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US PBA QUALIFYING EVENTS
The 2019 US PBA Qualifying events were held in Laguna Woods Lawn Bowls Club in Laguna Woods, California from July 26th through the 30th.
This year’s Qualifiers was a Dan LeMessurier show. He was unstoppable. He won 3 of the 4 events. The Scottish Open, World Singles and the World Pairs with Barry Hayes. In all the years I have watched Dan bowl, this has to be his finest. Did he put on a show! Time and time again when Dan was under pressure he found a way to achieve good results. He had a thrilling match against Neil Furman in the World Singles Qualifier. They were tied 7 -7 on the first set, 8 - 8 on the second set with Dan winning on the tie breaker 2 – 1. The only match Dan lost was in the International Open to Aaron Zangl in a third round tie breaker.
In the International Open, Lawrence Quill repeated won this event for the second successive year. His opponent was US Team Member, Aaron Zangl. Lawrence won the first set 8 -5 but Aaron bounced back in the second taking the set 10 – 4. This forced the match into a tie breaker with Lawrence winning 2 – 0.
I was delighted to see four ladies taking part in this year’s Qualifiers. Joanne Hedgespeth, Mary Thompson Giulia Gallo and Norma Goodhart. They all bowled extremely well and were not intimidated the strong field. In the Scottish Open, Joanne Hedgespeth played superly losing to the eventual winner, Dan LeMessurier. In the International Open, she defeated Barry Hayes and Mike McNorton eventually losing to Norma Goodhart.
Giulia Gallo also deserves special mention. She played consistently throughout beating Aaron Zangl in the World Singles. She played in the pairs with Jim Flowers losing in the 3rd round to Jim Lyons and Rob Humphrey, the eventual runners up. Mary Thompson found her form in the International Open with wins over Giulia Gallo and Jim Lyons, losing to Aaron Zangl in the semifinals. Norma Goodhart also did her share of winning in the International Open. She was successful over Rob Humphrey, Joanne Hedgespeth, losing to the eventual winner, Lawrence Quill in the semifinals. Norma partnered with Chris Dodd in the pairs beating the team of Frank Souza and Lawrence Quill in the tie breaker by 2 - 1.
This year, we were delighted to receive a number of new members to the PBA, including, Mary Thompson, Brent Boone, Giulia Gallo, James Flowers, Norma Goodhard, Fred Robles, Chris Dodd and James Lyons. It gave me great pleasure to welcome them to the organation.
The hospitality we received from the Laguna Woods Lawn Bowls Club was outstanding. Special thank you to President Al DeSantis and his Committees for all the help they gave. I know all our members appreciated the wonderful hospitality they received.
In closing, I want to thank all our members for their support in making this year’s qualifiers a success.
US PBA Representative.