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BLBC 2023 Pairs Tournament, 6/17/2023

With an enthusiastic audience of family, recuperating members, and our first-rate hospitality team – augmented by a few curious neighbors and dogs – cheering them on, twenty bowlers took to the Green on Saturday for our club’s first tournament in way too long.

Ten pairs, made up of randomly-matched Skips and Leads with team handicaps ranging from zero to seven, faced off in three, ten-end games with an uncapped differential to determine two finalists. Despite having no handicap points, Hugo Deaux and Luis Zapata steamrolled their way through the preliminaries, emerging as the day’s only undefeated pair.

Three teams, however, finished with 2 and 1 records, but only one could advance. Needing not to lose their last match to Rob Hoey and Leslie Engler by more than two points, Jim Corr and Bernie Chan found themselves down three as the last end was drawing to a close. Unsurprisingly, Jim was able to nudge the jack just close enough to one of Bernie’s well-placed bowls to cut the deficit to two, thus ensuring their place in the finals.

After a slow start against Hugo and Luis, the Corr/Chan duo quickly found a higher gear and cruised to victory, ending the scheduled twelve-end match after only eleven ends. Jim has been on a roll this month, and Bernie showed us all the upside of persistence and lots of practice. Congratulations to you both for a well-deserved win.

BLBC 2022 4-Bowl Singles

The 2022 4-Bowl Singles Tournament was a split affair, with the first stage being a round robin of four groups of three played over the course of September, and the winner of each game being the first to reach 16 points. The top two players in each group proceeded to the playoff round on Saturday, September 24.

Based on their performances in the round robin phase, the eight remaining contestants were seeded for the quarter-final round with 1 v 8, 2 v 7, and so on, resulting in a match up of Cris Benton v Phil Grattan, Sal Garcia-Lemus v Jim Corr, Rob Hoey v Cathy Dinnean, and Gary “Bing” Burns v Tom Birt. Those games, like the semis, were also played on the basis of first to reach 16 points. From the quarters, Phil, Jim, Rob, and Bing emerged to duke it out in the semis. The Jim v Bing match-up was close fought, tying at 12-12 before Bing gained one point on the 15th end, followed by a game-winning three on the next one. In the other semi, Phil led from the outset, and, while Rob sought valiantly to fight back, Phil ran out on top by 16-6.

The final was set up on the classic format of first to 21 points for singles events. Phil once again dominated. But Bing was determined to make it a real contest and came back from what could have been a spirit-sapping position of down 18-1 after seven ends to bring it to 19-12 by the 15th. However, with a couple of 1-pointers on the next two ends, Phil showed his determination not to let victory slip from his grasp and prevailed as the 2022 4-Bowl Singles Champion.

Congratulations to Phil and thanks to all who took part in the event including the early contenders. As always thanks to our hospitality crew for sustenance and to our greenskeeper for the quality of the green.

Bay Bridge Challenge

The 2022 Bay Bridge Challenge, the annual “friendly rivalry” event between BLBC and our colleagues of
the San Francisco BLC was held at the Berkeley green on Saturday, September 17. Cutting to the chase,
Berkeley won a hard-fought and close match-up by 6 ½ games to 5 ½.
Six triples teams from both clubs competed for the honors, with Berkeley taking the morning round by 4
games to 2. But San Francisco did not give up the shield easily, coming back to take the afternoon 3 ½ to
2 ½. Close, but not quite enough to prevent the trophy returning to its rightful home.
There was good bowling all round and one is loathe to single out particular individuals or teams, but
special mention must go to the afternoon trio of Sal Garcia-Lemus, Gary Burns (actually a dual SF-
Berkeley member who was “lent” to us by SF for the occasion), and Stephen Ng. Down by 10 points to 2
by the 4 th end, they clawed their way back, with one-point wins on 9 of the next 10 ends, to bring about
an 11-11 tie. That half point meant that we did not need go to overall differential points to decide the
final outcome. Well done to them and to all Berkeley bowlers whose overall performance won the day.
Thanks, as always, to our hospitality crew for refreshments, to everyone who helped with green set up,
and to Greenskeeper Ann Brillhart for ensuring a good, fast-running surface.

Trophy Presentatoin
Trophy Presentation