Bowling

Lambert is first 3-time champ of tourney

Special to the Herald-LeaderJanuary 13, 2013 

Tony Lambert of Louisville became the first three-time champion of the Bradley Open on Sunday at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland. Lambert defeated Ronnie Sparks of Ecorse, Mich., to win the title, $3,400, and a paid entry to the 2014 USBC Masters Tournament.

Lambert, a 36-year-old lefty, has bowled in the last 21 Bradley tournaments. He won in 2000 and 2004.

In the finals, he defeated Sparks in the first game 246-225. Sparks won the second 233-172 before Lambert used six strikes to win the deciding game 252-201.

Sparks earned $1,700 for his second-place finish.

The event drew 143 bowlers from 10 states. The best finish by a local bowler was 29th by Greater Lexington USBC Hall of Famer Kenny Stephens of Frankfort.

This was the 34th edition of the event, and only one bowler — Bill Carrithers of Lexington — has participated in all of them.

■ Brian Williams, bowling in the James R. Wafford Memorial League on Monday, rolled his second 800 of the season with an 857 on games of 279, 299 and 279. Williams has also rolled three perfect games this season.

Jim Harrison rolled an 812 in the same league on the same night with games of 279, 298 and 235.

Those scores bring the number of 800 series in Lexington this season to 22. There were only 14 last season.

■ Also in the Wafford league on Monday, Tim Morris rolled a 300 en route to a 791 series.

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