Pat Desjardins of St. Catharines almost made Hamilton 10-pin history as he missed rolling back to back perfect games by two pins.
At Burlington’s Prime Time Bowling, his first season on these lanes, Desjardins started with a 189 before leaving up the six and ten pins after the first 11 strikes for a near perfect 298 game. The third game was one strike better for the bowlers dream, a perfect 300 game and a 787 triple. A 212 fourth game gave him a 999 set. He has several perfect games outside the Hamilton and District Tenpin Bowling Association.
The closest anyone had come to back-to-back 300 games before was 1980 when Danny Downs rolled 299 and 297 at Skyway Lanes. Jayson Legg in 1999 and Ed Maurer in 2003 rolled a Hamilton record 23 consecutive strikes for 290 and 300 games at Hamilton Mountain Bowl (now renamed Hamilton Bowl). Don Wira of Hamilton rolled consecutive aces (193, 201,300,300) in a tournament in Buffalo in 1986. Close was Joe Nardi with 300, then 290 in a tournament in Rochester in 1992.
At Hamilton Bowl, several super singles were turned in by Bill Atkinson and Ed Maurer with 289, Bill Hicks 288 and 270, Mark Bojeski 286, Steve Smith and Ed Maurer 279, Bill Hicks 270 and earning a CTF Century award was Doug Zigby with a 267. The top four game set was Don Deveau at 979 (276,223,244,236).
At Skyway Lanes, Ed Margueratt recorded his fourth 700 triple with games of 267, 248 and 207 for a 722. The next week he threw a 641 triple then a 265 single with eight consecutive strikes. Jim Margueratt dealt his first 600 in the Westinghouse League in almost three years with a 233 last game for a 610. Two days earlier he pitched a 595 with a 218 third game. Ed’s daughter, Denise, spared the 7 – 8 split in her first year of bowling.
At Star Lanes in Brantford, Mike Garinger stroked a 269, Mike Fitzmorris and Bill Underwood 268, Henry Vamos 265 and Judy Martin 264.
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, Queenston Bowl at 108 Queenston Rd. started out as Blondies’ Restaurant and was owned by Hall of Famer, the late Carl Balon, who went to university in Poland with the late Pope John Paul II. In 1955 it converted to 10 lanes of five and 10-pin bowling. In 1974 it was five pins only and closed in 1987.