Youth tenpinner Cauley hits his fourth ace

With his fourth perfect game in youth competition, Travis Cauley has tied Chris Kokkinidis with four sanctioned 300 games.

The 18-year-old Cauley fired his 300 in a Youth Bowling Tour event in Rochester, N.Y., earlier this month. The other 300s were at Skyway Lanes and Hamilton Mountain Bowl, both in 2004, and Guelph in 2005.

Kokkinidis, 20, has 300 games in Kitchener in 2003, London in 2004, Burlington 2005 and Brampton in 2006. Cauley has two each in league play and tournament action, while all four of Kokkinidis’s were in tournament action. What makes this feat even more remarkable is that all four perfect games were in eight different centres in seven cities in two countries.

Ed Margueratt has fired his third 700 triple with games of 248, 221 and 232 for 701 at Skyway Lanes. He finished the first game with eight strikes, then started game two with three more for an overall run of 10 strikes in a row. Another six in a row started game three for an overall total of 23 strikes.

His previous 700s were in January 2004 with 710 (255,212,243) in which he twice threw eight in a row, and way back in March 1966 when his all-time high of 713 (214,277,222) was recorded. At the time, he was bowling against his brother, Jim, who tallied only a 565, which was second high on those lanes that night at Skyway. Jim has a single 700 – a 705 (213,235,257) – in 1979. With a 681 the previous week, Ed rolled back-to-back triples of 681 and 701 to raise his average to 192.

Back in the 1960s, triples of 700 or better were rare, not the common occurrence of today. The first 700 in Hamilton tenpin history was an even 700 by Bert Hillock in 1952, followed by Andy Toth’s 704 in 1955. The only other 700s in the 1950s were Gabe Bihary ( 712) and Gord McGaver (710). The ’60’s decade saw only 20 triples of 700 or better, with a 781 by Paul Coates in June 1966 being the best.

The current high is 852 (275,277,300) by Bill Rowe Jr. There are 41 triples of 800 or better in our history with three this season by William Russell 816, Lionel Lewis 813 and Art Oliver 800.