Bouleing for dollars

International petanque tournament attracted hundreds of players last weekend

About 400 players converged on the city of Fernandina Beach last weekend to participate in the largest petanque tournament in the U.S.

Petanque is a French game where players stand in a fixed circle, aim and throw a metal boule at a wooden jack called a cochonnet ("piglet" in French). The nearest throw wins.

Pairs of players from 23 states and 13 countries of all skill levels competed on 93 petanque courts created at the city marina and downtown for the seventh Petanque America tournament held on Amelia Island.

The event featured food and petanque equipment vendors, plus live music from around the world.

According to organizer Philippe Boets of Petanque America, first-place winners were a team from France, Damien Hureau (world champion in 2004) and Dominique Usaï. In second place were Peter Mathis of Sonoma, Calif., and Jack Vijit of Chicago. 

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