Hamilton’s Oliver Jr. places fifth in bowling at Pan Am Games

The Pan Am Games come to this region in 2015, but the current Games have concluded in Guadalajara Mexico. Art Oliver Jr. of Hamilton placed fifth in 10-pin bowling doubles and sixteenth in singles. Triples of 627 (244,171,212), 668 (199,206,263), 574 (171,234,169) and 565 (194,189,182) gave Oliver a 2434 total for 12 games, a 202 average. With partner Mark Buffa of Montreal, 2363, they were fifth in doubles, 414 pins back of Bill O’Neill and Chris Barnes of the U.S. They missed bronze by 59 pins.

In the singles event, Oliver fired triples of 606 (214,175,217), 666 (215,235,216), 546 (160,212,174) and 621 (209,214,198) for a 12 game total of 2439, a 203 average. His 16th place gave him the privilege of facing off in the Masters event against U.S. Pro Chris Barnes who was first with 2849 with a 290 game. Solid seven pins cost Oliver the match as he lost 655 (227,227,201) to 587 (205,199,183). Bill O’Neill also tripped a 290, the tournaments high game.

Oliver said he enjoyed the Pan Am experience, especially mingling with athletes from other sports in Canada and the other Pan Am countries. He stayed in the athletes village and now has to go from the hot Mexico weather to a Canadian November. He returned to the lanes at Skyway and after a slow three games, tallied a 230.

Canada’s duo in women’s doubles, Caroline Lagrance and Jennifer Park were fourth, missing bronze by 14 pins and silver by 38 pins. U.S. Pros Liz Johnson and Kelly Kulick won by 328 pins. In women’s singles, Lagrange was third and Park seventh. In the Masters event, Park won silver losing to Liz Johnson while Lagrange came home with bronze. Park’s sister is Catharine Rowe of Hamilton.

Canada won 119 medals in total, 30 gold, 40 silver and 49 bronze in place fifth behind the U.S., Brazil, Cuba & Mexico.

After a pair of 300 games in September, October saw only one honour score, a 298 by Scott Grunau at Skyway Lanes as he left up the four and seven pins. His set was 903 (191,298,243,171).

Super Skyway singles are Mark Winger 264, Ron Elliott 257, Jayme Allen 255, Sean Elley 247, Nobby Herchenroder 242 and 240, Aleta Kerr 222, Michelle Anger 213, and Fred Bird was plus 150 with a 604 triple. At Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Marko Curlovic 256, Zvonko Fabac 237 and Ivan Luksic 236. At Burlington Bowl, Harold Jacques 682 (233), Steve Wagg 667 (276), Michael Braet 254 and Vic Riding 246.

TENPIN TRIVIA: Bill Young of New York in 2005 fired triples of 898 (299,299,300) and 880 (300,280,300). Ken Haynie of Ohio spared the 7 – 10 split in the first frame, then 11 strikes in a row for a 290 game. In 1907 the highest game rolled in the entire United States was a 296.