Edmonds Petanque Club announces tournament winners

From left, Nabil Benali and Jack McHenry receive the Chris Guitton Trophy for 2016. (Photo by Ron LaRue)
From left, Nabil Benali and Jack McHenry receive the Chris Guitton Trophy for 2016. (Photo by Ron LaRue)
Members of the Edmonds Petanque Club competed in their annual tournament June 4 at the Civic Center Playfield at 6th and Bell. The tournament concluded the club’s third year of league play, which spanned a six-week period and included 12 teams comprised of members from Seattle and Bellevue as well as Edmonds.

Jack McHenry of Shoreline and Nabil Benali of Seattle won this year’s league, while Dick Van Hollebeke and Jerry Fireman, both Edmonds residents, captured the tournament title. The league winners were awarded the club’s Chris Guitton trophy, presented by Judy Guitton, wife of the late club member and co-founder.

The club is a member of the Federation of Petanque USA — the national federation for a sport popular in France that is rapidly gaining adherents in Edmonds and throughout the U.S. The club also holds a Bastille Day tournament July 10, and a tournament to benefit the Edmonds Food Bank on Sept. 10. Both tournaments are open to the public with pre-registration required.

In honor of its community contributions, the club was named the 2016 Edmonds Citizen of the Year by the Edmonds Kiwanis Club.

Club members will also participate in tournaments in Portland, Port Townsend, Walla Walla and California this year.

For more information about the club and its activities, and to learn how to become a member, visit edmondspetanqueclub.org or contact the club’s President Michelle Martin at 4franceamerique@gmail.com.

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