The First Petanque America International Open was no doubt a success.
Except for a small rainstorm at the end that messed up the planned prize award ceremony, we had two days of wonderful weather and an amazing variety of teams, 72 in total - from 15 US States and 6 countries.
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For European standards that may not seem much, but you have to realize that 100 participants had to fly in. The victory of the team from France, Jean-Pierre Jardinet and Michel Faurant was well deserved.
Also Jean-Pierre speaks fluently English, and is a true ambassador for petanque.
Hundreds of people - some had never seen a 'boule' in their life - were there to watch the finals.
It was as much a competition as a petanque festival. Some teams had extremely original uniforms, and thanks to Hans & Tom from Sonoma we had a truly American scoreboard - two lovely girls walking around with the latest scores.
The final 8 teams:
1. Jean-Pierre Jardinet & Michel Faurant (FRA/FRA)
2. Alec Stone Sweet & Yacob Nour (USA/CAN)
3. John Rolland & Roger Arpaia (USA/CAN)
4. Peter Mathis & P.J. Mallette (USA/USA)
5. Raymond Nielsen & Phimprapha Nielsen (USA/USA)
6. Gerard Gallianio & Marc (CAN/CAN)
7. Juan Garcia & Mamary Colibaly (USA/MLI)
8. Guy Labouyrie & Michel Crouzillat (USA/USA)
More pictures and a review of the tournament are here:
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