Perfect Art Oliver joins the 10-pin record book


Art Oliver Jr. has his third perfect game of the season. Competing at Burlington’s Prime Time Bowl, Oliver started the night off with the 300, then added 226, 229 and 193 for a 941 set. Five days before Christmas he tallied his second perfect game and finished with a 913 set.

Perfect game number one was tripped in late October. With these three perfect games, Oliver moved into a four-way tie with Bill Rowe Jr., Troy Demers, and Aaron Bouchard for first place in the Hamilton record books with eight 300 games.

Statistics show that if you start with 11 strikes, about 55 per cent of the time the 12th strike will follow. Eight times Don Deveau has started with 11 strikes, but only once has he hit the twelfth for a success rate of only 12 per cent.

Last week Deveau left the five pin at Hamilton Mountain Bowl for his third 299 game. He also has one game each of 298, 297, 296, and 295. Only two local bowlers have 295 games, Deveau and Bill Lohnes.

The second 299 game in two days was recorded by Bill Hicks at Brantford’s Star Lanes. A stubborn eight pin stopped Hicks from the magic 300. After the 299, he dealt games of 222 and 177 for a 698 trio.

At Skyway Lanes, Pat Elo, who has a 140 average, surpassed his mark by a stunning 225 pins with games of 220, 213, and 212 for a 645. Last week, Russ Wright topped wife Shelley 244 to 221. This week her brother, Tim Easlick, beat her 242 to 219.

Sean Bailey had three consecutive 700s with 727 (257), 747 (279) and 728 9258). Sherry Sturvevant finished with nine strikes for a 236, exactly 100 pins over her average. Debbi Roketta was plus 50 at 193.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, our oldest bowler with a honour score is Oz Harris at age 75 with a 299 game at Skyway Lanes in March 1999. He surpassed Clayton Kinzel who had a 298 game at age 66 at Skyway in October 1986. Both Harris, 82, and Kinzel, 86, are still going strong. Our oldest bowler in Hugh Dainty at 91. The oldest active bowler in the U.S. is 105.