In photo left to right: Hans Momkes, Jon Peele, Roger Parkin & Steve Nelson
Four Asheville bowlers ventured to Clearwater Florida to compete in the Southeast Open along with approximately 50 other bowlers from the Southeast, NY and NJ, England, Scotland and Canada. Players competed in three disciples: singles, pairs and triples.
Clearwater features a rubico surface that is hard-packed clay made from crushed basalt with a dusting of fine granular rubico on the surface. It is not exactly the same as but similar to the playing surface at the French Open tennis tournament.
Asheville's representatives competed against one another in the semi-finals of the pairs championship flight. Nelson and Parkin came out on top in the showdown, but Momkes-Peele rebounded to finish in 3rd place. Nelson-Parkin lost in the final and finished 2nd.
Nelson-Parkin also claimed 2nd place in the triples event, teaming up with Clearwater bowler Burl Roller. Nelson won the B flight in singles and finished 2nd to Roller for Bowler of the Tournament.
Below, Roger rolls a bowl on the rubico surface.