The Canadian Tenpin Federation National Championships are set for this long weekend at Burlington Bowl and Prime Time Bowling in Burlington. From seven provinces, 125 men and 52 women will be competing for a place on Team Canada for next year. Two women and one man will be coming from New Brunswick.
Hamilton bowlers competing are Aaron Bouchard, Travis Cauley, Bill Hicks, Chris King, George Lambert IV, Lionel Lewis Jr., Matthew Lewis, Nick Murphy, Art Oliver Jr., Bill Rowe Jr., William Russell, Larry Salvati, Sioban Ryans and Crystal Maurer.
Prime Time Bowling has 32 synthetic lanes while Burlington Bowl has 48 wood lanes.
The opening ceremonies will be held on Thursday (May14) at Prime Time at 7 p.m., when Al Tone of Hamilton and Howard Kotchie of Oakville will be inducted into the CTF Hall of Fame. On Friday, eight games will be bowled by the men at Burlington Bowl and the women at Prime Time starting at 9 a.m.
On Saturday, the women go to Burlington Bowl and the men move to Prime Time. Then the field will be cut to the top 36 men and top 24 women.
On Sunday, eight more games will be rolled at Burlington Bowl by men and women. Then the field will be cut again to the top 18 men and 12 women. On Monday they will compete at Prime Time where they will bowl 12 games of match play starting at 8 a.m.
After these 36 games the top six men and the top six women will be on Team Canada. The National Selection Committee, within seven days, will select two more men from the top 18 and two more women from the top 12 to complete the 16-member Team Canada. The selection of these four bowlers will be based on conduct, performance, physical and mental game and team play.
Making Youth Team Canada will be the top four male and female youth bowlers, plus one male and female alternate.
The events scheduled for Team Canada are the Tournaments of the Americas and the Pabcom Championships for men and women and the World Championships for the men. The Youth Team Canada will be going to the World Youth Championships. The awards banquet is set for Burlington’s Holiday Inn on Monday at 7 p.m.
The top three men and women will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. To witness the top tenpin bowlers in Canada in exciting competition, Burlington Bowl on Harvester Road and Prime Time Bowling on Laurentian Road in Burlington are the places to be this weekend.