn Leavitt, 515; Hunter Lopes, 212; Cameron McAlpine, 200; David Napier, 207; Cody Xavier, 147.

Summer Adult/Child League: Ross Backstrom, 178, 173; Sonja Backstrom, 192/502; Paul Boudreau, 255, 233/661; Jody Donnelly Jr., 223; Phil McAlpine, 244; Nikolas Oliveira, 202.

Tuesday Mixed Summer League: Brian Alves, 213; Daniel Amarante, 245, 232/697; Sue Barao, 252, 205, 217/674; Kim Brittain, 532; Noah Carroll, 241; Bruce Garnett, 249, 222/687; Linda Garnett, 509; Gayle Koczera, 207; Rachel Maciel, 531; Ronald Maciel, 268; Ozzie Oswald, 211; Jayme Silva Jr., 259, 238/701; Jayme Silva, 257; Tim Sousa, 202, 203, 228/633; Karl Thompsen, 229; Trudy Wallach, 502.

Vicki Prevost covers bowling for The Standard-Times. She can be reached at jefgor24@comcast.net.