Canadian Tenpin Federation inducts Bob Puttick to Hall of Fame



    2015CTFHOFBobPuttick.jpg Calgary's Bob Puttick (pictured) has been named to the Canadian Tenpin Federation Hall of Fame in the athletes category. He will the 29th inductee joining 18 athletes, one veteran and nine builders in the national tenpin hall.

    Puttick won his first tournament in 1971, the Three Star Bowling Championships presented by CBC in Montreal. He has won tournaments in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Vermont, New York and Montana.

    In 1979 he represented Canada at the AMF Bowling World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, where he finished 5th.

    2015CTFHOFBobPuttickDonWira.jpgDuring the 80's Bob was a force to be reckoned with. He won the Canadian Team Trials in 81 and 83 and made history with doubles partner Don Wira (on the right) when the two became the first men to win a gold medal for Canada at the then FIQ American Zone Championships, now known as Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) Championships.

    The second gold medal for a man came in the same event when Puttick won the Masters title. All the team members came home with a medal when the men captured the bronze in the team event.

    In 1983 Puttick represented Canada, at his own expense, at the Pan Am Games in Caracas, Venezuela, where bowling was introduced as a Demonstration Sport, and thanks to his efforts, bowling has gained official recognition in the Pan Am Games.

    2015CTFHOFDave KistKarenandBobPuttick.jpgIn 2014, after a 30-year absence from Team Canada, he represented his country again as a Super Senior in The Tournament of The Americas, winning four bronze medals in six events plus the gold medal in the Friendship category. As a senior, he has competed in six PBA50 Tour events so far and cashed twice, including the 2010 PBA U.S. Senior Open, with a high game of 290. Puttick owns three Edmonton Open titles and one Calgary Open win, along with numerous city and provincial titles.

    Puttick has coached youth in both Montreal and Calgary and served a term on both the Calgary board and the CTF provincial board. His wife Karen, their four kids, and so far six of his eight grandchildren are actively involved in leagues in Calgary.

    L-R CTF Director Dave Kist, Karen and Bob Puttick.

    He has lived and breathed the sport of bowling since the age of 10, takes great humble pride in his accomplishments, and has matured into a great representative of the sport of bowling, thoroughly enjoying friendships made years ago and in recent years in his senior event travels.

    He still competes and cashes in both senior and open events in Alberta and Montana on a regular basis and loves seeing himself on cashing day as the oldest bowler in the cashing rounds.

    Puttick is one of only two bowlers in the Calgary Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 1983. The other is past CTF gold medalist Chuck Faas.