Jerod Putnam Amateur Irish Road Bowling Open (JPAO)

Jerod Putnam was one of the original founders of Irish Road Bowling in West Virginia. From the moment he bowled as a teenager in the very first WV score, he embraced the sport, its nuances, the people, and heritage like few others ever have or will. By regularly qualifying for the North American Finals, Jerod gave fellow WV road bowlers credibility to compete at the international level. Because of the competitiveness and love for the game that Jerod and many of the original WV road bowlers shared, the outdoor sport has continued to grow over the last 20+ years.

The JPAO is a charity road bowling tournament. The JPAO is a two-day amateur Irish Road Bowling singles tournament that benefits the Jerod Putnam Scholarship fund. JPAO is a fee-based registration. To register, email event organizer Cris Putnam at crystal.putnam@wacowv.com or call Andy Shay at 304-516-4030 or 304-692-6669 or email wvirishroadbowling@gmail.com. The West Virginia Irish Road website is www.wvirb.com.

About the Weekend
The JPAO is the first IRB tournament open to amateurs from all over the U.S. It is open to anyone who doesn’t have a Bol Chumann ranking of Novice 2 or higher. Coopers Rock State Forest, located just east of Morgantown, WV, offers a picturesque setting for road bowling. Bowlers will enjoy a gated course with no cars.

Tentative Event Schedule includes Friday, course marked for practice (not required), last chance to register.
Saturday, Breakfast Greeting at Coopers Rock Pavilion, Qualifying matches for all bowlers.
Sunday, Semi-finals, finals, and awards

Irish Road Bowling can be traced back to the 1600s. One story is that Dutch soldiers brought it when William of Orange came to Ireland in 1689. Another legend says that Irish patriots robbed English cannonballs and rolled them down a country lane by the light of a full moon.

Event Details

  • Start Date: June 7 - 9, 2019
  • End Date: June 9, 2019

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