Green Status Notifications
Now that we are into winter bowling the status of the green can change from day to day and hour to hour. There are several mothods of communication that are available to allow us to endevour to keep you informed. They include direct emails, an outgoing message on the telephone at the club and this website on the Announcements page.
We will try to use these messages in a timely manner however, we are all volunteers and are not available 24/7 to provide this information.
Club Celebrating 90th Anniversary in 2024 (Posted February 20, 2024)
As the club prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary during 2024, we would like to start by introducing our 5 active nonagenarian members who are still actively bowling on a regular basis.
90+ and Still Rolling
Photos courtesy of Leslie.
Super Bowl Party (Posted February 20, 2024)
The club hosted a Super Bowl Party on February 11, 2024 to witness the Kansas City Chiefs win their 2nd consecutive championship with a 25-22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers. Nineteen members gathered to watch the event with a number of people bringing snacks and appetizers to share. Thank you to Judy, who cooked up some hotdogs, and to everyone who attended and contributed to a fun evening.
Photos courtesy of Gloria.
Christmas Potluck Social and Fall Aggregate Windup (Posted December 22, 2023)
The club celebrated Christmas and the end of the Fall Aggregate with a potluck social on Thursday, December 21st.
Craig Carlyle was the big winner by finishing in first place in each of the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday aggregates. Jim Atchison and Paul Beaumon finished 2nd and 3rd in the Tuesday event while Ken Cronin and Chris Pennington were 2nd and 3rd on Thursdays and Graham Reynolds and Jim Atchison took 2nd and 3rd on Saturdays.
The winter aggregates will begin in January on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (tags in before 12:45pm).
Thank you to Leslie Smith for the photos.
White Rock Mixed Inter-Club 2 Bowl Triples (Posted September 18, 2023)
On Saturday, September 16th the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club hosted their first annual Mixed Inter-Club 2 Bowl Triples tournament featuring 16 teams from all over the lower mainland. Each team played 4 – 14 end games of 2 bowl triples.
Prizes were awarded to the top 5 teams with the team of Stephen Yung (White Rock/Richmond), Lisa Cheung (Richmond) and Patrick Sum (Richmond) taking first place. Teams from Maple Ridge took the second and fourth spots with White Rock taking third and Richmond holding down fifth.
Aggregate Tournament (Posted September 29, 2023)
An aggregate tournament was held on Thursday, September 28th. The tournament started under cloudy skies but finished in the sunshine on a beautiful autumn day. Brian Edmunson finished the tournament as the only undefeated player with 4 straight wins. Other winners were Dave Baldwin (2nd), Steve Dorey (3rd), Marilyn Martin (4th), Teri Dorey (5th) and the shared entry of Sandra Burnett and Craig Carlyle (6th).
Fall Dinner/Dance (Posted September 25, 2023)
On Saturday, September, 23, 2023 club members gathered together for dinner and dancing.
A wonderful chicken and salmon dinner was prepared by Vicky Evans and her helpers. Music from the 60’s was performed the band, Old School, featuring WRLBC member Jamie Fear and his 3 piece band. Everyone had a great time whether you danced the night away or just sat back and listened to the music.
Prize money was distributed to the winners of the spring and summer leagues. For a complete list of league winners go to the Leagues page.
The White Rock Lawn Bowling Club would like to thank door prize donors Splashes and The Hills at Peace Portal Golf Club for their generous donations.
Maple Ridge Mixed Fours (Posted September 18, 2023)
Sunday, September 17th was a successful day for White Rock bowlers at the Maple Ridge Mixed Fours event. Five White Rock teams participated with two teams finishing in the top 3. The team of Steve Whitham, Brian Edmunson, Vicky Evans and Marilyn Martin finised with 4 straight wins to capture first place while the team of Patti Carlsen, Kathy Harms, Gary Harms and Don Dancey took third with a recod of 3 wins and 1 tie.
White Rock Men’s Inter-Club Triples (Posted September 10, 2023)
On Sunday, September 10th the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club hosted their annual Men’s Inter-Club Triples Tournament featuring 16 teams. At the end of the 4 – 10 end games 4 teams were left with perfect 4 wins and 0 losses records so it came down to differentials to break the ties.
The top 3 teams were representing Maple Ridge, White Rock and Richmond. The fourth team that finished outside the top 3 was also from White Rock.
Congratulations to all of the winners.
Club Novice Singles (Updated September 7, 2023)
Day 1 of the Club Novice Singles was held on Tuesday, September 5th. There were 4 men and 8 women participating.
Day 2 featured the four women finalists from Day 1 and was held on Thursday, September 7th. Congratulations to Linda Saunders for winning both games on Thursday and is the 2023 Women’s Club Novice Singles champion. Second place went to Merron Strang, third place was Loretta Stapleton and fourth place was Elaine Dawson.
Congratulations to Pat Bradley who won all 3 games and was declared the 2023 Men’s Club Novice Singles champion. Second place went to Larry Schaffer, third place went to Mark Darby.
In the women’s division the top 4 women from Tuesdays round will be returning on Thursday, September 7th for the finals.
West Vancouver Men’s Triples (Posted September 3, 2023)
Dave Baldwin along with Graham Reynold and Jeff Law finished in 5th place the Men’s Triples tournament hosted by the West Vancouver Lawn Bowls club on Saturday, September 2nd. They posted a record of 3 wins and 1 loss.
Ladner Mixed Fours (Posted August 31, 2023)
The team of Dave Baldwin, Graham Reynolds, Sharon Baldwin and Carole Reynolds won 3 games and had 1 loss to capture 3rd place in the annual Mixed Fours tournament hosted by the Ladner Lawn Bowls Club on August 31st. Jeff Law and his teammates from Richmond also went 3-1 to finish 4th.
Club Triples with Novice Tournament (Posted August 27, 2023)
The club’s Triples with Novice Tournament was held on Thursday, August 24th. Congratulations to the team of George Omorean, Gina Guszowaty and Merron Strang on their 1st place finish.
Second place went to the team of Benito Bulich, Chris Pennington and Penny Barnett. Third place went to the team of Ken Richard, Jim Guszowaty and Bonny Darby.
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all of the participants especially the Novices.
Additional photos can be viewed in the tournament photos gallery.
Canadian Fours/Pairs Championships (Posted August 27, 2023)
The Canadian Lawn Bowling Pair/Fours Championships held at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowling Club near Victoria has now been completed after 4 days of competitiion. Dave Baldwin and his Men’s Fours team advanced to the medal round but lost the bronze medal game to Ontario to finsh in fourth place overall. Jeff Law and his parter finished in fifth place based on the tie breaker rule and did not advance to the medal round in Men’s Pairs. Sharon Baldwin and Kathy Harms’ Women’s Fours team did not qualify for the medal round.
Congratulations to all the White Rock bowlers on qualifying for the Nationals and representing our club well.
Canadian Singles Championships (August 20, 2023)
The qualifying round of the Canadian Singles Championships was completed today after 2 days of competition. Stephen Yung finished with a record of 5 wins and 0 losses to finish in first place in his group and advanced to the quarter-finals. Ryan Pollard finished with 1 win and 4 losses and did not qualify.
In the quarter-finals lost a close battle 21-18 to David DeFoe of Ontario and has been eliminated.
Click Here to go to the Bowls Canada Website Canadian Championships page to check all the results.
Viva Las Vegas Bowl and Dinner (August 18, 2023)
The Viva Las Vegas Bowl and Dinner was held on Friday, August 18th.
Additional photos can be found in the Gallery on the Social Event Photos page.
Club Singles Championships (August 17, 2023)
The semi-finals and finals of the 2023 Club Singles Championships were held on Thursday, August 17th. In the Men’s semi-finals George Omorean defeated Auzzie Chambers and Jeff Law defeated Steve Whitham. In the Women’s semi-finals Kathy Harms defeated Gina Guszowaty and Charlotte Ciok defeated Linda Wallace.
In the Men’s final it was George Omorean winning 21-15 over Jeff Law to take the Men’s title. In the Women’s final Kathy Harms defeated Charlotte Ciok 21-12 to claim the Women’s Championship.
In the third place matches it was Auzzie Chambers winning 21-18 over Steve Whitham and Linda Wallace winning 21-7 over Gina Guszowaty.
Congratulations to George and Kathy on their championships and to the other bowlers who advanced to the semi-finals and finals.
2023 Canadian Lawn Bowling Championships
Seven White Rock members have qualified for Canadian Lawn Bowling Championship events this season.
(L-R) – Ryan Pollard, Auzzie Chambers, Stephen Yung, Jeff Law, Dave Baldwin, Sharon Baldwin, Kathy Harms
The singles are to be held August 19-21 with Ryan Pollard and Stephen Yung participating in the Men’s Singles event.
From August 23-26 the Fours and Pairs events will be held with Dave Baldwin entered in the Men’s Fours, Sharon Baldwin and Kathy Harms in the Women’s Fours and Jeff Law entered in the Men’s Pairs. Lorane Martin, a former WRLBC member who is now in Qualicum, is also a member of the Women’s Fours team with Sharon and Kathy.
The championships are being hosted by the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowls Club in Victoria.
In July, Auzzie Chambers won the silver medal in the Canadian Youth Lawn Bowling Championships Men’s Under 25 division held in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Check back here for daily updates as the Championships progress. If you want more up to date information click on this link to the Canadian Champships page on the Bowls Canada website where you can view current draw, results and standings.
Back Row (L-R) – Ryan Pollard, Auzzie Chambers, Stephen Yung, Dave Baldwin
Front Row (L-R) – Kathy Harms, Jeff Law, Sharon Baldwin
When looking at the Bowls Canada website you can find the White Rock members by looking for:
Men’s Singles: Ryan and Stephen are identiified by their name.
Men’s Pairs: Jeff’s team is identified by BC B
Men’s Fours: Dave’s team is identified by BC A
Women’s Fours: Sharon and Kathy’s team is identified by BC B
Stanley Park Men’s Triples (August 12, 2023)
The team of Dave Baldwin, Brian Edmunson and Jeff Law posted a record of 3 wins and 1 tie to finish in third place at the Men’s Triples Inter-club tournament hosted by the Stanley Park Lawn Bowls Club.
2023 Club Singles Competition – Qualifying Rounds
The round robin portion of the Men’s Club Singles was held on Thursday, August 10th. Congratulations to Auzzie Chambers, Jeff Law, Steve Whitham, George Omorean who qualified for the semi-finals and finals.
The round robin portion of the Women’s Club Singles was held on Friday, August 11. Congratulations to Linda Wallace, Keala Zachariuk, Kathy Harms, Gina Guszowaty and Charlotte Ciok who qualified for the semi-finals and finals. Keala is unavailable for the semi-finals and finals therefore Charlotte will be participating in her place.
The semi-finals and finals for both championships will take place on Thursday, August 17th starting at 9:00AM.
Good luck to all of the finalists.
2023 National Youth Championships (July 30, 2023)
The 2023 National Youth Championships were held from July 27-30, 2023 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Auzzie Chambers represented BC in the Under 25 Men’s Division and captured the Silver Medal.
Auzzie complete round-robin play in second place in Pool E with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss to qualify for the semi-finals. After winning the semi-final with a 21-19 victory over Yu Hang Hui, also from BC Auzzie took on Erik Gallipeau from Ontario in the Gold Medal match where he lost 21-14.
Congratulations Auzzie on your Silver Medal performance.
New Westminster Mixed Fours (July 30, 2023)
The team of Dave and Sharon Baldwin and Graham and Carole Reynolds captured 3rd place amongst the 24 teams entered in the Marg Bauer Mixed Fours event held at the New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club on Sunday, July 30th.
Ladner Mens Triples (July 20, 2023)
The team of Dave Baldwin (skip), Graham Reynolds (vice) and Jeff Law (lead) captured second place in the men’s triples tournament hosted by the Ladner Lawn Bowling Club on Thursday, July 20th, 2023.
Ladner Mixed Triples (July 15, 2023)
The team of Dave Baldwin, Sharon Baldwin and Graham Reynolds finished with a record of 2 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie to captured first place at the mixed triples tournament hosted by the Ladner Lawn Bowling Club on Saturday, July 15th, 2023.
Club 2-Bowl Triples (July 13, 2023)
The Club 2-Bowls Triples tournament was held on Thursday, July 13th, 2023 with 10 teams participating. The teams were formed on the day of the tournament by a random draw. Thirty-two people participated with 2 sets of people sharing their positions.
The 1st place team consisted of Benito Bulich (skip), Alba Boris and Vicky Evans (shared vice) and Gina Guszowaty (lead). Second place went to the team of Trude Jadis (skip), Greg Cebry (vice) and Marilyn Martin (lead). In third place was the team of Paul Beaumont (skip), Gloria Lawrence (vice) and Helen Brinton (lead).
Congratulations to the winners.
Tournament of Roses (July 9, 2023)
The annual Tournament of Roses club tournament was held under bright blue skies on July 9th, 2023 with 38 women participating.
Entry fee for this tournament was a donation to the food bank with lunch and prizes supplied by one of the generous founders of this tournament club member, Lorne Ginther. Winners will receive a coveted Tournament of Roses golf shirt.
Please go to the Tournament Photo gallery for additional photographs.
Provincial Singles (July 9, 2023)
The provincial Men’s and Women’s Singles championships were held at the New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club from July 7th to July 9th. White Rock members picked up medals in the Men’s event with Ryan Pollard winning silver and Stephen Yung winning bronze.
Both men will represent BC in the Canadian National Championships being held at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowls club in Victoria being held from August 18th through 21st.
This brings to 7 the number of White Rock members who have qualified for National Championships in 2023. In addition to Ryan and Stephen in Men’s Singles, Jeff Law has qualified in Men’s Pairs, Sharon Baldwin and Kathy Harms have qualified in Women’s Fours, Dave Baldwin has qualified in Men’s Fours and Auzzie Chambers has qualified in the Youth division. Former member Lorane Martin has also qualified in Women’s Fours.
The White Rock Lawn Bowling Club would like to wish good luck to the BC participants at their respective National Championships.
Langley Mixed Fours (July 6, 2023)
The team of Dave and Sharon Baldwin and Graham and Carole Reynolds placed 3rd with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss at the mixed fours tournament hosted by the Langley Lawn Bowls Club on July 6th, 2023.
Canada Day Celebration (July 1, 2023)
The White Rock Lawn Bowling Club celebrated Canada Day on July 1st on a warm sunny day. The festivities started with a friendly 10 end game of bowls.
Following the bowling over 80 people gathered and enjoyed a social event consisting of trivia games, door prizes and a BBQ meal.
Additional photos are available on the Social Event Photos page in the Gallery.
Tsawwassen Men’s Triples (June 27, 2023)
The Tsawwassen Lawn Bowls club host a Men’s Triples Inter-club tournament on June 27th, 2023. The trio of Auzzie Chambers, Ryan Pollard and Graham Reynolds went undefeated with a 4 wins and 0 losses to finish second in the tournament.
Bowls BC Provincial Playdowns – Men’s and Women’s Pairs (June 25, 2023)
Twenty-four men’s teams and twelve women’s teams participated in the Provincial Pairs competition at the New Westminster Lawn Bowling Club from June 23-25, 2013. Jeff Law (White Rock) and his partner George Man qualified first in the “A” group and Auzzie Chambers and Ryan Pollard qualified first in “C” in the round-robin portion of the event. Stephen Yung was also entered in the event but failed to qualify.
Jeff and his partner went on the capture the silver medal. Auzzie and Ryan lost their quarter-final match and were eliminated.
Mann Park Men’s Triples (June 25, 2023)
Four White Rock teams were entered in the Mann Park Men’s triples inter-club tournament held at the Mann Park Lawn Bowling Club in White Rock. Entered in the tournament were Dave Baldwin, Graham Reynolds, George Omorean, Jim Guszowaty, Ken Richard, Chris Pennington, Benito Bulich, Ken Cronin, Ron Gillies, Gary Harms, Greg Cebry and Don Dancey. Rob Bakshi was also entered representing Mann Park.
The team of team of Dave Baldwin, Graham Reynolds and George Omorean finished in 1st place with a record of 4 wins and 0 losses. Rob Bakshi and his Mann Park team finished in 2nd place, also with a record of 4 wins and 0 losses narrowly losing out on shots for and against.
V&D Women’s Fours (June 18, 2023)
The playoff round of the V&D Women’s Fours was held on Sunday, June 18th, 2023 at the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club. In the semi-finals first place seed Team Jenny Siu defeated fourth place seed Team Josephine Lee in an extra end, while third place seed Team Colleen Gillies of White Rock defeated Team Sharon Baldwin of White Rock. The winners advanced to the championship final where Team Jenny Siu defeated Team Colleen Gillies to win the championship. Team Josephine Lee defeated Team Sharon Baldwin in an extra end in the consolation final to claim third place.
Congratulations to Colleen Gillies, Mary Ellis, Evie McCallum and Kathy Kaye on their second place finish and to Sharon Baldwin, Kathy Harms, Patti Carlsen and Carole Reynolds on their fourth place finish.
V&D Women’s Fours (June 17, 2023)
The round-robin portion of the V&D Women’s Fours competition, hosted by the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club, was held on Saturday, June 17th, 2023. There were 2 entries from White Rock entered in the tournament and both teams have qualified for the playoff round.
The team of Sharon Baldwin, Kathy Harms, Patti Carlsen and Carole Reynolds finished with 3 wins and 0 losses to qualify second. The team of Colleen Gillies, Mary Ellis, Evie McCallum and Kathy Kaye finished with 2 wins and 1 loss to qualify third.
This sets up an all White Rock semi-final to be played starting at 9:00AM on Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the championship game and the loser will be playing in the game to determine 3rd and 4th place. The finals will also be played on Sunday following the semi-finals.
Good luck and good bowling to both teams. Come on out and cheers on your fellow club members.
Bowls BC Provincial Youth Championships (June 17, 2023)
Auzzie Chambers captured the men’s gold medal in the under 25 division of the BC Provincial Youth Championships, held at the Ladner Lawn Bowling Club, on Saturday, June 17th, 2023. Auzzie will represent BC in the Canadian Youth Championships to be held in Regina, Saskatchewan from July 26 – 30, 2023.
Bowls BC Provincial Playdowns – Men’s and Women’s Fours (June 11, 2023)
The final day of competition for the Bowls BC Provincial Fours championships, held at the Stanley Park Lawns Bowls Club, was very successful for the White Rock Lawn Bowling Club members who were competing for medals.
Dave Baldwin’s team captured the gold medal in the Men’s division and have qualified for the National Championships.
Sharon Baldwin and Kathy Harms’ team won the silver medal in the Women’s division and have also qualified for the National Championships.
Stephen Yung and Jeff Law’s team won the bronze medal in the Men’s division. It took an extra end but Stephen drew to the jack with his final bowl for the win.
The National Championships will be held from August 22nd – 26th at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowls Club in Victoria, BC.
Bowls BC Provincial Playdowns – Men’s and Women’s Fours (June 10, 2023)
Day 2 of the Bowls BC Provincial Fours championships at the Stanley Park Lawn Bowls Club has now been completed.
In the men’s division Dave Baldwin’s team finished round-robin play with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss and Stephen Yung and Jeff Law’s team finished with 3 wins and 2 losses. Both teams qualified for the playoff round and the quarter finals were played this afternoon where both teams came out with victories. This sets up a semi-final game between the 2 teams. The all White Rock team of Auzzie Chambers, Ryan Pollard, Kelly Windover and Ron Gillies completed play with 2 wins and 3 losses and did not advance.
In the women’s team Sharon Baldwin and Kathy Harms’ team finished with 3 wins and 3 losses and also advance to the semi-final round.
The semi-finals in both divisions will be played Sunday morning at 9:30 with the winners advancing to the Gold Medal game. The championship games as well as the bronze medal games will all be played at 1:00.
Bowls BC Provincial Playdowns – Men’s and Women’s Fours (June 9, 2023)
Play began today at the Stanley Park Lawn Bowling Club in the Bowls BC Provincial Fours with 8 Women’s teams and 12 Men’s teams competing for the right to represent BC in the National tournament to be held in Victoria, BC at the Juan de Fuca Lawn Bowling Club from August 18 – 26, 2023.
The White Rock Lawn Bowling Club is well represented at the BC Championships with 7 men and 2 women participating. Sharon Baldwin and Kathy Harms have their women’s team off to a good start with 3 wins and 0 losses in round-robin play. Defending Men’s champions Dave Baldwin and his teammates are sitting and 2 wins and 1 loss while the all White Rock team, consisting of Auzzie Chambers, Ryan Pollard, Kelly Windover and Ron Gillies, are at 1 win and 2 losses. Stephen Yung and Jeff Law are also teamed up finished the day with a perfect 3 wins and 0 losses.
White Rock Lawn Bowling Club
One of White Rock’s oldest and most treasured sporting institutions has been given a long-awaited facelift.
White Rock Lawn Bowling Club, situated in a quiet location on the corner of Dolphin and Royal, has been promoting the game of lawn bowls in the local population for over 85 years.
Originally inaugurated back in 1934 with a natural grass playing surface, the club switched to an artificial one in 2008 with the introduction of a special synthetic carpet imported from the UK.
The main advantage of this artificial surface is that it enables the club to operate year-round; a traditional grass green is only available during the summer months. It is also much more economic as the maintenance costs are significantly lower than for grass.
The carpet has been subject to wear and tear from constant use over the 13 years since it was installed. Hence the much anticipated facelift. This involves removing the old carpet to expose the underlying elastic layer. This elastic layer is an ideal base for the carpet above as it can be laid to an exacting level, is very porous and provides a comfortable soft surface on which to walk and bowl.
An interesting point about the elastic layer is that it is made of a mixture of shredded scrap rubber tires with a polyurethane binder. The majority of BC’s scrap tires are recycled into fine granules of rubber (crumb rubber) and used to create this elastic layer.
In these green recycling times, the use of these scrap vehicle tires is encouraged by an organization, Tire Stewardship of BC, who supports projects who actively use recycled rubber.
The new elastic layer was completed by local BC firm, Ocean Marker Sports Surfaces, and was followed by the laying of a new carpet sourced from a UK supplier based in Scotland.
Now that the new carpet is installed, the club will have the benefit of a high-class surface to bowl on. This will mean better instruction and training for new bowlers who are essential for the continued success and growth of this amazing community asset.
The club has been an oasis offering peace and tranquility year round in a friendly social atmosphere – so important in the stressful times that have prevailed recently during covid.
The club has an active membership of over 150 persons providing sporting and social facilities. The club benefits from a wide range of bowling experience from novices through to tournament bowlers competing in provincial and national events.
After a fun afternoon on the green with your fellow bowlers you can repair to the well-appointed clubhouse and enjoy a drink and a chat with your newfound friends.
So, any readers, young or not so young, are encouraged to drop in to see our new green and the facility. There will be an opportunity to ask about the game and ask about this friendly, inexpensive sport. Contact Mary Wright our Head Coach: firstname.lastname@example.org for a visit and to roll a few bowls.