With 2007 now in the tenpin bowling history book, it’s time for a recap of the honour scores rolled during the year.
Nineteen perfect games were tallied by 13 men and William Russell led the way with four 300s. Jeff Lofft was close behind at three, and Tom Johnston had a pair of perfect games. The other 10 perfect men were Art Oliver Jr., Rob Ward, Bill Lishinski, Brian DeFrancesco, Larry Legg, John Henley, Harry Knight, Conrad Merkir, Pat Desjardins and Marty Stokes. Lofft had the first 300 only five days into the year and Stokes capped the year with his 300 on Dec. 12. There are now 245 perfect games in our record books since Harvey Bray notched the first more than 45 years ago.
With a 299 by Dennis Goodburn three days before the end of 2007, there were seven “one pin misses” last year. January saw three 300 games by Jamie Gamble, Russell and Mike Scargall while Chris King rolled a 299 in July in summer league action. Also with 299s were Don Deveau and Paul Cressman. There are now 127 games of 299 recorded in Hamilton. Four games of 298 were turned in last year by Kevin Wells, Pat Desjardins, Doug Schatz and John Cherriere to raise the overall total to 66. With 297 efforts were Aaron Bouchard, Russell and Scott Grunau while 290s were slapped by Jim Librock Jr. and Matthew Lewis. The first 299 was by Arthur Bullock and the first 298 by Stan Quin.
The hard to achieve 800 triple was delivered six times by Lofft, 816, Russell and Lionel Lewis Jr., 806 and Art Oliver Jr., Chris King and Vic Riding at 804 each. Forty-seven times the 800 barrier has been surpassed in our association since Danny Downs tossed the first, an 824 in 1980.
The 299 by Dennis Goodburn, 61, three days before 2008 arrived was accomplished by the 196 average roller in the Funstatics League at Skyway Lanes. Goodburn started slow with 193 and 171 before turning on the talent in his last game of 2007 with the first 11 strikes before the seven pin refused to fall on a good hit for the 299. The four-nights-a- week bowler, all at Skyway on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays has been employed at London Life for 32 years. He bowled five pins in Oshawa before moving to Hamilton seven years ago and starting tenpins two years later. His wife Deb bowls with him on Fridays and was on hand to see the 299. Before rolling the last ball he noticed that almost everyone had stopped bowling to watch. His previous high game was 289 and he has a 770 triple to his credit. Also finishing the year in fine style were Mike Ellis (280) and Dave Copeland (279).
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, Sam Gualtieri, who is hoping to get back on the lanes soon, after a low first game rolled 263, 278 and 226 for 767 on Feb. 12, 2006 at Hamilton Bowl.