Three of the Hamilton area’s finest tenpin bowlers turned in fine showings in tournaments in three different locations recently. Hamilton’s George Lambert IV placed 18th in a field of 270 in the qualifying round of the San Marino Open in Italy with games of 208, 256, 223, 266, 225 and 237 for 1,415 and a 237 average. In round one of the finals, Lambert was 19th, with games of 213, 233, 214 and 183 for 843, a 210 average. In the final standings, Lambert was 31st and returned home with 500 Euros.
Mark Buffa of Montreal was 22nd. A Netherlands woman won the 10,000 Euros top prize with a 275 last game. Lambert enjoyed the experience, especially the trip to Venice and the Sunday night finale with the English bowlers. Before going back to Wichita State University in September, Lambert can be found practicing at Prime Time Bowl.
At the United States Bowling Congress Senior Championships in Reno Nevada, Clayton Kinzel of Hamilton competed against 41 others from the U.S. in the Super Seniors Division (75 years and over) and placed 14th. He was the only Canadian and with his 158 average rolled triples of 446 and 495. His 156 average won him $100 and countless memories. A 159 average bowler from North Carolina won the one grand prize.
At the Pan Am Games in Brazil, Carrie Ryan Ciach rolled 2,363 for six games, a 194 average, and along with Lynne Gauthier placed sixth in women’s doubles. The Canadian men, Darren Klassen and Jason Kovach were 12th. Both gold medals went to the United States. The men were victorious by 158 pins over Brazil and the women by a staggering 387 pins over Puerto Rico, helped by final games of 299 and 257.
In Hamilton Tenpin Trivia, in Oct. 1997 in the Skyway Lanes junior league, Christine Custeau started both her first and third games with seven strikes for 267 and 254. Bill Rowe Jr. fired a perfect 300 game in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Malaysia.