It’s French and It’s Fun: Petanque at Lakeview Park figures in World Championships

Sarasota Club de Petanque is hosting the 2013 FPUSA National Men’s Triples Championship and World Championship Qualification Tournament at our beautiful, shady courts on Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3. This important event will determine the U.S. Team that will compete in the Pan American Confederation Selection Tournament. The U.S. Team will compete with the other countries in the Pan American Confederation (USA, Canada, Haiti and Mexico) for one of two spots at the F.I.P.J.P Men’s World Championship to be held in Tahiti November 20 through 24  November, 2014. The F.I.P.J.P is the International Federation of Pétanque and Jeu Provencal, a worldwide organization of licensed Pétanque players.

[clearboth]Petanque, pronounced “pay tonk” is one of Europe’s most popular games, a cousin of both horseshoes and the Italian game known as bocce. Petanque is believed to have originated in the south of France in the early 1900’s.

Sarasota Club de Petanque members have been in playing in the area for nearly 20 years. We play at the beautiful Lakeview Park, 7150 Lago Street (park on Hand Road and walk into park toward Lago Street). In season, members and their guests play on both Thursday and Sunday mornings beginning at approximately 9 a.m. We break for lunch around noon and then resume play after eating. We would love to have anyone interested in learning more about this sport to join us. Extra boules (balls) are always on hand for newcomers. For additional information, contact club president Brenda Green at 356-5481 or