The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 16, 2013

Irish Road Bowling tourney set April 27-28 at Pipestem

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— An Irish Road Bowling Tournament Weekend will be hosted April 27-28 at Pipestem Resort State Park.

The Steve Bolar Tournament is open to the public to participate or observe. All ages and abilities are invited to play the game, walk with the teams and players or help to spot the balls.

Irish Road Bowling is an old Irish sport played by troops in West Virginia during the American Civil War. A 28-ounce iron and steel cannonball, about the size of a tennis ball, called a “bowl” or a “bullet,” is hurled down a country lane. The player or team with the fewest shots to the finish line wins.

During the event at Pipestem, expect a magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, spring colors and one of the state’s best road bowling roads.

Women’s Singles Qualifier, Men’s Singles Qualifier, Team Bowling and Fun Bowling will be hosted.

Team registration begins at noon April 27. Team bowling begins at the Park Gate House at 1:30 p.m. The Fun Bowl, no registration, will be held April 28 at 11 a.m. at the Park Gate House.

Men and Women’s Singles Qualifiers’ registration begins at noon April 28 and qualifiers begin at 1 p.m. at the campground.

For more about the history of Irish Road Bowling visit www.wvirishroadbowling.com.

For more information about the tournament, call Kevin Smith at 304-228-7928.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com