Ken Byrne didn't have his usual doubles partner this time around, but he combined with new teammate Mike Upshall to win the men's doubles championship in the competitive division at the 21st annual Tely Classic five-pin bowling championship at Holiday Lanes Thursday.
"It feels great. It was a great tournament and well-organized," Byrne said.
Byrne, who usually bowls doubles with Robert Williams, had to look for a new partner because Williams was injured. Since Upshall was also looking for a partner, they got together and things worked out well for the duo.
Byrne (837) and Upshall (627) defeated Colin Smith (743) and Bob Osborne (665) 1,464-1,408.
"It was an honour just to be on the same lanes as Colin and Bob, who are two of the best bowlers in Canada," said Byrne.
Byrne, 36, has competed in the Tely Classic since he was 17, missing only a few years.
This is his second doubles title. He's also finished second twice in the category, while placing second twice in mixed doubles to go along with a second-place finish in men's singles over the years.
The 21st annual championships had an additional team event this year to mark the 100th anniversary of five-pin bowling in Canada.
North West Territories bowler Terry Burns has set out to bowl in 100 different bowling centres in 100 days and he started his trek across Canada Thursday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially started both his tour and the 2008 Tely Classic championships.
In a one-game team competition, the 100-year anniversary team of Terry Burns, Patti Thorne, Ross Crocker and Lee Escott defeated the Canadian National five-pin team of Mel Osmond, Minister Clyde Jackman, Karen Johnston and Dominique Linehan by a team score of 761-690. Burns continued on with his three-game set and posted a 652 triple.
Dignitaries and guests on hand for the 100-year anniversary event and the Tely championship included Clyde Jackman, the province's Minister of Tourism, Recreation and Culture; St. John's Mayor Denis O'Keefe; provincial sports consultant Patti Thorne; Mel Osmond, President of the Canadian 5-Pin Bowlers Association; Fred Hawco, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador 5-Pin Bowlers Association; Annetta Power, President of the Master Bowlers Association; Bob Osborne, tournament director, Bowling Proprietors Association of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Ross Crocker and Karen Johnston of Molson Canada, the national five-pin sponsor.
Feature bowlers included Osborne, who has represented the province at 46 national events, has two perfect games, and has won bronze, silver and gold national medals; Escott, who, as a youth bowler, earned the triple crown of national medals and was Canada's bowler of the millennium; and Linehan, the 2007 national youth bantam girls gold medallist.
Tely Classic sponsors
The Telegram, Coors Light, Air Labrador, Mama Soula's, Cohen's Home Furnishings, Pepsi, Vision Quest, Hillview Terrace Suites, TD Canada Trust, Buy and Sell, McDonalds, Screech, Blue Sky Promotions, East Side Mario's, Peter Belbin's Steakhouse, Ches's and Holiday Lanes.
In addition to the cash awards won by champions and runners-up, many sponsors provided gift certificates and products that were awarded to Tely Classic participants for a wide variety of accomplishments.
Champion: Elizabeth Bishop (695) plus 146
Runner-up: Diane Healey (549) plus 48
Champions: Sandra Brennan (507) plus 21 and Linda Jackman (522) plus 18, plus 39
Runners-up: Pat Duff (470) minus 25 and Cathy Philpott(452) minus 49, minus 74
Champion: Zachary Snook (443) plus 50
Runner-up: Matt Kennedy (540) plus 45
Champions: Zachery Snook (412) plus 19 and Joseph Snook (542) plus 2, plus 21
Runners-up:Tyler Drover (676) plus 46 and Brian Murphy (559) minus 62, minus 16
Champions: Bren McDonald (726) plus 18 and Sandra Brennan (446) minus 40, minus 22
Runners-up: Craig Ford (607) minus 17 and Sarah Noel (417) minus 39, minus 56
Champion: Bren McDonald, 686
Runner-up: Andrew Codner, 652
Champions: Nicole Dale (702) and Crystal Petten (603), 1, 305
Runners-up: Jessica Mahon (651) and Amanda Cantwell (533), 1,184
Champions: Andrew Codner (722) and Jessica Mahon (721), 1443
Runners-up: Bob Osborne (715) and Trina English (671), 1386