Special to the Record
Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club played wonderful hosts to 24 teams of four in the Applebee’s sponsored tournament Aug. 5-6.
Defending champions Peter Harding, Carol Nelson, and Bill and Irene Whitehouse lost only one game for a fifth place finish this year, while Parksville’s Sandy Mitchell won all four games for the win and Nanaimo’s Keith McMann’s team didn’t lose any but tied one game for second spot.
The optional country western wear brightened up the green from the usual whites and some of the costumes were quite authentic. Kathleen Sherry of Nanaimo looked like she came right out of the hayfield. The local Jackie West team certainly had the most creative hats. Great fun was had by all.
On the local scene, Monday interclub has one more session, in Parksville on Aug. 22, but the locals lost three games this past week so will not likely make the winners circle and will have to settle for the sociability of events.
Tuesday Men's and Ladies' Pairs: April Gilchrist and Bev Hambley have won all of their games while all the others have lost at least one and won at least one with one men’s exception, they have a tie. Too early to predict a winner in either event.
Wednesday League is still too early for a definitive result. Thursday Webber Singles still has Vern Greenhill in the lead with Melie Ursulom, Archie Harris and Pete Harding in hot pursuit.
Friday Aggregate is a major horse race. Dean Penny has his nose in front with 21 points, closely followed on an inside track by Bob Engisch with 20. The newbies, Linda Meers and Peter Cartwright, are leading the pack with 18 points and as they enter the clubhouse turn of the last month of play, it is anyone’s chance to win the roses. (Actually, I think it is a gift certificate, but roses sounds better).
This weekend (Aug. 13-14) will see the club championship in men's and ladies' singles and novice men's and ladies' singles for the qualifying spots in zone tournaments in September.
Travellers were in Powell River on Aug. 10-11 for the celebration of 90 years in continuous operation of the green. Thirty-two teams of singles vied for big money as the organizing committee has worked really hard to gain the attention of sponsors and players alike.
Four teams from Courtenay took the cruise. Vern Greenhill, April Gilchrist and Jackie West: Peter Harding, Carole Nelson and Gaynor Bereza: Bill and Irene Whitehouse with Gord Norrad and Pat Cutt and Melie Ursulom with Bowls BC President Jim Aitken on Wednesday and Archie Harris on Thursday.