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West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association

2016 WVIRBA Tour Events

March 19, 20 Irish Spring Festival, Ireland, WV 

www.angelfire.com/wv/irishspringfestival   West Virginia’s Irish road bowling “homeplace,” the origin and heart of WV Irish road bowling.  Site of 2009 national finals. Wildcat Road to Duffy Bridge, at 2.2 miles our longest course. All events family friendly. Don't miss Saturday parade, harp concert, duck race.   

 Info: Road Master  Denton King 304 452 8962.


♣ April 16, 17 Pipestem Resort State Park,  Pipestem, WV

 www.pipestemresort.com, pipestemsp@wv.gov

304 466 1800.


A magnificent view into the Bluestone River Gorge, Appalachian Spring colors in southern West Virginia, and one of the state's very best road bowling roads, combine for an unforgettable weekend. Pipestem Resort call 304 466 1800, www.pipestemresort.com. Ask for Irish Road Bowlers discount. For WVIRBA Kevin Smith 304-228-7928.  Also 2011 Women's State Champion Samantha Mann, 2014 North American Region Novice 1 Finalist Rich Meece.    


Women's Singles Qualifier, Men's Singles Qualifier, Team Bowling and Fun Bowling.


April 16 Team Registration begins at Noon, team bowling starts at 1:30 p.m.
April 17 Fun Bowl (no registration) bowling begins at 11:00 a.m.
April 17 Men's and Women's singles qualifiers.  Registration starts at Noon.  Qualifiers start at 1:00 p.m.

A second qualifier will be held at the Strawberry Festival near Buckhannon, May 21, 22. Top men and top women scorers from each qualifier - Pipestem and Strawberry -  advance to the West Virginia IRBA Men's and Women’s Singles State Championship, June 25, 26, site TBD. 


Saturday, April 16  

12 noon Registration for Team Bowling.

1:30 p.m. Team Bowling starts at Park Gate House.

Sunday, April 17

11a.m. Team Fun Bowl meet at Park Gate House.

12 Noon Registration at Campground.

1p.m. Women's and Men's Qualifiers meet at Campground.

Road Master:  Kevin Smith 304-228-7928.


Don’t forget - Qualifiers for the 2016 WV State Championship are April 16, 17 at Pipestem Resort State Park and May 21, 22 at the Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon. Novice I, II, III, IV. Beginners are welcome. Novice IV is for beginners.  


May 7 Cooper's Rock State Forest, Morgantown, WV 

Bowling begins at 12:00 Noon.   

Located near Cheat Lake, Lakeview Golf Resort and with an overlook into Cheat River Gorge, this 12,713 acre forest with cliffs and 11 rustic picnic shelters is ideal for Irish Road Bowling.

See www.coopersrockstateforest.com. Contact Coopers Rock 304 594 9024, for the WVIRBA Clifton Colebank 304 698 9065.

♣ May 14  Kanawha State Forest, Charleston, WV

Saturday 1:30 p.m.
http://www.kanawhastateforest.com kanawhasf@wv.gov

Team Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. bowling starts at 1:30 p.m.

Located just seven miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha State Forest is in close proximity to the heavily populated Kanawha Valley and is a recreational haven. The 9,300-acre forest is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations. Rich cove forest sites provide nesting habitat for 19 species of wood warblers, a feature which draws birders from as far away as Canada. The forest offers some of West Virginia’s best special hikes in winter, spring and fall.

For more information regarding the State Forest – Kanawha State Forest (304) 558-3500. For info WVIRBA - Road Master Stephen Wallington (304) 638-3224.

Qualifiers for the 2016 WV State Championship - April 16, 17 at Pipestem Resort State Park and May 21, 22 at the Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon.  Novice I, II, III, IV. Beginners are welcome. Novice IV is for beginners.  

♣May 21, 22 Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon, WV


Turkey Run Road, two miles north of Buckhannon, site of the 2006 and the 2015 Irish Road Bowling North American Region Championship Finals, Bol~Chumann na hEireann. Winners advanced to the All Irelands, in Ireland (the country).

Saturday May 21

4:00 p.m. Team Bowling

Sunday May 22

1:00 p.m. Men's and Women's Singles Qualifier and Team Bowling

The second Men's and Women's Qualifier will be held at the Pipestem Resort State Park, April 16, 17.  Top men  and top women scorers from each qualifier, Pipestem and Strawberry Festival, advance to the West Virginia IRB Singles State Championship, June 25, 26, site TBD.  Novice I, II, III, IV. Beginners are welcome. Novice IV is for beginners.  

♣June 4 Jerod Putnam Memorial Road Bowling Tournament, Ireland, WV

Ireland, WV Community Building

    Food           Silent Auction            Duck Race!!

                    Longshot Competition

    Basketball Court and Playground for Kids

$10.00 per person. Saturday Noon registration.

Team Bowling 1:00 p.m.  Prizes 1st-5th Place.

       Men and Women Long Shot Competition

Shannon Putnam 304 613 6990; Beverly Putnam H: 304 452 8375, C: 304 613 9738.


♣June 18  Blackwater Falls State Park West Virginia Day Celebration, Davis, WV. 

 www.blackwaterfalls.com, blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov 

Saturday 1:30 p.m.

One of the closer events to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., Blackwater Falls is WV's best known landmark in a state famous for its scenery. The Washington Post described the Falls as “so perfectly set in its narrow canyon and so beautiful as to be almost surreal.” Rhododendron blossoms and a circle road.  Blackwater Falls State Park 304 259 5216.  

 ♣June 19  Canaan Valley State Park, Davis, WV  

Sunday 1:30 p.m. www.canaanresort.com   

In the highest-elevation valley east of the Mississippi, this open road with sweeping curves is an ideal contrast to the boulders and rhododendron thickets at nearby Blackwater Falls. Enjoy a two-day two-event road bowling weekend at Blackwater and Canaan.  Contact David Vance, 1-800-622-4121, Ext 2788.


♣June 25, 26 West Virginia State Championship Singles Finals, Wildcat Road, Ireland, WV.

The top bowlers, men and women, from each of the two qualifiers, Pipestem Resort April 16 and 17, and Strawberry Festival May 21 and 22, meet on Wildcat Road, Ireland, WV. Winners advance to the North American Region Finals, East Durham, New York, August 5, 6, 7, 2016. For information David Powell 202 387 1680, cell 202 905 1959.


Semifinals - Novice 1, Novice 2, Novice 3, Novice 4 

June 26 SUNDAY

Finals - Novice 1, Novice 2, Novice 3, Novice 4

July 9  Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass, WV 

 Saturday 1:00 p.m. www.cassrailroad.com

Set in Pocahontas County, source of seven rivers in the highest mountains in West Virginia, Cass Scenic Railroad operates a ride-on steam-powered logging train that climbs even higher above the town of Cass. Cass Scenic RR is a great mid-summer destination in cool mountains, and Old Cass Road is only a couple miles from the giant radio telescopes at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Greenbank, another can’t miss for visitors.

Contact information: Monica V. Fleming 304-456-4300 ext. 111 or Monica.V.Fleming@wv.gov

Sign Up for this event will be the day of the Event from 9:30 to Noon at the CSRR Visitor Center and at the start line on Old Cass Road. 

The event will commence at 1:00 PM at Old Cass Road (County Rt. 7/1) and Route 66 intersection. Parking on opposite side of the road from entrance. Bowling from Deer Creek approximately 1.3 miles to Rt. 66/Old Cass Road entrance. (off Route 66, approximately 4 miles east of Cass Scenic Railroad)

Sign-Up, equipment (if you need it), and score cards will be available in the Visitor Center from 9:30 am to Noon the day of the event and at the start line. If renting equipment, a $5 deposit is required.


♣July 16 Morgan County Fair, Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV

Saturday 11:00 a.m 

"Gravity is your friend"on this mostly downhill roll through the woods with rocky cliffs alongside.  This shaded 1.2 mile course will be cool in the hot summer time and great for beginners. Afterward, lake swim, tennis, golf, hiking trails, horseback rides. Lodge reservations 304 258 1022. Contact:  Road Master Mary Wolfe 304-258-4958 or mwolfe4@frontier.com

August 5,6,7, 2016 

Bol~Chumann na hEireann
2016 North American Region Finals


Hosted by New York Road Bowling Club

in East Durham, NY

Best players in the USA in one on one competition!

Practice Scores Friday

Semi-Finals Saturday; Finals Sunday 

The North American Region Finals: if you have not seen this amazing sport, this is your chance, easy walking with the throwers - Everyone Welcome !!

Winners advance to the All Ireland Finals in the country of Ireland in September.   

for info call David Powell 202 387 1680, cell 202 905 1959.

♣August 20 Doddridge County Fair, West Union, WV 


Saturday 1:30 p.m.

Big mountain, wide road, long shots. Union and Confederate soldiers marched down this road during the Civil War. Road Master Eric Bee 304 299 2104; Wayne Marrs 304 873 3248. 


♣August 27 Barbour County Fair, historic Philippi, WV

 Saturday 1:30 p.m. www.barbourcountyfair.com

First land battle of the Civil War, largest covered bridge in WV, Point Pleasant Road starts high on the ridge-top, great views, then a long downhill curve to the fairgrounds. Road Master  Bob Wilkins 304 457 4320. 


September 11  Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run, Shepherdstown, WV

Sunday @ 1:30 p.m. 


Come join the fun of this annual competition for a weekend rich in history and plenty of entertainment all situated amidst the enchanting natural surroundings of Shepherdstown, WV.   Throw cannonballs on historicTrough Road, where in 1862 Confederate and Union troops fought, as the Confederate army retreated from Antietam.  To be a part of history contact Road Master Mary Wolfe, phone 304-258-4958, e-mail mwolfe4@frontier.com


September 17 Wheeling Hibernians Ohio Valley Championship, Wheeling, WV 


Saturday 1:00 p.m.

The Wheeling Hibernians IRB Tournament benefits local charities and is the northern-most event on the WVIRBA Tour circuit. Centrally located in the Ohio River Valley, this tournament will be an easy drive from Pittsburgh or Columbus. Boggs Hill Road. For info contact Craig O'Leary 304 242 6196, oleary@redp.org.

In September 2015, 613 bowlers made this WVIRBA event the largest Irish road bowling team tournament in the world. Entry fee includes a big barbeque afterwards, live music.


♣ October 1 Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins,WV


Saturday 1:30 p.m.

One of West Virginia’s oldest and biggest festivals. Beautiful views from scenic Georgetown Road. 2010 WV Women's Champion Shannon Gear Putnam. Info John Morgan 304 704 5094, jmorgan@forestfestival.com.  

♣October 2 Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Kingwood, WV  


Sunday 1:00 p.m.

The WVIRB Association “Northern Wing” sponsors a terrific tournament with the best prize anywhere, a Buckwheat Pancake Breakfast for the winners. Loft a corner on Pleasantdale and Greens Run Road, one of the best WVIRBA  road courses in WV.  Road Master Mark Wilt 304 329 2065, 304 698 6817 cell.


October 8 Holly River State Park Fall Challenge (& Pig Roast), Hacker Valley, WV www.hollyriver.com 

 Saturday 1:30 p.m.  

In a deep valley, one of the tour’s most beautiful roads, October colors, a trout stream, rhododendron thickets, a bridge to loft over, a massive stone pavilion for the medieval feast afterward. For info, call 304 493 6353, hollyriversp@wv.gov.  2010 & 2011 North American Region Ladies Longshot winner Marsha Jordan.  


October 22 Chief Logan State Park, Logan, WV

Saturday 1:30 p.m.


The WVIRBA adds a new sport, Irish Road Bowling, to the rich sports tradition of Logan, West Virginia's City of Champions. At 4,000-acre Chief Logan State Park with its outdoor amphitheater and wildlife center, you can loft a bowl beneath the statue of Logan, famous Chief of the Cuyoga -Mingos, or in the footsteps of Aracoma, legendary Princess of the Shawnees. Lodging at Chief Logan Lodge 304 855 6100.  For info Terry Mullins 304 855 8591, tmullins@chiefloganreccenter.org, or Chief Logan State Park 304 792 7125. 


November 5 Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton, WV  

Saturday 1:30 p.m.


At Tygart Lake, we discovered a beautiful road course through the woods along 10-mile long, 1750-acre Tygart Lake. Close to the start line, in Tygart Lodge, dine overlooking the lake. For lodge reservations, 304 265 6144. Contact: Nicole Streets 304 265 6148.