Escott claims silver in men's singles division
Bob Osborne, shown in this file photo, won his latest national bowling medal on the Holiday Lanes men's squad, which also includes Adam Lomond, Brad Glynn, Billy Woods, Andrew Murphy, Mike Maloney and coach Cal White. The team took the gold medal at the Canadian open five-pin championships, which concluded Saturday at Holiday Lanes in St. John's — Telegram file photo
He's performed in some 55 national championships, competed in every province of the country five or six times, and has a pair of gold and silver Canadian Open medals to go with a half-dozen bronze.
There's an argument to be made that bowler Bob Osborne deserves mentioning as one of Newfoundland's most decorated athletes.
Osborne added another national medal to his collection over the weekend, helping the Holiday Lanes men's team win gold at the 2013 national Open five-pin bowling championship held in the St. John's Metro area.
The win applied salve to the sting of finishing second at last year's nationals in Gatineau, Que., by a 5.5-2.5 margin to Ontario.
The Holiday Lanes squad, comprised of Adam Lomond, Brad Glynn, Billy Woods, Andrew Murphy, Mike Maloney, Osborne and coach Cal White, defeated Alberta 1,324-1,133 Saturday after placing first in the three-day qualifying round.
Lomond paced the victory with 344 while Glynn had 287, Murphy had 277 and Maloney had 253. Osborne and Woods combined for 167.
It's been another busy season for the 53-year-old Osborne, who's been throwing bowling balls the past 35 years.
Prior to the Open, he rolled in the Interprovincial championship in P.E.I., and will compete in the Masters championship the end of June in Calgary.
In fact, there's not a bowling tournament in Canada Osborne hasn't rolled in, and that includes the Open, Masters, Classified, Interprovincial, Canada Games and CBC and TSN roll-offs.
Yet despite all those tournaments, from coast to coast a couple times over, Osborne did manage a first this weekend.
While the men's team rolled at the Paradise Bowl, the stepladder playoffs were staged at Holiday Lanes, the bowling facility Osborne purchased in 1996.
"The stars were aligned for me, I guess, because they were telling me I'm the first proprietor to win a gold medal in his own alley," he said. "That's pretty special."
In the meantime, Lee Escott of St. Pat's claimed the silver medal in men's singles. Female singles entry Andrea Harris of St. Pat's and the Holiday Lanes female team failed to qualify for the stepladder roll-offs.
Escott, who won the singles title in 2011, finished well ahead in the qualifying round, but dropped two games in the stepladder final. Victor Fobert of Alberta defeated Escott 301-243 and 328-265.
The Holiday Lanes mixed team of Julie Hughes, Melissa Manor, Melanie Bishop, Ken Collins, Colin Smith, Ray Dunphy and coach Joe Manor was third in the qualifying round but lost its first playoff game 1471-1171 to Ontario, which eventually won the title.
The Holiday Lanes female team of Sara Kennedy, Michelle Maloney, Tina Tricco, Trina Greene, Erica Legge, Dawn Osmond and coach Tony Redmond placed fifth. The team actually tied for fourth, but was seeded fifth via the win-loss formula.
Harris finished tenth with 6,880 for her 30-game qualifying round in singles.
Only New Brunswick, the Northwest Territories and Northern Ontario did not competed in the four-day tournament. Newfoundland and Labrador tied Ontario for second in the aggregate standings with 28 points. Alberta was first with 39 points.