Phil Skoglund
Personal information
Birth namePhilip Charles Skoglund
Born(1937-06-20)20 June 1937
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Died8 May 2015(2015-05-08) (aged 77)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Years active1958–2015
RelativesPhilip Skoglund (father)
Pete Skoglund (uncle)

Philip Charles Skoglund OBE (20 June 1937 – 8 May 2015) was a New Zealand lawn bowls player, and part of New Zealand's greatest lawn bowls family dynasty.

Early life

Born in 1937 at Palmerston North, he was the son of politician and cabinet minister Philip Oscar Skoglund and nephew of champion lawn bowls player Pete Skoglund.

Bowls career

He was the youngest New Zealand National Bowls Championships singles champion at 20, in 1958. He competed in five World Championships (1966, 1972, 1980, 1984 & 1988), winning a gold medal (triples 1988), two silver medals (fours 1984 & 1988) and three bronzes (pairs 1980, fours 1980, triples 1984) He competed in five Commonwealth Games, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982 and 1990 (not 1986 because of a sport-wide dispute over amateurism). He played indifferently in the singles in 1970, hence has been mainly lead in the pairs and fours skip, despite being National singles champion 1970, 1971, 1972 (and in 1958 & 1966). He won a Commonwealth Games bronze in pairs 1974 and in fours 1990; and a silver in fours, 1978.[1]

Skoglund was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to bowls,[2] and was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.[3] In 2013, Skoglund was an inaugural inductee into the Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.[4]


His son Philip Skoglund junior played for New Zealand at the 1992 World Bowls and the 1994 Commonwealth Games. Philip Skoglund junior and his brother Raymond Skoglund won the National Pairs in 1999, where Philip junior was also runner-up in the National Singles. Together they were second in the National Fours with their father and Brett O'Riley in 1991.

Personal life

Skoglund was a transport company manager and was married to Carol. He died in Palmerston North in 2015.[5]


  1. ^ "Phil (PC) Skoglund". Bowls Tawa.
  2. ^ "No. 51367". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 11 June 1988. p. 34.
  3. ^ Manawatu Legends of Sport 2007 - Phil Skoglund OBE Archived 22 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Sport Manawatu. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Bowls legends honoured at inaugural Hall of Fame celebration". Bowls New Zealand. 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. ^ Lampp, Peter (8 May 2015). "Bowls legend Phil Skoglund dies, aged 77". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 8 May 2015.