Dave Custeau’s 295 repeats history


Hamilton tenpin history has repeated itself.

In 1997 only two months apart, Don Deveau and Bill Lohnes each rolled 295 games, the first pair ever in Hamilton. Three months ago, Scott Grunau, Bill’s step-son, rolled our third 295. Now, after 11 strikes, Dave Custeau left up the 2-4-6-7-10 pins for his own 295 game, our fourth. His four game set at Skyway Lanes was 909 (190, 295, 208, 216). On hand to witness three of the four 295s was yours truly.

Custeau had a previous 300 in March 1997. Shortly after the 295, Mike Ellis, with two 300s to his credit, started with nine strikes before a 3-6-7 split for a 261 game.

The previous week, Earl England was perfect for the second time at Skyway as 20 strikes in a row led to an 806 (239, 267, 300) triple and 1,040 series.

His 300 is number 23 this season. Other top series in Jonarc action were Shawn Anderson, 996 (279), Travis Cauley, 972 (278), Steve Smith, 969 (260) and Aaron Bouchard, 965 (278) while super singles came from Walter Balog, 279, Custeau, 278, Tim Enoksen and Dee Gallant, 267, Matt Lewis, 265, Ryan Dickenson, 263, Rob O’Byrne, 261, 253, E.J. Celani, 260, Matt Glidden, 259 and Roy Ward, 249.

Providing other excellent Skyway triples were Mark Ward, 744 (269, 256, 219), Nobby Herchenroder, 711 (247, 219, 245), Sean Elley, 662, Gary Reid, 658 and Ed Margueratt, 651. Top singles are Brent Andrecyk, 277 and 267, Art Oliver Sr., 266, Chris Marquette, 240, and Century award winners are Cody Stone, 654, (194, 267, 193), plus 120 with a brilliant 267 single, and Brett Royle, plus 101 at 251.

Carole Anne Stickney has improved her average seven pins, from 142 to 149.

At Splitsville Centre, Bill Hicks from Brantford blasted a 970 (232, 236, 236, 266) and Steve Smith rolled a 931 (232, 268, 244, 187).

The annual Hamilton seniors tournament winners were Barb Dewing, 751, and Mike Merkir, 750.

At Star Lanes, David Novak scored with a 651 (236, 235), Jesse Vivian had a 638, Darris Doolittle hit 233 and Bryan Scargall posted a 565 (211) with a 129 average.

The juniors at Skyway are turning in impressive scores as Ben Konyi was plus 127 at 682 (242), B.J. DeFrancesco recorded a 675 (227), Kyle Gilmour registered 641 (225), Nick Murphy had a 633 (245), Christine Johnston rolled 617 (241), Billy Craig scored 572 (223), Joey Ranson with a plus 101 hit 464 (176), and Shawn Lubinsky was plus 66 at 384.

At Prime Time Bowling, Marty Stokes just missed 1,000 as games of 238, 249, 247 and 256 produced a 990. Also over 900 were Sioban Ryans, 917 with a 278 high, Mark Hebert, 911 (244), and Art Oliver Jr., 909 (267).

At Whitehorse Lanes in Simcoe, Kevin McKenzie was plus 111 with a 594 (232, 195, 167), and Judy McKenzie was also plus 111 with 492 (160, 169, 163). Two pins better at plus 113 was Jean Oaks, 428 (124, 134, 170).

At Burlington Bowl, David Kerkow scored a 240, Dan Lowry had a 234 and Ted Acton had a 228.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: Mary Bryce, 128 average, in 1983 at Grimsby Pro Bowl, started with nine strikes for a 273 game. At Skyway Lanes in 2006, after a 134, Carol Muir rolled a 289, and Pat Lancaster, with two artificial legs, averaged 110 in 1987.