Hamilton trip down memory (bowling) lane

With a new tenpin bowling season upon us, here are a few memories of Hamilton bowlers who did well years ago. In March 1970, Win Green fired a 701 (245, 235, 221) triple at the ABC Tournament. Wendy Zielonka won the CTF Women’s title in Montreal by 194 pins and was fifth in singles at the World Championships in Venezuela. A team from the Water Street Bowl in Cambridge was third in the team event at the 1983 ABC in Niagara Falls.

At the Hoinke Tournament in Cincinnati in 1983, Earl Demmery smashed a perfect game while Jim Margueratt rolled a 681 (248, 237,196) and Ray Sakalas hit 619 as the pair placed eleventh in doubles.

On the PBA Tour in 1983, Bill Rowe Jr. delivered a 770 triple in New Jersey and a 722 triple in Rochester. Then in Miami, Rowe won the men’s singles at the Tournament of the Americas with a 209 average and a high game of 279. On the popular Beat The Champ television show from WIVB Buffalo, Al Tone won six straight times which included triples of 713 and 704. Craig Woodhouse won his first two matches with triples of 777 (258, 280, 239) and 742 (277, 234, 231).

Tim Curry in December 1984 rolled a 300 at Bowlerama Oakville and Randy Ireland tripped the first ever 700 at Lakeshore Lanes with 722 (269. 249, 204). Mary Piche was fourth in singles with a 645 triple at the 1984 WIBC Tournament in Niagara Falls. Joyce Campbell won a bronze medal at the 1984 CTF Nationals in Winnipeg.

Don Schatz, in 1986, rolled back-to-back 300 games in Tonawanda. N.Y., and in 1987 Schatz and Rowe Jr. tallied 300 games in Toronto. Ty Gordon rolled four consecutive 180 games at Hamilton Mountain Bowl. Paul Duncan, 17, qualified second in the NFL Superbowl Championships in Boston in 1988 and won a trip to Hawaii where he averaged 165 to finish in the top ten.

Tenpin bowling took place at half time of the Calgary-Hamilton football game in August 1988 with Ron Howell, Bob Krouse and Dave Marler competing. Pearl Trowbridge, 80, drove alone to Florida and placed ninth at a seniors tournament in 1988. Jane Amlinger was fourth at the Pre-Olympic Tournament in Korea in 1988 with a 201 average.

Tone used a 290 game to win the men’s doubles with Howard Kotchie at a Canada-U.S. Friendship match in Fargo, North Dakota in 1988. In early 1980, Don Wira fired games of 278 in Cincinnati, 289 in Mississauga, 290 in Hamilton, and 296 in Sarnia. George Lambert IV, who recently fired a pair of 300 games in Las Vegas, averaged 264 for five games in March 1999.

In the 1950s, Gabe Bihary won the Hamilton, Ontario and Canadian titles and at the ABC Masters in Texas became the first Canadian to win a match .Back then triples of 700 were rare. E. Jeanes rolled a 701 (223, 255, 223) and Gabe Bihary fired a 287 game at Pla-Mor Lanes. First year bowler Nick Sydor fired a 658 triple and 265 single at Skyway Lanes.

Andy Toth won the 1954 singles title with a 190 average with Harold Wolfe second and Joe Wozniak third.

More than 100 years ago – in 1908 – the Ramblers placed 221st. out of 362 teams in the ABC Tournament. Further back to Feb. 25, 1881, a Dundas team went up against a Toronto team at the Dufferin House with an oyster supper on the line for the winners.

In 1918 Fred Cooper was fined $20 for” having employed young boys to work in his bowling alley” which was on James St. N. and known by several names, Hamilton Bowling and Athletic Club, Cooper’s, and Tivoli.

Since we are on the topic of old news, Art Shaver of Atlanta was the world’s oldest active bowler at 107. Last month he was tied when Gene Scala who turned 107 and still bowls once a week in Long Island, N.Y. with a 135 average and a high game of 299 when he was 75.

Ted Muller is close at 106 in California with a 93 average. Also last month California man at 90 years and nine months of age became the oldest person with a 300 game surpassing an 89 years and one month old man.


A man from Iceland will be competing at a PBA event in Las Vegas.

Where Hamilton Centre Bowl stood in the 1960s is now a Wal-Mart and the Bar-Don site in Stoney Creek is now a parking lot.

Final memberships figures for 2011-12 has Hamilton with 1,280 for fourth in Ontario behind Toronto 3,960, Windsor 2,238 and Niagara 1,405. Ontario has 15,400 members and Canada has 24,358 members.