Lawn bowling season off to busy start

Members compete at first open tournament; weekly leagues now underway

Patt Cutt


Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club has never before been so active so early. The green is in excellent condition for easy rolling and some of the groups have been rolling away for over a month now.  Our spring this year has been optimum for early games.

The first open tournament of the year was in Nanaimo on May 4-5. The green was excellent, the weather couldn’t have been better and the Courtenay teams put on a good show.  Winners were the team of Nanaimo greenskeeper Vern Hagstrom, who won all four of his games.

Second was the Macnaughton team from Parksville, winning three and tying one. Third was our old favourite Vern Greenhill with Rick Quibell and Mary Mullins, who won three of four games and led the three-game winners in ends won.

Pat Cutt, Ross Younger and Melie Ursulom won three of four but didn’t win enough ends to be in the money and the Whitehouse team of Bill and Irene with Peter Harding had a real variety, winning two, tying one and losing one, but having the most fantastic head with four bowls actually touching the jack, three of which were their own.

Our 2011 and 2012 Novice ladies,  Sandy Tonnellier and Martine Castellani, ventured into the fray with Dean Penny showing them the way, and they also did well, winning two and losing two and had a great time.

Club events have started with the Thursday afternoon 2-4-2 underway at 2 p.m. each week. Teams are drawn from those present so it is not a major commitment to come out and play.

The Friday Aggregate,  also a drop-in event, also got underway last week. It’s a 6 p.m. start.

Tuesday Men’s and Ladies Pairs start 6 p.m., Tuesday May 14  and The Webber Singles get underway on Thursday May 23 at 6 p.m.

Our first-ever Trivia Night was a resounding success with about 20 people attending. Quiz master Glen Greenhill posed some excellent questions and auctioneer Brent Joyce kept the fundraising fun and profitable.

The weekend of May 18-19 brings North Island bowlers to Courtenay for our first open event of the season. We have a full slate of 32 teams entered.


– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club



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