The 2017 National Championships was another huge success with host Newport Harbor doing an excellent job taking care of the division representatives.
Through the efforts of Southwest Division computer genius extraordinaire Jim Semanek beginning October 2nd you will be able to follow the results of the games on the SWD website. Follow this link here!
Thank you Jim and the National Championships Committee!
Way to go South Central Division. Looking sharp!!
Bud joins Taylor Bowls as sponsors fro the 2017 U.S. Open in Florida. Check out more information about the event and our great sponsors at: bowlsusopen.com/home
And come join us!!! Maybe have a couple cold ones after the games!!
The Northeast Division Lawn Bowls Yo! Challenge.
The NED is trying something fun and easy. The hope is to have members produce short short video clips and post them to social media. Share them and try to make as many as possible. The hope is enough of these get floating around that people begin to have them catch their eye and investigate. The NED is challenging every bowler all over the world to do these fun little clips, be as simple or as creative as you wish and flood the social media of your choice with them. Here is a small example of very quick ones the NED division tried at a recent tournament, but these can be done at club games, at practice. Whatever. Have fun with them and lets try to spread the word about our sport and have some fun doing it. Maybe if we get enough from all over the country and the world we can make a funky commercial!
The history of the Coronado club is featured in this international magazine! With special cred given to Marylin Mornoe, Jack Lemon and Bill Hiscock!
Our own champion bowlers recently took to the air waves recently to spread the word about our sport and passion. Check out what they did here and also think about who could approach the local radio in your neck of the woods to spread the word. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/86067276
Well done Scott Roberts and Aaron Zangl for representing us so well!
Our fantastic crew in the Southeast are hard at work to bring top-notch international bowls to our greens. The following is a letter to World bowls. Check it out.
Also check out Richard Broad's informative President's message with some huge news here!
Dear World Bowls Leader,
This letter is to invite you and your country membership to participate in the US Open in Sarasota, Florida United States of America, November 11th -18th, 2017. It is our wish to build international collaboration between our countries. Last year, we had 15 countries and 235 athletes participate in the 2016 US Open.
In the past, we were able to assist international players requiring Visa’s by furnishing Letters of Invitation. We have also made special arrangements with local hotels to accommodate players at a variety of affordable price levels.
Registration is filling up quickly; please register now at www.USOpenbowls.com.
If you or your membership would like to travel without your bowls, one of our major sponsors is Taylor Bowls (www.Taylorbowls.com). New Bowls are available to be purchased in advance and held for pick up at the US Open. Please allow 3-6 weeks.
I look forward to meeting you personally at the US Open. By the way, I have attached a printable.PDF for you to promote the US Open or if helpful for you to use for your country or club to assist in building membership in your country.
Chairman, US Open Committee
After losing their green when the Williamsburg Inn decided to close down the greens last year, the Williamsburg Inn LBC itself decided not to give up. They have found two locations to play as they continue to look for a permanent home. Here is a report they sent to Bowls USA to share.
Roll ups will be held semi-weekly at the Williamsburg Inn tennis court, which has a Har-Tru surface similar to rubico, and tournaments will be played on a grass green in nearby Middlesex County. Last year, Colonial Williamsburg, who owned the Club’s green, turned over its golf operations to an outside firm, and the lawn bowling green, which was part of that contract, was converted into additional space for golf.
Over the past year, the Club has tried various venues for social bowling and competition. The tennis court surface has been fairly successful (the net is removed, but the posts remain). One member, Sissy Hall, began to explore the possibility of using local croquet greens. She tried a few locations before contacting Macey White, who runs the Middlesex Croquet Club about forty miles from Williamsburg and who was interested in having bowlers use his green. He has laid out four greens which provides ample space for a regulation bowling green. The surface is level and surprisingly fast. Fourteen members attended the rainy season opener earlier this month and were very positive about the surface.
The Club continues to pursue its long-term goal of the construction of a new green in the Williamsburg area. It has been working with the local Parks and Recreation Department and presented a proposal to the James City County Board of Supervisors, who agreed to review it in the next fiscal year.
Dan Berg added the following interesting color about some of the people mentioned above. Lawn Bowls is great!
Sissy Hall, who located the Middlesex County Croquet Club, is a longtime member who learned to bowl as a child from her parents at Buck Hill Falls. She still goes back there regularly and enjoys bowling there and at Skytop.
Macey White, who runs the Middlesex Croquet Club, is a 21-century renaissance man. In addition to the 4 croquet greens he built in the last two years, he runs the county shooting club which is adjacent to the green. He plays croquet all over the country, owns additional property elsewhere, including a Christmas tree farm, and is the bail bondsman for Middlesex County. Last week was the first time we ever bowled to the sound of guns firing at a shooting range in the nearby field!
Well done Williamsburg!!