NANAIMO — The local lawn bowling season is underway with a pair of open houses already complete and the official opening ceremonies this past Sunday.
There were 144 members at the Nanaimo Lawn Bowling Club in 2017 and the hope is to see more people get into the sport this season.
About two dozen people took part in each of the first two open houses and if that many people come to another open house on April 28, membership numbers could be on the rise.
Club president Bernice Urbaniak says she became hooked on the sport very quickly and she believes other people will as well.
Bernice Urbaniak explains what novice bowlers can expect at at the next club open house April 28 from 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
Membership costs are very low and at the Nanaimo Club there's a chance to play nearly every day of the week.
With the exception of long weekends the green is always idle for maintenance on Mondays.
Urbaniak says it's in a lot better shape than it was at this time last year because of the wet spring of 2017.
There were about 65 members out for opening day on April 22.
A lot of those members are seniors but the club has members as young as eight years old.
There is an under 12 division, then the junior level goes up to 25, with older divisions above that.
Urbaniak says now that the season has started there are tournaments in the district virtually every weekend.
The district is made up of Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Port Alberni, and Powell River
Nanaimo's first big event is a mixed triples tournament on the May 5 and May 6 weekend, but there is club play this coming weekend as well.
Here's a brief look at the rules of the game:
Information about the club, leagues, and schedules, is online at nanaimolawnbowling.com.
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