Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SE "60+overs" Regional Doubles

(Sunday, November 18) The South Florida Petanque Club closed out the 2012 FPUSA tournament season by hosting the Southeast "60 + Over" Regional Doubles.

16 teams competed, and here are the results:

Gold Medalists:
Roger Arpaia & Gerard Galliano (Boca 200 Petanque)
Silver Medalists:
Elie Ohayon & Jacky Martinez (Boca 200 Petanque)
Bronze Medalists:
Jean Rolland & Claude Lauhle (Boca 200 Petanque)

#1-Joella Manalan (SFPC) & Aaron Kianofsky (Boca)
#2-Armand Lallinec & Joseph Delpuppo (SFPC)
#3-Michel Robichaud (Boca) & Daniel Wachtl ( SFPC)

Thanks to SFPC and all our host clubs for their support of FPUSA and our members. 'Looking forward to another great year in 2013!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Websites for following TEAM USA in World Champs

Event runs Oct. 4-7

The official website of the tournament:

The international federation’s website:

The Austin, TX, petanque club’s site that is posting updates:

Other suggestions?
E-mail me & I will add them to the list.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Women's World Championship Qualifier

Here  is additional info on the tournament weekend. 

Simultaneous with the 2-day Women's Qualifier will be 2 one-day tournaments open to members of any FPUSA club. 

Saturday Sept. 8 melee triples

Sunday Sept. 9 select doubles

Registration is $10 per person for each tournament.
All entrance $ will be distributed to top teams in the concours & consolantes.

Please contact Andre Strong  by Friday Sept 7 if you plan on participating by email (andrelstrong@gmail.com), and register on site by 8:30 the morning of the tournament. 

Awards dinner
At approx. 6pm on Sunday Sept. 9 will be a Down East Lobster dinner, on site, at the Boatyard Grill. Features steamed mussels, 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 lb. lobster, corn on the cob, red potatoes, salad and dessert. Price is $40 tax & tip included. If lobster is not desired alternatives will be available, please let us know in advance your preferences, Boatyard Grill will also be taking orders each morning for box lunches with a variety of sandwiches ($7 - $9). 

Maine Boules Club will be providing free coffee & pastries each morning and bottled water during the day.
MBC does not have a website but you can follow the club at MAINE BOULES CLUB on Facebook to see what the terrain looks like and for updates on weather predictions, photos, results etc.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Results: FPUSA’s NW regional triples melee on Aug. 12

FPUSA Northwest Regional Triples Melee Results

August 12, 2012 at La Petanque Mariniere courts, San Rafael, CA

The event drew 54 players in 18 teams of triplettes from across the Northwest region.

The final results and prize money:


1st place: Kevin Evoy/Phim Nielsen/Tamara Efron: $73.00 each

2nd place: Paul Moua/Pierre Bremont/Christine Cragg: $41.00 each

3rd place: Steve Jones/Jean-Michel Poulnot/Simone Furlan: $31:00 each


1st place: Steven Paulsen/Patick Vaslet/Helen McGill: $31:00 each

2nd place: Yor Lee/Larry Cragg/Christine Jones: $20.00 each

3rd place: Alain Gusella/Antonia Paulsen/Nan Walker: $13.00 each

Antoine Lofaro served as the event's sole umpire and credit for smooth organization is due to Verena Rytter, Bart Zachofsky and David Riffo.

For color commentary on the event, see the blog by La Petanque Mariniere’s digital scribe, Alain Efron, at his site:


Monday, August 06, 2012

FPUSA NW Region results for Mixed Triples and Singles

FPUSA NW Region Mixed Triples winners
(Lto R) Philippe, Isabelle,& Pierre Agnesse, Jen Sliker, Wally Peppel, & Joe Martin, Nicole & Mickey Coughlin, Doug Colleton)

Over the weekend of July 28-29, 2012, the Portland Petanque Club hosted the FPUSA NW Region Mixed Triples and Men's and Women's singles.

Participating clubs included those from Oregon (EPIC, Rogue Bouligans), Washington(SPC, Edmonds, Walla Walla), and Northern California (REBC), all included in the FPUSA NW Region. 

The tournament began with a Friday afternoon "apero" and the drawing to place the 14 mixed triples teams into the Saturday morning qualifying games. 

Saturday, the matches got underway and after a break for lunch, the afternoon the 8 team concours and 6 team consolante commenced. By about 6pm the winning teams emerged. 

Mixed Triples
1st Place- Mickey and Nicole Coughlin and Doug Colleton (all REBC)
2nd Place- Joe Martin, Jen Sliker, Wally Peppel (all PPC)
3rd Place- Pierre, Isabelle, Philippe Agnesse (all PPC)
4th Place Shaughn McClug, Celia Crittenden (both PPC), J. Prince (REBC)

A well attended catered dinner at the club followed and players stayed until dark playing pick up games.

Sunday morning, both the Men's and the Women's singles commenced with 24 players in the men's and 8 in the women's.

Singles games go the fastest, so by 4:30PM, we had our winners.

In the Men's Singles, it was:

1st- Thai Nguyen (PPC)
2nd- Joe Martin (PPC)
3rd- Mickey Coughlin (REBC)
4th- Tim Larson (PPC)

And for the Women's Singles:

1. Celia Crittenden (PPC)
2. Jeed Chaiboonruang EPIC)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Challenge Robert Pierre August 25 & 26, 2012 NYPC

Dear Club Presidents and All,

As a few of you are already aware, we wanted to make sure that neither you nor your members will miss the opportunity to spend two days with the best player of the moment in the world!

... Not yet 21 years old, he has a fantastic bio. Here are a few (but not all) of his achievements:
-World Champion Young 1991, 2005, 2006, 2007
-French Champion Cadets 2005
-European Champion Cadets in doubles and triples 2006
-French Champion Juniors 2008
-European Champion Junior 2008
-Ligue Champion senior 2009
-Millau Tête à Tête champion 2010
-Champion Mondial La Marseillaise 2010
-French Champion doubles 2011
-European Champion Senior Triples 2011
-European Champion Espoirs Triples 2011
-Champion Mondial La Marseillaise 2012
-French Champion Mixte double 2012
-Finalist Europetanque d'Azur 2012
-Selected to represent FRANCE at the incoming World Championship 2012

We are offering you a chance of a lifetime to be with and compete against a Pétanque phenomenon.

You can check videos of him in action :

Shooting => http://youtu.be/t7uHuuxqO48?t=19s

French Championship Mixed Doubles July 2012 (He shot 30 boules, missed ONE, touches ONE, hits 30 with a large majority of carreaux) => http://bambuser.com/v/2830206


Friday 24th Exhibition at Bryant Park, NYC, between 3:00 PM and 6:00PM where Dylan will delight the audience with his skills

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th Double Tournament at the NYPC courts in Prospect Park. Concours + Consolante, numerous prizes for all.

For more details, please go to our website:

For Hotels: A few hotels in Brooklyn, but none are in walking distance from the terrains. We recommend that you also check some hotels outside of the Lincoln Tunnel, in NJ. Close enough from the courts, and cheaper than in Manhattan. The following websites are just for your information and help:

See you all.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Results: FPUSA's NW regional doubles on June 24


June 24, 2012 at Redwood Empire Boules Club, Fort Bragg, California

Report from REBC's Dan Feaster:

This is new link to tournament photos:


Men’s Concours
First Place: Mickey Coughlin (REBC) Dan Feaster (REBC)
Second Place: Peter Mathis (VOMPC) Steve Paulsen (VOMPC)
Third Place: Bleys Rose (Petaluma Valley) Tom Parkinson (REBC)
Men’s Consolante
First Place: Jean-Claude Etallaz (La Pétanque Marinière) Jean Claude Bunand (LA Boule D’OR)
Second Place: Hans Kurz (VOMPC) Michael Cooper (VOMPC)
Third Place: Frank Menhams (REBC) Obe Brown (REBC)
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Women’s Concours
First Place: Holly Sammons (VOMPC) Shannon Bowman (VOMPC)
Second Place: Antonia Paulsen (La Pétanque Marinière) Verena Rytter (La Pétanque Marinière)
Third Place: Christine Cragg (La Pétanque Marinière) Teri Sirico (petaluma Valley)
Women’s Consolante
First Place: Barbara Howard (REBC) Nan Walter (REBC)
Second Place: Carolina Jones (Lamorinda) Beth Lysten (Lamorinda)

In addition, on the preceding Saturday, REBC and the Noyo yo yos co-sponsored an open, select doubles event to honor a prominent North coast petanque player.
Skip Wollenberg Memorial Tournament Results
June 23, 2012 at Redwood Empire Boules Club, Fort Bragg, California
First Place: Hans Kurz (VOMPC) Michael Cooper (VOMPC)
Second Place: Peter Gealey (REBC) Larry Kellogg (REBC)
Third Place: Holly Sammons (VOMPC) Shannon Bowman (VOMPC)
Fourth Place: Kevin McGill (Sacramento Petanque) Helen McGill (Sacramento Petanque)
First Place: Peter Mathis (VOMPC) Steve Paulsen (VOMPC)
Second Place: Ron Hock (REBC) Mike Stewart (REBC)
Third Place: Joe Martin (Noyo Yoyos) Charles Reinhart (Noyo Yoyos)

A total of 27 teams competed in each event. Both events were held on courts alongside the new C.V. Starr aquatic Center in The seaside city of Fort Bragg.
Petanque players came from Oregon as well as the Northern California cities of San Francisco, San Rafael, Sonoma, Petaluma and sacramento. Even France was represented! The North Coast communities of Ukiah, Willits, Sea Ranch, fort Bragg, Mendocino, Little River and Albion were well represented in the first FPUSA event ever held in fort Bragg.
Eight NW clubs were represented: Redwood Empire Boules Club, Club Francais de Sacramento, Lamorinda Petanque Club, Boule d’Or (San Francisco), La Petanque Mariniere (Marin), Valley of the Moon Petanque Club (Sonoma), Petaluma Valley Petanque Club, Rogue Bouligans (Williams, OR).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

2012 USA Team Sposorship Pkg

2012 USA Team Sponsoring Package:

Thanks to Teri Sirico this is one the the ways to get the 2012 USA Team to the Pan American Championship in Istres, France and to the World Petanque Championship in Marseille, France at the end of September and Begining of October.

Thanks to Teri Sirico for Developing this Package.

Friday, June 22, 2012


Here are the entry forms and announcements for the FPUSA NW Region Mixed Triples and Men's and Women's Singles being hosted by the Portland Petanque Club the weekend of July 28-29, 2012.

The Portland Club is experienced in hosting title tournaments and our volunteers are known for working diligently to help competitors have a fulfilling weekend complete with great camaraderie and good food in a very pretty city known for its hospitality.

Looking for a partner try this new site: http://portlandppf.weebly.com

We hope to see many NW Region players on our courts the last weekend in July!

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Posted by Tish Harris, 

SW REGIONALS DOUBLES PLACINGS: Held 5-26-12 in Los Angeles, Ca. 
18 teams competed!

1st: Tom Nguyen, Thom Thai (Los Angeles).
2nd: Artem Zuev (Los Angeles), Karim Kamal (not sure of your club sorry!).
3rd: Paul Yang, By Vang (Fresno Petanque club).

1st: Didier Pellerud (not sure of your club), Michel Ribet (San Diego).
2nd: Elena Chardonnay, Hoa Lam (Los Angeles).

It must have been a great tournament!

SW Regional TRIPLES, held in Los Angeles Petanque Club. 5-27-12. 
14 teams played for the honors.
1st: Didier Pellerud, Michel Ribet (San Diego), Eric Vigouroix (sp?). Sorry guys, not sure of your clubs.
2nd: Paul Yang, By Vang, Nicolas Kau Yang, Fresno Petanque club.
3rd: Tom Nguyen, Thom Thai, (Los Angeles Club) Karim Kamal, not sure of your club.

1st: Patrick Montoya, Mark Haagenstad, Jacob Knight. La Mesa Petanque Club
2nd: Munif Aamir, Jared Gearhart, La Mesa Petanque Club, Elena Chardonnay, Los Angeles Petanque.

This must have been another super tournament!  Congrats to all the winners, well done!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Challenge Robert Pierre at NYPC

Dear NYPC members and friends,

We are extremely excited to welcome World Champion Dylan Rocher during our Challenge Robert Pierre on August 25 & 26 2012 !!!

The tournament format will be a select doubles and is limited to 32 teams. There will be $1,000 to the winners and the entrance fee of $100 per team will include breakfast and lunch for both days.

Please print, fill out and mail out the entry form attached and confirm your registration after mailing out at thierry.julliard@gmail.com

See you there!

Thierry NYPC

How To Get There: from Union Square in Manhattan, take the Q and exit at Church Ave in Brooklyn and walk along the baseball/football fields => see the map for the 32 min commute!

What: Challenge Robert Pierre Select Doubles with World Champion Venue Dylan Rocher

When: August 25 & 26, 2012 Game starts at 9;30 AM

Registration Fee: In Advance ONLY, $100 per team, Max 32 teams (includes breakfast/lunch both days)

Prizes: $1,000 to the winners + Many prizes



Disclaimer: Your registration for the tournament will be valid ONLY when you have received a confirmation back from us. (NYPC)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News from FPUSA's NW mixed doubles event

Event report from Lamorinda’s Etienne Rijkheer
(Check back soon for photos)

The Lamorinda Petanque Club hosted the FPUSA Northwest  Regional Mixed Doubles Tournament in Lafayette, CA. on May 20. 

Results and prizes:

Gold: ($156.00)          Mickey Coughlin and Nicole Coughlin (both Redwood Empire Boules Club) 
Silver: ($104.00)        Narin Garrett and Peter Mathis (both Valley of the Moon Petanque Club)
Bronze:($78.00)          Holly Sammons and Peter Wellington (both Valley of the Moon)
4th Place:($52.00)       Barbara Hall and Gilles Karpowicz (both Valley of the Moon)  

1st Place:($62.00)      Alain Gusella (la Boule d'Or) and Eva Lofaro (La Petanque Mariniere)
2nd Place:($40.00)    Jean Claude Bunand and Josseline Krauer (both la Boule d'Or)
3rd Place:($26.00)     Joe laTorre (Valley of the Moon) and Maggie Lane (Petaluma Valley Club)

Antoine Lofaro (National Umpire) was our arbitre on the day.
The Tournament was run according to FPUSA 1-Day Tournament Guidelines. 

There were 22 teams from  7 NW Regional clubs. 
Valley of the Moon PC - 14 players; 
Club Francaise de Sacramento - 8 players;
Petaluma Petanque Club - 6 players;
Lamorinda Petanque Club - 5 players; 
Redwood Empire Boules Club - 4 players; 
La Petanque Mariniere - 4 players; 
la Boule d'Or - 3 players

It is interesting to note that eight of the teams were made up of players from different clubs.

There were 3 randomly paired games to 11 points in the morning, then single elimination Concours and Consolante brackets in the afternoon.

The games started at 9:40 minus Gilles Karpowicz who got caught up in the Zazzle Bay to Breakers traffic madness in San Francisco. He had called ahead to say that he was going to be late and fortunately he arrived just in time to avoid time penalties.

The Concours final game started at 5:05 in the afternoon followed shortly at 5:16 by a rare annular eclipse that brought on twilight much faster than usual. The game ended just as the eclipse reached totality at 6:33 pm. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

National Mixed Triples & Singles results

The Fresno Petanque Club hosted 26 Mixed Triples teams and 50 Singles players (30 men, 20 women) on Saturday and Sunday April 27-28 in fine style. It was a great weekend of petanque with players from around California. Sprinkled in were players from Illinois, Oregon and New York.

Mixed Triples medalists:

GOLD: Colette van der Meulen, David Riffo (La Petanque Mariniere), Frank Pipal (Valley of the Moon)
SILVER: Thomas Moua, Jer Thao, Chue Thao (Fresno)
BRONZE: Diana Jacobs, Artem Zuev (Los Angeles), Ed Porto (Petaluma)

Men's Singles medalists

GOLD: By Vang (Fresno)
SILVER: Artem Zuev  (Los Angeles)
BRONZE: Jer Thao  (Fresno)

Women's Singles medalists

GOLD: Nicole Coughlin (Redwood Empire)
SILVER: Karen Petryna (Fresno)
BRONZE: Barbara Howard (Redwood Empire)

Thanks to all the volunteers at the FPC for their generous hospitality and superb organization!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Mesdames & Monsieurs! The Redwood Empire Boules Club is pleased to invite you to celebrate the coming of summer and enjoy what promises to be a memorable weekend of boules and camaraderie. We are proud to host the FPUSA 2012 Northwest Regional Men’s and Women’s Doubles Tournament on Sunday, June 24th, in Fort Bragg, a charming seacoast town located 150 miles north of San Francisco on California’s beautiful Mendocino Coast.
But wait—there’s more! Come early and play in the first annual Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open on Saturday, June 23rd. This event will be a select doubles format, co-hosted by the REBC and the Noyo YoYos, the fun, slightly rag-tag Mendocino Coast club. Note the late start time for those who drive up Saturday morning.
If you need a partner for either tournament, try our new Partner-Find, by clicking: ppfind.weebly.com    

Tournament Details
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 23–24, 2012
L o c at i o n : 300 S. Lincoln, C.V. Starr Community Center, Fort Bragg Contacts:
Mickey Coughlin, R E B C President, 707-972-1917, RedwoodEmpireBoules@gmail.com
Dan Feaster, R E B C Vice President, 707-367-3357, DanFeaster@yahoo.com
Johanna Jensen, Noyo YoYo & Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open Chair, 707-964-8163, Johanna@mcn.org Website: www.RedwoodEmpireBoules.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RedwoodEmpireBoules and www.facebook.com/NoyoYoYos
Saturday June 23rd
Skip Wollenberg Memorial Open Select Doubles Tournament
Entry fee: $10 player / $20 team
Registration Closes: Thursday, June 21st
Who can play: This is an open which means players need not belong to a pétanque club (anyonecan play); and while competition-grade boules are preferred, they are not required. The format is select doubles, which means the team can be any combination of age and gender.
Prizes: Cash! As well as, Mendocino County wine for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners; raffle chances for everyone to win a 2-night stay at a local inn, Mendocino wines, art and more.
Check-In: Ends at 11:30 am; games start at 12:00 pm sharp.
Food and libations: Due to the late start, there will be no lunch break. Players are responsible for their own lunch. Water will be provided; soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Post-tournament: Awards and Skip Wollenberg remembrance celebration.
Sunday, June 24th
FPUSA Northwest Regional Men’s and Women’s Doubles Tournament
Entry Fee: $25 player / $50 team (fee reflects $15 per player registration plus $10 for lunch)
Registration Closes: Thursday, June 21st

Who can play: This is an FPUSA-sanctioned event. Players must hold a current FPUSA license. The format is men’s doubles and women’s doubles. *Competition-grade boules are required.
P r i z e s : Cash and medals; also Mendocino County wine for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners; raffle chances for everyone to win Mendocino wines, art and more.
Check-in: Ends at 9:00 am; games start at 9:30 am sharp
Food and libations: Water, coffee, fruit, morning pastries, and lunch provided by your hosts; soft drinks and snacks available for purchase throughout the day.
**Eligibility: Newer players who have never been a member of an FPUSA-affiliated club have the option of joining by the registration deadline, and would be eligible to play in the Regional on Sunday, June 24th. FPUSA members who have not yet renewed for 2012 must do so by May 25th to be eligible to play in the Regional.
**Both tournaments will be played according to FPUSA rules. Please see registration form.

Lodging & Travel
You will find all the information you need for your visit to Fort Bragg, California, at: www.FortBragg.com; for all of Mendocino County, including Fort Bragg, your travel website will be: www.VisitMendocino.com. This is peak- season on the Mendocino Coast; inns, motels, B&Bs and campgrounds often sell-out so make your reservation soon. Your hosts recommend these Fort Bragg lodging options:
Harbor Lite Lodge: Overlooking the mouth of the Noyo River and Noyo Harbor, this popular hotel offers view and non-view rooms and a variety of attractive package options.
Beachcomber Motel: Ocean-front motel, 72 rooms, includes private hot tub suites with fireplaces and gorgeous ocean views.
Colombi Motel: Built in 1955, this family owned motel is clean, quiet and affordable.

The Country Inn: A charming 1890s redwood house beautifully and thoughtfully renovated for comfort and enjoyment.
Pomo RV Park and Campground: For those who wish to bring a motor home, or car-camp, the Pomo is conveniently located one mile south of Fort Bragg on Highway 1.
Getting Here
By Automobile
From San Francisco via Highway 101
163 miles 31⁄2 hours
Head north on the Golden Gate Bridge, continue north for approximately 112 miles to Cloverdale, where you have two choices...
The Anderson Valley route: Highway 128 West from Cloverdale takes you through Anderson Valley’s wine country. When you reach Highway 1 at the mouth of the Navarro River go North to the North Mendocino Coast and Fort Bragg.
The Willits/Highway 20 route: Stay on 101 north to Willits and turn west on Highway 20. This route takes you to Fort Bragg, through Coastal Redwoods .
From San Francisco via Highway 1 (The scenic coastal route)
175 miles • 43⁄4 hours
One of California’s most stunning seaside drives follows Highway 1 along the Sonoma and Mendocino coastlines. This is a longer drive up than Highway 101 to Mendocino County, but it’s well worth the time. Head north on the Golden Gate Bridge and cut over to Highway 1 from Highway 101 at any of several locations. You could take the Highway 1 West/Muir Woods exit in Marin County. Or take the “River Road” west off of 101 just north of Santa Rosa to drive along the lower reaches of the Russian River. When you reach the Sonoma Coast, turn north to reach Fort Bragg and the North Mendocino Coast.
From Sacramento
189 miles • 41⁄4 hours
Take Highway 5 north to Williams, then Highway 20 west to Highway 101. Take Highway 101 to Willits, then take Highway 20 west again to continue to Fort Bragg and the North Mendocino Coast.
From Humboldt County & North
Take US 101 south to State Rte 1 (at Leggett). Take State Rte 1 south, until it becomes Main Street in Fort Bragg.
From Gold Country (Redding, Chico, Yuba City)
From Redding, Chico and surrounding communities, travel US Highway 5 south, and turn west on Highway 20, which takes you to Fort Bragg and the North Mendocino Coast. From Yuba City take Highway 20 west to Fort Bragg.
By Air
There are 4 options; the closest airport is the Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, a 21⁄2 hour drive from Fort Bragg. This is a small airport, easy to navigate but limited in flights and carriers. Other options include: San Francisco International, Sacramento International and Oakland International. Driving time to Fort Bragg from these airports is between 4–5 hours in normal traffic.
Fort Bragg enjoys a coastal Mediterranean climate—the weather is temperate even in June. The average high temperature in June is 62 degrees – the average low is 48.
What to Bring
  • Sweater/Jacket—you are coming to the Northern California coast, it gets chilly! 
  • Binoculars—there is SO much to see 
  • Camera 
  • Motion sickness medicine if you get car sick; getting here involves some twisty roads
    If you forget any of these items, don’t fret - you can buy them locally in Fort Bragg.

  • Planning Your Stay 
  • There’s so much to do and see in Mendocino County, a couple days just won’t be enough. www.VisitMendocino. com and www.FortBragg.com are useful resources to help you plan an exceptional Fort Bragg and Mendocino County getaway.

  • Where to Play Petanque in Mendocino County
    There are pétanque courts open to players throughout the county. The attached maps show the location of courts in both the city of Fort Bragg and around the county. 

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Dallas Petanque Club's "LaFont Memorial Tournament"!

While the Dallas Petanque Club is one of FPUSA's newest clubs, its ranks include experienced boulistes, including Pascal Corchia, member of the team going to the World Championships in Marseille later this year.

We thank Nicolas Taquet, club president, for providing us with this history of the club and the origins of the La Font Memorial Tournament.

"In the early 70s, Jean LaFont worked at the Rainbow Room in New York and Earnie’s in San Francisco prior to coming to Dallas to oversee restaurants that included Arthur’s, Old Warsaw, Les Saisons, and Mario’s. LaFont eventually moved to the Pyramid Room of the Fairmont Hotel and never-to-be-forgotten Oz in 1974. Until late 2011, LaFont continued to cook, consult, or both with many restaurants.

Besides being one of the finest and most influential chefs in Dallas he was also an exceptional Petanque player. 40 years ago he brought with him several sets of Petanque boules (some from his grand-father) to initiate his workers and play with his friends. The Petanque group of Dallas played at various locations around Dallas and a group of friends kept the game alive over the years. In May 2011, the City of Farmers Branch Park and Recreation built a large Petanque court with lights and benches under the tree shade. Having for the first time a devoted place to play, the Dallas Petanque Club was founded with the Federation of Petanque of USA in September 2011 with 12 members. The Club lost his dear member Jean LaFont early 2012 but a LaFont Memorial Petanque Tournament will remain.

On May 6, 2012 the first LaFont Memorial Petanque Tournament was held with 11 teams of doubles in Farmers Branch, TX. We were honored by the presence of several players from San Antonio, TX and Austin, TX."

Eleven teams of doubles at the opening of the tournament.

Seven very nice courts greet the players.
 The winners of the La Font Memorial Tournament.
Tournament winners: (From left to right)
Silver: Michel Costa and Nicolas Bienvenu
Gold: Pascal Corchia and Richard Fernandez
Bronze: Cesar Maksoud and William Baker

All of us wish the club great success and growth!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Info for next weekend's Nationals

The Fresno Petanque Club is busy preparing for all who will be playing in the National tournaments this coming weekend.
Registrations are due by this Thursday. Forms are downloadable from this Blog:
Please see flyer below for updated hospitality information.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

FPUSA NW Regional 65 "over/under" Mixed Doubles results

(April 15, 2012) The first running of this tournament format was a nice little success. 

19 teams competed on a beautiful day in Lafayette, CA. There were some interesting pairings in the field, and two first-time Gold Medal Winners! 
Congratulations to Mary and Brendan!

Here are the results:
Gold: Brendan O’Brien & Mary Albright, Lamorinda
Silver: Shannon Bowman & Mike Cooper, VOMPC

Bronze: Ed Porto, Petaluma & Denyse Haney, Sacramento

1st place: Rene Di Maio & Tamara Efron
2nd place: Alain Gusella & Eva Lofaro

Much thanks to the Lamorinda Petanque Club for their organization and hospitality.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

SE Regional Melee Triples -RESULTS-

Boca 2000 Hosted the 2012 SE Melee Triples Tournament and this will be our last FPUSA Tournament  for this Season. The Canadians start heading home for cooler temperatures and us  well we have to suffer thru the summer heat and rain but October it's almost here to start the cycle one more time.
Happy Summer to our friends from the North!.

The Results of the SE Melee Triples goes as follow:

1st   Michel Robichaud, Gilles Lachance and Pierre Garcia

2nd  Jean-Michel laulhe, Stephane Soilleux and John Wildner

3rd  Jacques Martinez, Sonia Laulhe and Herb Diamond

Tournament Pictures

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

HOT (Heart of Texas) Open Tournament -RESULTS-

Once again this was the Fourth Annual HOT Open Tournament in Austin Texas but this was the first time that the venue was at the Mueller Hangar a perfect place to have a Petanque Tournament, an Open Hangar providing cover from the Elements but letting the air to circulate to keep cool. The weather was on the hot side with 90 degrees but very comfortable in the shade. 
There was a total of 32 Teams ready for a full day of Competition.
Click on this Link to see the HOT Blog and read what The Heart of Texas Petanque President Arsene Dupin had to say about this Great Event that you should experience in Person and should not miss next Year.  HOT Blog

Link To My Pictures

HOT Petanque Tournament Winners:

1st: Christophe Chambers (Austin) and Joe Cortright (Portland)

2nd: Pascal Corchia (Dallas) and Juan Garcia (Miami)

3rd: Michel Costa (San Antonio) and Nicolas Bienvenu (San Antonio)

4th place (not pictured): Rick Armstrong (Austin) and Magical Mystical Michael(Austin).

SE Regional Singles -RESULTS-

4/1/2012 SouthEast Regional Singles Official Results

Women's singles - 6 participants

Gold - Joan Soilleux

Silver - Gina DeJoy

Bronze - Debbie Barry

Men's Singles - 12 participants

Gold - Philippe Tripoul

Silver - Gilles Canesse

Bronze - Roger Arpaia