Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club gets rolling

Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club has now settled into a regular schedule of club events.

Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club has now settled into a regular schedule of club events.

Pat Cutt

Special to the Record

Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club has now settled into a regular schedule of club events. June 5 was the date for a sumptuous Sunday afternoon tea after the bowling and was attended by approximately 25 bowlers. Thank you, Gaynor and Betty for all your preparations.

Every second Monday is now the Interclub League which pits teams from Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum and Courtenay in a friendly match at all of the different locations.

On June 6, six men and six ladies travelled to Parksville and played men’s and ladies’ triples versus the Nanaimo contingent. The men tied one game and lost the other while the ladies won both of their games. In this league, the players each pay a $2 fee which goes to the host club for the use of the green, the trophy and the remainder of the funds are divided between the winning club’s teams.  This is a fun event and provides the opportunity for the less competitive bowlers to  experience other greens and the sociability of our sport. The next game is June 20 in Nanaimo.

Tuesdays are now given over to Pairs. Starting June 7, the club mixed pairs event gets underway. The winner and runner-up of this event will be invited to represent the club at the zone mixed pairs event in September at Parksville.   Upon completion of this event, the men’s pairs and ladies’ pairs will be played on Tuesdays.

Wednesday League got underway on June 1 and in spite of competition from the Canucks, 14 teams filled the green and will continue to do so throughout the summer.  Standings will be forthcoming later in the month.

Thursday is Singles Night. The Webber Singles are now underway with 19 combatants for the club championship.  Games chair Pete Harding has devised an ingenious method of combining games and marking duties for the participants.

Webber Singles is the club championship wherein all players are equal, men vs. ladies etc. The men’s and ladies’ championships will happen later.

Friday is drop-in evening with a 6 p.m. “get your name in the draw” start. This runs all through the season with only early darkness causing restrictions sometime in September.

Weekends are generally open for anyone to play. The exception this month is June 18-19 when the Brazen Sportswear Open Scotch Pairs will bring other zone teams to our green. There is a full complement of 32 teams with a healthy waiting list ready to compete. Our version of Scotch Pairs means that the skip and lead change places each end. This gives each player the opportunity to roll those super-important last bowls.

The major competitive season is fast approaching and this includes the Sea Soil Classic in Parksville June 11-12 with Pete Harding, Bill Whitehouse and Doug Bell, Vern Greenhill, Archie Harris, and Keith McMahon providing the Courtenay representation.

Provincial Senior Ladies Championships will be in Maple Ridge June 13-15 and Pat Cutt, Irene Whitehouse and Melie Ursulom will be travelling to attend.