Western Canada (1946-1973)

Full credit and gratitude to Don Sim for taking the time to search through his personal records and compile these Western Canadian champions as well as record scores in the various events.

A Little History

All events were 8 games total pinfall using the counter pin (left 2 pin). The “counter pin” refers to the fact that you had to knock down the left 2 pin during the frame, or the downed pins in that frame did not count.

In 1967 the Canadian Bowling Congress decided to abolish the counter pin (the left counter pin had to be knocked down to score any points). The rule change went in effect in 1968 in eastern Canada, but the Western Canada 5-pin Bowling Association rejected the change, and as a result there were no national championships until 1972 after the west accepted abolishing the counter pin. (Although some leagues continued with the counter pin system for several more years.)

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Year

1946
1947
1949
1950
1953
1954
1957
1960
1965
1967
1968
1969
1970

Champion

Jean Bray (Morgan)
Babs Jefferies (Oakenfold)
Lil Machon
Mary Currie
Mary Currie
Mary Currie
Elvera Laughey (Forwick)
Mary Currie
Jeanette Neuberger (Smeed)
Shirley Miller (Eby)
Shirley Miller (Eby)
Emma Johanson
Mary McConaghie

Zone

Calgary
Calgary
Calgary
Calgary
Calgary
Calgary *
Edmonton *
Calgary
Southern
Calgary
Calgary
Calgary
Edmonton

Year

1946
1948
1969
1972
1973

Champion

R.Jones
Jack Smith
Jack Smeed
Bill Murphy
Stan Hesp

Zone

Edmonton
Calgary
Southern
Edmonton *
Edmonton

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Calgary

Jean Bray (Morgan)

Babs Jefferies (Oakenfold)

Lil Machon

Millie Luft,

Edmonton

Marg Asquin

Vi Foster

Evelyn Green

Marie Sangster

May Smith

Calgary

Corinne Lucas

Helen Ager

Ev Graham

Tillie Peters

Millie Luft

Calgary

Ella Young

Lil Machon

Millie Luft

Anne Palin

Ruth Harris

Calgary *

Lil Machon

Babs Oakenfold

Ruth Harris

Flo Befus

Mary Currie

Ruby Befus

Coach Ken McDiarmid *

Calgary

Mary Currie

Babs Oakenfold

Ruth Harris

Helen Ager

Joan Martin

Coach: Ron Young

Edmonton *

Sis Maltin

Marilyn Kerswell

Nell St.Lawrence

Del Gagnon

Loreen Mckellar

Emma Bush

Coach: Ann Tischer *

Calgary

Shirley Miller (Eby)

Mary Currie

Marie Stroh

Marna Thompson

Marg Patterson

Helen Blackburn

Coach – Bill Plumb

Edmonton

Ebba Anderson

Nina Ible

Ruth Benson

Ivy Farrage

Mary McConaghie

Audrey Sakowsky(Marusin)

Chris Vaughan

Coach: – Gene Gagnon

Southern

Jeanette Smeed

Shar Plato (Williams)

Dianne Violini

Bea Salmon

Eleanor Dorgatti

Louise Plato

Sandra Westling

Coach – Len Herring

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Calgary *

Neale Roche

Tom Campbell

Mo Trevelyan

Bob McColm

Ron Sansom

Al Bannister

Coach: Baldy Baldwin

Southern *

Jack Smeed

Stan Woodward

Bill Thomas

Bert Mezei

Gary Tunbridge

Bud Elliott

Coach: Reg Smeed *

Southern

Jack Smeed

Steve Pedersen

John Rempel

Bill Thomas

Ken Mogus

Stan Woodward

Francis Higa

Coach : Len Herring

All Star Team *

Stan Hesp

Clare Lakeman

Tom Campbell

Don Sim

Gary Tunbridge

John Rempel

Coach: Gene Gagnon

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Calgary

Mary Currie

Anne Palin

Babs Jefferies (Oakenfold)

Al Bannister

Bob Roggia

Calgary

Mary Currie

Anne Palin

Millie Luft

Al Bannister

Tom Campbell

Edmonton

Vern Mohs

Marg Peacock

Meg Warren

Marie Sangster

Jim Rutherford,

Calgary

Babs Oakenfold

Mary Currie

Flo Befus

Banny Bannister

Mo Trevelyan

Calgary

Babs Oakenfold

Flo Befus

Mary Currie

Sandy Luft

Mo Trevelyan

Calgary

Flo Befus

Marry Currie

Cec Diett (Bullen)

Marie Stroh

Jack Sadlick

Mo Trevelyan

Ron McGill

Coach: Ken McDiarmid

Edmonton

Del Gagnon

Elvera Forwick

Meg Warren

Doris Lawrence

Peter Marusin

Jan Leenders

Len Karlson

Coach: Harry Crockett

Calgary *

Peg Herner

Helen Blackburn

Marie Stroh

Mary Currie

Tom Campbell

Stan Black

Don Sim

Coach: Bill Plumb *

Southern

Dianne Violini

Lyndell Kurtz (Brekko)

Jeanette Smeed

Gwen Kapcala

Jack Smeed

Bill Thomas

Gary Tunbridge

Coach : – Len Herring

Southern

Dianne Violini

Lyndell Kurtz (Brekko)

Eleanor Dorigatti

Lil Fach

Steve Pedersen

Jack Smeed

Bill Thomas

Coach: Frank Winchester

All Star *

Ebba Anderson

Irene Jevne

Emma Johanson

Donna Derin

Jack Smeed

Bill Thomas

John Rempel

Coach – Len Herring

Edmonton

Marg Asquin

Vi Foster

Evelyn Green

Marie Sangster

Mary Smith

+ Mens team

Calgary

Mary Currie, Babs Jefferies(Oakenfold), Anne Palin, Corinne Lucas, Helen Ager, Ev Graham,Tillie Peters, Millie Luft, Bob Roggia, Harry Johnson, Jimmie Haxton, Alec McWilliams, Bob Borland, Al Bannister, Percy Timms, Bill Rogers.

Calgary

Mary Currie, Anne Palin, Millie Luft, Ruth Harris, Ella Young, Lil Machon, Bob Borland, Ron Young, Vic Aldrich, Harry Johnson, Al Bannister, Tom Campbell

Calgary

Mary Currie, Babs Oakenfold, Flo Befus, Teddy Fraser, Lil Machon, Marie Stroh, Ron Young, Sandy Luft, Mo Trevelyan, Walter Jarret, Bob Borland, Vic Aldrich

Calgary

Neale Roche, Tom Campbell, Mo Trevelyan, Bob McColm, Ron Sansom, Al Bannister, Art Parker, Mary Currie, Babs Oakenfold, Ruth Harris, Helen Ager, Joan Martin, Marg Dick, Irene Covey(Hill) Mary Border

Calgary

Flo Befus, Mary Currie, Cec Diett (Bullen), Marie Stroh, Helen Ager, Sylvia Martin, Marg Peacock, Jack Sadlick, Mo Trevelyan, Mike McClusky, Ron McGill, Bev Nicholls, Howie White

Coach: Tom Campbell

Calgary

Shirley Miller (Eby),Mary Currie,Marie Stroh, Helen Blackburn, Marg Patterson. Marna Thompson, Peg Herner, Tom Campbell, Stan Black, Don Sim, Bob French, Bob Miller, Earl Mosley

Coach: Bill Plumb

Calgary

Shirley Miller (Eby), Betty Nason, Emma Johanson, Helen Ager, Mary Currie, Sylvia Heater,Cathy Taylor, Howie Jaquish, Larry Burrell, Lloyd Herner, Stan Black, Ron Sansom, Bob French, Dave Alexander

Coaches: Al Bannister, Earl Mosley

Southern

Lyndell Kurtz (Brekko), Dianne Pedersen (Violini) ,Jeanette Smeed, Isabelle Bergman, Eleanor Dorigatti, umi Medoruma, Jack Smeed, Steve Pedersen, John Rempel, Bill Thomas, Ken Mogus, Stan Woodward, Francis Higa,

Coach: Len Herring

All Star *

Stan Hesp, Clare Lakeman, Tom Campbell, Don Sim, Gary Tunbridge, John Rempel, Ebba Anderson, Irene Jevne, Emma Johanson, Donna Derin, Jack Smeed, Bill Thomas

Coaches: Gene Gagnon, Len Herring

WESTERN CANADA BOWLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
RECORD SCORES 1945 – 1973


All events 8 games total pinfall using the counter pin (left 2 pin)

EventYear Bowler(s)ScoreGames
LADIES SINGLES
Single Game1959 Elsie Jackson – Vancouver  450
Four Games1959 Elsie Jackson – Vancouver   1,232
Eight Games1959 Elsie Jackson – Vancouver   2,405348-363-228-293-293-195-450-235
MENS SINGLES
Single Game1954Dave Bissett – Vancouver420
Four Games1964Jack McArthur – Vancouver 1,301338-249-324-390
Eight Games1952Bill Aronec –   Winnipeg        2,461317-355-298-279-245-402-286-279
LADIES TEAMS
Single Game1966North Surrey1,449
Eight Games1971Edmonton10,3061,239-1,293-1,096-1,402-1,316-1,275-1,330-1,355
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Single Game1960Mary Currie – Calgary418
Four Games1962Donna Murray – Central Manitoba1,259271-256-346-386
Eight Games1967Marion Taylor – Saskatoon2,401340-240-386-235-357-243-308-292
MIXED TEAM
Single Game1964Edmonton1,464
Eight Games1964Calgary10,3951,094-1,299-1,339-1,330-1,237-1,431-1,418-1,247
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Single Game1966Marion Bissonnette – Lakehead415
1962Dale Oliphant – Southern Alberta420
Four Games1959Flo Befus – Calgary1,201303-337-298-263
1960Maurice Trevelyan – Calgary1,324330-339-316-339
MENS TEAM
Single Game1965Calgary1,623
Eight Games1966Winnipeg10,7601,622-1,364-1,459-1,081-1,280-1,422-1,203-1,329
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS
Single Game1965Clare Lakeman – Edmonton 448
1968Wayne Lawson – Vancouver 448
Four Games1966Bob King – Winnipeg1,325405-326-376-218
Eight Games1955Bill Plumb – Saskatoon2,464243-356-319-269-283-390-251-353

Members of the Record Teams

Ladies Single Game:Pat Derry,Garland Kristensen,Sheila Barnes, Anne Lowe,Vi Howard,Rose Netzlaw,Nina Arsenault
Ladies Eight Games:Ebba Anderson 859 (4) Nina Ible 2162 (8) Ruth Benson 1892 (7)  Ivy Farrage 1257 (5) Mary McConaghie 1980 (8) Audrey Sakowsky 1616 (6)  Chris Vaughan 540 (2)
Mixed Single Game:Ron Peters 273,Isla Dotto 266,Elvera Forwick 390,Anne Tischer 234,Larry Jordan 296. Meg Warren,H Lawrence
Mixed Eight Games:Don Sim 1262 (5) Marie Stroh 2047 (8) Peg Herner 456 (2) Mary Currie 1967 (8) Tom Campbell 1906 (7)Helen Blackburn 1666 (6) Stan Black 1091(4)
Mens Single GameJack Wilkes 431, Bob French 371, Dave Alexander 315, Ron Sansom 273, Stan Black 233, Bob Miller
Mens Eight GamesNorm Shanas 1827 (7) Bob King 2446 (8) Les Dyke 1211 (5) Bernie Johnson 2217 (8) Ed Lynch 2142 (8) Ken Boddis 539 (2)  Ray Sanderson 378 (2)

National Championship Information

  • National Championships 1953 Men’s Only Events
  • 1954 Full Contingent
  • No National Championships from 1969 – 1971 … Provincial All Star Teams competed in Western Canada
  • Zone teams consisted of 7 Ladies and 6 Men – 8 Game Total Pinfall
  • Singles 5 Ladies & 5 men top 50% advance after 4 games.
  • Mixed team comprised of 4 Ladies and 3 Men that also bowled on Ladies & Mens Teams.