Pétanque Club 9-1-2019

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Don McPherson

Jim Knapp prepares to throw during recent doubles play.


Pétanque, the French game of boules, is a fun, social game popular worldwide that people of all skill and physical ability levels can play. The Oakmont Club sponsors open play on Wednesday and Saturday mornings with teams chosen randomly as well as occasional Club tournaments and social events.

If you’re interested in playing or learning to play, come to the courts (between Berger and the OVA offices/Umpqua Bank and beside the Shuffleboard courts) at 9:45 AM on the Club play days of Wednesday and Saturday. We have boules to lend. Fundamentals of the game are quickly learned and we’ll have you playing immediately. No membership fees are required – just sign up to be on the Club roster.

Triples team members Max Hinchman, Linda McPherson and Jim Tosio discuss strategy.

The court also is reserved 10 AM – noon for Club player-arranged pickup games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Oakmont pétanque court can accommodate a single game as well two or three games played simultaneously.


Competitive play is governed world-wide by the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FIPJP), as well as affiliated national federations. FIPJP establishes rules, sets equipment standards for competitive play, oversees anti-doping protocols, and sponsors world competitions for youth, women’s singles and doubles, men’s singles and doubles, and mixed singles and doubles.

Evelyn Zigmont, Margi Nielsen and Max Hinchman relax between games during the Bastille Day Tournament.

The Federation of Pétanque USA (FPUSA) offers membership and credentials for competition in official tournaments, certifies local clubs, and sponsors national tournaments as well as tournaments hosted by local or regional clubs throughout the year all over the country



SAVE THE DATE: JULY 14 The Oakmont Pétanque Club has tentatively scheduled its first tournament for 2021, the Bastille Day Tournament, for Bastille Day, Wednesday,