2018 Season

Wednesday Evenings, June 6th – Aug 1st 2018
Doors open 5:30PM, Chip in/Game Draw 6:45PM
Register by contacting BB@seattlebowls.org

$15 league fee + club membership

Non-members may opt for a one-time Busterhood membership of $40*
*$15 league fee + $25 greens fee.
If you decide to join during this time the greens fee will be applied to the first year of club membership

Top reasons to bust some bowls:

  1. A community of amazing women
  2. Delicious food brought by women who don’t mess around in the kitchen
  3. Gettin’ your drink on with friends
  4. Putting your target skills to action in a really obscure way
  5. Way better than a book club: you just show up!
  6. Best summer sunsets on Beacon Hill!
  7. Adults at play

Bowl Busters welcomes new bowlers! You do not need to know how to bowl well, but you do need a lesson before the league begins to learn the basics of the game. ContactBB@seattlebowls.org for information about lessons.

Registration is first come, first served. Email BB@seattlebowls.org to reserve your place on the roster and you will receive a reply with the address for sending your registration fee, then show us the money, honey.

Bowl Busters 2017
TOTAL Attendance
Bowler Wins Plus Points Total
Aliza Corrado 6.5 1 67 8
CJ Tomlinson 6 5 82 9
Nancy Craver 5.5 3 68 9
Nita Chambers 5 4 77 7
Amber Wolfe 5 4 61 6
Lisa Duffala 5 3 55 7
Deb Cayz 4.5 2 73 8
Kim Williamson 4.5 1 55 9
Rachel Maxi 4 2 49 7
Sarah Lockenvitz 4 0 47 8
Leigh Nelson 4 0 46 6
Marya Granger – O’Neil 3.5 2 70 9
Angela Hazelton 3.5 2 55 7
Sally Anne Sadler 3.5 2 51 6
Stef Edmisson 3.5 2 45 6
Laurie Samuelsen 3.5 0 40 6
Anne Walsh 3 3 45 5
Annie Gorman 3 2 64 8
Betsy Whitaker 3 2 54 4
Gina Tolentino 3 2 50 6
Llysa Holland 3 2 50 5
Monica Coulter 3 2 46 5
Teresa McCann 3 2 43 5
Kristin Dean 3 1 53 8
Phyllis Counts 3 1 41 6
Mayan Harosh 3 1 38 5
Jen Ford 2 2 46 6
Kate Bond 2 1 58 9
Becky Barnett 2 1 37 5
Melissa Miranda 2 1 35 4
Sarah Sterling 2 1 30 5
Wendy Miller 2 1 26 4
Karen Horlick 2 1 24 4
Amy Alesio 2 1 22 2
Tracy Koncilja 2 1 16 2
Kathryn Rathke 2 0 44 6
Jenny Mears 2 0 24 3
Tiffany Larsen 1.5 1 32 5
Ingrid Sparrow 1.5 1 22 4
Laura Perry 1.5 0 30 6
Mary Sorman 1.5 0 26 3
Kat Marriner 1 1 27 4
Rikki Ricard 1 1 16 2
Ash Warren 1 1 15 2
Lisa Mueller 1 1 13 2
Jane Altemose 1 1 12 2
Shannon Kelly 1 0 31 8
Tersa Gavlinski 0.5 0 37 7
Cheryl Rowe 0 0 9 3
Megan Sullivan 0 0 9 3
Sue Quigley 0 0 7 1
Heather Hebard 0 0 4 1
Mary Holmes 0 0 3 2


Helpful Hints for new bowlers from Busters who have been around the block

Nita Chambers, Buster since 2006

When You’re Down Be Up

Two-fold meaning:
1. Keep it positive. Don’t beat yourself up if the bowl doesn’t do what you wanted it to do. There’s always another bowl.
2. If you’re behind in points do your best to get your bowl to the jack or a little behind it.

Amy Alesio, Buster since 2007

Leads use big hand gestures to indicate to the Skip how far and which direction to move the jack when centering.


  • Keep hands to the side the jack needs to move.
  • Spread hands apart about the same distance the jack needs to move.
  • Hands in front of your face are really hard to see. Raise them above your head as the jack gets close to the center.


  • Stand to the side of the jack when centering it so the Lead can see the number indicating the centerline.

Llysa Holland, Buster since 2006

Generosity brings generosity

Our club is built on the kindness, dedication and willingness of members to pitch-in, share the love, share the chores, share the thrill of victory and agony of defeat.


Too much sharing of the wrong sort can turn your teammate out of sorts! Take care to not give someone too much information. When at the head, give guidance when asked, or when you see a strategic advantage that you think your partner might not see. Leads, ask Skips how much information they like about the head. Skips, be careful to not give new bowlers so many pointers on their delivery that they are overwhelmed with instruction.

Betsy Whitaker, Buster since 2007

Pay attention to when it’s your turn to bowl :)

Get your bowl in your hand and be ready to take over the mat as soon as the previous bowler steps off the mat. Push the Pause button on that conversation. Once you are on the mat, take your time.

When delivering the bowl, good follow-through will help your bowl go where you want it.

If you’re not happy with your bowl delivery, pay attention to where your arm and hand point as you release the bowl. Many of us curl are arms around or flick the bowl unintentionally with our fingers. Find your aiming point and make sure that is where your arm ends up.

Karen Porter, Buster since 2006

Play to your strengths but be aware of your opponents preferences so you can ‘change it up’ and this will help you win the game!

Strategy tips for the Lead:

  • The first tip is to observe how your opponent plays the game and notice her preferences, such as a long jack bowled with forearm. You can then place a blocker bowl in her line to the jack, so she will then need to use her backhand to reach other side of jack.
  • When you set the jack, make it a short jack to “mix it up”.
  • You can also move the mat all the way to the hog line. You will then need to set your jack at least 2 meters from back board.

Chuck Caddey, our dear former club president

Lawn bowling is easy to learn but difficult to master.

What the first rule of Bowl Busters?

Keep it fun. We are supportive and encouraging to all bowlers no matter their skill level. Celebrating a good shot, even by your opponent, is good form. Similarly, there is no shame in a bowl gone bad; it happens to all of us. Take the game serious enough to learn how it’s played, yet not so serious that it’s no longer fun for other people. Loosen up, blow off work, responsibilities, cares of the world and enjoy the fine company of other women who like a good roll on the grass.

What time do we begin?
The clubhouse opens at 5:30pm and bowling begins at 7pm. Come early to help setup,  put something on the grill, chill with friends, or roll a bowl to get in the groove. We draw for games at 6:45pm.

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What if I’m late?
If you are going to be a few minutes late and want to be in the draw, call the club at 206-762-2490 and we’ll throw your name in the mix. YOU MUST CALL by 6:45pm. You are always welcome to come late and serve drinks and sit in the glow of a great sunset.

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What do I do when I arrive?
  1. You must sign in at the club register by the front door.
  2. You must find the brass token with your name on it (right inside the front door) and bring it up to the game table. This is how we draw for games.
  3. Put on your name tag! If you forgot yours, make a temporary one using the press-on sticker type in the name tag drawer.
  4. Select your bowls from the bowls rack. It’s first come, first serve for using house bowls. If you prefer a certain set, come early and claim them for the game.

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How long does it take to play a game?

Bowl Buster games will be one game of either 8 or 12 ends.  Actual time varies, but games wrap up around 9-9:30. To do that, the games need to keep moving, so pay attention to when it’s your turn to bowl and be ready. At the end of the night, those who don’t need to rush off are welcome to stay later and hang with friends or play Chris Davis Freestyle.

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What do I wear?

Please wear smooth-soled shoes. No heels — nothing with hard edges that can dig into the greens. Shoes with recessed tread are OK. Bare feet are OK, but it does get cold.

Whites are NOT required. You can wear anything you are comfortable in. The last night of league is traditionally whites night. White is what you make it, I’m just sayin…

Bring a jacket. We start in Junuary, so evenings are always chilly to downright cold. Seems wrong, but do the best you can and dress for cool, damp weather the first few weeks of league.

As the weather warms up, so do the mosquitoes. They come out at dusk and pray on the sweet flesh of Bowl Busters. Cover up or splash a little of your preferred repellent. Do what you must.

What equipment do I need?

The club has guest bowls you may use, but any other bowler can take the bowls you prefer if they arrive before you. Come early to claim your bowls of choice.

Bring a hand towel. As evening falls, the dew rises and bowls get harder to hold. Bring a towel, wipe bowls off before each turn, and before you put them in the box or your carrying case at the end of the game. Please don’t put your bowls away in the beautiful boxes wet!

A few other specialty items are nice to have and easily affordable. Please consider purchasing your own gripping cream, bowls measure, and chalk. Just ask someone who has been around the block awhile.

What is for dinner?

Bring your own dinner or something to share with the group, if you like. The grill will be hot, and the club has basic condiments. Plates, cups, silverware and serving utensils are all available at the club.

For league night, we have a banquet permit so on the table you will always find a bottles of gin & tonic that is paid for from the Kitty Jar. Help yourself and put in a few bucks in the Kitty to cover the cost of keeping the G&T on the table. Extra money in the jar goes to Champagne for toasting the winners on the last night.

If gin & tonic isn’t your thing, you are welcome to bring the beer, wine, or spirit of choice. Non-alcoholic drinks are also permitted. Bring it just for yourself or share with the group. IF you put your personal beverage in the fridge, put your name on it. Bottles without names are considered up-for-grabs. If you’re jonesing for a beer, look in the fridge :-)

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Do we play if it rains?

You betcha we bowl. No worries if it’s just a little damp. If it’s truly raining and water is flooding the greens, we will linger over another drink and coffee-talk while we wait for rain to stop –and drinking with friends beats sitting at home alone.

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What can I do to help?
  • Help set-up and take-down! Anyone coming early can pitch in and help setup the rinks for the games, bring out mats, jacks, rakes and scoreboards. Roll out the grill and bring a table outside. At the end of the evening, those same items are neatly tucked away, garbage is taken to the dumpster, all the dishes are clean.
  • Ride a big machine! We need league members to roll the green’s with the awesome, side-winding machine. This takes a lesson and some practice, but we get a better green and you gain a lot of respect. As the organizer, I don’t have time to do that too, so we need people to step up and do it, or it doesn’t get done. Willing?
  • Maintenance Mondays! Each week a volunteer crew works on keeping the grounds in lovely condition. If you have the time to help mow a lawn (not the bowling green), weed a garden, and other volunteer activities, please come out and help Monday nights from 6pm until dusk from June through August.

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How do the standings work?

Your league standing is determined by Wins, Plus Points and Total Points. Each time the team you wins game you get 1 point. If your team wins by 5 or more points, you receive 1 Plus Point. Only 1 Plus Point is possible per game. A running tally of your game points is also kept and that is Total Points. The Buster drinking from the Bowlie Grail at the end of league is the person with the most games won. If there is tie, it is based on number of Plus Points. If there is still a tie, the winner is based on Total Points.

Fame, glory and prizes go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place, but really, we’re all winners.

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What is the game format?
The games will be Pairs or Triples depending on the number of Busters who make it each week. Games will be 8 or 12ends. No burned ends. If the jack goes out of bounds, return it to the rink at the 2 meters mark (2 meters from the ditch on the centerline). If there is a tie, play a tie-breaking one end.

What if I can’t make it some week?
Too bad, we’ll miss you! Hope you can make it next week.
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