CITRUS LEAGUE - 2016
The Citrus League is one of five Southwest Division leagues that compete to determine the Division's Champion. The club that wins the Citrus League will send two three-person teams to compete for the Waterbury All-League Championship trophy at Laguna Woods on October 29, 2016. Carl Waterbury provided the initial financial support and a perpetual trophy in 1983. Learn more about the Waterbury on this Southwest Division page..
For the 2016 competition, representatives from each club (Hemet, Pomona, Redlands, Riverside, and Sun City) met on Wednesday November 11, 2015, in Redlands to discuss the upcoming season (Pomona returned to the Citrus District after being a member of the Central District for a number of years). They met again January 7th to finalize plans and establish the schedule. Historically, clubs entered as many teams as they wished. If enough teams played, the League had A and B Flights, where the A Flight determined the Waterbury Tournament team. The B Flight allowed a “developmental experience” for bowlers who are relatively new. In recent years, A and B Flights have not been used.
Citrus League has been played on Thursdays for many years. The current practice is that each triples team plays a 14-end game against one team in the morning, has lunch, and then plays 12 ends against a different team in the afternoon. Normally the league begins near the end of January and concludes in early April. Recent years have been in a double round robin format (i.e., each team plays each other team twice). It is very prestigious for a club to win its league.
The five 2016 Leagues are:
|Citrus -||Hemet, Pomona (effective 2016), Redlands, Riverside and Sun City|
|Coast -||Casta del Sol, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Long Beach, Newport Harbor, Santa Ana and The Groves|
|Gold Coast -||Cambria, MacKenzie Park, Oxnard-Joslyn and Santa Barbara||South -||Coronado, Lake Hodges, Oaks North and San Diego|
|Valley -||Alhambra, Friendly Valley, Pasadena, Pomona and Santa Anita|
|*2016 league champions|
|Alhambra won the Waterbury event at Laguna Woods on October 29, 2016
Oaks North was 2nd and Laguna Beach was 3rd