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Petanque American Open on November 9 and 10

Oct 02, 2013 02:00AM
Petanque is also known around the world as Boules; it is an exciting game that was first played in France around 1907, and is played all over the world. It can be played outdoors by everyone, no matter what their age or athletic ability. Petanque's popularity keeps rising in our country, but players are scattered over the country and do not have many opportunities to meet, mingle and play. Last year, 256 players came from 22 states plus 11 countries to the Petanque American Open held on Amelia Island. This year the 6th annual Petanque American Open will be held November 9 and 10 at the harbor in downtown Fernandina Beach. And what makes this tournament different is that it is open to beginners, amateurs, advanced players, and champions.

The games are open to everyone in teams of two players (doubles), and total purse prizes up to $8000 will be awarded. The public is welcome at any time to watch and try out the game, space permitting. Ricard, beer, wine, soft drinks, and a variety of food will be available for purchase. Enjoy live music from around the world at lunch time and in the afternoon after the games. This is the largest Petanque tournament in the United States. For more information call (904) 491-1190 or visit