As the season winds down, it sometimes seems to be speeding up. Courtenay lawn bowlers are still on the move and the clubhouse and green are being well used.
The green is in fabulous condition and bowling very fast. The Aug. 31-Sept. 1 weekend had the Club Singles championship and Ernest and Carolyn Kassian won the Novice events. Dean Penny won the Men's with Vern Greenhill as runner-up, Pat Cutt took the Ladies with Melie Ursulom close behind.
The bowlers were in Parksville for the George Gibson Mixed Triples on Sept. 4-5. We had no one in the money there, but George himself played with Pat Cutt and Melie Ursulom for two wins and a tie but not good enough in that event. There were four teams with four wins, and Tom Renton of Nanaimo took the honours.
Friday, Sept. 6, was the send-off for Peter Harding and Michael Lynch and April Gilchrist and Sandy Tonnellier to the Champion of Champions event in Stanley Park. This is a Bowls BC sponsored event for club champions in Men's Pairs and Women's Pairs. One player must be a relatively new bowler of less than four years. April and Sandy came third: no medals but some cash always helps.
While those four were off in The Big Smoke, the Zone Singles championship was in progress in Courtenay. Club champions from each of the North Island clubs gathered with the exception of Beban Park, so Courtenay, as host, got to enter two players and lo and behold those two players, Vern Greenhill and Dean Penny, came up with gold for Vern and silver for Dean.
The ladies event also had two Courtenay players, with Pat Cutt coming up with the gold while Mary Mulligan of Nanaimo won silver. The Novice Men were some awesome bowlers and Dean is worried about them for next year.
Larry Stueby and Al Barrass won the gold and silver with Ernie Kassian third. Novice Ladies went to Merry Danarti of Parksville with Carolyn Kassian claiming the silver. Courtenay did very well with four of the eight medals. Great bowling in a well-run event. Thanks to greens crew, kitchen crew , the great markers, and the umpire.
Zone Mixed Pairs is in Powell River, Sept. 14-15, and April Gilchrist and Vern Greenhill, Peter Harding and Carol Nelson will be our representatives.
Back to club events, the green is open for bowling every weekday evening and some afternoons. Wednesday has the special event happening, get there before six as it get dark earlier now.
Friday Aggregate has three more weeks to go, and Dean Penny is leading with 32 points. Gary Rhindress and Melie Ursulom are close behind with 30 points and then Marsha Mann and Rosemary Montreuil are lurking with 28 points.
Club Scotch Pairs is Sept. 21-22, Carnival Saturday is Sept. 28 and awards night is Sept. 29. Busy month!
– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club