One pin separated Hamilton’s George Lambert IV from a bronze medal at the third Commonwealth Tenpin Championships in Melbourne, Australia. Lambert, a member of Team Canada, bowled 1,246 to finish fourth in the men’s singles division, behind bronze medallist George Frilingos of Australia who totalled 1,247 with a 207.83. Lambert’s average was 207.67.
But Canada’s Caroline Lagrange of Notre-Dame de Pins, Quebec repeated as the silver medallist in the women’s singles event. She was the women’s singles second place finisher at the last championships in Cyprus. The women’s event was a repeat of the 2005 championship. Ann-Maree Putney of Australia won the gold medal as she did in Cyprus. Lagrange was only 34 pins behind for silver, closer than the 67 pin margin in Cyprus. Choy Poh Lai, Malaysia earned the bronze medal. Canada’s Jennifer Willis-Park of Nanaimo, British Columbia was fourth.
Jon Zadel from the Midlands in England won gold in the men’s singles and Sonith Lockhart, Bahamas won the silver. Lockhart’s medal was the first ever for the Bahamas in the history of the Commonwealth Championships.
The competition runs to July 9. Canada is one of 17 countries competing. Australia, Bahamas, Brunei Darussalam, England, Gibraltar, Guernsey, India, Jersey, Malaysia, Malta, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Wales Singapore and Scotland are present. The newly formed Pakistan Tenpin Federation is competing for the first time.
Lucien Casagrande of Winnipeg, Manitoba is coaching the Canadian team. Play continues tomorrow with the Mixed Doubles event.
Medal winners and Canadian scores
1. Jon Zadel, England, 1314, 219.00
2. Sonith Lockhart, Bahamas, 1253, 208.83
3. George Frilingos, Australia, 1247, 207.83
4. George Lambert IV, Canada, 1246, 207.67
11. Jonathan Simoneau, Canada, 1170, 195.00
1. Ann-Maree Putney, Australia, 1323, 220.50
2. Caroline Lagrange, Canada, 1289, 214.83
3. Choy Poh Lai, Malaysia, 1280, 213.33
4. Jennifer Willis-Park, Canada, 1231, 205.17