George Lambert the fourth, formerly of Hamilton now living in Texas, and his “Leaf Lovers” are currently in third place with 3,509 at the USBC Championships in Reno, Nevada.
Lambert fired a 666 (190, 219, 257) triple to complement triples of 784 (259, 300, 225) by Mark Buffa, 721 (237, 227, 257) by Patrick Girard, 720 (248, 266, 206) by David Simard, and 618 (202, 205, 211) by Francois Lavoie for the 3,509 pinfall, the fifth- highest team set in tournament history. Their team games were 1,136, 1,217 and 1156, only 29 pins behind an Orlando team.
At one time, Buffa had 21 consecutive strikes. He and Lambert helped Team Canada capture trios gold at the 2012 Pan American Bowling Confederation Championships.
Lambert also had triples of 593 (174, 194, 225) and 665 (246, 226, 193) for a nine-game total of 1,924, and 214 average. The other Canadians smashed series of 2,124 for Buffa, 2,099 for Girard, 1,975 for Simard and 1,886 for Lavoie. Another Hamiltonian competing in Reno was Art Oliver Jr. who scored triples of 662, 585 and 571 for an 1,818 total.
Buffa stated that “We were using this to prepare for the World Championships in August.”
Art Oliver Jr. returned from Reno and headed to Montreal for the Canadian Tenpin Federation National Championships. In his first six game set he started with a 257 and finished with a 268 for a 1,357 total. After a 246 start in round two, he struggled to a 1,116 set, then collected a 1,219 with another 268 game for an 18-game total of 3,692, a 205 average, and a 23rd. place finish.
Travis Cauley, also from Hamilton, placed 19th with 3,717, a 206 average with sets of 1,244, 1,274 and 1,199 and high games of 245, 244, 234 and 230. Nick Murphy averaged 188 with high games of 235, 214 and 211. Caroline Lagrange won her fifth straight Canadian title for the women by 25 pins and David Simard topped the men by 154 pins. Ray Vervynck of Oshawa fired the only 300 game.
In local association tournament action, the top team by 13 pins was The Youngins with Dianne Cottrill, Bruce Todd and Barb and Jim Hollands. Geddes St. Hill was the singles winner by nine pins over Jody Horrelt and Elaine Scanlon. The doubles title went to Lynda Hirschmann and Mike Vanoldenbarneve.
The Pins Over Average title at Splitsville Centre went to Hirschmann at plus 106 with a 496 triple. Nicki Ferguson was second at plus 43 and Mike Merkir third at plus 32 with a 225 high game. Aaron Martin fired a 254 game.
Topping the Scotch Doubles entries at Bowlerama Stoney Creek were Terry Fish and Floretta Hill by 14 pins over Brian Moore and Jim Morrison. The Senior Men’s title went to Al Oliver with his 694 (222, 269, 203) scratch triple, 856 with handicap, with Walter Downey second with a 614 (259) scratch triple, 788 with handicap. The Senior Women’s title went to Hirschamnn at 831 with Floretta Hill second at 751.
At the conclusion of another tenpin bowling season, the hard working Board of Directors were Karen Nicol, Tom Johnston, Barb Hollands, Walter Downey, Lynda Hirschamnn, Rob McNaughton, Pat Johnston, Debra Firth, Robert Firth, Floretta Hill, Ron Hill, Jim Hollands, Jody Horrelt, Jim Margueratt and Wendie Misener.
HAMILTON BOWLING TRIVIA
In five pin play in 1976 at Sherwood Lanes, Mary Fletcher left a corner pin for a 448 and Harold Tait rolled a 450 in a practice session. Bill Ciach, after a 440 single, finally was perfect with a 450 at Lucky Strike Lanes. With 440 games in 1975 were Keith Rowland at Waterdown Lanes and Tony Vigna at Westdale Lanes. Also in 1975, Ernie Ellis rolled a 300 game in tenpin play but it was unsanctioned and Burlington Bowl opened with 36 lanes, later expanding to 48 lanes and Danny Downs left one pin up for a 299 at Lucky Strike Lanes. One hundred years ago the first five pin house in Hamilton was the Iron Duke on King St.