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City approves construction of new lawn bowling green
East Coast Challenge (ECC): Southeast defeats Northeast 37-25.
The two East coast divisions in Bowls USA went head to head Oct 21-22, 2017, in Pinehurst NC in a battle involving 15 lawn bowlers from each division. Asheville's lone representative on the Southeast team was Steve Nelson who played pairs and singles. (Asheville bowlers can apply for next year. Contact Steve for more information.)
The 15 bowlers from each team were evenly divided into three squads who competed against their counterparts in a variety of disciplines. On day Southeast won 12 of 16 matches in pairs and triples and taking a 24-12 lead. On day two that featured singles and fours, the Northeast dug deep and played even up in the morning but couldn’t close the gap as Southeast held firm to come within a point of winning the trophy entering the final six matches. Needing only one win or a tie, Southeast wrapped up the tournament when Nelson defeated a Northeast bowler in singles at which point the other five matches were conceded. Final score Southeast 37-Northeast 25.
(Photo above) The need for a new green is apparent as the current green is plugged and drains very slowly. The water also indicates depressions in what should be a totally flat surface.
Who said lawn bowlers don't have a sense of humor!
Retired Dog Wins Florida Lawn Bowls Championship
After a long career in medical billing, Zimmy retired to South Florida where she could really pursue her passion – lawn bowls. What began as a relaxing pastime quickly bowled its way onto the competitive circuit. Zimmy has since won three regional trophies and was recently declared the “Lawn Bowl Champion” at the state finals in Pensacola. (As reported in the Fluffington Post)
Asheville bowlers compete in the 2017 US Open in Florida
Draw shot at Asheville Lawn Bowling Club on synthetic surface.
Asheville is proudly a 100% Bowls USA and Southeast Division club.
The US Open attracted nearly 300 men and women bowlers from 12 countries and took place Nov 12-17 in Sarasota and Sun City Center, FL. Asheville bowlers Hans Momkes, Jon Peele and Steve Nelson competed in Singles, Pairs and Fours events in the six day event. Momkes and Peele were teammates except for singles. In fours, Momkes and Peele's fours team battled back to the final of the 5th flight. Nelson and his pairs partner, John Kirkwood, from Mt. Dora FL placed 2nd in the 2nd flight of the pairs event (6th of 64 teams). Complete results are available by clicking here.
(Photo above) True Draw of Australia is a specialist in artificial bowls surfaces.
Excitement abounds in Asheville as City Council approves $447,000 plus a contingency of $19,727 for a total of $466,727 for the renovation of the lawn bowling green at Carrier Park. The new artificial green is not just a replacement of the existing carpet, but a complete rebuild from the ground up. The current green of 110-feet square will be replaced with a 121-feet green that is playable in both directions. True Draw of Australia has been chosen to manufacture and install the needle-punch carpet, working in conjunction with the general contractor, Graham County Land Company, LLC. Construction is tentatively set for February-April 2018.
Roger Parkin lays down a bowl on rubico in Clearwater FL
John Kirkwood and Steve Nelson
Four Asheville bowlers ventured to Clearwater Florida to compete in the Southeast Open along with approximately 50 other bowlers from the Southeast, NY and NJ, England, Scotland and Canada. Players competed in three disciples: singles, pairs and triples.
Clearwater features a rubico surface that is hard-packed clay made from crushed basalt with a dusting of fine granular rubico on the surface. It is not exactly the same as but similar to the playing surface at the French Open tennis tournament.
Asheville's representatives (see photo left) competed against one another in the semi-finals of the pairs championship flight. Nelson and Parkin came out on top in the showdown, but Momkes-Peele rebounded to finish in 3rd place. Nelson-Parkin lost in the final and finished 2nd.
Nelson-Parkin also claimed 2nd place in the triples event, teaming up with Clearwater bowler Burl Roller. Nelson won the B flight in singles and finished 2nd to Roller for Bowler of the Tournament.
Nearly two years of careful planning will result in a world-class facility for Asheville bowlers that will be enjoyed for years to come. Tournaments will attract bowlers from around the region and country to come and bowl on this state-of-the-art green. Continued from home page: ...The meticulous preparations resulted in 327 pages of specifications that were sent out for bid. The cost for Asheville’s green are arguable high due to the green’s location in a floodplain that results in increased engineering and drainage expenses. In addition to a new playing surface, project improvements include accessible sidewalk, storm drainage, signage, and general site renovations.
A huge thank you needs to go to club President, Bill Stoermer, who spearheaded the club’s initiative, monitored progress, communicated expertly, and doggedly pursued every detail. And, most certainly and with great appreciation, a big thank you goes to the Parks and Recreation staff in the City of Asheville and CDC Engineering for their tireless efforts in support of this project that resulted in a positive decision by City Council.
As Asheville’s tagline says: “It’s time to play your game!”
l to r: Hans Momkes, Steve Nelson, Jon Peele, Roger Parkin
Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road - Asheville NC
Asheville club represented at Southeast Open
March 4-9, 2017
Parade of Nations - Opening Ceremonies US Open