I am a third generation Lawn Bowler, something most people who know me find a bit odd, but its a pretty big part of who I am.
In 1978 I began Lawn Bowling in Pawtucket RI. My Grandmother, grandfather, dad and brother all played. This page will be about my life in Lawn Bowling with some pictures.
1978-National Open in New Jersey. I lead, grampa viced and dad skipped. I think we won a couple including beating Candelet, Brandon and Scott. Dad was a great skip.
1985 or 6 in Buck Hill Falls for the Eastern Division Open. I skipped, grampa lead and dad viced. It was my first time skipping for my dad. We determined who skipped by flipping a coin. I didn't know I was skipping until he asked me to call heads or tails, when I won the toss he said--you skip!
United States Championships
1991, Sun City, AZ-record 4-2 runner-up
1993, Walnut Creek, CA 4-3
1992 skip with dad, George Sayer as lead, San Diego, CA-record 3-3
1996, skip with brother, Bob Sayer as lead, Santa Barbara, CA-record 5-1 Champions
1998, skip with brother, Bob Sayer as lead, Seattle, WA record 4-2
2000, skip with brother, Bob Sayer as lead, Sun City Center, FL record 2-4
2004, skip with brother, Bob Sayer as lead, Sun City AZ record 4-3. Tied for runner-up
2006, skip with brother, Bob Sayer as lead, Milwaukee, WI - record 4-2-1 runner-up
2007, skip with brother, Bob Sayer as lead, Sun City Center, FL 5-1-1 champions
2009, skip with brother Bob Sayer as lead, Long Beach Ca, (2-5)
2010, Skip with brother Bob as lead, Sun City, AZ (October)
Eastern Division Open Championships
2008 Skip, with Brother Bob as vice and nephew Josh as lead
2010, Skip, with Anke Bakker as vice and Steve Hein lead(Bob Patterson substituted first day for Steve Hein.
1989 Skip with Jack Montigney lead
1991 Skip with Bob Urquhart lead
1992 Skip with Bob Uquhart lead
Bowler of tournament 1987 and 2008
When I was a kid I bowled nearly every weekend in tournaments with my dad and grandfather and several other club bowlers from the Smithfield Avenue Club in Rhode Island. Once I began skipping at age 16 or so that became my position - always splitting up from family teams in order to increase number of teams in tournaments. My first lead was my grandfather and we teamed up for over ten years. I skipped my dad for the first time when I was 19 in the ED triples with Grampa leading. We came in second to Skip Arculli, and the two Ralstons losing a very close game. Dad and I partnered for years in the US playdowns, but didn't win it until 1992. When he moved out of the division in 1996 Bob and I became partners and have been since playing each year at least once in the playdowns together. I've had a few other partners and teams over the years, but its a family sport for us so we want to spend that time together when possible.