Fresno prevails in home leg vs Cambria

Finally it stopCraigTrophyCambriaHome2017ped raining and we had a great day on the greens. Thanks to all Cambria people who drove over to play against us, as well as all the local club food preparers and groundskeepers.

Craig is holding the trophy we reclaimed by winning 5 games to 3. Also by 76 to 69 points, so it was rather close.

 

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Pauline shows her fine form and long stride, while John and Dennis ponder the very short jacks in the background.

 

DutchCambriaHome2017The colorful Dutch from Cambria shows a different style. No stride for people used to playing on fast artificial turf.

AdeCambria2017HomeAde shows great form – or did he drop it?

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Planning Lawn Bowls trips for 2017

Of course we want to send a team to Oakmont to play our old mentor and big time groundskeeper Bob Dodd up in the Napa Area.  See notice below and let Craig or Dennis know if you are interested.    Some of us will definitely go to Opening Day on the Green (a fun, casual, very large tournament where beginners are welcome) on Rossmoor’s 3 greens as well as other events.

While we await PIMD posting the final calendar for 2017, download an interim version here:  PIMD 2017 Calendar.

Lawn Bowls trip from Fesno to Santa RosaPlus we would like to organize a few of our own tournaments this year. At least a mixed doubles event (one man, one lady on each team) and a mixed triples tournament (at least one lady/ at least one man on each team). And how about a men’s singles tournament? Craig and Cyril (our 2017 Press and VP) are the people to discuss this with.

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Fresno Bee writes about us

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What great coverage!  More pictures coming soon courtesy also of the Fresno Bee. Newcomers always welcome. Free lessons and loaner bowls.

Here is Link to Article.

(C) Copyright and thanks to the Fresno Bee – the leading newspaper in Central California

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Cambria takes charge in 2nd round – Oct 2016

lawn bowling tournament in central californiaIn lovely weather, and after lots of practice and a social game on Saturday, reality set in for the tournament Sunday.  But it didn’t start that way. After the first round of games the score was tied. In fact, two of the six games had tied scores.

Since we had quite a few extra players compared to our hosts, we then did some rotating of our teams and positions. Guess we brought on the “B” teams because then we got beat up badly on some games and lost most of the others. Oh well, that is why there is no trophy picture here.

But do see the whole traveling team before the game, and Craig getting sincere advice from Dennis on Tracy on what to do with the bottle of wine he won in the pre-match spider.

Lawn Bowls team FresnocambrianbowlerfeetA Cambrian bowler shows us how to do it. Look how far right his feet are aiming prior to the shot!

 

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Fresno runs off with the trophy at home this year

In a great spring day of bowling, Fresno won Sunday’s tournament in dominant fashion. Here Craig Bigham receives the trophy back from Cambria to celebrate the fine event. Many thanks to the 14 or more Cambrians who made the journey inland.

lawn bowling tournament 2016 in FresnoA spritely 80 year old named Bob Dodd, who has done wonders over the years for Fresno’s lawn bowling, is moving up to wine country so he can bowl and compete more often. Here he addresses both teams for the last time prior to the games Sunday. Now who will be our rule master going forward? All the best bowling Bob. The club thanks you deeply for all your service.

Yet another bowls tournament

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Janice Bell (now one of our members) wins gold at US Open

Fresno is now proud to have Janice Bell as one of our members, even though she seldom can make it to town, and even though she also belongs part time to other No Cal clubs. No more for the Pacific NW, though it was on their team she helped win the gold in fours at the recent US Open.

Ladies fours bowling FresnoL-R: Kottia Spangler, SW, Janice Bell, NW, Anne Nunes, SW and Mary Ann Beath, Canada.

Thanks to all who are helping Fresno transition into more of a competitive club.

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Cambria retains the trophy

Usually we go to the coast to cool off, but this year Cambria was nearly as hot as our home base. And bowling wise, our lack of competitive tournament play really showed as we gave away a lot of points when holding the lead or good head positions. So the trophy stayed in Fresno for the rest of this year.
Fresno lawn bowls team competing on the road
It sure was nice to see Fresno’s new members competing though. The fact we can now put a team of 18 on the green on a road trip is fantastic.

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Fresno now part of PIMD and hence Bowls USA

PIMD lawn bowls logoBowls USA is the operating name for the US Lawn Bowls Association. It is managed and supported by a number of divisions across the country, and Fresno is pleased to announce that we are finally members of the Pacific InterMountain Division (PIMD). This division encompasses all of Northern California, Northern Nevada and Hawaii.

All Fresno members are now eligible to play in PIMD sanctioned events, as well as for our club to have a say in the bye laws and calendar of the division. This especially means that club members can even be part of PIMD teams that compete for US National trophies. But in the meantime, we have been happy to send teams to the senior games and the John Brown friendly games. The drive is not that far if we car pool.

Our arch rivals over at Cambria, are in the South West Division, however as they are more closely connected travel wise to Southern California.

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Fresno sends 3 teams to senior games in Wine Country

Fresno Lawn bowling team travel squadYes… in early June, all the way to Sonoma, to bowl on a different patch of lawn, to compete with some real stars, to drink some wine, to have a good time.  It has been many a long year since Fresno took 3 teams (triples) anywhere other than Cambria. Thanks for putting us on the map.

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The Centurion has landed!

Thanks to Dennis, Bob, The City of Fresno Parks Dept and all helped, our big new storage shed flew over the giant fence to gracefully land on its proper pads. At last we have a super secure place to store all the gardening tools it takes to keep an old lawn grass bowling green in proper shape.

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