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Short Jack Tournament in King City is start of Northwest Division of Bowls USA season and included Portland and Seattle clubs

BARBARA SHERMAN - Lawn bowlers braved the rain to play on Saturday morning, May 13, on the King City Bowling Green, but that was actually the best part of the day as a thundershower and hailstorm struck in the afternoon, cancelling play for the rest of the day.The King City Lawn Bowling Club hosted its annual Short Jack Tournament on May 13 and 14, which kicked off the season for the Northwest Division of Bowls USA.

The competition included men and women from the Jefferson Park Club in Seattle and the Portland Lawn Bowling Club that meets in Westmoreland Park, as well as the King City club.

Each team, consisting of two bowlers, played seven games in the tournament. Competition was tough as many of the games were won by just a couple of points, and there were a couple of tie games.

The final game for first place was won by a single point! The winning pair was Ernie Carlson (from Welches) and Peter Mauro (from Portland.) King City residents Steve Shobe and Milo Blair placed a close second.

Perhaps overshadowing the fierce competition, this 2017 tournament will probably be remembered more for the wild weather experienced on the weekend. Four seasons of weather occurred in two days!

On Saturday, steady, heavy rain lasted throughout the morning, followed by a brief period of calm, dry weather in the afternoon. Then the skies unleashed a torrential thundershower that completely flooded the playing surface and covered it with a white blanket of floating hailstones, stopping play until the next morning.

Sunday's games started with scattered showers that eventually blew over and finally rewarded the lawn bowlers with sunshine in the afternoon to finish the tournament.

The King City Lawn Bowling Club meets Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. as well as most Mondays and Wednesdays on the green directly behind the King City Clubhouse.

Club members invite new players to come and learn the game. They do not need to live in King City to join. All equipment is provided, and free lessons for this fun and easy sport are provided by the members.

David Mack is president of the King City Lawn Bowling Club.

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