All About Bocce: Seniors compete at new park

Published 10:15 am Friday, April 23, 2021

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By Carrie Miller

Event Coordinator

Davie Senior Services

When you visit the new Davie County Community Park, be sure to notice the bocce courts beside of the horseshoe pits.

Bocce is a game that can be played as a tournament sport or with your family or even on the beach.

To start a game of bocce, the first player will throw the Pallino, a little white ball, down the court. The goal of the game is to get your ball closest to the Pallino. Each player has four bocce balls, and four chances, to get their ball closest to the Pallino. The thrower must stand behind the foul line for each throw. The opponents take turns based on where their ball lands on the court after each throw. Whichever player is closest to the Pallino throws next.

You may play two games on a bocce court at one time. You would have two people on one end of the court and two people on the other end. This is great for the tournament because each set of opponents plays the best two out of three.

Davie County Senior Games held their Women’s Bocce Tournament for this year’s local games the week of April 12 and the Men’s Bocce Tournament fon April 19.

First place winners tfor women: Vanessa Carter (65-69), Kathy Mashburn (70-74), Barbara Chapman (75-79), Alice Barnette (80-84), Sue Allen (85-89), and Nancy Tutterow (95-99).

Second place winners for women: Alice Monk (65-69), Mary Hall (70-74), Judy Phillips (75-79), and Judy Collette (80-84).

Third place winners for women: Roni Barney (70-74), Lois Green (75-79), and Doris Hinsdale (80-84).

First place winners for men: Lane Hall (65-69), Bob Phillips (75-79), Mike Barnette (80-84), and Bud Stroud (85-89).

Second place winners for men: Charles Mashburn (75-79), Gene Hinsdale (80-84), and George Kimberly (85-89).

Third place winners for men: Steve Evans (75-79).

If interested in learning how to play bocce, Senior Services will be hosting a bocce league this September. Those 50 and older are invited to play.

There are also still several upcoming events for Senior Games, including horseshoes, croquet, and shuffleboard. Call Carrie Miller or Kim Shuskey at 336-753-6230 with any questions or if you would like to become a volunteer.