Hamilton’s Oliver Jr. takes on the 10-pin world

Hamilton’s Art Oliver Jr., has had a busy summer. After competing in the Tournament of the Americas in Orlando he was home only two days before leaving for the Men’s World Championships in Munich.

In Orlando, Oliver was ninth in singles, improving to sixth in doubles, then 10th in mixed doubles to finish 11th in all events with a 195 average for 36 games. In the adult team national all events, Oliver picked up a bronze medal. Overall, the Canadian team collected one gold medal in junior girls doubles, three silver medals and six bronze medals.

Then it was on to Munich and the largest tenpin centre in Europe with 52 lanes. In singles, Oliver used triples of 588 (225,189,174) and 647 (224, 219, 204) to claim 57th from a record 356 bowlers representing 65 countries. One of the two 300 games in singles was fired by U.S. pro bowler Chris Barnes.

The singles crown was claimed by his compatriot and pro bowler, Bill O’Neill.

Then it was on to doubles play where Oliver dealt triples of 553 (200,183,170) and 572 (165, 201, 206) for 74th place out of 176 entries.

Canada also had final doubles results of 19th and 90th. After these two events, Oliver sat 98th with a 196 average.

Next up were trios were Oliver tallied triples of 556 (185,198,173) and 599 (197, 202, 200) for a 27th placed finish out of 115 entries. The other Canadian trios were 16th. The winners were U.S. pros Patrick Allen, Wes Mallott and Rhino Page. After trios action Oliver was 115th. out of 356 in all events with a 195 average.

In team action, Oliver dealt triples of 604 (212, 224,168) and 643 (225, 209, 209) to help Team Canada place seventh with a 202 average out of 54 teams. The powerful U.S. team with six pros won with a 212 average.

In 24 games of all events, Oliver was 75th out of 356 with a 198 average. O’Neill, with a 222 average, won.

The top 16 advanced to Masters play which was won by Chris Barnes, another U.S., with a 749 triple and 289 single. Michael Schmidt of Winnipeg was the top Canadian at 15th.

Overall the U.S. won 11 medals, including five gold with Korea a distant second with only three medals.

There are eight bowling centres in the Hamilton and District Tenpin Bowling Association. They are Skyway Lanes, Splitsville Centre, Burlington Bowl, Prime Time Bowling, Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Whitehorse Lanes in Simcoe, and, down the 403 in Brantford, Star Lanes and Brantford Lanes. Most leagues are looking for new bowlers. If you are looking for a fun time, drop in and join a sanctioned league and experience the many joys of bowling.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: Al Tone of Hamilton has won many international tournaments – in Las Vegas, Akron (Ohio), London, Malaysia, and Singapore, and the late Gabe Bihary, as Canadian Tenpin Champion, was the first Canadian to win a match at the ABC Masters in Forth Worth, Texas in 1957.