Young and old shares spotlight in Hamilton 10-pin honours

Laurie Bailey, 11, rolled her first ever 400 triple at Skyway Lanes, improving on her 102 average with games of 115, 152 and 140 for a 407. Her father, Sean, recently fired triples of 727, 747 and 728 three weeks in a row for the first time ever. Also over the 700 mark were Larry Savelli (739) and Don Johnston (709).

Clayton Kinzel, 86, won the Super Seniors division at the Provincial Tournament by 22 pins and will be going to the National Finals in Reno in June. Twenty years ago he rolled a 298 game which was a Hamilton record for the oldest bowler with an honour score until Oz Harris tripped a 299 at age 75 seven years ago. Other local bowlers in the top ten were Madeline Bothen, Mary Piche and Don Craig.

According to the Bowlers Journal magazine, the oldest team in a non-senior league has an average age of 76. In the Westinghouse league at Skyway Lanes, the “Mugs” have an average age of 76, tying the team in Houston, Texas. At age 85, Fred Bennett is joined by Joe Leslie 82, Dave Waldner, Ted Banisch and Syd Clark Sr. Our oldest bowler is 91-year-old Hugh Dainty while an Atlanta man is still going at 105.

For the third and fourth time this season an honour score was rolled in an unsanctioned league, this time by the same man two weeks apart, a 299 and 298. Previously 300 and 299 games were turned in.

For a low sanction fee of $20, they would receive official recognition and a Canadian Tenpin Federation ring or watch. Latest stats show Hamilton with 1,900 sanctioned bowlers, 22,582 in Ontario and 35,396 in Canada. Toronto is tops at 5,721.

In a practice session, Jennifer Lewis,14, defeated her brother Matthew,15, 225 to 222 as he rolled with two strikes then a “six” count. Earlier Matt rolled a 278 game.

In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, Al Tone averaged 245 over eight games in a 1983 tournament at Skyway Lanes and also in 1983 Don Watson spared the unusual 1-7-10 split.