Spring league was created to attract non-retires to lawn bowling. Doug Lofstrom and I came up with the idea 5 years ago that if we started a lawn bowling league for non-members over a two month period that some would find the league and lawn bowling so much fun that they would become members of the club. And it’s worked as we now have 15 club members who have been in the league and are current members. The League has grown to seven teams of six players each and each team has two to five as stand-by as substitutes. So if you put all the numbers together, each year through the Spring League some 61 individuals get to experience and enjoy bowls. This year one of the teams this was their 5 year in the league, two teams this was their 4th year, one’s their second year and two were brand new teams. The teams like the league so much that they recruit new teams through word of mouth.
Final Four Championship Results-2016
After playing seven weeks of round robin schedules, the top four teams compete for the League Championship in a final four single elimination round. This year Team Fireballs pulled a great upset to the prior two year champions Arbor Heights LBC. Fireballs, seeded 3rd, had tied the Rolling Stones in their 2nd vs. 3rd final four game. To advance to the Championship round, they had the closest bowl to the jack in the tie breaker bowl off. Meanwhile our Round Robin champs, the Arbor Heights LBC, had no problem in advancing to the Championship by winning their 1st vs. 4th game (the team Wrong Bias had to win a tie breaker in a three team bowl off to settle the 4th seeding). So the finals game had highly rated Arbor Heights versus the underdog Fireballs. In a surprising upset, the Fireballs, in close games, won both sub team games to become 2016 Spring League Champions. CONGRATULATIONS! It was an exciting finish to our 2016 League.
For the first time we ended the League with a Spider game. Afterwards, several players came up to say they really enjoyed the Spider round with 42 bowls colliding in reach of the jack. They said it was so much fun that we should have a Spider every week of league play.
Ray Norris & Jimmer Wysopal