Walker goes 132 pins over average for Century Award

bowling_alleyTo earn a coveted Canadian Tenpin Federation Century award you have to beat your average by 100 pins. Norm Walker made it look easy at Skyway Lanes and was almost perfect. Holding a 164 average, he started with 11 strikes, then on the pressure-packed last ball came up short with a six count for a 296 game. Walker bowls without using his thumb and his eleventh strike came courtesy of a ”messenger” pin which took out the five pin. Another 296 this season was recorded by Joshua Colwell at Star Lanes.

Tyler Sherwood , also with a 164 average, missed his Century award by one pin with a 263 effort for a 601 triple. And with a career high single of 198 was Jen Miller. Posting singles of 200 or better were Shane Aldridge, 219, Bruce Nichols, 218, Frank Bartlett, 210, and coming close at 192 was Donna Saunders.

No problem for John Fauld at Skyway as twice in a row he left the 6-7-10 split and twice in a row he spared the 6-7-10 split. Thanks to Barb H. for this unusual item.

Travis Cauley has recorded his eighth honour score of the season with a 297 at Skyway. After a 222 opening, and holding a 235 average, came his second 297 of the season. Then 247 and 256 for a 1,022 set. The eight honour scores included three perfect games, a pair of 299s and the two 297s, plus an 800 triple. Coming one pin short of 300 was Brandon Crabb with a 299 at Skyway and, according to Steve Cowie, a solid ten pin stopped him. His triple was 735 and Cowie also earned himself an honour score as a first frame open was followed by 11 strikes for a 279.

Down the road at Bowlerama Stoney Creek, Dave Alexander 651 (254), Pete Vojic, 620 with a 266, Brian Harper, 607 (225), Lennie Glass, 583 (225), Guy Gamache, 551 (191), Stephanie Colvin, 451 (167), Donna Leger, 453 (187), and Debbie Daoust, plus 109 at 382 (149).

Burlington Bowl 200 games were dealt by Larry Doucet, 226, Monika Cunningham, 225, Roger Ebert, 219, Jenny Davey, 216, Matt Harper, and George Mawhinney, 214, Don Craig, 211, Randy Arsenault, 202, Don Lupton and Gail Lipnicky, 200, and Barry Stannix, 247, 252, 201 for an even 700. Joe Jacques tripped a 626 (235), Doug Duncan, 605 (218), Paul Hyatt, 578 (206), Penny Hazi, 564 (216), Fred Renaud, 562 (232), and Sue Graves, 135 average, 165, 145, 186 for a 496.

The top two bowlers in the Skyway V.S.L. continue to shine as Mike Ellis scored a 630 (233), his eighth 600, raising his average to 207, and Ed Margueratt used a 666 – his sixth 600- (220, 221, 225) to lift his average to 197. Denise Margueratt dealt a pair of 171 games, spared the difficult 4- 10 split and spared a pair of “double wood” leaves.

June Najbor reports for the Skyway juniors that Austin Gottlieb, 192 average, smashed a 713 with games of 247, 210, 256. Carter Bailey started slow then exploded with 253 and 209 for a 606. David Minnes, 156 average, finished with a 234 for a 567, Mackenzie Martini was plus 44 at 156 and Selbie Smith-Rizzo, 104 average, tallied a 374 (134).


In 1984 when the late Hamilton hockey legend Pat Quinn signed as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, one of the ways he brought the team together was to go bowling. In the first game of the season in Winnipeg they lost. Then before game two they went bowling and beat the Jets 5-2. When Quinn was a teen on Glennie Avenue he was a pin boy at Bowl O -Drome on Parkdale three blocks away.

In the current age, it is common for many 700 triples to be bowled in one league session. In the entire decade of the 1950s, only four 700s were rolled by Bert Hillock, Andy Toth, Gabe Bihary, and Gord McGaver. In the 1960s 14 men best the 700 plateau – Bill Lasanko, Joe Kucapako, Joe Nardi, Win Green, Frank Wood, Stan Prokop, Stan Quin, Fred Rosettani, Bob Bernat, Hal Schatz, Ken Gills, Paul Coates, Andy Toth, and Ed Margueratt at 713. High was Coates at 781 with Schatz and Toth at 731.

Bowling has been featured in many television shows and one of the earliest was Ozzie and Harriet on March 27, 1953. In 2015 on N.C.I.S., Abby is on the team with nuns. In 2004 the show Ed, with Canadian Tom Cavanagh of Ottawa, was based in a bowling alley for four seasons.

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