George Lambert IV of Hamilton has won a pair of gold medals and fired two perfect 300 games at the Pan Am Bowling Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the men’s trios event, Lambert started with his first 300 game, then added 233 and 213 for a 746 triple. The next three games of 242, 233 and 248 for a 723 triple produced a six game total of 1,469. After the first five games of trios, Lambert and Jean Sabastien- Lessard and Mark Buffa were ahead of a trio from the U.S. by only three pins. In the crucial sixth game, Canada prevailed 676 to 648 for an overall 31-pin victory 4,094 to 4,063. The other Canada men’s trio were sixth while the Canadian women were fifth and tenth.
After 24 games of singles, doubles, trios and team, Lambert was fifth before moving to fourth in match play. In the first game of the finals, Lambert defeated U.S. pro Tommy Jones, 226-197 to advance to the final game against Puerto Rican Frankie Colon who edged another U.S. pro, Bill O’Neill, 204-202.
In the battle for the coveted Masters gold medal, Lambert fired his second perfect game and easily won 300-175. After the first six strikes, Lambert knew he had the match won and just concentrated on the 300. There were 106 men and 90 women from 18 countries competing and the only other 300 game rolled was by a Dominican Republic man in the team event. That team, coached by Craig Woodhouse of St. Catharines, earned a team event bronze medal, the countries first medal in 23 years.
Lambert got off to a slow start with a 27th place finish in singles before moving up to fifth in doubles with Lessard. The Canadian duo of Samantha How and Caroline Lagrange claimed bronze in women’s doubles, missing silver by two pins. In the team event, Canada was fourth, 35 pins from third place. With their fine showing, Canada qualifies for the 2013 WTBA World Championships at the same locale.
Lambert, who earlier this year along with wife Samantha, welcomed George Lambert the fifth, is the Midwest Regional Manager for the USBC in Arlington, Texas. At the CTF National Championships last May at Classic Bowl, Lambert placed fifth. In May 2010, he was named the PBA Sportsman award winner by his fellow players on tour. He is the first international player to receive this honour in 44 years.
Lambert is an 11-time Team Canada member and at the CTF Nationals in Burlington in 2009 he was first by 549 pins and rolled a perfect 300 game.
With the new season rapidly approaching, overlooked were these five-pin finals from Sherwood Lanes. The top team members were Kassie Blesses, Brian Nicholson and Francois and Martin Talbot. Superior averages were Mitch Davies, 264, and Marc Goulet, 259. Top triples were Norton Sims, 989, and Brian Sillett, 974. And the best singles were Eric Ridgeway, 417, and Dave Bentley, 395.
Hamilton has recently lost two dedicated bowlers. Five pin Hall of Famer Irene Whitley and ten pinner Carol Renn (nee Cracknell). Ten pin life member Don Watson celebrated birthday number 80 earlier this year. John Dowell, who was at Hamilton Mountain Bowl for over 30 years, and is now at Burlington Bowl, is mourning the loss of his 93-year-old mother, Margaret Frances Dowell, a long time Beach Strip resident.
A 33- year- old Wichita woman almost became the 22nd person and first women, with a perfect 900 series as she started with 33 strikes for an 879 score.
A ten- year- old California boy has tied the record for the youngest person with a 300 game.
HAMILTON TENPIN TRIVIA
George Lambert, as a youth, has two Hamilton records: A high average of 225 and a high triple of 815. Last season, two Star Lanes juniors shone bright as Colton Williams had a 208 average, 723 triple and 267 single and David Novak had a 204 average, 758 triple and 298 single.
Most improved was Matthew Butler who improved his average by 42 pins at Burlington Bowl. Russell Dee, adult bowler, improved his average by 41 pins to an even 200.