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Travis McClintic, Lewisburg physical therapist and professional bullrider, won the first-ever WVIRBA singles league championship by a few yards on the final shot, to become the 2011 West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Singles League Champion at Stonewall Resort. With the score tied, McClintic’s long uphill throw decided the match, edging Stephen Wallington of Culloden by just a few yards on their last throws across the finish line.

Jerod Putnam, one of the founders of WV Irish Road Bowling from Ireland, WV, opened the 4-handed score with a booming 200 yard plus throw from the start line, to take the early lead over McClintic, Clifton Colebank of Morgantown, and Stephen Wallington of Culloden.

All four bowlers stayed even (“nothing in it”) for more than a quarter mile, then McClintic began to push ahead, while Wallington cut tight into a curve, kicked up gravel flying, then came back into the road for his own very long shot.  As Putnam dropped off two short shots passing the Lodge, and Colebank fought to stay  near the leaders, McClintic powered to a lead uphill to the finish.  However, Wallington battled back. He played a perfect curb rub around the uphill curve, then another long throw up the straightaway, to draw close to McClintic near the finish line.  Wallington had about a 15 yard deficit, at 30 yards from the finish to McClintic’s 15 yards to the finish. 

The throw-out road past the finish was a steep uphill, then curved to the right.  Wallington threw first, drove it uphill with plenty of speed, but the bowl held slightly to the left, went through the curve and off the road, without following the curve up to the right.  McClintic was faced with a 100+ yard uphill throw for the win—his shot was more to the center, did catch the curve right, passing Wallington’s mark for the championship.  Both McClintic and Wallington covered the 1.2 mile road in 15 throws. 

Many thanks to Kevin Smith of Glade Creek United for designing the Singles League with 12 separate schedules, coordinating the WVIRBA’s first-ever Singles League competition, and keeping track of the standings all year long.  Twelve of the most experienced players in WV spent the Spring, Summer and Fall traveling all over West Virginia, with scores on all the state’s road bowling roads. It was a blast! Thanks to all the road bowlers who participated. 

2011 Ladies’ Long Shot: Stonewall Resort: Ten hard-throwing ladies scorched the pavement, when the smoke cleared, Elise McClintic threw the longest shot. Aleacha Wallington had the next longest throw for Runner Up. Winner:  Elise McClintic; Runner Up: Aleacha Wallington.

Season End

Many thanks to Stonewall Resort www.stonewallresort.com 1 888 278 8150 for their support of the WVIRBA and this “only in West Virginia” ancient Irish sport.  It was a beautiful autumn day to be out throwing and walking with friends and family, and Stonewall Jackson Lake and valley made an ideal setting for our final 2011 event.   For more information, see www.wvirishroadbowling.com.


West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association

A.G.M. (Annual General Meeting) and 8th Annual Banquet


Saturday January 14, 2012

Everyone Invited


WVU Jackson's Mill

160 WVU Jackson Mill Road

Weston, W.V. 26452 

Childhood Home of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson


Irish Bowling at Dorsey Center - 4:30- 5:30 p.m. Throw a few shots, “hit the leprechaun’s hat” accuracy contest.


Dinner - 5:30 p.m. Dining Hall - Menu: roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans or corn, hot rolls, salad, drink and dessert

Cost: $12.00 per person; $5.00 children 12 and under;

Checks payable to: WV Irish Road Bowling Association  

Reservations requested. Contact John Nelson, 304 782 3553, jhn1203@aol.com. Payment by check – cash at the event.   

Send banquet checks to: John Nelson, Rt. 2, Box 92, Lake Floyd, Bristol, WV 26426 - 7313. Please register by January 12, 2012.   


2012 Wild and Wonderful

West Virginia Irish Long Bullets

Road Bowling Tour Schedule


With new events in Chief Logan State Park and Coopers Rock State Forest, this ancient sport is now available in all regions of West Virginia.


♣      March 17 & 18 Irish Spring Festival, Ireland, WV

♣      March 31 Coopers Rock State Forest, Morgantown, WV 

♣      April 28 & 29 Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, WV (singles qualifier)

♣      May 5 Kanawha State Forest, Charleston, WV 

♣      May 19 & 20 Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon, WV (singles qualifier)

♣      June 16  Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV

♣      June 17 Canaan Valley State Park, Davis, WV

♣      July TBD  WV IRBA Men's and Women's Singles Finals, Ireland, WV

♣      July 28 Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV

♣      August 4 & 5 North American Region Finals, Coopers Rock, Morganton, WV 

♣      August 18 Doddridge County Fair, West Union, WV

♣      August 25 Barbour County Fair, historic Philippi, WV

♣      September 8 Wheeling Hibernians, Wheeling, WV

♣      September 9 Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run, Shepherdstown, WV

♣      September 29 Mountain State Forest Festival, Elkins, WV

♣      September 30 Preston County Buckwheat Festival, Kingwood, WV

♣      October 6 Holly River State Park Fall Challenge, Hacker Valley, WV

♣      October 27 Chief Logan state Park, Logan, WV

♣      November 4 Stonewall Resort Yankee Skedaddle, at Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, Roanoke, WV


For details, see www.wvirishroadbowling.com.

For info: David Powell (202) 387 1680; Wdp320@aol.com

Kevin Smith (304) 228-7928; kgsmoothone@yahoo.com