Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club hosted The Chad’s Bar and Grill Fours tournament, Aug. 10-11. Twenty-two teams from the North Island Zone participated, with a few even in pirate costume.
The Jake Van Kooten team from Port Alberni consisting of Jake, his wife Elaine and Robin and Stephen Forrest were the only team to win all four games. Of the three-game winners, Parksville teams of Mick Banks and Bill Mills' “we are family” rink were second and third. Courtenay's Pat Cutt, Al Hopwood, Henri Saucier and Sandy Tonnellier were fourth and Nanaimo’s Vern Hagstrom finished fifth.
Speaking of family rinks, the three-generation Dean Penny foursome successfully defended their “Best Team Costume” title and wore the costumes the full two days. As the weather proved too warm for some of the costumes, next year it will be Hawaiian.
Qualicum hosted a triples event on Aug. 3-4 with three local teams participating. Vern Greenhill had the disappointment of no losses but no prizes either and Dean Penny, Carole Allen and Pat Chambers and Irene and Bill Whitehouse, with Peter Harding had no prizes either.
Locally, the Tuesday Mixed Pairs have two more games to go, and Vern Greenhill and April Gilchrist are leading the way with six wins in six games. Peter Harding and Carol Nelson are hot on their heels with five wins in six games, Frank Lo and Pat Chambers and Archie and Linda Harris have several makeup games to play, and as we send three teams to Zone Competition this year (The Harrises are defending champions) the competition is hot and heavy.
Wednesday’s Mixed League is six games into their schedule and the no-loss team of Ernie Kassian, Lucie Wood and Chris Wiseman lead the way shadowed by Cath Wiseman, Marsha Mann and Steve Williams with only one loss.
Thursday’s afternoon 2/4/2 is an aggregate opportunity with Marlene Gerrand leading the way with 15 points, pursued by Michael Lynch with 13 1/2. The evening Webber singles is also getting close to a final with Archie Harris as the one everyone wants to beat. But no one has done it yet, he is 14/14. Vern has some makeup games to go as his only loss is to Archie, but he is showing 12/13 games. Melie Ursulom has 11 wins and Dean Penny has 10.
Next on the road circuit is the Bowls BC Cash Mixed Triples in Port Alberni. Each team must have a “tenderfoot” (three years or less bowling experience). Vern Greenhill and Pat Cutt have teams entered.
– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club