The president of the Federation of Pétanque USA, Ed Porto, recognized our Amelia Island Boules Club and Pétanque America’s Philippe Boets in its newsletter for their outstanding performance in recent years in spreading the word about this magnificent ball game throughout the United States and beyond.
Especially Philippe Boets efforts have made this French-Provençial game a household word in our community and it is gratifying to see how this has caught the attention of national Petanque community.
Last month’s PETANQUE AMERICA international Tournament attracted some 300 players from around the world to our shores, including 3 of the World’s top players.
FPUSA president Ed Porto said this in the Newsletter statement: “Earlier this month, I was able again to play in the Pétanque America Open in Amelia Island, Florida (try this link). I got to meet many pétanque enthusiasts from around the country and see some world class players compete. Philippe Boets and his staff, including most of the Amelia Island Boules club continue to do a stellar job building further on our country’s premier pétanque event -with more technique clinics this year as well as a shooting contest among three former world champions in attendance. If you have never been to this tournament, I would encourage you to make it there sometime. (It is always held on the second weekend of November.) The tournament this year went to Belgian champion Claudy Weibel, who for the occasion had teamed up with Jean Pierre Subrenat from the New York Pétanque Club, who consistently has scored high in the past 4 tournaments on the Fernandina Beach Riverfront.