2014 Club Tournament Season Is Here


50Th Anniversary Club Tournament


50th anniversary group


50th anniversary tournament winners

The weather was perfect for the anniversary
tournament. We had 25 different bowlers participate in the 3 games. New mats
and jacks were debuted and are very well liked. The yellow mats are quite striking
on the green. There were 10 city staff members who joined us for a lunch provided
by Don Betto of Salinas. A real treat was the slack key guitar performance by our
own Nino Bachar. Thank you, Nino! Congratulations to Gary Luttringer, Jerry
Ridley and Dennis Beck, our first, second and third place winners.


2013 Club Singles Tournament Champion

Glen Johnson

Glen defeated Pete Blacklock for the club championship.




Twenty members partricipated in the on-going Poker Bowls Tournament that ran through the middle of April. Winners of each club draw matches or personal side matches received a card to build the best poker hand. Players were allowed to hold up to 10 cards until the final day when they chose which 5 cards to present in the final showdown. There was a high as well as a low hand winner and players declared which hand they were playing for before the show. Competition has heated up on the green with cards at stake.



2012 Club Singles Tournament Champion

Ken Brideau

Ken defeated Jerry Louis for the club championship.


2012 Club Draw Pairs Tournament

2012 Pairs Finals

Peter Blacklock & Rod Atchison were the 2012 Pairs champions.



2011 Club Singles Tournament Champion

Glen Johnson



The semi finals and final playoff rounds of the 2011 Club Singles Tounament were played on Sunday November 11th.

Semi Final Matches

David & Christine

Christine Palochak & David Sievert went 18 ends with David emerging the victor 18-14

Glen & ken

Ken Brideau & Glen Johnson battled it out with Glen coming out on top 18-16.

Finals Match

David & Glen

In the very close and hard fought finals between Glen Johnson & David Sievert, Glen held on to win 19-17 after 22 ends.

More Photos From the 2011 Singles Tournament

Christine & Glen
ken & glen
Glen & David David



2011 Club Draw Pairs Tournament

The club pairs tournament was held on August 20th with the playoffs held the following week. Heidi & Jerry Louis beat out Ken Brideau & John Curwen in the championship game. Congratulations Heidi & Jerry!

Heidi & Jerry Louis - 2011 Club Pairs Draw Champions

Ken Brideau & John Curwen - Runnerups in the 2011 Club Pairs Draw Championship



On May 7, the first ever,Santa Cruz Bowls Club Rodeo was held featuring morning Stage Coach Pairs and afternoon Deuces Wild (double jack) competitions. We had 21 players so it threw a couple of pairs into a cut throat. A lot of fun and worth doing again next year. Special mention to Stephen Schoenfeld, as wrangler and Gary Luttringer as sheriff. Great outfits! .

Winners in Stage Coach pairs:
Blue bandanna- 1st- Norma Brenner, Terri Spinler
Red bandanna-2d- Coral Singer, Stephen Schoenfeld
White bandanna- 3d-Heidi Louis, Sara Mikles
Black bandanna-4th-Gary Luttringer, Glen Johnson

Winners in Deuces Wild (double jack)
1-Glen Johnson
2- Harry Schoenfeld
3 Don Fitzgerald
4 Sara Mikles

Overall MVP's: Glen Johnson (1st, 4th), Sara Mikles(3d,4th)





Here are some photos from the 2010 PBA Playdowns Tournament and a great article by Frank Sousa


Here is Frank Souza's article posted on the PBA wesite:



The Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club once again played host to the 2010 US PBA Qualifying Events. Their artificial green was in superb condition and their hospitality was outstanding.
Our special thanks to President Jerry Louis and his Committees for their support and warm hospitality extended to us and to their members for giving up their green for the duration of our tournament. We are most grateful to them.

Results of the 2010 US PBA Qualifiers:


Scottish International Singles:
Abe Kaplan def. Neil Furman 3 - 8, 8 - 4, 2/1 Tie Breaker


Welsh International Singles:
Neil Furman def. Charlie Herbert 8 - 6, 7 - 4



World Indoor Singles:
Neil Furman def. Frank Souza 7 - 6, 10 - 2



World Indoor Pairs:
Dan Christensen / Ed Quo def. Dee McSparran / Larry Murphy 11 - 3, 7 - 5

Photos By David Sievert


The outstanding bowler was Neil Furman. He was in awesome form to bowl his way to three finals, the Scottish, Welsh and World Singles losing only to Abe Kaplan in the Scottish Open.

Abe Kaplan, a long time member of PBA in South Africa, showed his tournament experience against a worthy opponent in Neil Furman in the Scottish Finals. It was superb finals match to watch as it came down to the last bowl of the third tie breaker. In November, Abe will be representing the US PBA in Scotland. I am delighted that he is now a member of the US PBA.

In the Welsh Open, Charlie Herbert fought his way to the finals only to lose to Neil 7 - 6 in a close first set. In the second set, Neil denied Charlie of any chance of tying their match. Charlie had some unfortunate rubs but without a doubt he will be back next year with vengeance.

In the World Singles, I had the opportunity to play against our newest PBA member, Aaron Zangle in the semi finals. It was a hard fought match but I was fortunate to be in good form to win the first set by a score 7 - 6 and 7 - 7 in the second set. I strongly believe that Aaron will be representing the US PBA in the near future. I enjoyed playing against Neil Furman in the finals. I lost the first set by a score of 7 -6. In the second set, Neil demonstrated his true form once again to represent US in the World Singles at Potter in January 2011.

In the Pairs, Ed Quo and Dan Christensen prevailed over the team of Dee McSparran and Larry Murphy. Ed credited their team's success to the fine lead bowls from his partner Dan Christensen. They ran away with the first set but a much closer match in the second set to win by a score of 7 to 5.

Good Luck and Good Bowling to all our winners.

Article prepared by
Frank Souza
US PBA Representative


© 2011 Santa Cruz Bowls Club