Bowling perfection slowed down this past season

Four 300 games in the last two weeks of the 2011-12 season raised the perfect total to 17, the lowest high in the past five seasons.

Matthew Lewis fired his fourth at Splitsville Centre and Josh Colwell his second at Star Lanes. The previous week, Jason Stevens tripped a pair at Skyway Lanes for his first ever 300s. After two in the first two weeks of the season by Art Oliver Jr., and Roy Katz, there were no 300s for more than three months until Russell Ross was perfect for Prime Time Bowling’s only ace of the season. Two 300s by Ron Hill and Mike Garinger followed at Star Lanes within four days to end January.

February saw a single 300 by Lewis and scoring picked up in March with six men striking for perfection – Ray Havens, Marcel Barrette, Marty Stokes, Jeff Easton, Ray Beit, and Ed Margueratt. Art Oliver Jr. tallied his second of the season in early April to raise his overall total to 15, first among Hamilton men. Then came the last four of the season for the total of 17.

Ed Margueratt’s 300 made him the oldest Hamilton bowler with a 300 at age 71 and Marcel Barrette rolled his 300 with a 155 average.

Six of the 300s were at Skyway to raise the lanes’ city leading total to 144. In second place with 79 is Splitsville Centre with three this season. Prime Time Bowling’s overall total is 59 after the 300 by Russell Ross. Star Lanes sits at 23 after five this season. Marcel Barrette had the only 300 at Burlington Bowl and this 48 lane house now has 42. Bowlerama Stoney Creek has five after Roy Katz’s 300. Adding on the seven 300s at closed houses, the overall total of perfect 300 games in the Hamilton Association is 359.

Five ten-pinners were ever so close after Henry Vamos. Art Oliver Jr., Aleta Manning, Len Garinger Jr., and Matt Smith left one pin standing for 299 games. Denied by two pins were Scott Grunau, Jeff Easton, Vince Iacozza Sr., David Novak, and Travis Cauley. Three pins shy with 297s were Joshua Colwell, Mark Hebert and George Gilham while John Stanisz missed by four pins.

Manning’s 299 was the first by a woman at Skyway Lanes in its 55 years.

Five triples of 800 or better were recorded in the last two months of the season when Art Oliver Jr. smacked a pair, 812 (257, 255, 300) and 801 (286, 257, 258) to raise his total to an impressive seven. With 816s were Randy Park, (279, 278, 259) and Shawn Anderson (269, 267, 280) while Travis Cauley tripped an 814 (279, 246, 289). After a first frame spare, six men threw 11 strikes in a row for 290 games. They are Matt Havens, Ron Colling, Ray Beitz, Terry Mees, Ted Ranger, and Mark Ward with a pair. Following a first frame open with 11 strikes in a row were Mike Garinger and David Novak with 279 and Deric Curley with a 278.

High averages are Matt Lewis, 226, and Catharine Rowe, 208.

Four other perfect games were also rolled, but the leagues were not sanctioned and Art Oliver Sr., after a nine count in each of the first three frames, struck out with nine strikes for 237.

Seventeen-year-old Christine Johnston has a new coach, Craig Woodhouse of St. Catharines, in addition to Brad Angelo of Buffalo. She will be competing at the Indy Junior Gold Tournament in Indiana in mid-July. Due to the hard work of association manager Barb Hollands, Hamilton men and women have qualified first in Ontario for 532 provincial awards during the previous two seasons. Next closest are Kingston, 263, Niagara, 26, and Ottawa 249.

Bowling in Afghanistan

A new 12-lane bowling alley called Strikers has opened in Kabul, Afghanistan. You must “surrender any weapon” before entering and the front door which is a half-ton fortified steel barrier. It is in the world’s 91st country with tenpin bowling – the founder and owner is a 28-year-old from Toronto.

Perfect Games

A 36-year-old Texas man is the first “free hand wheelchair bowler” to roll a perfect 300 game. Less than six months before turning 90, a Florida man rolled a perfect game, and an Ohio youth was two months past 10 years of age when he rolled a 300 game. All three games were sanctioned. Tenpin bowling is truly for everyone!