Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club
1550 Crown Drive North, Corona del Mar, CA 92625  (map)


(949) 640-1022

Free Lessons
Call for appointment

 

Tuesday 9:00 a.m.   COMPETITIVE PAIRS (tournament bowlers)
  1:00 p.m.   AFTERNOON SOCIAL BOWLING (Pairs)
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.   MORNING SOCIAL BOWLING
Thursday 9:00 a.m.   COMPETITIVE PAIRS (tournament bowlers)
  5:00 p.m.   SOCIAL BOWLS & POTLUCK (bring a dish)
Saturday 10:00 a.m.   MORNING SOCIAL BOWLING
Sunday 3:00 p.m.   AFTERNOON SOCIAL BOWLING (bring an appetizer)
Mon thru Sun   PRACTICE OR ARRANGED GAMES
     
Call 30-60 minutes prior to game time for draw
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 Calendar of Events & Tournaments  

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 The Game of Lawn Bowls   

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Tournament Results

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 A Look Back to Our "Roots"

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2014 SWD Tournament Schedule  (Final 1/19/14)

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An Introduction to Lawn Bowls  (Video at YouTube)  

bullet 2014 Coast League  (Schedule-Results-Standings)
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Bowls Bias Comparison Chart    

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Monthly Newsletters (The Yellow Jacket)

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Contact Information

bullet Newport Beach Yacht Club  (Monthly Calendar)
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 Lawn Bowls Links

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Application for Membership

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Maps to SWD Clubs

bullet Bylaws  (Revised/Amended 12-11)
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The Golden Bias Club  (Support Team USA)

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Blue Book (SWLBA Tournament Play-Men) 

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BUSA Super Shots Club

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Tournament Manual (SWWD)  

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Bowls USA Magazine    

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Photo Albums  (US Open 2011)

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The Green Jack  (Spring 2013)  

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Monthly Minutes (Members only)

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Club Sign-up Forms  
General      Pairs       Triples      A-B Groups     Loaner Bowls

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2013 Guest League  (Results-Standings)

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Archive

 

2014 Membership (378)


2014 Officers

President:            Jan Hargraves

Vice President:     Bob Carpenter

Secretary:            Dee McSparran

Treasurer:            Ray Norris


2014 Directors

Carol Smith

John Fearnley

Len Cormier IV

Paula Bogenrief

Dave Phillips (Immediate Past President)


2014 SWD Representatives (Men)

Tom Hargraves, John MacDonald, Len Cormier IV


2014 SWWD Representatives (Women)

Sharon Grady, TBA


2014 Committees and Chairpersons

Art.....................................................

Eula Casselman

Club Draw
          Saturday..................................
          Sunday....................................
          Tuesday..................................
          Wednesday..............................
          Thursday.................................
Bob & Emily Carpenter
Dave Philips
Jim White, Ron Temple
Bob Morris
Patty Lucas
Club Development Officer..................... Myrna Chan

Clubhouse..........................................

Bob Morris, John Fearnley

Clubhouse Decorations.........................

Cathy MacDonald
Email Distribution/Membership Roster.... Dee McSparran
Financial Review................................. Ray Norris

Greens .............................................

John MacDonald

Greens Keeper....................................

Romero Mendoza
Historian........................................... Darlyne Hilliard
Guest League..................................... Ray Norris, Doug Lofstrom

Hospitality.........................................

TBD
Master Schedule................................. John Groothuis, Jan Hargraves, Ray Norris

Membership.......................................

Ray Norris
New Member Introduction.................... Scott Weaver
New Member Training.......................... John Groothuis
Newport Beach Yacht Club.................... John Groothuis
Open House....................................... Len Cormier IV, Myrna Chan
Publicity............................................ Dee McSparran
Skill Development Training................... Jan Hargraves
Socials.............................................. Jim White

Tournaments
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          Coast League...........................
          President's Cup.........................
          Winter League..........................


Phil Luth
Jan Hargraves
Tom Hargraves
Bill Day

Welfare.............................................

Sally Shipley

The Yellow Jacket...............................

Jane Wood

Web Site........................................... Dee McSparran
   

 

2013 Club Tournaments Winners
 

Valentine's Day Mixed Pairs (Feb)...................... Ray Norris & Jo Ramsay (Potter); Jerry & Sharon Grady (Tarbox)

President's Cup Singles (Nov)...........................

Wayne Umetsu

President's Cup Triples (Aug)............................

Ryan Neptune, Don Stewart, Jim Leach

President's Cup Pairs (May)..............................

Tanya Hills & Ron Gill

Gender Challenge Men vs Women (Nov).............

Dee McSparran & Candy DeFazio

Vet-Novice Pairs (Nov).................................... Bill Day & Kim Sperr

 

Past Presidents
 

1939

*Fred Storey

1977

*Richard Weisner

1940

*A.B. Rouselle

1978

Glyn M. Baker

1941

*Harry W. Hammond

1979

*Alexa Hamptom

1942-45

Suspended during war

1980

*Joe Walton

1946

*Richard McIntosh

1981

*Iola Mazzetti

1947

*Thomas Halliwell

1982

Cliff Stevens

1948-49

*DeWitt Bauer

1983

*Bob Hicks

1950

*Fred Crosier

1984

Max Bartosh

1951

*George P. Wilson

1985

Hal Royston

1952

*Joe Stamp

1986

*Charles H. Fontius

1953-54

*Nick Brettner

1987

Blair Lord

1955

*Lloyd Steeves

1988

Max Bartosh

1956

*Ed J. Murset

1989

Gail Hodgson

1957

*Walter C. Pearson

1990-91

Blair Lord

1958

*William C. Perrow

1992

*Leonard Diggens

1959

*L.E. Bennett

1993

John Amies

1960

*Drive J.E. Denhart

1994

Blair Lord

1961

*Drive L. Morgan

1995

*Bill Bemus

1962

*Donald M. Slyh

1996

John Amies

1963

Johnnie Walker

1997

Max Bartosh

1964

*William C. Tesche

1998-99

Rita Thompson

1965

*L.J. Klyn

2000

Theresa Weaver-Casanova

1966

*Stanley LeLievre

2001-03

Clare Donovan

1967-68

*L.E. "Al" Morrison

2004

Jim Altobelli

1969

*Angus Potter

2005

Shep Sheppard

1970-71

*Delbert Tarbox

2006-07

Ray Norris

1972

*Charles Morrison

2008-09

John Groothuis

1973

*Delbert Tarbox

       2010

Ted Farfaglia

1974

*Stanley LeLievre

       2011-2012

Dave Phillips

1975-76

*M.A. Manderbach

       2013

Ray Norris

 

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  A Lawn Bowls Tutorial

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A Look Back to Our Roots

Lawn bowling, or "bowling on the green" is a game that has been around for a good many hundred years.  During the heydey of the Roman Empire, the game was known as "bocce."  Metal bowls were used and the game is still played in Italy and Southern France.  Bocce has been introduced into this country and is played in many cities of the United States.

The Romans eventually carried the game to Europe and the British Isles.  Bowling was so well established in England that by 1300 A.D., the Southhampton Old Bowling Club was organized - a club that is still in existence.  The game became so popular in England and also in France that it was eventually prohibited by law, because archery, essential in those days to national defense, was being neglected.  however, bowling was not suppressed in Scotland, where it attained great popularity.  Scottish bowlers developed the present flat green game and established rules of play, some of which are still used in our modern games.

In England and Scotland elaborate facilities have been built completely enclosing greens for winter play, and the BBC televises tournament competitions almost every month.  Royalty in England played and enjoyed the game.  King Henry VIII had a bowling green installed at Whitehall, where it is reported that Anne Boleyn rolled a few before her untimely demise.

The "biased" wooden bowl was first introduced in the 1500s.  Up until then the bowls were perfectly round.  Wooden bowls were used up until the introduction of our composition or plastic bowl. However, even today, the British still refer to them as "woods."

British officers installed bowling greens in the American Colonies, in New York in 1725, and in Port Royal, Canada, in 1734.  The game lost popularity during the Revolutionary War, and was not revived in the United States until a hundred years later, when a club was started in New Jersey. In 1899 the first bowling green on the west coast was built in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The first club in Southern California was formed in Los Angeles in 1908.

In 1937, William V. Jones, a recent arrival in the Harbor area from British Columbia contacted several friends with the idea of organizing a lawn bowling club here in Newport Beach.  Businessmen in the area were contacted and with donations of $5 and 10, a total of over 2000 was collected to assist in building a green.  In the fall of that year the Newport Beach City Council was approached, and after a great deal of effort, a site, then in use as a camping place on the Balboa Peninsula, was obtained.  This site was next door to the present-day American Legion clubhouse.

Building the green presented quite a problem.  Good soil was needed to replace the sand, and the City of Newport Beach responded by furnishing trucks and people for the job.  The Hayward Lumber Co. donated lumber for a small equipment shed and for a fence to surround the property.  Although few in number, the members leveled the ground, planted the grass seed and did the watering.  They also hand-mowed and rolled the green which was finally ready for play in the summer of 1938.  On January 16, 1939, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the California Secretary of State.  Bylaws were adopted and with very few amendments, are still the guide for operation of the club today.

The club continued operations at its Peninsula site, but with growth in membership it became apparent in the late 1960s that a new and larger location would be needed.  After discussion with the Newport Beach Parks and Recreation Department and The Irvine Company, a site was selected at the corner of San Joaquin Hills Road and Crown Drive that would accommodate two greens.  With additional funding from the Joslyn Foundation and donations from its own members, a clubhouse and additional facilities were constructed on the property, and the greens were ready for play in 1972.

Newport Harbor club is affiliated with the United States Lawn Bowls Association, which gives our members an open-door privilege to some 9,000 lawn bowling clubs all over the world.  The national lawn bowls associations are divided into seven Divisions, and we are a part of the Southwest Division, consisting of 28 clubs from Santa Maria in the north to San Diego in the south, with more than 2,500 members.  The southwest Division helps to sponsor tournaments practically every weekend of the year somewhere within the area.

With exceptionally good fiscal management over the past years, and support for the City of Newport Beach, we have been able to provide our membership with one of the best lawn bowling facilities in all of Southern California.

                                                                                                            Blair Lord

 

"What Lawn Bowling Means to Me"

". . . there is a certain camaraderie among lawn bowlers not found in any other sport.  It is excellent exercise, does not take a whole day of time, and good sportsmanship is always present.  Millions of Americans, not just a few thousand, should be on the green, for once a person becomes a member of a club and gets on the green, he will find that his future will be filled with untold pleasures  . . . and many added years."

                                                                                                            Walt Disney


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