Through variable weather over four days, the Pairs Playdowns required playoff games for both the the men and women.
On the women's side, four pairs played equally strong finishing the round robin with a 3-way tie. Many games bowled to 1 or 2 point conclusions including the final. Pam Edwards and Debbie Tupper (Portland) squeaked out a 1 point win over Gina Tolentino and Rikki Ricard (Jefferson Park).
For the men seven teams completed a round robin. A last round loss for the leaders to Shane O'Neill and Richard Broad forced a final playoff. In the end Andy Klubberud and John Hollingsworth (JP) bested Todd Wagers and Andrew Scheunemann (JP), earning a return trip to the National Championships.
The National Championships will be held at the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club during September 21-27.
Kuala Lumpur Invitational for Alex and Rikki
Rikki Ricard and Alex Vanden Bos are heading to Malaysia for Team USA. The ladies said "yes" to an invite to bowl in the Kuala Lumpur Invitational.
This is a new rinks event on the World Bowls stage taking place August 21 to 26. 64 men's and 64 women's teams will play in 2-bowl, 15 end games with the top 4 finishers playing in the winner's sections.
Team USA will include Alex at lead, Cheryl Barkovich (SWD) as 2nd, Rikki playing vice and Sandy Wall (SED) skipping.
Bowls USA Grant supports new mower for Portland
PLBC was given notice the Bowls USA Grant committee fulfilled their request for $1500 toward the purchase of their new mower.
With that generous donation Portland is at 91% ($6112) of their fundraising goal.
Club members are already reaping the benefit of the new mower with the green currently running at 11seconds.
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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 )
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