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Lawn bowlers keep on winning
Special to the Record
Those Courtenay lawn bowlers are on a roll.
The Seasoil Men's Triples, a classic event with a large prize pool (to encourage bowlers from the Mainland to participate) was won by the Courtenay team of Vern Greenhill, Henri Saucier and Dean Penny on June 15.
These bowlers played 52 ends of three bowls each to take this honour on the third day of the event. Many of the competitors were provincial and national champions – that’s OK, so is Vern.
The ladies are not willing to let the men take all the glory. As a balance to events held in the North Island Zone, 2014 is the first year of a Ladies Pairs event hosted by Qualicum LBC, in memory of a very fine lady from that club. Sylvia Gibb tended the gardens at that club, was a major contributor in all aspects of club activities and was still bowling at age 94.
Sixteen teams played a winner vs. winner event, with umpire Mike Ward at their beck and call. Courtenay participants were Melie Ursulom and Helen Ryley and Pat Cutt and Sandy Tonnellier, who came down to the wire and defeated the Parksville pair of Sandy Mitchell and Jan McNaughton for the honour of first name on the beautiful trophy.
A very well run and pleasant memorial event. Both of these events also held fundraisers for the Hospice Society.
Thursday, June 12 had a full green at home as the Parksville club sent some 20 bowlers to participate in the Courtenay/Parksville Challenge. Eight games in a variety of formats (singles, pairs, triples and fours) were played in the morning, with Courtenay winning five of those games.
The afternoon session of eight games had Parksville winning five, so the end result was a tie, with Courtenay retaining the trophy as they were the winners last year.
– Courtenay Lawn Bowling Club