Special to the Record
Rain or shine, Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club members are continuing on their hot streak.
Parksville Mixed Pairs on July 9-10 had Vern Greenhill and Melie Ursulom vying for first in the “A” event in a very exciting game that went to the ditch to bump Vern and Melie to third place as Henriette and Eric Ballinger moved into contention for the win. Archie Harris and Irene Whitehouse lost only their first game to Parksville’s own MacNaughtons and won their next four games to take first in the “C”.
Action then moved to Port Alberni on July 13-14 for Men's Pairs and Ladies' Pairs. Pete Harding and Dan Bereza represented the Courtenay men while Irene Whitehouse and Melie Ursulom won all of their games to take the trophy honors for the Ladies with Jackie West and Pat Cutt losing only one game (to Melie and Irene) to take third in the “A “ event.
On the home front, president Gaynor Bereza likes to keep everyone busy and this time it was A Beach Party on July 17, in costume if possible! Twenty-five or so members turned out for an afternoon of fun bowling and a potluck dinner to wind up the day.
Tuesday Mixed Pairs have two more games to finish up and then the Men's Pairs and Ladies' Pairs will start. Some teams have games to make up but at the moment with most teams having completed five of the seven games required, Archie and Linda Harris have 10 points. Three teams with eight points are Pat Cutt and Bob Dargie, Melie Ursulom and Dan Bereza, and Carolle Allen and Bill Brazie. This is a qualifying event for Zone championships in September and we send two teams so at the moment, it is anybody’s to win.
Wednesday Mixed League is winding down the first half and July 20 is the last date. This is a real horserace to the finish as the teams led by Mike MacDonell, Jackie West, and Irene Whitehouse are all tied with four wins each, Vern Greenhill is lurking just behind with three wins and a tie.
None of these teams play each other this week so we may go to plus/minus points to have a winner. The new teams names have been circulated by games chair Peter Harding, so we have quite a bit of excitement happening on that mid-week evening.
Thursday Webber Singles are still going strong with Vern Greenhill leading with 14 points, Archie on his heels with 12 points and Pete Harding and Melie Ursulom close on their heels with 10 points. This club champion race goes on through the month of August so there could still be some major changes.
Other Events coming up are the Applebee’s Fours on Aug. 6-7 when the Courtenay Club plays host to teams from all over the Island. Country western dress is an option so we get to wear jeans for a change instead of whites, and there will be over 100 of them!
The qualifying round of singles happens on the weekend of Aug. 13-14. Novice men and Novice ladies as well as the more experienced bowlers will take to the green and play “sets” for the win and the right to represent the club at zone singles in September.