Elusive 800 triple found 77 times


Many tenpin bowlers who have rolled a perfect game say an 800 triple is what they really want as it is much harder to accomplish than the 300.

There have been 359 perfect games in our history books, but only 77 triples of 800 or better. The first 800 was fired by Danny Downs at Skyway Lanes in October 1980 as he set a then-Canadian high triple of 824 (297, 238, 289). Not long after came No. 2 when, three months later, Don Wira blasted an 804 (257, 290, 257), also at Skyway.

It took more than two years before the third one was registered by Bruce Wilson, who smashed an 827 (269, 258, 300) at Burlington Bowl. Almost five years later, Wira became the first Hamiltonian with a pair of 800s as he eased over the mark with games of 246, 290 and 267 for an 803. Ron Smith collected the fifth 800 in the 1980s with an 826 (289, 289, 248) in early 1988 at Hamilton Mountain Bowl.

Scores picked up in the 1990s as 17 triples of 800 or better were tallied by Ed Maurer, 803, Troy Demers, 822 and 802, Clint Doolittle, 812, Bill Rowe Jr., 801 and 805, Larry Legg, 802 and 801, Sam Gualtieri, 803, Don Schatz, 813, Dan O’Neale, 804, Jeremy King, 827, Jamie Russell, 808 and 813, Aaron Bouchard, 829, Corey Whitehouse, 809 and Frank Ticar, 802.

Another big jump saw 35 triples of 800 of better dealt in the 2000s. Rolling the 800s were Demers, 808, 816, 801, Rowe Jr., 823, 852, Al Tone, 807, Jayson Legg, 802, Dave Prieur, 805, Conrad Merkir, 804, Aaron Bouchard, 810, Tim Enoksen, 807, 809 Richard Parker, 838, 815, Art Oliver Jr., 820, 800, 804, 812, 812, Lionel Lewis Jr., 813, 836, 806, 838, Sean Bailey, 803, William Russell, 816, 806, Chris King, 804, Jeff Lofft, 816, Vic Riding, 804, Shawn Anderson, 811, 835, Matthew Lewis, 837, Kyle Kloosterman, 808, Mark Ward , 802, and Sean Patterson, 802.

From Jan. 1, 2010, to August 2012, another 20 triples over 800 were put in the record books. Three months into 2010 Earl England hit 806, followed by Steve Smith, 822, Mike Anderer, 821, Josh Colwell, 809, Parker, 805, Patterson, 823, Lofft, 801, Darin Lane, 807, Maurer, 801, Sioban Ryans, 846, Jason Stevens, 802, England, 827, Mannix Dellaire, 802, Lewis Jr., 824, Enoksen, 806, Travis Cauley, 814, Oliver Jr., 812 and 801, Randy Park, 816, and Anderson, 816.

Notable 800s are Danny Downs, 824, Rowe Jr., with the highest at 852, Matthew Lewis, a Canadian record 279 triplicate for his 837 and Ryans, 846, which is a Canadian high for a woman. Oliver Jr. has the most with seven followed by Lewis Jr. and Demers with five each.

Prime Time Bowling has witnessed 27 of the games Skyway Lanes close at 24. Of the 77 triples of 800 or better, 28 included a perfect 300 game, seven included a 299 game and only two included a 298 game.

According to their web site, Burl Oak Bowl on Lakeshore Drive in Burlington is closed. Remaining tenpin houses are Skyway Lanes, Splitsville Centre, Star Lanes, Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Burlington Bowl, Prime Time Bowling, Whitehouse Lanes, and University Lanes.

HAMILTON BOWLING TRIVIA

In late 1941, a huge Staff House for 528 men was erected at Burlington and Sherman on the International Harvester property at a cost of $250,000. It included eight billiard tables and eight bowling alleys in the basement. The weekly rate was $9.50. A similar women’s Staff House for 450 opened at Barton and Sherman in March 1943 with six bowling alleys and a games room. Both were demolished after the war.

Many of the wartime houses constructed at the same time are still standing. Another Staff House for Stelco employees, also with bowling alleys, was built on Wellington. It is also long gone.