The Optimist Club of Paso Robles held its 4th Annual Winemaker’s Bowling Classic on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Paso Robles Bowl. Over 48 bowling enthusiasts from several local wineries attempted to knock down strikes or spares and vie for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophies and other prizes. 

Optimist Club Winemaker's Bowl 1

This was the fourth annual event sponsored by the Optimist Club of Paso Robles. The tournament is dedicated to the local wine industry as a way of thanking them for their assistance in supporting the youth of our community. The bowling tournament was also held as a fundraiser for the Optimist Club of Paso Robles to support local High School Scholarships and other youth activities. The winery teams that competed were given a chance to win door prizes and gift baskets by way of bowling challenges during the tournament, raffle drawings and other ticket drawings.  

Optimist Club Winemakers Bowl 5

Paso Robles Optimist Club Past President, Chuck Sawyer, serves as chairman for the tournament and is very enthusiastic about this annual event. “The Optimist Club is extremely grateful for the support our local wineries and businesses have given us to help the youth of our community. The wineries have supported our Annual Chinese Auction for years and we wanted to find a way to thank the wine industry for their donations and support by giving them something back in return. A bowling tournament was something everyone can enjoy and provides a friendly competition no matter what skill level you might have” Sawyer said.

During the evening, each team bowled a total of 3 games, and though the competition was close, the winning team taking home the 1st Place trophy was the team from Peachy Canyon Winery. The Peachy Canyon Winery team knocked down a total of 1599 pins.  Second place went to Justin Winery with 1596 pins and third place went to the team from Calcareous Winery with 1541 pins.  Highest individual effort went to John Stensrud with a total of 527 pins. At the conclusion of the tournament, the lowest and highest scoring teams were given awards for their efforts, as well as the lowest and highest individual scores.

Sawyer said, “The 4th Annual Optimist Winemaker’s Bowling Classic was a great success for the Paso Robles Optimist Club. From all the comments I heard from the participants, everyone had a great time and they look forward to next year’s event. Our club members also did a great job putting this together and making the evening fun for everyone. I want to personally thank Tablas Creek Winery, Jada Vineyards and Winery, Midnight Cellars, Peachy Canyon Winery, San Marcos Creek Cellars, Calcareous Winery, Justin Winery, Sculpterra Winery, Cass Winery, Felton Cellars and all the other participants for making the evening a successful annual event.”   

The Optimist Club of Paso Robles is a local service organization of Optimist International and is dedicated to improving the lives of youth in the community. Every year the club donates time, monies and talent to youth organizations in the local area and surrounding communities. Anyone interested in finding out more information about the Optimist Club of Paso Robles or the Annual Optimist Chinese Auction can contact Linda Stermer at (805) 238-2410 or Chuck Sawyer at (805) 591-9590. Evening meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 6:30pm until 8:00pm at the Paso Robles Elks Club. Information is also available on Facebook, The Paso Robles Optimist Club website, or the Optimist International website at

Optimist Club of Paso Robles, PO Box 644, Paso Robles, CA 93447

Contact info:  Chuck Sawyer, 805-591-9590