Canada vaulted eight positions at the Men’s World Tenpin Bowling Championships to finish in sixth place overall in the team competition.
The Canadian squad of George Lambert IV (Hamilton), Lionel Lewis (Burlington), Ray Vervynck (Whitby), Jason Kovack (Windsor), and Joe Ciach (Mississauga), were in 14th place after the first three games when they rolled a 3,073 total pinfall.
Their second three-game set produced a score of 3,220, led by Vervynck’s 1,329. Lambert rolled 1,205. Lewis counted 1,227, Kovack scored 1,283, and Ciach tallied 1,249.
Canada’s sixth team member, Jonathan Simoneau of Montreal did not bowl in the team event but is competing in the “make-up” squad for his all events score.
The U.S. won the team event (6,618) with Malaysia (6,518) taking the silver medal and Finland (6,394) winning the bronze medal. U.S. veteran Bill Hoffman had a perfect 300 game.
Forty-four countries and 247 players (some countries do not have full teams) are participating in the championships at Busan, Korea.
Lucien Casagrande, Winnipeg, Manitoba is coaching the team and Sandy Lowe, Bowmanville, Ont., is team manager. Play continues Wednesday with six games of singles.