The following article was submitted by Dick Van Hollebeke:
Seven members of the Edmonds Petanque Club drove to Bellevue City Park on Oct. 7 to participate in a tournament sponsored by the Seattle Petanque Club.
Tacoma resident John Chanthavisay took first place, but Edmonds Petanque Club players Rodney Shively and Bob Hetzel took second and third place. A friendly rivalry has developed between the Seattle and Edmonds Club members.
Petanque, a French game similar to bocce or lawn bowling, has become popular in Edmonds since the Edmonds Petanque Club formed two years ago. The game is easy to learn and immediately enjoyable. However, advancing to the tournament level of skill takes a lot of practice.
Players from Edmonds can be seen the year-round, throwing boules on the three crushed-rock courts at the Civic Playfield on Sixth Avenue South. The recent pleasant weather has drawn a loyal and enthusiastic group on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
The Edmonds Petanque Club provides boules for beginners of every age, and offers them friendly instruction.