Hall Of Fame Inductee

Pat Mahoney

Inducted into: Player Division in 2004

Location: Hamilton

Deceased: DEC

  • Player

Pat Mahoney was literally born into the bowling family and, through her mother, Connie Martin, joined the youth bowling program at Mountain Lanes in Hamilton in 1955. Like many young bowlers of the day, Pat set pins and, at the same time, honed her skills under the tuteledge of both her mother and her proprietor, Sam Shaw. Pinning is winning became the basis of her skill development as she began her adult career at nineteen, bowling in her first Open at Guelph in 1965.

Overall, in an outstanding Open participation, Pat qualified nineteen times with thirteen ladies' teams and six mixed teams. Moreover five of these teams, four ladies' and one mixed won not only provincial championships but also Canadian championships. Pat was part of the Hamilton ladies that won three titles in a row as she won in both 1976 and 1978 and repeated in 1983 and 1986. These national titles were earned in Thunder Bay (twice), Regina and Burnaby, British Columbia. The mixed team title was won in Saskatoon and, that year, Pat averaged 280 for eighteen games and was named a national all-star. In the 1986 victories, Pat and the Hamilton contingent won aggregate honours in Ontario and, at the nationals, Pat and her Ontario teammates won national aggregate banners as well.

Pat also enjoyed great success in the Master Bowlers' Association. Individually, she won two events, the Spring Classic in 1982 and the Double Knockout in Oshawa in 1987. In addition, she qualified for national teams in 1982 and 1983 and won gold in 1982 in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland and earned a bronze medal the next year in Saskatoon. Pat has enjoyed the best coaching as well as Hall of Famer Dot Britton was there for the Masters while, at the Open, it was Bob Coulter in 1976 and 1978), Joe Seipi in 1983, Gerry McNeil in 1984 and Hall of Famer, Betty Jones in 1986.

In 1970, Pat married George Mahoney, affectionately called the Newf, and they have two children, Kyle and Jason. Jason and his wife, Jody, also have two children, Luke and Leia.

Before a fall hurt back, Pat bowled three leagues a week. However, now she lends her volunteer expertise to coordinating the senior citizen program at Bol-O-Drome Lanes in east Hamilton and, with a terrific photograph file, can re-visit her bowling career on a moment's notice.