In less than 30 days, athletes from 14 countries will participate in the Bowls USA 2016 US Open for Lawn Bowling, a sport invented for noble knights to practice their skill and knowledge of warfare and diplomacy.
Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, the first and oldest tenant of the city-owned Bayfront property, will host this event on November 12–19, 2016. The tournament is open free of charge to the public.
The Lawn Bowling facility is comprised of three historic greens positioned between the Van Wezel sign on 10th street and the Art Deco Sarasota Exhibition hall at 809 North Tamiami Trl.
Next April, your view of the club will dramatically change with the installment of the roundabout. Vehicles will pass within three feet of the greens giving drivers a clear view of the sport. The Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club is raising monies to provide night bowling for the community.
When asked about his community efforts, Daniel Jittu, chairman of the US Open Committee, recalls a statement made by Winston Churchill—a bowler himself: “For what is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?”