Art Oliver Jr rolls two perfect games

By Jim Margueratt

After Art Oliver Jr. was asked why he had not added to his Hamilton leading 22 perfect games and ten 800 triples with only a high game of 288, he responded in a big way with a pair of 300 games and an 800 triple at Skyway Lanes. Perfect game number 23 was followed by 286, 212 & 266 for a 798 triple & 1064 set. Then after 235 & 265 games, he needed another 300 for an even 800 triple, so he did roll the 300 game for the even 800. Then a 213 for a 1013 set.

Tim Robertson, 192 average, used games of 209, 244 & 256 for a 709 scratch triple, and 853 with handicap for a 27 pin victory over Rob May and his pair of 257 games for a 706 triple and a handicap total of 826 in the annual association tournament. Sean Bailey’s 727 (269,255) triple placed him third at 817. High scratch game was a 279 by Mike Scargall. Claiming the doubles title were Tracy Murdoch & Jamie Martin with 1598 and a one pin victory over Chris Gaymer & Billy Craig. The top team was Royal LePage with John Manel, John Stenekes, Ian Colby & Ron Smith who won by 116 pins over the Lickity Splits. The all events top money went to Tracy Murdoch with scratch triples of 486, 539 & 453 for a 2297 handicap total and a 17 pin margin over Mike Scargall with his 647, 600 & 601 triples. Tim Robertson was third, Rob May fourth & Justin Francis fifth.

Steve Smith almost had perfect game number nine, but settled for his second 299. He then added 243 & 264 for his fourth 800 triple, a 806. A fourth game of 276 gave him a 1082 set . After these three sets of 1000 or more, others were close. Ryan Dickenson 994 (255), Dave Custeau 994 (257,256),Aaron Bouchard 991 (268,266) & 988 (279), Sean Bailey 975 (269) & 968 (256) & Nick Murphy 961 (279). Other 900’s were John Cherriere 953 (269,269), Aaron Bouchard 952 (266,258), Corey Raymer 950 (278) & 922 (258), Len Garinger Jr. 941 (267), Ray Sakalas 929 (267,266), Allan Oliver 269 with a 187 average and Kevin Chisholm, 153 average, a CTF Century award for his 275 single.

Beating your average in three games is impressive, but Brett Royale beat his 172 average by 116 pins at Skyway with a stunning 288 game for a 651 triple. Mike Scargall almost match him as with a 180 average he threw a 266 for a 689 triple. John Burke blasted a 741 (254,220,267) and one week after a great 190 game, Barb Hollands was even greater with a 201. Other super singles are Frank Bartlett 214, Susan Scargall 213, Gayle Robertson & Tammy Bryant 212, Terry Burgess 210, Wanda Ward 208, Richard Ogden 206 for a 569 triple, Frank Wells 201, Georgina Walker a pair of 181’s and Ed Bryant 188 & 180.

After averaging 177 for the first 21 weeks with only one 600 triple, Pat Horton fired six 600’s in a row, averaging 207 to raise his average to 184. Triples of 640, 611 & 631 enable Ed Margueratt to raise his average to a touch over 200 & Derek Hannah scored a 235 in Monday V.S.L. play which has seem three perfect games in its long history by John Brezden, Derek Hannah & Mike Ellis. So far this season Ellis has thirteen 600 triples and Margueratt eleven along with a pair of 700’s. After a 212 game one week, Travis Fraser dealt a 233 the next.

Roy Katz was hot at Burlington Bowl as with his 200 average to dealt games of 259,224 & 235 for a 718. With a 135 average Wayne Jackson started with 123 & 189 before exploding for an award winning 239 for a 551 triple & Demetre Tsantilas did the same as with a 155 average he threw 117 & 156 before a award winning 267 for a 540. Al McGraw scored a 692 (242), Corey Raymer 639 (254), Gordie Howarth 617 (242), Bryan LaFontaine 614 (256) and super singles Paul Hyatt 233, Dora Abra 230, Robin Bouchard 222, Henry Hulleman 218, Anne Robson 209, C.J. Price 207, Jeff Cantwell & Susan Scargall 203, Hans Neuman 201 & Bill Campbell 234 & 210.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA:

  • Three members of the Ciach family have rolled perfect games. The late Bill Ciach with a 450, son Joe and daughter Val with 300’s. Other father – daughter duos with 300’s are Tom & Christine Johnston and Ed Maurer & Crystal Whitfield.
  • While Bowlerama Stoney Creek was recently demolished for condos, Burlington’s Roseland Bowl is still standing awaiting the same fate.
  • Highest averages ever for Hamilton youth are Travis Cauley & George Lambert a 225 and Chelsea King 205 & Christine Custeau 203.
  • Dick Brett wrote bowling columns for the Spectator under his own name, plus “Alley Action” and “Timber Topper”. For the Hamilton News it was “Picking Headpins”.
  • The only Hamilton man with a pair of 299’s games on the same day is John Greaves in April 1983.
  • After Wendy Zielonka rolled 17 strikes in a row over two games in 1980, a pinsetter break down caused a 10 minute delay, but she still rolled a 734.
  • After O’Dell Tufford started with nine strikes at Skyway in Dec. 1982, she missed the headpin for a 264 game.

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