By special contributor Neil Collins

Almost 50 years after Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in their classic tennis match, the women of Folkestone (South Building) continued that tradition by beating their male counterparts in bocce matches held Wednesday afternoon at the Park Street courts.

In 3 spirited and exciting games, the women bested the men 2-1, including a thrilling last minute win in game three. The twenty players were cheered on by a non-playing contingent from Folkestone. After the match all enjoyed a picnic dinner with hots and hamburgs cooked by Scott Hutton and Barb Donley and salads and desserts provided by the many attending.

Players on the winning women’s team included Jan Nelson, Barb Donley, Nell Ray, Glady Utoft, Pat Ritzinger, Jan Taylor, Judy Heiser, Mariyln Zastrow, Carole Sattervall, Jary Nichols and Beth Erickson. Male players were Vern Weiss, Harmon Ray, George Ritzinger, Rod Sanders, Jim Taylor, Don Ellenberger, Bob Engelstad and Val Olson. A Spring 2022 rematch is being considered.

Folkestone is a Presbyterian Homes & Services senior living community located in Wayzata, MN offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, and long term care apartment homes.