ABOUT THE TLBC

Our mission is the promotion the sport of lawn bowling in Tacoma and Pierce County, managing the lawn bowling program for Metro Parks Tacoma, and maintaining an environment that promotes social inclusion and friendly competition.

The Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club was reestablished in 2017 by a new generation of leadership that exemplifies the transition of the sport in the United States. The focus has shifted from exclusivity and etiquette, to community, camaraderie, and equality. While play itself follows centuries old rules, club rules are far simpler: bring a smile and no judgement. ​We hope you'll join us.

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WHAT IS LAWN BOWLING?

Lawn bowling, or bowls, is an exciting game of skill, strategy and steel will, steeped in a rich history. Documented play dates back to 13th century England, and both Richard II and Edward III banned the sport to some degree to focus on the training of war or limiting play to nobility. 

Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game, albeit a loss, on the green at Plymouth’s Hoe in Devon, prior to his incredible victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588. The sport, still well-played throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, is now beginning its resurgence in the United States. Traditionally played only by seniors in their whites, the next generation of lawn bowlers are breathing new life and excitement into the sport.

The Tacoma Lawn Bowling Club, started in 1929 by Scottish immigrant Alexander ‘Sandy’ Drummond, went defunct in 2014 due to lack of marketing and inability to attract new members. Freshly reestablished in 2017, and thereby preserving the club’s 88-year history, the new generation of leadership exemplifies the transition of the sport in the United States.

 

The new culture of bowls in the Pacific Northwest is exciting, loud, and intense. The competition continues to ramp up, and is now attracting prominent members of the community including mayoral candidates, parks commissioners, young professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, and established businesspeople with wide-ranging connections. The greens are becoming more than a competitive arena, and now represent a perfect opportunity to network among like-minded individuals looking to leave their mark on the Tacoma community.

OUR LEADERSHIP

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Kane Tobin
President

Kane got his start in lawn bowls after he moved to Tacoma in 2017. There he stepped foot on his first green and after his first day of bowls, was immediately hooked. He quickly worked to revive the dormant club, and was instrumental in its reestablishment as a fixture of Wright Park and the larger Northwest Division; he also currently serves as a Councilor to Bowls USA representing the NWD. New to the Pacific Northwest himself, but already making an impression on his local area, Kane is dedicated to sustainable programs that build community and strengthen relationships between diverse people. He is a Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and graduate of the Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont with a Masters in Sustainable Innovation.

 

Tournament Record

4th - 2019 Cascadia Challenge

1st - 2019 Short Jack Tournament

3rd - 2017 Northwest Division Novice Singles

Nathan Van Ness
Vice President

​Nathan was dragged onto the green on a last minute invitation in August 2017, hasn't left, and is now a fixture on greens throughout the Northwest Division. He serves as both the Vice President of Tacoma and the Northwest Division. Even more, as competition chair, he is responsible for running any leagues and tournaments hosted by the club, organizing logistics for traveling to tournaments hosted by other clubs, and setting a comically high bar for the club's long-term plans. He also is currently serving as the vice president of the Northwest Division.

Tournament Record

2nd - 2018 Northwest Division Novice Singles

3rd Flight Champion - 2018 Northwest Division Short Jack Doubles

Mike Catsi
Treasurer

A graduate of the first 2019 Learn to Bowl program, Mike quickly took to the sport of bowls. Relocating to Tacoma from Alaska, Catsi brings more than 15 years of local, regional, and statewide economic development experience to our city and has 

already strengthened the Club's financial position as Treasurer.

CODE OF CONDUCT

Since 1936, the historic green at Wright Park has been a location of good sportsmanship where opponents and teammates are respected, regardless of the outcomes. Games begin with a handshake as a sign of respect, and we request that you refrain from celebrating an opponent’s poor shot; and be mindful of what you say when you have one of your own, there may be young children on the next rink!

 

Treat this historic green with respect as well; please don’t spit or wear damaging footwear on the playing surface. Dogs must remain under control and off the playing surface.  Cell phones should be silenced and not interfere with maintaining pace of play. 

 

Lastly, the green is a location where all are equal. Discriminatory behavior of any kind will not be tolerated, and program management reserves the right to ask offending bowlers to leave.

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