World’s Top Players Set for 2010 Lawn Bowls U.S. Open

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Southern California to host largest international lawn bowling competition in the U.S.

"Tournament participation is up this year, largely due to a national and international effort to recruit and engage new competitive players." - Mert Isaacman, U.S. Open chairman.

The United States Lawn Bowls Association (USLBA) is gearing up for the largest event on the U.S. lawn bowling green calendar.

The 87th annual U.S. Open for the sport of lawn bowls will be held September 25 - October 1 in Southern California. The six-day event attracts top bowlers from across the country and contingents of international players to compete in three events: singles, pairs, and fours. An estimated 375 male and female competitors will play at seven venues across Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Australia and Canada will have the largest international representation, but players from South Africa, Wales, Hong Kong, China, Israel and other countries are also expected to compete.

Matches are continuously held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and venue clubs include: Newport Harbor LBC (Corona del Mar), The Groves LBC (Irvine), Laguna Beach LBC, Laguna Woods LBC, Long Beach LBC (Recreation Park), Casta del Sol LBC (Mission Viejo), and Santa Ana LBC. Venue addresses can be found here.

Southern California hosts the largest lawn bowling community with more than 50 lawn bowling greens at 31 bowling venues.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled on Friday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Newport Harbor LBC. This colorful affair will feature elements of lawn bowls’ historic culture, including a traditional bagpiper processional of participants in traditional all-white attire.

Spectators are welcome free of charge. Results will be posted daily on and sponsorship opportunities are still available.

The U.S. Open is one of two anchor events sanctioned by the USLBA. The other is the U.S. National Championships, scheduled for October 23-27, in Sun City, Arizona.

Team USA is comprised of the top male and female players who represent the U.S. at international lawn bowling tournaments. Team USA will be facing Canada in the North American Challenge September 9-11 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The USLBA is the governing body of the sport in the country. There are over 130 clubs across the U.S. among seven regional divisions that maintain their own active tournament schedules based on weather.

Lawn bowls in the U.S. is sanctioned by the World Bowling Board, an international sports federation that represents 52 national authorities in 46 member nations. The sport is currently experiencing a renaissance as member countries are actively seeking to recruit younger competitive players, the majority of which are under the age of 40.

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