Hamilton’s George Lambert IV finished 19th at the Men’s World Championships in Bangkok, missing advancing to the final 16 by a slim 14 pins. After rolling 1,285 in doubles and 1,275 in trios, Lambert dealt triples in teams of 617 (208, 195, 214) and 657 (213, 198, 246) for 1,274, while Joe Ciach of Mississauga added 597 and 601 triples for 1,198 and 11th place. Then it was on to singles and Lambert placed 42nd after triples of 585 (189, 207, 189) and 634 (249, 192, 193) for a six game set of 1,219. Ciach struggled with 520 and 529 and was well back. The singles’ title was won by U.S. Pro Bowler Walter Ray Williams, who beat a German competitor.
After 24 games of doubles, trios, teams and singles, the top 16 advanced to the Masters round with Lambert seeing his 5,053 (1,285, 1,275, 1,274, 1,219) score missing by only 14 pins. Ciach placed 48th with 4,924 and a 205 average.
Williams, who placed 15th, only 19 pins ahead of Lambert, won the Masters title with a 740 triple over a tenpinner from Denmark. Williams won three gold and one bronze medal in the tournament which attracted over 300 bowlers from 56 countries. The U.S. Pro Bowlers led the way, winning seven medals out of the 23 awarded with Korea, Norway and Finland bagging three each.
Canada was shutout.
In my last article, it was mentioned that Lambert placed second in a PBA Regional Tour stop. It was in Arizona and he lost to PBA Pro Mike Scroggins 235 to 212 and collected $2,500. During the round of 16, he defeated PBA star Chris Barnes. Currently Lambert is staying with Barnes and his wife Lynda in Flower Mound, Texas. After three stops, Lambert is 20th with $3,700 in prize money on the PBA Southwest Tour. With the United States Bowlers Congress moving from Milwaukee to Arlington, Texas in two months, Lambert has applied for a position there. Only about 25 per cent of the congress’s employees are making the move.
Two of the more prominent long gone Bowling alleys missing from the last column, were the alleys at Dundurn Castle and Hamilton Armouries on James St. N. The Dundurn alleys, which were in use in the 1870s, remain but are covered over. They are located under the floor in the entrance to the castle. About 20 years ago, a restaurant was located there and one of the items on the menu was a Bowling Alley Burger. The Armoury alleys, in the basement, were in use almost 100 years ago. The late Ed Buckingham, born 1902, recalled seeing them as a young boy. Although he didn’t bowl there, he did at the Iron Duke and Cooper’s, which was another name for the Tivoli Lanes. They were both within a couple of blocks of the Armouries.