On Saturday, August 4, 2012, teams consisting of 4 players will converge at Mill Dam Park in Halesite to play bocce - an old world sport that combines bowling, marbles and the precision of golf. The sport takes skill as a player tosses a two pound ball down a 76 foot long dirt court. Whether aiming for the pallini (a small white sphere that looks like a cue ball) or trying to bump the opposition's ball out of the way, it certainly is more difficult than it looks.
The tournament between the Town of Huntington and the Town of Babylon began in 2002, and has grown in popularity with each passing year. The 2012 tournament will be hosted by Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, and for the first time, the tournament will take place at the four new bocce courts Mill Dam Park in Halesite.
Depending on the number of teams, the tournament will either be “round robin” or “double elimination.” The FREE tournament begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4th and is open to all.