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Lawn bowlers open new season in style

Mayors, musicians and parade around the green held on April 20
COURTENAY LAWN BOWLING president April Gilchrist

Pat Cutt

Special to the Record

The Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club's opening day on April 20 had 36 members out to bowl in spite of the cooler weather.

The march around the green followed Ernest Kassian on the violin and Dan Bereza on guitar, the parade being led by club president April Gilchrist and Mayor Jangula, treasurer Myrna Viers and Mayor Ives.  Archie Harris hoisted the flag to the strains of O Canada and the mayors rolled the opening day bowls.

Unfortunately, the cool weather seems to have discouraged some new and prospective bowlers from joining the coaching sessions. Those sessions continue May 5 and 6 from 6-8 p.m.  If those times are not convenient and you would like to attend, call the clubhouse at 250 338-8222 and leave a message. The coaches will extend their hours for your convenience.

Regular bowling gets underway Friday,  May 2 at 6:15 p.m.  A quarter will get you in and you accumulate points over the season by attending or being on  a winning team. No permanent commitment required; same thing on Thursday 2- 4 p.m.

Regular Wednesday Triples start May 7 at 6 p.m. First open tournament is May 3-4 in Nanaimo. I believe we have four teams of triples entered – Vern Greenhill,  Peter Harding, Pat Cutt and Jackie West.

There is now a tournament every weekend until September.  Zone, provincial and clubs all host tournaments in a variety of formats. Courtenay hosts the Anderton Nursery Triples on the May long weekend, and it has a full complement of teams with a waiting list.

The greens crew has done a fantastic job as usual in getting the green into bowling shape and kitchen skip Marsha Mann is asking for volunteers to assist in the kitchen on tournament days. She also needs goodies that can be frozen and fresh ones as well. Those volunteer hours may be only one or two for the days of the tournament,  but the assistance is greatly appreciated.


– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club