City’s five pin hall of fame has 84 members

There are seven five pin houses locally: Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Bol-O-Drome, Mountain Lanes, Roseland Bowl, Sherwood Centre, University Lanes, and Waterdown Lanes. To be selected to the Hamilton Five Pin Hall of Fame, the criteria is a minimum age of 45, 10 years of service in the association, having won five Ontario Incentive awards, and/or individuals who have shown outstanding abilities as a player or have contributed to bowling as a builder or league executive.

Since 22 men and women were inducted in 2003, another 62 have been honoured. The first class included Bert Adams, Wilf Barlow, Shirley Bedell, Stan Battersby Sr., Dick Brett, Ab Collingwood, Bob Coulter, Susan Davies, Matt Drugan, Ken Edge, Leon Hudecki, Helen MacCallum, Patricia McNeil, Jim Morris, Lloyd Omerod, Edna Rimmer, Ernie Roggie, Myrt Rowell, Fred Smith, Arnold Whitley, Iren Whitley, and Evelyn Wood.

In 2005 another 19 entered the Hall. Cheryl Bates, Harold Buchner, Joanne Campbell, John Conti, Anne Depew, Ron Depew, Tom Dixon, Art Duerksen, Marg Duersken, Norm Macdonald, Terry Macdonald, Bill McIntyre, Marie Neath, Murray Neath, Henry Pachulec, Don Pratt, Claire Stringer, Karen Wessner and Priscilla Young.

In 2007 the membership grew by 20 for a total of 61 as Mike Bates, Carm Boccaccio, Alex Brown, Bill Ciach, Geoff Dunn, Tom Falletta, Earl Gallagher, Cas Hollick, Don Hyatt, Marlene Hyatt, Betty Jones, Doreen Jones, Bill Korz, Glad Lenz, Pat Mahoney, Chester Pintwala, Ray Schroeder, Joe Siepi, Josie Tuck, and Ian Wilson were proud of the honour.

Three years passed before Jan Askin, Al Beringer, Dan Beringer, Rhonda Depew, Neil Gallant, Mary Osler, Don Russell, Larry Russell, Loretta Smith, Henry Tratch, Wayne Webb, John Willock, Gord Winger, Sharon Worron, and Gene Yucura said hello in 2010.

The smallest group was this year when Harold Elford, Elsie Hodgson, Gord Marsh, Ron Upson, Guy Vernon, Connie Dreher-Ward, Doug Whitfield, and Marilyn Worron made the total 84. Ciach and Coulter are in both the Five and Ten pin halls of fame.

Coulter and the late Dick Brett were long time bowling writers for the Hamilton Spectator. Back in the 1950s, Brett wrote a bowling column almost every day. Coulter started out with a column a week, later reduced to once every two weeks. His first column, dated March 12, 1975 was about local bowlers seeking titles in various tournaments. His second column a week later mentioned Ken Preece rolling 11 strikes in a row for a 440 game at Westdale Lanes and Lynn Bennett stroking a 425 at Bowlero Lanes. In column three, two more 440s by Keith Rowland at Waterdown Lanes and Tony Vigna at Westdale Lanes. For Coulter’s first three columns, he reported on three men who started with 11 strikes before missing perfection for 440s.

This past week, Hamilton has lost two prominent Hamilton bowlers. On the five pin side, Irene Whitley who was inducted into the hall 2003, and Carol Renn, a tenpin bowler for 50 years, passed away with husband, Gary, by her side. She started at Queenston Bowl, by the newly named Tommy Grant east end traffic circle. The 10 lanes were in operation for almost 30 years, before closing in the late 1980s.


In November 1975…

  • Burlington Bowl opened with 36 lanes with top U.S. bowlers Judy Souter and Vesma Grinfields and top Canadian bowlers Ray Mitchell and Blondie Robinson in attendance. It later expanded to the current 48 lanes.
  • John Millar bowled out a 450 at Eastdale Lanes.
  • Mary Fletcher rolled 162, 185 and a near perfect 448 at Sherwood Lanes. Her sister-in-law is Vera Ward.
  • Dorothy Green represented Canada at the World’s Open Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • When Bill Ciach rolled a 450 in 1976, his games were 208, 253 and 450 for a 911. His highest previous game was 440.