Lambert bowls over Canada

lambertHamilton’s George Lambert IV set six records and fired a perfect 300 game on the way to winning the Canadian Tenpin Federation Nationals at Burlington Bowl and Prime Time Bowling by an outstanding 549 pins over 36 games.

Three of the records were for eight game totals and the other for 12, 24 and 36 games. His 300 game was in game four when he averaged 224 for eight games on day one. On day two Lambert again averaged 224 with a high game of 255. A 225 average on day three with a 268 best, gave him a 261 pin lead with 12 games remaining. On the final day Lambert proved his consistency with a 222 average for 12 games with high games of 258 and 253.

For his 32 games, only five were under 200 & five over 250.

Bill Rowe Jr., of Hamilton placed fifth with a 209 average for 36 games with high games of 245 and 244. Art Oliver Jr. missed the automatic selection for Team Canada by five pins with a seventh place, but was chosen for the team. He averaged 207 with high games of 253 and 248. Other Hamilton men competing were Lionel Lewis Jr., ninth place, 205 average with a pair of 248s; Chris King, 264 high; Travis Cauley, 268 high; Matthew Lewis, 237 high; Aaron Bouchard, 235 high; Nick Murphy, 237 high; Troy Demers, 232 high; Larry Salvati, 225 high; Ryan Setton, 249 high; Bill Hicks, 227 high; Steve Smith, 225 high; and William Russell, 258 high game.

Besides Lambert, Rowe and Oliver, other Team Canada men are Guillaume Nadeau and Pascal Loyer of Quebec and Michael Schmidt of Winnipeg. They will compete at the Men’s World Championships in Germany in August 2010. Matthew Lewis, 17, 191 average for 16 games, and a 247 high game, is on Youth Team Canada which will compete at the World Youth Championships in Finland in July 2010.

Crystal Maurer with a 195 average and 736 (237,252,247) for her last three games placed 13th and Sioban Ryans, 192 average and 246 high game represented Hamilton in the women’s division which was won by Caroline Lagrance of Quebec with a 217 average, including a perfect 300 game. Robin Orilowski, formerly of St. Catharines, now living in Michigan, also fired a 300 in making Team Canada which will compete at the US Women’s Open in Texas in 2010.

A fourth 300 was dealt by Tim Dunn of Kingston. There have been eight perfect games rolled all time in the Nationals, four of them this year. During this past season there were 13 perfect games rolled at Prime Time and none at Burlington Bowl. During the CTF Nationals, all four perfect games were recorded at Burlington Bowl. The Nationals attracted 125 men and 52 women from Victoria to New Brunswick.

Thank you to Mike Ricker, Phil and Shirley Morris, Barb Hollands, Jim Margueratt, Karen Nicol, Ed Maurer, Tom Johnston, Barb Dewing, Sean Bailey, Margo Anderson and John & Debbie Howard for their capable assistance.

During a practice session at Burlington Bowl, George Lambert started with 11 strikes, then had Matthew Lewis throw the last ball trying for a “combined” 300, but left a ten pin for a 299. The next day Lambert threw a 300 on his own. In the next Hamilton Scores, another successful tournament for Lambert in the PBA Tour Trials.