After fine showings by George Lambert, Clayton Kinzel & Kerrie Ryan Ciach in international tournaments last month, this month it was William Russell’s turn.
At the 45th Tournament of the Americas in Miami, 22 year old Russell claimed the bronze medal in men’s singles with a 2404 total for 12 games. After the first six games of 208, 198, 203, 182, 176 & 183, he was seventh with an 1150 total. A 1254 (223, 206, 246, 207, 191, 181) showing for the last six games gave him the bronze medal. Mexico won gold with Venezuela capturing silver. Fellow Canadian Daniel Skitt was fourth.
Russell & Skitt then paired up for doubles and finished fifth with a 190 average for their 12 games helped considerable by a 506 double. Venezuela was first followed by the U.S.A., Guatemala & Mexico. The Canadian team with Russell & Skitt were fourth after Venezuela, the U.S.A. & the Dominician Republic. For the 36 games that make up the all events total, Russell averaged 202 and placed fifth after Venezuela, Mexico, the U.S.A. and Gualtemala bowlers. He was very consistent with 12 game totals of 2404 in singles, 2413 in doubles and 2464 in teams. At Prime Time Bowl this season Russell averaged 227 with a 299 game. At Burlington Bowl he threw a perfect game and 816 triple.
The past Tournament of the Americas champions from Hamilton are the following. In 1979, former Women’s Assoc. President, the late Dorothy Green won doubles with Cathy Townsend. In 1982 Joyce Cambell & Earl Demmery were part of the mixed foursome winners. Both Campbell & Demmery are retired from bowling. Then it was Bill Rowe’s turn with victories in singles in 1982 and mixed doubles with Rhonda Waddell in 1990. The present day manager of Prime Time Bowl, Lionel Lewis was next in 1996 claiming mixed doubles gold with Linda Higenell. Joe Ciach was a two time winner in men’s singles in 1998 & 2000. Paulette Watson, the wife of former Toronto bowler Glen Watson, is the executive director of the tournament.
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: In a most unusual setting for a bowling tournament, Al Tone placed 19 th. in the AMF World Cup on oudoor lanes in front of the Sphinx & Great Pyramids in Egypt in Nov. 1997. He was voted “Sportsman of the Year” by the other bowlers.