George Lambert IV gets off to hot start at 2011 Bayer USBC Masters

    02/09/11

    2010-11 PBA Tour #9

    Canadian averages 250+ to take opening round lead at National Bowling Stadium

    USBCMasters.jpg201011PBA09GeorgeLambert.jpgAfter finishing in a tie and losing a roll-off to advance past the first cut last year, George Lambert IV (pictured) came into the 2011 Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters determined to avoid that situation at all costs.

    The Canadian got off to a hot start to the tournament, shooting 1,256 for five games, an average of 251.2, to take the opening round lead Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium. Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., the 1990 Masters champion, sits in second with 1,200 and is followed by 2003 Masters champion Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., in third place with 1,168.
    Lambert, who finished third at the 2006 Masters, shot an 820 set for his first three with games of 255, 279 and 286 before closing with 203 and 233.

    "I tied for the last spot last year, and I remember being lost the last few games," Lambert said. "You have to get what you can get early because it's a shorter format. I definitely didn't want to be fluttering around the bubble tomorrow. I wanted to come out here and get off to a great start."

    After Monday afternoon's practice session, Lambert said he was a bit uncomfortable with his ball reaction and entered Tuesday's round unsure of his game plan.

    2011CPIJasonBelmonte2.jpg2010EBT15MartinLarsen.jpg"I came into today pretty nervous because during the practice session my look wasn't very defined," Lambert said. "I didn't know how I was going to play the lanes. I decided to play them a little straighter and it paid off. I caught a couple good pairs and ran with it."

    Another five international players were among the top 64 after day one qualifying. Joining Lambert in the top 10 was two-hander Jason Belmonte (left), Australia, in eighth place with 1,152.

    Martin Larsen (right), a multiple world champion from Sweden, and Canadian Dan MacLelland, who lives in Saginaw, Mich., were tied for 13th place with 1,132. MacLelland made two shows at the PBA World Series of Bowling in November.

    201011PBA06MikaKoivuniemi2.jpg201011PBAKellyKulick.jpgTournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi (left), a native Finn who lives in Hartland, Mich., and his fellow countryman Kimmo Lehtonen, the 2005 World Ranking Masters Champion, were 25th 36th with 1,108 and 1,091, respectively.

    Three women are currently above the cut line for 64th place (Jerry Gentry Jr., Topeka, Kan., 1,052). 2009 TOC winner Kelly Kulick (right), Union, N.J., was 38th with 1,087 with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, in 40th with 1,086 and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., in 55th with 1,064.

    201011PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgDefending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) is competing in qualifying after a rule change for this year's Masters. Williams will advance to the match-play bracket no matter what, but can earn a higher seed with a good performance.

    The 47-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion from Ocala, Fla., got off to a shaky start in the first round and sits in 205th place with a total of 914. Should he remain outside of the top 64, he would be placed in the No. 64 spot in Thursday afternoon's bracket.

    All 256 players will return Wednesday for five games of qualifying before the field is cut to the top 65 for five final games of qualifying Thursday morning. The top 63 players plus Williams will move on to the double-elimination match-play bracket Thursday afternoon.

    The USBC Masters is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and the champion of the event will earn $50,000 for first place. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe Masters, which is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, also is a part of the new World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association. The World Tour is a new concept developed by the WTBA to showcase the best bowlers from around the world.

    Players who compete in the selected international events and finish among the top three men and top three women in the final points standings will be eligible to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals, a special televised event with a prize fund of $40,000.

     


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    2011 Bayer USBC Masters - Qualifying Round 1


    Players with position, hometown and 5-game total

    1, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,256
    2, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,200
    3, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,168
    4, J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 1,167
    5, Mathew Jones, Avondale, Ariz., 1,160
    6, Mark Scuderi Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 1,159
    7, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,157
    8, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,152
    9, Joshua Kierpiec, Scottsville, N.Y., 1,151
    10, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,150
    11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,145
    12, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,137
    13, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,132
    13, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,132
    13, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,132
    16, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,127
    17, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 1,126
    17, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,126
    19, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 1,119
    20, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,117
    21, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,115
    22, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,114
    22, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,114
    24, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 1,112
    25, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,108
    25, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,108
    27, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,103
    28, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,102
    29, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 1,100
    30, James Grago, Rome, N.Y., 1,098
    31, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 1,097
    32, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,094
    33, Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 1,093
    33, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,093
    33, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,093
    36, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,091
    37, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,089
    38, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,087
    38, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,087
    40, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,086
    41, Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 1,085
    42, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,083
    43, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 1,081
    44, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,079
    45, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 1,078
    45, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,078
    45, Bob Rudnick, Lancaster, N.Y., 1,078
    48, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,077
    49, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,076
    50, Mason Sherman, Moorpark, Calif., 1,072
    51, Jason Polreis, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,071
    52, Paul Bober, Morton Grove, Ill., 1,070
    53, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,068
    54, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,065
    55, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,064
    55, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,064
    57, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,063
    57, Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 1,063
    59, Brandon Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 1,062
    60, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,061
    61, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,059
    62, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,058
    63, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 1,053
    64, Jerry Gentry Jr., Topeka, Kan., 1,052
    65, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,050
    65, Stuart Williams, England, 1,050
    67, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 1,049
    68, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,048
    69, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,047
    70, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,046
    71, Teruyuki Obara, Japan, 1,044
    71, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 1,044
    73, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 1,042
    74, Toshiyuki Kaneko, Japan, 1,039
    74, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,039
    76, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,038
    77, Eddie Lallak, Cheyenne, Wyo., 1,037
    77, Rusty Thomsen, Morgan, N.J., 1,037
    77, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,037
    80, Lanndyn Carnate, Glendale, Ariz., 1,036
    81, Gary Schrader, Springboro, Ohio, 1,033
    81, G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,033
    83, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,031
    84, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,028
    85, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 1,027
    85, George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., 1,027
    85, Ian Willard, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,027
    85, Bill Crane III, Mishawaka, Ind., 1,027
    89, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,026
    90, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,025
    90, Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,025
    92, Bob Rosenau, Redding, Calif., 1,024
    93, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,023
    93, Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,023
    93, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,023
    96, Chris Westerberg, Derby, Kan., 1,022
    96, Garret Ball, Albany, Ore., 1,022
    96, Theo Douthit, Phoenix, 1,022
    99, Mike Calderon, Phoenix, 1,020
    99, Greg Smith, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,020
    99, Ed Smaglik, Flagstaff, Ariz., 1,020
    102, Jarrett Mizo, Honolulu, 1,019
    103, Scott Boyle, Salida, Calif., 1,015
    103, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,015
    105, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,014
    106, Ralph Solan, Huntsville, Ala., 1,013
    106, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,013
    108, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,010
    109, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,009
    110, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,006
    111, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,004
    111, Biboy Rivera, Philippines, 1,004
    113, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,002
    114, Keith Dommer, Tucson, Ariz., 999
    114, Tony Todd, Myrtle Beach, S.C., 999
    116, Richard Wayne, Westland, Mich., 998
    117, Derek Gregory, Sonora, Calif., 997
    117, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 997
    117, Donald Barry Jr., Omaha, Neb., 997
    117, Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 997
    121, William Bundza, Tucson, Ariz., 996
    121, Todd Reichenberger, Barre, Vt., 996
    123, Ricky Woods, Whites Creek, Tenn., 994
    123, Nikita Koshelev, Russia, 994
    123, Scott Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 994
    126, Dennis Brown, Rio Rancho, N.M., 993
    126, Billy Young Jr., Edgewood, Md., 993
    128, Frank Schmal, Lincoln, Neb., 992
    128, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 992
    130, CJ Godizano, San Francisco, 991
    130, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 991
    132, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 990
    133, Rick Kouri, Castle Rock, Colo., 988
    134, Eric Parvey, Fargo, N.D., 987
    135, Rick Bell, Roy, Utah, 986
    136, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 985
    136, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 985
    138, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 984
    138, Daniel Jackson Jr., Portland, Ore., 984
    140, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 982
    141, Tyler Wilds, Mendon, Mich., 979
    142, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 978
    143, Robert Slayton, Farmington, Minn., 976
    143, Edward Cotter, Levant, Maine, 976
    143, Bryon Fillmore, Carson City, Nev., 976
    143, Frank Rose Jr. III, Bellaire, Texas, 976
    147, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 974
    148, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 973
    149, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 972
    149, C.J. Pardini Jr., Petaluma, Calif., 972
    151, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 971
    151, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 971
    151, Shawn Mosier, Bradford, Pa., 971
    154, Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., 970
    155, Mike Kanada, Camarillo, Calif., 969
    156, Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 968
    156, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 968
    158, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 966
    158, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 966
    160, Bryanna Caldwell, Tucson, Ariz., 965
    160, Robert Makino, Wildwood, Ill., 965
    160, Martin Pledger, Hot Springs, Ark., 965
    163, Greg Thomspon Jr., Dublin, Calif., 963
    163, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 963
    165, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 962
    165, Stephen Dunnigan, Palmyra, Pa., 962
    167, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 960
    167, Jeffery White, Milton, Fla., 960
    169, Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 956
    170, Doug Kempt, Arcadia, Calif., 955
    170, John Kreyer Jr., Fridley, Minn., 955
    172, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 952
    173, Greg Black Jr., Riverdale, Ga., 949
    174, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 946
    174, Curtis Messer Jr., Aberdeen, Wash., 946
    176, Richard Vitko, Castle Rock, Colo., 943
    177, Dwight Burns, Tucson, Ariz., 942
    178, Robert Lee, Japan, 940
    178, Michael Silva, North Dartmouth, Mass., 940
    180, Matt Purkey, Clermont, Fla., 937
    181, Bryan Cavallaro, Perry Hall, Md., 935
    181, Robert Harmon, Sutter Creek, CA, 935
    181, Ivan Yee, San Francisco, 935
    184, David Knight, Folcroft, Pa., 934
    184, Tony Majcher, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 934
    186, Justin Godfrey, Feeding Hills, Mass., 933
    186, Jeff Germann, Wheeling, W.Va., 933
    186, Ed Szygiel, Mt. Laurel, N.J., 933
    189, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 931
    189, Chris Hook, Mira Loma, Calif., 931
    189, John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 931
    192, Tracy Teeters, Beaverton, Ore., 930
    193, Don Sylvia, Reno, Nev., 928
    194, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 927
    195, George Gohagan III, Austell, Ga., 925
    196, David Langer, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 924
    196, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 924
    198, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 923
    199, Gregory Knolton, Memphis, Tenn., 922
    200, Anna Orlova, Russia, 919
    200, Kenny McPartlin, Reno, Nev., 919
    200, Michael Biederman, Post Falls, Idaho, 919
    203, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 916
    204, Austin Kircher, Orangevale, Calif., 915
    205, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 914
    206, Takashi Kudoh, Japan, 912
    207, James Ratliff, Arnold, Mo., 911
    208, Zack Jellsey, Moreno Valey, Calif., 907
    209, Sabrina Duncan-Rose, Bellaire, Texas, 906
    209, Zachary Mangrum, Buffalo, N.Y., 906
    211, Duane Bird, Oroville, Calif., 905
    211, Charlie Bruno, Deptford, N.J., 905
    213, Brian Aldridge, Aberdeen, Ohio, 901
    214, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 900
    215, Robert Dessert, New Bedford, Mass., 899
    216, Randy Cote, Lebanon, Ill., 898
    217, Andy Zumwalt, Albuquerque, NM, 897
    218, Danny Tolentino, Central, S.C., 896
    219, Jason Smith, St. Bonifacius, Minn., 894
    220, Billy Gensch, Englewood, Colo., 892
    221, Charles Burns, Sparks, Nev., 890
    222, Douglas Sharp, Nashville, Tenn., 887
    223, Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., 884
    224, Marvin Chappell Jr., Gastonia, N.C., 883
    225, Kevin Tade Jr., Oak Forest, Ill., 881
    226, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 877
    227, Glenn Morgan, Seminole, Ala., 874
    228, Brandi Wolfe, Chandler, Ariz., 872
    229, Tony Ferguson, Brush Prairie, Wash., 871
    230, Michael Hartter, Honolulu, 870
    231, Donald Brown, Woodbridge, Calif., 869
    231, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 869
    231, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Japan, 869
    234, John Prescott, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, 867
    235, Naoyuki Iguchi, Japan, 862
    236, Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 860
    237, Alex Dolginov, Russia, 858
    237, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 858
    239, William Hudson, Danville, Va., 857
    240, Vincent Caluori, Renton, Wash., 851
    240, Timothy Smith, Kaysville, Utah, 851
    242, John Reed, Pueblo, Colo., 845
    243, Andrew Loose, Chicago, 838
    244, Steven Lawson, Maricopa, Ariz., 836
    245, Devin Burbank, Reno, Nev., 835
    246, Brady Garrett, Irving, Texas, 830
    247, Travis Seawell, Virginia Beach, Va., 824
    248, Charles Sills, Reno, Nev., 821
    249, Rodney Machacek, Lincoln, Neb., 820
    250, Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 819
    251, Matthew Kalkowski, Chico, Calif., 814
    252, Bobby Hartshorn, Oroville, Calif., 809
    253, Michael Joseph, Roseville, Calif., 794
    254, Clyde Kennedy Jr., Campbell, Calif., 761
    255, Joe Branco, Hilmar, Calif., 755
    256, Roger Koplin, Citrus Heights, Calif., 749