More than 250 players, friends and volunteers played or watched bocce Oct. 9 on 30 courts laid out on Del Mar Horsepark's grand prix field during Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary's 20th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament. They also had fun and helped raise over $40,000 for beneficiaries Just In Time For Foster Youth, Reality Changers and other deserving youth, community, military and international programs.
Solana Beach's team of Mayor David Zito and Councilmember Ginger Marshall, and Del Mar's team of Mayor Sherryl Parks and Deputy Mayor Terry Sinnott, started the tournament by demonstrating the game of bocce. These teams then began competition in earnest, with Solana Beach winning bragging rights until next year. Mayor Parks promised to relinquish the "Mayor's Trophy" it had won last year and deliver it to Mayor Zito.
The day was capped by Rancho Computer Network's team of Bill Durney and Michael Irvin prevailing over Pacific Southwest Realty Services' team of Lesley and Paul Sagar to win the overall tournament championship. Anika Spenser and Joseph Legotte of Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center won the Consolation bracket.
Many new participants expressed surprise and delight at the size of the tournament and the fun everyone was having. Comments included: "I am so impressed with the whole tournament. What a wonderful, fun event to support worthwhile programs. We definitely will be back next year. It was so nice to see youth from both major beneficiaries really enjoying participating in the tournament." Visit See www.DMSBRotary.com.