Early history of Asheville Lawn Bowling Club by Jack Benatan
The story of the beginnings of the Asheville Lawn Bowling Club and its story to this date needs to be a matter of record.
1998 - The River Link organization had acquired the land, which includes the Asheville Race Track and then presented it to the city. Word went out that the city intended to make this into a recreation park.
Nicki and I had learned the game of lawn bowling while living in South Africa, and brought our bowls along when we moved back to the US in 1994. On vacation at Williamsburg VA, we discovered the oldest active green and actually played there. It was perfectly natural, therefore, that we should immediately think of a bowling green.
Asheville is one of only two lawn bowls club in North Carolina, the other being in Pinehurst. The Asheville Lawn Bowling Club came into existence in the late 1990's as a result of the passion and dogged persistence of Jack and Nicki Benatan. ALBC owes this couple a deep debt of gratitude for making lawn bowls available in Asheville. (You can read below Jack's account of negotiating with the city to build the green.)
Asheville plays on an artificial surface that is 110'x110' square. The carpet is long overdue for replacement, and the board has been working with the city to not only replace the carpet, but to extend the green to the regulation length of 120'x120'. In 2016 the city has taken the measure to authorize engineering studies. The club is hopeful a new green will be installed in 2017.
Once completed Asheville will be able to host various open tournaments to attract bowlers from across the Southeast USA as well as receiving visitors from Australia, Canada, and other regions of the US.
The Asheville club met on Jan 17, 2017 to elect its new board:
-President: Bill Stoermer
Ph (828) 254-1878 -Vice President: Fred MacKenzie (Competitions) -Secretary: Jennifer Browne -Treasurer: David Sarbey -Members at large: Stan Glickman (Membership & Coaching) Wilma Momkes (Coaching) Terry Reincke (Competitions & Coaching)
We invite all of our lawn bowling friends to visit us at the green at Carrier Park.
Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for a vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. The vast 19th-century Biltmore estate displays artwork by masters like Renoir. The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists' studios.