Gil Stephan, Central Division Great Passes Away

NAC Team Captain 1998

Gil Stephan started bowls in 1970 in Milwaukee and went on to win many Central Division tournaments as well as to have a major impact on the national and international scene. He was a long time co-chairman of the North American Challenge. He also ran many tournaments in the Central Division and at the Milwaukee Lake Park club. The Otto Hess tournaments he ran way back when they still consisted of 16 triples teams were legendary for their organization and their amenities. Gil will be missed by his many friends.

Here is the biography from his Lawn Bowls Hall of Fame entry:

R. GIL STEPHAN Jr. -Sun City (AZ) -2003 Nicknamed “Gillie” by his closest friends, Gil Stephan began his lawn bowling experience in April of 1970 as a member of the Milwaukee Lake Park LBC. After moving to Arizona he was a South-Central Division Councilor to the American Lawn Bowls Association from 1990 to 1996. Gil was the President of the ALBA in 1997 and 1998 and the President of the South-Central Division in 1999 and 2000. Again on the national scene, Gil chaired the National Open Tournament in 1993 and 1998; was National Tournament Director for eight years; a national umpire for over 16 years; and Chairman of the National Open Senior Tournament in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Gil has won more major tournaments than can be mentioned here. However, he is probably best known for his leadership as Team USA Manager. In 1995 and again in 1999 at the Asia Pacific Games and as Team USA Manager, Gil guided the team to finish high enough to qualify for the World Bowls Tournaments in 1996 and 2000. He was also the Team USA Manager at World Bowls in 2000 which led to team qualification for World Bowls 2004 .

After his move to Arizona, Gil returned to Wisconsin every summer and continued his contributions to the Milwaukee club, where he was more than happy to pass his knowledge on to younger bowlers.

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