A Message from President Ernie
Greetings Northwest Bowlers! February typically brings a short reprieve of the gloomy days of Winter - hopefully after this current storm system that promises snow in the cities. So, if you see the sun, hurry on out to your favorite green and roll some bowls! Meanwhile, try out some indoor bowling. Jefferson Park, King City, and Portland all are experimenting with indoor venues, playing on short mat carpets. It requires a minimal amount of space – indoor mats are typically 6’ x 45’ – but any low-pile carpeted area can serve as a bowling rink. Pam Edwards and Debbie Tupper have developed a low-cost approach to indoor bowling, and will gladly share their experience with you. Perhaps, for those of you with time on your hands and a modest budget, a weekend getaway to the Southwest for some sunshine and bowling is a prescription for easing the winter blahs? As a BowlsUSA member you are welcome to join in the fun at most clubs.
Looking towards the future, I would like to see more of us NW bowlers come together as “family”. I encourage you to expand your bowling to include play at all of our diverse clubs. Let’s create additional Division tournaments and establish signature events for each club. King City hosts the Short Jack and Jefferson Park hosts the Playdowns and Team Tournament, so for Portland, Tacoma, and Spokane, how about some mixed doubles or mixed triples, and an indoor event? Let me know your thoughts.
Here’s hoping there is sunshine (or at least no rain) in your forecast!
Good Bowls to all.
Northwesties at the SC Open
To escaping the rain and snow, a dozen Northwesties traveled to Sun City Arizona, only to be met with cooler than average weather. From Portland and Jefferson Park, 5 ladies and 7 men made the trek and earned back a bit of their entry money.
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Indoor Short Mat Tournament scheduled for April 27th
Portland will host the NWD's first ever Indoor Short Mat Tournament on Saturday, April 27th.
Plans are underway for this 1-day, 4-rink event to happen at Matt Dishman Community Center in NE Portland.
Players of all skill levels can take part and there will be practice time allowed for those bowlers unfamiliar with a short mat.
Details will be announced as they are finalized.
Club Updates - Winter 2019
Jefferson Park -
February is our slowest month this year.
Winter League is going and there are pick-up indoor bowling games.
Another game night is scheduled at the end of the month.
In 2019, five programs will be offered.
Three sequential programs offer a competitive format; starting mid-May and running for 6 weeks, late June to mid-August for 8 weeks, and finally starting mid-August and running for 6 weeks.
The other two programs will be heavily marketed in the Tacoma area, and are designed to be an introductory course for bowls. New bowlers who sign up will learn the basics of lawn bowling like set up, game play, and etiquette while building their skills through drills, clinics, and instruction. Each learn to bowl program is 7 weeks.
Really new set up, and still working out the details, but excited to see how limited-enrollment learn-to-bowl programs with specific and limited access times can boost attendance and conversion to league level bowlers. We’ll keep everyone posted.
Indoor bowls continues weekly.
The greens keepers are trying to keep the goose poop to a minimum.
We have a venue for an indoor bowl tournament but need confirmation on a date.
A fruitful meeting with Spokane Parks Department resulted in putting 2 summer class series on the books.
2019 national events
National Championships - Sept 21-17, San Francisco LBC, CA
US Open - Nov 1-9, Sun City Area, AZ
upcoming international events
2019 World Cup Indoor Singles - March 5-13, Australia
2019 Tiger Bowls/China Open - March 10-15, Hong Kong and Chiina
2019 Asia Pacific - June 4-12, 2019, Australia (qualifier for World Championships )
2020 World Championships – May 23 – June 7, 2020 Australia