Posted: 06/29/2012 at 1:15 am 
by: Evey Wilson 
ELKHART — The Elkhart Morning Rotary Club brought together 37 two-person teams to play Extreme Bocce Ball in Central Park for four hours on Thursday afternoon. 

The course was set up on Central Park with 20 goals. Two teams of two people competed against each other as they moved through the course similar to a miniature golf course. After three rounds, the tournament went into single elimination, round-robin style until one team won. 

While the Elkhart Morning Rotary supports other organizations in the community like Salvation Army and Child and Adult Protective Services, it gives two $1,000 scholarships for college each year to seniors from Central and Memorial high schools. Proceeds from the Extreme Bocce Ball Tournament support these scholarships. 

Charlie Stutsman joined the Elkhart Morning Rotary club four years ago. He said “There are a lot of bocce players in this town. It’s amazing.”

People young and old came out to support the fundraiser despite the triple-digit temperatures. When asked about the heat, Gary Wetzel, a Rotary member and Extreme Bocce Ball competitor, said, “Well, that’s the extreme part of bocce ball.”