Lambert’s second in PBA trials earns tour exemption

Shortly after winning the gold medal, rolling a 300 game, and breaking several records in the Canadian Tenpin Federation Nationals in Burlington, George Lambert IV travelled to Michigan for two Pro Bowlers Tour events. In a Regional Tournament, the Hamilton native made the round of 32 and won $800.

Then it was on to the Tour Trials where a field of 97 tried to earn one of eight openings on the upcoming PBA season. After the first nine games, Lambert was eighth with 2,079 and Bill Rowe Jr., also of Hamilton, 21st at 2,028.

The next nine games saw Lambert score 1,850 and rise to second at 3,929. Rowe slipped to 44th as a 1,618 total gave him 3,646. A 1,968 score for the next nine games dropped Lambert to fifth at 5,897 while Rowe 1,903 raised him to 31st at 5,549.

Lambert climbed back to second as a 1,964 total gave him 7,861 for 36 games and Rowe rolled 1,864 for 7,413 for 29th. In the final nine games, Lambert held on to second as 1,726 gave him 9,587 and a 213 average. Rowe fired 1,823 to move to 22nd with 9,236 and a 205 average.

Dan McLelland of Windsor placed 11th at 9,305, missing the top eight by 74 pins. Joe Ciccone of Buffalo was first at 9,648 and Lambert was second, just 25 pins back. The top eight will be exempt from qualifying on the PBA Tour which starts in Detroit on Aug. 2 with the World Series of Bowling. Lambert, a 10-time Team Canada member would love to become the first Canadian to win a PBA title.

“Bowling on tour is something I’ve looked forward to my whole life,” he said.

Last season Lambert, competing on the tour part time in 14 events won over $17,000. In October 2006, he made the televised finals of the U.S.B.C. Masters. He survived 33 games and averaged 212 against 497 top amateur and professional bowlers to earn the appearance as the second seed. Bowling against Doug Kent, he lost 246-190. Kent then won the title 277-230 over Jack Jurek.

On the local scene while still a junior bowler, Lambert blasted an 815 triple and 225 average. Lambert, several years ago, and Matthew Lewis, this year, are the only two Hamilton bowlers to make Youth Team Canada. Matthew’s father, Lionel, spared the Big Four split in last month’s CTF Nationals in Burlington. On the local social scene, congratulations to Marty Stokes and Sioban Ryans on their recent marriage.

Hamilton Tenpin Trivia: In CTF Provincial Tournaments, Craig Woodhouse fired an 811 triple and 300 game in Hamilton in 1986; Bill McKnight, a 300 in Hamilton in 1981; Ed Maurer, a 300 in Toronto in 1981; George Lambert, a 299 in Mississauga in 2005; and in the CTF Nationals in Montreal, Lionel Lewis Jr. rolled a 299 in 1996.