Art Oliver Jr. has won the Canadian Tenpin Federation’s National Championship in Vancouver by over 200 pins.
He is the second Hamilton bowler to win. Last year in Burlington, George Lambert won by over 500 and fired a perfect 300 game. After eight games on day one, Oliver was second, only 16 from first, with a 1,664 total as he started strong with 680 (214, 245, 221) for his first three games, adding a 246 in game seven.
On day two Oliver remained second as he tallied 1,608 for eight games with high games of 233 and 215. He was 50 pins better than Mark Buffa of Quebec. The top 36 of 60 advanced to day three action.
Oliver started out strong with a 277 en route to a 1,665, which included games of 220, 216 and a pair of 212s to move into first place by two pins over Buffa. Then there was a further cut to the top 18 for match play action where each bowler fired a final 12 games. After starting out with a pair of losses, he won six times in a row to move way ahead.
Then two losses followed by two wins gave Oliver his 206 pin victory. For the last 12 games he tallied 2,490 with high games of 258, 231 and 229. For his 36 games, Oliver averaged 206 with a 277 best. Buffa was second – 206 pins behind – with Michael Schmidt of Winnipeg two pins further back, and former Stoney Creek resident Joe Ciach fourth, nine pins behind Schmidt.
Of the 60 men, they were the only ones to average over 200.
Caroline Lagrange of Quebec repeated as women’s champion with a 211 average and a 78-pin victory over Jennifer Park of B.C., whose sister is Catherine Rowe of Hamilton. Six of the 36 women averaged over 200.
Robin Orilowski, formerly of St. Catharines, was fifth and Kerrie Ryan-Ciach was eighth. High games for the men were Oliver and Jack Guay at 277, and Lynne Gauthier for the women, also at 277.
Last season in Burlington, four perfect games were rolled. Among many upcoming tournaments is the Pan Am Games in Mexico in 2011 where the gold and silver medalists will compete.
Late season junior high scores at Skyway Lanes include a pair of 770s by Nick Murphy (234, 278, 258) and B.J. DeFrancesco (279, 233,258). With 600s were Kyle Gilmour 676 (257) and 617 (245); Ben Konyi, 652 and 641 (268); Chelsea King, 624 and 623 (258); Ryan Melanson, 622 (241); and Jennifer Lewis, 617.
Super singles were Matt Lovell, 251, Jennifer Lewis, 247, Christine Johnston, 236, and Zoey Male 235. Joey Ranson was plus 123 at 492, Brett Starrs plus 117 at 573, Breanne Wolf 114 over at 414, Ryan Wells plus 81 at 402, and Jonathan Haggerty 69 over at 366.
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: Connie Ward won gold, silver and bronze medals at the American Zone Championship in Mexico in 1995 and fired her highest ever game, a 289. Danny Downs fired 300 games on Dec. 30, 1996 and Dec. 29, 1997 and a 299 at Lucky Strike in August 1975.