It started out a bit rainy and soggy for the start of the Berwick (a.k.a. George Gibson) Open Triples Tournament held Sept. 6th and 7th at our club. However, the sun soon broke through and we were able to run a great tournament on almost ideal conditions. The green was superb and made bowling a real treat for members visiting our club. There were two flights to this event. It’s a healthy sign for the sport which took a real hit during the pandemic.
In the early draw, the winning team was made up of the Ewen family: Erik, Suzanne and Luci of Qualicum Beach. Second was Rick Quibell, Mary Mulligan and Joe Randazzo of Nanaimo. Third went to another Nanaimo team of Vern Hagstrom, Linda Cooper and Keith McMann. Fourth place was earned by Jake and Elaine Van Kooten and Ben Vermeer of Port Alberni.
The late draw first place winners was the team of Vern Greenhill, Henri Saucier and Sandy Tonnellier. Second was the Qualicum team of Mike Ward, Helen Roberts and John Eyre. Third went to Parksville’s Chris and Martin Fereday with Peter Scott. The team of Randy Noble, Frances Tester and Brian Schule also from Nanaimo came in at fourth place.
The Ewen team of Luci, Erik and Suzanne were the overall winners and will have their names engraved on the trophy for this year.
Many, many thanks go out to the following people who made this all possible. Vicky and her kitchen crew who made sure that we didn’t go hungry, our bartenders who made sure that we didn’t go thirsty. A big thank you also goes out to our greens-keepers, plus Mick and Athol for ironing the green, our games team for all the work involved in getting things up and running numbers-wise, umpires (Rod Tester and Joyce Mitchell), the spectators who came out and watched, Sandi Mitchell for doing all that she does in these events and Berwick and its representative Corrina who donated lovely gift baskets and other assorted goodies for the tournament. Last, but not least, we cannot forget Chuck Benson for all his great shots of the games, the players and all the other pictures he’s taken for us this year. Thank you, Chuck!