Lambert named PBA Sportsman Award winner

lambertGeorge Lambert IV of Hamilton has been named the Professional Bowlers Association Steve Nagy award winner, one of the organization’s most prestigious honours.

Lambert, the first international player to win the award in its 44- year history, was selected by his fellow exempt tour players. He is a 10-time Team Canada member and former captain of the Wichita State University men’s bowling team. Lambert will compete for Canada at the Men’s World Championship in Munich Germany in August. He holds a Hamilton junior record 225 average and 815 triple.

Lambert qualified second in the PBA Tour Trials in Michigan last May and has the desire to be the first Canadian to win a PBA title. He placed third at the 2006 USBC Masters in Milwaukee in October 2006. He is quoted as saying, “It was definitely a surprise. It’s not something you compete for. I think it speaks to the role everyone around me has played in making me who I am today, my fellow players, my family, and my fiancée, Samantha Swanson.

“I didn’t bowl very well last season. It’s reflected in the stats. But to win the Sportsman award is really cool to me. It’s easy to be a good sport when you’re winning, but when you’re not bowling well and are still able to be a good sport, that’s important to me. No matter what you do in life, you need to have fun.”

Lambert and his soon-to-be-wife have just moved to Justin, Texas. Congratulations George.

One day after Bill Lishinski fired his second career 300 game in his last game of the season at Skyway Lanes, Scott Hureau blasted his first 300 at Star Lanes.

Lishinski dealt a 924 (231, 223, 170, 300) set and Hureau a career high 704 (203, 300, 201) triple. One week previous, Mick Anderer fired a 300 game, and two years ago, Mike Ellis rolled a 300, both in their last games of the season. Now Lishinski has matched that remarkable feat. That makes 31 perfect games, just two under last season’s record of 33.

The VSL at Skyway saw the season come down to the last game with Granny and The Kids claiming top spot by one point. They are Frances Earl, Dan Lieberman and Travis Roy. Second were M&M and A Smartie with the Margueratts – Denise, Jim and Edward. High averages are Ed Margueratt with a career high 204 and Ev Olmsted, 157. High triples are Derek Hannah, 629, and Francis Earl, 529, while high singles are Jim Margueratt, 238, and Denise Margueratt with a career high 228.

Improving their averages by four pins were Brian Cooper and Denise Margueratt. The recipient of the second annual John Rees Sportsman Plaque, presented by Linda Rees, was Joan Tidey. Barb Roy was selected last season.

HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA: Eight days after George Lambert fired his record setting 815 (268, 279, 268) triple, he tripped a 774 (258, 259, 257).In his first month of adult competition, Lambert started one game with nine strikes for 266 and the next game with 10 strikes for a 289.