Tenpin Bowling in 2017-2018

Hamilton’s final 2017 – 2018 total is 21 perfect games, seven games of 299, one 296 game, five games of 290 and 11 triples of 800 or better. With a pair of 300 games were Mick Anderer, Ryan Dickenson, Art Oliver Jr., Rob May & Len Garinger Jr. With one perfect game were Travis Cauley, Doug Schatz, Bill Hicks, Matthew lewis, Josh Colwell, Brian Ward, Nick Murphy, Matt Havens and one week after Mike Smith rolled his 300, his father Ron rolled his 300.

Missing perfection by one pin with 299’s were Matt Lewis, Richard Parker, Billy Craig, Mike Scargall, Steve Smith, Ron Machida, Aaron Bouchard Bouchard & Art Oliver Jr. The 296 game was recorded by Ryan Dickenson and with games of 290 were Matt Lewis, Bruce Tyler, Richard Parker, Kevin Kartonchil & Fred Renaud. Eleven strikes in a row from frame two for 279’s were dealt by Steve Ferguson, Jeff Easton & Conrad Merkir while Tim LaCroix had 11 in a row for a 277 single.

The eleven triples of 800 or better ranged from Art Oliver Jr’s 823 to Ryan Dickenson & that Oliver guy again at an even 800. The other eight were Josh Colwell 813, Scott Tarbut 812, Steve Smith 809 & 806, Len Garinger Jr. & Billy Craig 804, Kevin Kartonchik 803 & Chris King 802. When Dickenson rolled his even 800, he struck out in the tenth for the 800.

Art Oliver Jr. continues to lead the Hamilton honour score list with 24 perfect games, eight 299 games, a pair of 298’s and 12 triples of 800 or better for an overall total on 46 honour scores. Travis Cauley is second with 35 followed by Lionel Lewis Jr. 27, Aaron Bouchard 24 & Chris King 22.

The father son duo of Chuck & Mike Ellis topped the Veterans Service League final standings . Mike Ellis recorded high average at 202 with Ed Margueratt second at an even 200 his third ever 200 average season after 204 & 200 averages in the same season, and an oh so close 199. High triples this season went to Mike Ellis 750 and Ed Margueratt 710 & 707. High singles were Mike Ellis with a pair of 267’s and Ed Margueratt 259. Barbara Roy rolled a 519 triple and 198 single.


  1. One of the reason Midtown Lanes, a.k.a. Connaught Lanes, on John St. North closed in the 1960’s is the lanes were located on three floors , and with no elevators and limited lockers, many of the bowlers had to carry their 16 pound bowler balls and shoes up the stairs. Others lanes with stair “problems”, either up or down were Winter Gardens, Albertonian, Tivoli, Pla- Mor, Mohawk, Olympia, Central, Lister Building, Burl-Oak and McDonalds .
  2. Twenty years old this month, Al Tone won the C.T.F. Nationals in Windsor with a 217 average with three consecutive games of 258, 269 & 279 on the last day. By winning he was off to Holland, the United Arab Emirates and the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.
  3. Also in 1998, Tim Parslow, 17, of Kingston made history at the Provincial Junior Tournament at Hamilton Mountain Bowl with the first 300 game in the tourney’s 30 year history, and the top bowlers in the V.S.L. were Malcolm McLucas 197 average, Stewart Shea 727 triple & Jim Margueratt 257 single.
  4. At one time there were three bowling estalishments within a few hundred feet of one another at the Barton & Ottawa area. They were “Ottawa” at 172 Ottawa St. N., Fleming at 278 Ottawa St. N. and the Winter Gardens in the basement at the south west corner of Barton & Ottawa.
  5. In the 1920’s few bowling balls had three finger holes so Ed Buckingham and friends paid “Fat Hughie” 50 cents to make sure those balls were available for them at Coopers (a.k.a. Tivoli). Most of the balls had only one or two finger holes, but three had three finger holes.
  6. Ed Buckingham who was born in 1902, and stopped bowling in 1994, had a first- hand experience in the evolution of bowling in Hamilton as he bowled at Coopers, Tivoli, Iron Duke, Lucky Strike (downtown Hamilton), Stelco Wellington Lanes, Hamilton Centre Bowl, Hamilton Mountain Bowl and finally Skyway Lanes. His career went from “pinboys” , and hope that they would show up, to automatic pinsetters, and finally automatic scoring. He was interviewed by Ken Welch on CHCH TV for his 90th. birthday and promised he would be around for his 100th, but he missed that milestone by two years.

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