Bill Mackenzie

Bill began bowling in 1964 at All-Star Lanes and in his first year, bowled a high single of 279, which he didn’t beat until he shot a 289 in 1988. He continued to compete for almost fifty years, when he stopped bowling due to health reasons in 2011.

In 1970, due to some problems with his left knee, Bill changed from a Right-handed shot to a left-hander, bowling a 169 average in his first year as a lefty. Many years later in the 1990’s, Bill had to switch back to his natural right-handed shot because of range of movement issues with his left shoulder.

During those four plus decades, he bowled in several out of town tournaments in Brandon, Winkler and a few out of province tournaments such as the ABC in the U.S. and Silver Dollar Championship in Calgary.


1964 All- Star Lanes

1970-80’s Birchwood Lanes

1970-80’s Masters League – Chateau

1980’s Mixed 4’s – Chateau

1980’s Wpg Senior Men – Empress

1980’s-90’s Explorers Mens – Laverendrye

1980’s-90’s Cercle Ouvrier – Laverendrye

1979 – 80’s Greater Wpg Classic – Chateau

1979-80 League President

1979 Komplete Karpet Team (186 / 279)

1980 Never Paint Again Team

1985 Budget Electric Team (181 / 244)

1986 Coutts Team (179 / 235)


Winnipeg Bowling Association

Bill served on the WBA for 22 years; was always there to assist in the hosting of the Annual Tournament, Director of the Marinelli, countless other tournaments and committees. Was selected as WBA delegate to several CTF AGMs.

1982-84 3rd Vice-President

1984-86 Treasurer

1986-2004 Director

Coaching & Officiating

YBC Level II certified coach.

Coached 3 YBC Provincial Teams in the 1980’s

1969-75 Began coaching in the Chateau Youth league.

1976-86 Coached 10 years for the Northgate Youth league; Head Coach 1980-85.

1987-90’s Coached German Club Youth league.

Career High Scores

Single – Left-Handed 289 – Right-Handed 279

Bill bowled a minimum of 279 in every house in Manitoba in which he bowled.

High Average
178 (1970s) 185+ (1980s) 190-200+ (1990s)

High Series
750 +

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