Yes, they actually got medals!
It was the most complete USA Team win ever at the NAC.
Congratulations Team USA!
LBLBC members Phil Dunn, Scott Roberts, Linda Roberts joined Neil Furman to win 4th place in the Jack Beckley Quinnell Rinks held September 30 at the Santa Monica Lawn Bowling Club. They took home some cash! The tournament catered lunch and hosted a very classy catered meal complete with host bar and appetizers at the nearby Beckley home. Beautiful!
Quinell scoring is interesting in that you get points for the number of ends you win plus 3 points if your team won total points for the match. This promotes more aggressive play.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Abe Pinnella, Randy Hatfield, Norma Goodhart, Lou Cohen, and Shelley Cohen.
LBLBC members Joanne Hedgespeth and Traci Manzi joined Kay Tong to win 4th place in the Izzie Forbes Vet-Novice Triples held September 23rd at the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club. Well done!
Other LBLBC competitors included: Norma Goodhart, Heather Stewart, Mary Spease, Chris Dodd, Lou Cohen, Shelley Cohen, Mary Thompson, and Phil Dunn
Earlier in the year the club sent out invitations to LBLBC members who would be interested in representing the LBLBC in the 11th Annual Joslyn Mixed Triples Invitational held at Holmby Park, Saturday, September 22nd. This is a very high profile tournament who's goal is to bring so-called "tournament bowlers" and "social bowlers" closer together. The following teams represented Laguna this year.
Abe Pinnella, Kole Carr, and Cheri Spalo
Randy Hatfield, Ginger Hatfield, and Tom Richeson.
Though neither team finished "in the money", both were very competitive. The format was three 10-end games. Continental breakfast was served from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. A full catered lunch from 11:30 to 12:00. Desserts, coffee and ice cream from 1:30 to 2 PM. (And the club paid for it!)
LBLBC member Ron Cetta joined Peter Ritchie, Len Wasserman, and Brenda Wright in winning the Newport Harbor 9/11 Mixed Fours Tournament held September 16th at the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club in Corona del Mar. The team split a $1000.00 first prize for their efforts. Not bad at all!
LBLBC member Patrick Walsh joined Wally Benvenuto, Keno Shaw, and Laura Benvenuto in taking 3rd place, worth $440.00. LBLBC members Dave Breedon and Mary Spease joined Don Stewart and Tad Dutch in taking 4th place worth $200.00. Lucrative!
This was a straight rinks timed tournament where each of 4 team members bowled 2 bowls each.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Phil Dunn, Norma Goodhart, Shelley Cohen, Lou Cohen, Abe Pinella, Joanne Hedgespeth, Linda Roberts, Scott Roberts, Randy Hatfield, Christian De Taillac, Bob Leach, Mary Thompson, Debby Gaal, Clay Nolde, Kim Heiser and Gary Barnes.
LBLBC members Joanne Hedgespeth and Mary Thompson joined Butch Nelson in taking 3rd Place in the Groves Mixed Triples Tournament held September 9 at the Groves Lawn Bowling Club in Irvine. Though Laguna Beach didn't supply a club team for this tournament, several members of other clubs are also Laguna members too. This tournament was a rotating mixed triples format similar to Aussie Pairs where each team member assumed at one time or another the lead, vice, and skip role.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Norma Goodhart, Shelley Cohen, and Patrick Walsh.
LBLBC members Mary Spease and Kim Heiser joined Eileen Lancendorfer and Brenda Wright in taking 2nd Place in the SWWD California Bears tournament held September 8 here at our own Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club. This ladies tournament was composed of a rinks (4 people/team, 2 bowls each), a triples, a pairs, and a singles match for each team.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Joanne Hedgespeth, Mary Thompson, Linda Roberts, Norma Goodhart and Debby Gaal.
LBLBC members Lou and Shelley Cohen teamed with Keno Shaw to win the B Group ("Tigers") division of the John Clark Mixed Triples held August 25, 2018 at the Hermosa Beach Lawn Bowling Club. LBLBC members Fred Robles, Norma Goodhart, and Ron Cetta placed 2nd in the B Group.
Other LBLBC competitors included Denise French, Joanne Hedgespeth, and Debbie Gaal.
LBLBC members Phil Dunn and Lou Cohen took 3rd and 4th place respectively on the Allison green of the Murray-Allison Singles Tournament Aug 18th and 19th at the Santa Anita Lawn Bowling Club.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Fred Robles, Christian de Taillac, Scott Roberts, Chris Dodd, and Randy Hatfield.
LBLBC member Norma Goodhart teamed with Jane Blair to win the B Green of the SWWD Veteran/Novice Pairs Aug 12 at the Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club.
Other LBLBC competitors included Mary Thompson, Tracy Manzi, Joanne Hedgespeth and Linda Roberts.
LBLBC members Chris Dodd and Alan Burkholder stepped up to compete in the SWLBA Novice Pairs held Aug 12 at the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club.
Way to compete guys!
LBLBC member Debby Gaal teamed with Mary Ann Beath to win the Women's Division of the Laguna Beach Open Pairs Tournament held at the club on Aug 11th. LBLBC members Joanne Hedgespeth and Mary Thompsonplaced 2nd, and LBLBC member Norma Goodhart teamed with Diana Wenzel to place 3rd.
LBLBC member Scott Roberts teamed with Bill Brault to take 2nd in the Men's Division. LBLBC members Abe Pinnella and Fred Robles took 4th place.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Mary Spease, Sheila Conti, Denise French, Heather Stewart, Linda Roberts, Shelley Cohen, Gary Barnes, Lou Cohen, Christian de Talliac, Ed Chatlin, Patrick Walsh, and Ted Farfaglia.
LBLBC member Scott Roberts and Phil Dunn captured the Consolation prize on the Cary Green in the Cary-MacDonald Pairs August 4-5, 2018 at Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Fred Robles, Kole Carr, Patrick Walsh, Christian de Talliac, Ted Farfaglia, Abe Pinnella, Clay Nolde, Gary Barnes, and Alan Burkholder.
Debby Gaal - Mary Ann Beath Charlie Herbert - Corey Vose
LBLBC member Linda Roberts teamed with Candy DeFazio, Margi Rambo, and Alice Birkinshaw to win the Division Rinks held at the Hermosa Beach Lawn Bowling Club, August 4, 2018. LBLBC members Mary Spease and Heather Stewart teamed with Anne Nunes and Maryna Hyland to place 3rd.
Other LBLBC competitors included Debby Gaal, Norma Goodhart, Sheila Conti, Joanne Hedgespeth, and Mary Thompson.
San Diego Mixed Triples
LBLBC members Fred Robles, Norma Goodhart, Ron Cetta, Lou Cohen, Shelley Cohen, and Patrick Walsh competed in the San Diego Mixed Triples held at the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, Sunday July 29th.
Wasserman Mixed Pairs
LBLBC members Lou Cohen and Shelley Cohen competed in the Wasserman Mixed Pairs held at the San Diego Lawn Bowling Club, Saturday July 28th.
LBLBC members Lou Cohen, Gary Barnes, Abe Pinnella, Tom Richeson, Fred Robles, Kole Carr, Patrick Walsh, and Scott Roberts all competed in the SWLBA U.S. Pairs Playdowns held at our club July 14, 15, 21, and 22. Alas none of the above placed, but great matches were played at a beautiful club.
LBLBC member Joanne Hedgespeth won the Stripes Green and Linda Roberts placed 2nd on the Stars Green in the SWWD U.S. Singles Playdowns held at Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club on July 14, 15, 21 & 22.
Other LBLBC competitors included Norma Goodhart, Mary Thompson, and Kim Heiser.
LBLBC members Lou Cohen and Phil Dunn traveled all the way to Oxnard to compete in the Ralph Ecton Triples July 8th at the Oxnard Lawn Bowling Club.
LBLBC member Fred Robles teamed with Candy DeFazio to take 4th place on the A Green in the Pat Gonzales Mixed Australian Pairs July 7 at Long Beach Lawn Bowling Club.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Joanned Hedgespeth, Patrick Walsh, Debbie Gaal, Lou Cohen, Shelley Cohen, Norma Goodhart, and Martin Edens.
We all know that probably the only reason that our bowls club exists today was because we built it to bring the Canadians down to Laguna. Well, on 2 separate occasion, Chris Quinn & Bruce Wheeler, and Randy & Ginger Hatfield decided to see what all the hubub was about up there in Canada. All were graciously treated to a bowls outing courtesy of the Victoria B.C. Lawn Bowling Club. Chris & Bruce were motoring around Canada. Randy & Ginger were on a cruise stopover. The Hatfields sent the club an Email and were told that people would be waiting there for them. And indeed they were. Had a nice 10-end trips game.
Thank you Victoria Lawn Bowling Club!
On Wednesday June 20th from 6:00pm to ~7:00pm Fred Robles trained a group of LBLBC members how to train new members. The group came up to speed on Bowls USA methodology and progressions, can now teach classes in the same way, and know the best ways to get the new bowlers ready for club draws and club tournaments.
* indicates certified US Bowls instructors.
Dean Bowling Club: Green speed was similar to ours (compared to Glasgow which was much slower) but a little softer under foot.
LBLBC members Lou and Shelley Cohen joined Bruce Williams in winning 2nd Place in the 2018 Beckley 2-Bowl Mixed Triples held at Santa Monica Lawn Bowling Club, Sunday, June 10, 2018.
LBLBC member Norma Goodhart joined Bob Alessi and Mike Ruggles in winning 3rd Place. LBLBC member Joanne Hedgespeth joined Bob Busciglio and Flor Wright in winning 4th place.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Phil Dunn and Patrick Walsh.
Photo courtesy of Gary Barnes.
LBLBC member Phil Dunn teamed with Corey Vose and LBLBC member Lou Cohen teamed with Howard Horowitz to place 2nd and 7th respectively in Beverly Hills Lawn Bowling Club's 48th Annual Walt Disney Pairs Tournament on Memorial Day Weekend, Sat - Mon, May 26-28, 2018.
Other LBLBC competitors included Joanne Hedgespeth, Fred Robles, Kim Heiser, and Christian De Taillac. Congratulations and way to get out there and compete!
LBLBC member Jill Edens won the 2018 SWWD Novice Singles tournament held at Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Cheri Spalo and Chris Quinn.
Photo courtesy of Gary Barnes.
LBLBC Novice Singles champion Gilbert Collins placed 2nd in the 2018 SWLBA Novice Singles tournament held at Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Other LBLBC competitors included: Martin Edens and Tom Collins.
Photo courtesy of Randy Hatfield.
LBLBC member Martin Edens teamed with Helen Mathewson and LBLBC member Debby Gaal teamed with Mike Ruggles to place 3rd and 4th respectively on the B Green in the Mike & Mimi Majer Mixed Pairs held on May 19, 2018 at Laguna Woods Lawn Bowling Club.
Other LBLBC competitors included Joanne Hedgespeth, Phil Dunn, Fred Robles, Jill Edens, Debbie Gaal, Ed Chatlin, Lou & Shelley Cohen, Gary Barnes & Sheila Conti, and Norma Goodhart & Ron Cetta.
LBLBC members Joanne Hedgespeth (center) and Mary Spease (right) placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Katy Stone Singles competition held in Long Beach on Saturday, May 5th. Mary Thompson from Casta Del Sol placed 3rd.
LBLBC member Norma Goodhart was there competing as well.
Congratulations and way to get out there and compete!
Thirty-two new members joined our Laguna Beach Lawn Bowling Club as a result of our Open House held Saturday, May 12. Please join us in welcoming:
Heather and the LBLBC Board would like to extend a special Thank You to all of the volunteers who helped in various aspects of the event. We very much appreciate it.
LBLBC Member Phil Dunn teamed up with fellow bowlers James Flowers and Len Wasserman to win the Southern California Triples competition in San Diego's Balboa Park on March 24th and 25th.
18 teams signed up for the 2-day competition which consisted of Saturday qualifying matches (the top 8 qualified) followed by Sunday's seeded double elimination bracket.
LBLBC Member Scott Roberts teamed with Michael Siddall and Corey Vose to capture 3rd place in the event. Other LBLBC members competing included Abe Pinnella, Lou Cohen, and Clay Nolde.
Team USA followed up their silver in Hong Kong with a bronze in China. LBLBC is represented by Linda Roberts on the US Team!
Ginger Hatfield (skip) and Randy Hatfield (lead) competed against 16 teams and were the B green champions of the Mumma Mixed Pairs Tournament held at the Riverside Lawn Bowling Club, Feb 24, 2018.
Three 12-end games. Winners were determined by number of games won and a max 10 plus points.
Match 1: 19 - 8
Match 2: 10 - 9
Match 3: 17 - 2
Other Laguna participants included Scott and Linda Roberts, Fred Robles (on the A Green).