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Author: Carol Bucyk

We Want You to Have Some Fun!!! Calling All Tenderfoot and Novice Players

This is the time of year when things really get underway in the lawn bowls community with all kinds of opens, tourneys etc., BUT there is only one event  designed specifically for tenderfoot and novice players.   This year, we are looking for people who want to HAVE FUN, PLAY ON A TEAM,  and are either a TENDERFOOT (those who began playing in 2021 or later) and NOVICES (those who started this year).    Teams are comprised of two tenderfoot players and one novice.  It’s a great way to get on the green and play with people with a similar skill set and who, just  like you, want to enjoy the game and have some fun doing it.   If this tweaks your interest, even just a little, go to and check it out.


Parksville Team Victorious in Nanaimo Open

The  winning team of Merry Danarti, Sandi Mitchell and Rick Dolley of our Parksville club  took top  prize at the recent Berwick on the Lake 60+ Mixed Triples Tournament.  The event, held on Wednesday and Thursday  (June 19th and 20th),  was a two day affair.  Sixteen teams were in contention in the winner play winner format.  Parksville had four teams entered, Courtenay had one and Nanaimo had eleven.  The team of Dolley, Mitchell and Danarti had a perfect 4-0 record and overall, four teams received prize money for their efforts.    Well done Parksville.

This weekend, the men are off to beautiful  Courtenay  for an  two-day open men’s tournament, while the women are taking part in the  ever-colourful Sylvia Gibbs Open Women’s Pairs in Qualicum, also a two-day event.    Pack a lunch, bring a blanket and come out and watch either of these tournaments.   You’re sure to be impressed!

Carol Bucyk

Parksville Pairs Tournament Winners

The Two day Parksville Open Pairs Tournament sponsored by Hearing Life was held on June 15th and 16th.  There were some truly tight games this past weekend and there were a number of winners in their divisions coming from different clubs.  The games were played in a winner plays winner format.  In A Division, first place  and the trophy went to Dean Penny and Shelley McCollum from Courtenay.  Second in A went to our own Rick Dolley and Sandi Mitchell.    In first place in B Division  were Parksville’s Merry Danarti and Bob Allaby.    Second in B went to another Parksville team, that of Mary and Kent Card.  Rounding out the final top placements were the  Nanaimo club’s  C and D with Ian and Anne Ewer and Vern Hagstrom and Linda Cooper.    Winners of their final games were the teams of James MacDonald and Darlene Opacic from Qualicum Beach (D), April Gilchrist and Vern Greenhill (C) from Courtenay, Ken and Carol Bucyk (B) from Parksville and Diane Cruickshank and Bill Burgess (A) of Parksville as well.    A very big thank you goes out to Lynn and the kitchen magicians  who kept us supplied with goodies, the grounds crew who always do a fabulous job, our bartending crew who kept us hydrated, the umpires who gave of their time,  and to Joey Merrell who undertook her first running of a tournament.   Well done, everyone. Not to be forgotten, our ace cub photographer, Chuck Benson, who took numerous pics of the days’ events.   Once again, a special thanks to Hearing Life who made this whole event possible.


Tournament organizer, computer genius and data collector, Joey Merrell.
Winners of A Division and trophy winners Dean Penny and Shelley McCollom from Courtenay.



Sandi Mitchell and Rick Dolley, second place winners in A Division.


Bob Allaby and Merry Danarti, winners of B Division from Parksville
Kent and Mary Card, second place winners of B Division from Parksville.
Ian and Anne Ewer, Nanaimo and winners of C Divison.

D Division Winners from Nanaimo were Vern Hagstrom and Linda Cooper.






And the Winners Are…..

The three major spring leagues are now in the books and here’s the results.  In the Tuesday evening mixed triples, it was Anne Holland, Geoff Holland and David Perry.  The Wednesday morning cutthroat league winner’s title went to Diane Cruickshank and the Thursday evening mixed pairs winners were Robbie Thomas and Don Urquhart.  Congratulations and many thanks to all who participated.

Please check the board in the sun room at the club,  and online for sign-up for the next rounds of leagues.  Novices, we encourage you to come out and be a part of the fun, action and/or create your own team to come out to play.   Also, don’t  forget to come out and watch the open tournaments when lawn bowlers come from around the district   to play on our beautiful greens.  Be prepared to be amazed by some really skilled players making shots on really great greens.

Carol Bucyk

Parksville Women Shine in QB Tournament

The Quality Foods Open Men’s and Women’s Triples was full of exciting finishes this past weekend.  A slight mix-up in the finishes prevented me from getting information accurately, but today, we have the final results (with proper names and spellings).

First place went to the Nanaimo team of Kathleen Sherry, Lezlie Howe and Karen Hungar.  Second was earned by our own Roberta Stets, Jeanette Ferguson and Janet Harding.  Courtenay’s team of Shelly McCallum,  Beth Perrier and Leone King earned third place, while the host club team of Helen Roberts, Denis Hooper and Nancy Blue took fourth.

Carol Bucyk

Quality Foods Open Triples Brings Winners from Across District

It was a pretty much perfect weekend for lawn bowling when the Quality Foods Men’s and Women’s Triples Tournament was held in Qualicum Beach June 8th and 9th.    The winners on the men’s side were  Vern Hagstrom, Adrian Hewitt and Wayne Magneault of Nanaimo.  Second place went to Mike Ward, James McDonald and Charles MacIntyre of the home club in Qualicum Beach.   Our own Rick Dolley, Ken Bucyk and George Wallis took home third place.  The hard working team of Dean Penny, Vern Greenhill and Henri Saucier of Courtenay  placed fourth.  Rounding out the top five was another Qualicum team, that of George Opacic, Ross Nakagawa and Willie Dunlop.

Carol Bucyk

Port Alberni Needs You!!

Port Alberni will be hosting its Men’s and Women’s Pairs on June 26 and 27th and they are looking for some more women to bolster the women’s side of the roster.  Please contact if you are interested in playing in Port Alberni those two days.

Carol Bucyk

Now That Was a Wet One!!!

It was a wild and weekend up in Courtenay for the Ramsay Lampman Rhodes Scotch Pairs Tournament.  The event, which ran June 1 & 2  had dreary, chilly and spitting rain, with Sunday having some of the toughest conditions in which to play.  Although Parksville was well represented, we were blanked out by three other clubs and their teams.  First place  and top prize went to the home team of  Wayne and Leone King of Courtenay.  Dean Penny and Hal Gray, also of Courtenay,  earned second place.  Third went to Nanaimo’s Vern Hagstrom and Linda Cooper.   Courtenay’s April Gilchrist and Vern Greenhill took fourth while the father -daughter team of Erik Ewen and Luci Ewen of Qualicum Beach  earned fifth place winnings.

Carol Bucyk

Parksville Teams Shine in Weekend Tournament

The weather was decent and the bowling was fantastic this weekend at the  Ramsay Lampman  Rhodes Mixed Triples Tournament held in Nanaimo.  Best of all, two Parksville teams earned some serious cash after their second and third place finishes.

Congratulations go out to Team Penny of Courtenay  for their win in the two day event.  Second place went to our own  Bob Allaby, Luise Norman/Sandi Mitchell  and Sue Tompkins.  Third place was earned by the Parksville  team of Bill Burgess, Don Urquhart and Robbie Thomas.