Bowls Legend Phil Skoglund passes away

08 May 2015

It is with great sadness that we advise the passing away this morning in Palmerston North of Hall of Fame Legend Phil Skoglund OBE.

On this very sad occasion our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Bowls New Zealand Legend

At the age of sixteen Phil Skoglund joined the Northern Bowling Club in Palmerston North and went on to become one of the greatest players New Zealand has produced. He won his first national singles title at the age of 21 years and is the only bowler to have won three singles title in a row. He is also respected for his willingness to speak his mind in support of the game he remains passionate about. He has been President of Northern Bowling Club twice where he is a life member; has been President of Manawatu Centre twice; and an NZBA councillor and national selector. He was awarded an OBE for services to bowls in 1988 and was inducted into the NZ Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He has won 30 clubs titles and 20 centre titles. In addition to his World Bowls gold medal he has won silver (twice) and bronze in the fours, and bronze in the pairs. At Commonwealth Games he has won silver and bronze in fours and bronze in pairs.  

National Open and International titles: 
National Singles  1958, 1996, 1970, 1971, 1972
National Pairs  1972, 1976
National Fours    1976
World Bowls 1998:  Gold medal in Triples 

Article courtesy of Bowls NZ

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