The Mens’ and Ladies’ Provincial Fours Lawn Bowling Championships were held July 12-14, with Qualicum Beach hosting the men, while the ladies played in Nanaimo.
According to Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club’s Jane Nielsen, “both venues’ greens were in top shape and the dry, warm weather made the greens extremely fast and perfect for tournament play. The added excitement of the double knock out format created some real nail biter games.”
The Qualicum ladies team, skipped by Pam Coward with Jane Nielsen, Lynn Chwartacki and Maureen Hanright, won all three games in the preliminary round to the final.
That game was close, but in the end, it was the very tough On Kow Au team from Richmond who prevailed. Au’s team took the gold while Coward’s team took silver.
Both teams will be heading to the Canadian National Lawn Bowl Championships to be held in Vancouver on Aug.17-24.
On the mens’ side, the Qualicum team skipped by Ken Welwood came close to being in the gold playoff final but suffered their second loss in a close match and were eliminated. The team led by skip Gordon Fall, was able to hold on and win gold. Chris Grahame’s team from White Rock took silver and will be joining the Fall team on the men’s side of the mid-August championships.