Gold medalist Patricia Robichaux is surrounded by silver medal winner Margie Bamburg (left) and bronze medalist Ellendale Harbour (right) at the NW La. District Senior Olympics bocce ball competition.
Patricia Robichaux “maxed out” in the third frame of her championship showdown with Margie Bamburg Friday to win the gold medal in NW La. District Senior Olympics bocce ball. She joined Maugurite Hoppaugh as a gold medalist in the two largest age brackets of the competition.
In head-to-head play, contestants play four frames, each tossing four balls a frame. The object is to place shots closer to the pallino (or target ball) than any of the opponent’s ball.
In that critical third frame, Robichaux placed all four of her throws closer to the target ball than any of Bamburg’s tosses. But it took a precise measurement to determine the outcome. The four points awarded in the frame gave Robichaux a 7-3 lead going into the final frame. When one of her throws was second closest to the target in the final frame, Robichaux had the gold medal of the female 65-69 age bracked wrapped up.
Robichaux beat Ginny Boyd in the medal round and Bamburg beat Ellendale Harbour to set up the championship match. Harbour beat Boyd for the bronze medal.
In pool play, Bamburg gave Robichaux her only setback by a 6-1 count.
Hoppaugh beat Jacque Wall and Jennie Cardin beat Arlene Gates in the 70-74 age group semifinals. Hoppaugh then beat Cardin for the gold and Gates beat Cardin for the bronze medal. The 65-69 and the 70-74 age brackets were the largest age brackets with eight contestants each, forcing pool play.
FEMALE–60-64: Betty Smith Gold, Betty Dark Silver. 75-84: Fern Belton Gold, Dorothy Depanion Silver, Jackie Conner Bronze. Bette Turner 4th. 85-91: Frances Hutton Gold, Sunshine Cobb Silver.
MALE–65-69: Harry Strain Gold, Dennis Bamburg Silver, Joal McKenzie Bronze. 70-74: Duane Chilton Gold, James Russom Silver. 75-85: Les Brosset Gold, Dick Hainey Silver, Gerry Robichaux Bronze.