Courtenay lawn bowlers Vern Greenhill and April Gilchrist won their four games in the Brazen Sportswear Scotch Pairs , June 15-16 at the home green, to take the big trophy.
Having won their four games, they then had to face fellow club members Pat Cutt and Al Hopwood (who had also won their four games) in a three-end playoff for total points. Just to keep the crowd entertained, and oohing and aahing over the shots being made, the score was tied after three ends so a fourth was played with only two bowls (instead of four) being rolled by each bowler. The final shot came close and required a measurement for the winners.
Of the 10 prizes awarded, five went to Courtenay bowlers: Vern and April, Pat and Al, Melie Ursulom and John Kendall were third. Archie and Linda Harris and Carole Nelson and Peter Harding also only lost one game of their four.
Qualicum’s John Wilson and Jane Neilson placed in the A event as well. With Parksville players Stu and Jan MacNaughton as well as defending champions Eileen and Bob Milsom of Powell River also in the mix, other clubs were well represented.
This is a great game and newcomers are always welcome.
In May, the executives of the seven clubs in the North Island/Powell River zone bowled for the President’s Cup, which was won by the Port Alberni club. Courtenay was represented by April Gilchrist, Gaynor Bereza, Carolle Allen, Archie Harris, Frank Lo and Vern Greenhill, who came second.
On June 13, 10 ladies and 10 men travelled to Parksville for the Challenge Trophy (created by Randy Veitch) and won 10 games, tied three and lost three for an awesome number of points to bring that trophy home for the third year in a row.
In Wednesday Triples, Melie Usulom’s team is leading the way with six wins for 12 points. Vern Greenhill is next with eight points and 47 ends won, but Peter Harding, Ron Boney and Cath Wiseman have their teams geared up to challenge all those ends as they have eight points as well. Brent Joyce, Dean Penny and Bill Whitehouse are lurking in the background waiting for that big break with six and seven points.
June 22-23 was Men’s and Women’s Triples in Qualicum, with Peter Harding, Bill Whitehouse and Frank Lo competing in the men’s category and Pat Chambers and Pat Cutt representing the ladies. Vern Greenhill and Rick Quibell and Dan Bereza and John Kendall were in Victoria to do battle in the Provincial Men’s Pairs, looking for a spot in August’s national championship in North Vancouver.
Bowlers will be looking for sponsors for the June 30 to July 1 24-hour Bowlathon to raise money for our clubhouse expansion. We have outgrown the present building.
– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club