Lawn bowlers unite, grass stains and all

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In what organizers call “the largest event on the U.S. lawn bowling green calendar,” seven venues across Southern California will host about 375 participants at the 87th U.S. Open for the sport of lawn bowls from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

Australia and Canada will have the largest international representation in singles, pairs and fours, but players from South Africa, Wales, Hong Kong, China, Israel and other countries are also expected to compete.

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The venues: Newport Harbor LBC in Corona del Mar, The Groves LBC in Irvine, Laguna Beach LBC, Laguna Woods LBC, Long Beach LBC at Recreation Park, Casta del Sol LBC in Mission Viejo and Santa Ana LBC.

Matches will daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., free of charge. Results will be posted on www.usopenlawnbowls.com.

Opening ceremonies are Friday, September 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Newport Harbor LBC, complete with a traditional bagpipe procession.

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