Cavender finishes T-5th in World Junior Championships

Max Cavender

Max Cavender

Maxwell Cavender achieved a tie for 5th place at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Australia. Finishing round robin sectional play at 4-3, Cavender qualified for the quarter-finals before bowing to Japan’s Kenta Hasebe. On the way to the quarter-finals Cavender defeated defending champion Dylan Fisher of Australia and bowlers from New Zealand, Hong Kong and Cook Islands. Cavender lost to undefeated Kevin Anderson of Scotland by a close score of 17-21.

Maxwell has risen through the ranks of U.S. bowls, getting his start as a 12-year old on the greens in Milwaukee WI, before advancing to U.S. Championships in recent years, and then on to international stage against the world’s best. Well done, Maxwell. You made us all proud!

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Cavender bowling strong at World Junior Championships in Australia

Max with his father, Jim Cavender

Max Cavender with his father Jim

Maxwell Cavender has always been ahead of the times, and bowling in Australia guarantees he’s 15 hours in advance of his hometown, Milwaukee. Cavender is the U.S. representative at the 2015 World Junior Championships on the Gold Coast, an annual event on the World Bowls calendar for bowlers under 25.

With one game remaining in sectional round robin play, Cavender is 4-2 and in third place. A win against Kenta Hasebe (4-1) who bowls for Japan, will assure Cavender a spot in the coveted quarter-finals. This match takes place Thursday night (U.S. time). Results can be found on the Broadbeach B.C. website.

Win or lose, Max has represented the U.S. strongly in this prestigious international tournament, but we wish him a win tonight.

Broadbeach B.C., Queensland AU

Broadbeach B.C., Queensland AU

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Central Division Announces 2015 Schedule

34fe3d58-bbb4-4143-b492-bf42b10af027Snow may still blanket the two greens in Milwaukee WI, but planning has moved forward to prepare the bowls schedule for the summer. Kicking off the season is the one-and-only Potlicker Pairs, June 6-7 (Want to know what a potlicker is?). The Central Division Open and the Central Playdowns are the “central” events of the season. Click here to view the complete schedule. All Bowls USA members are invited to participate.

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Mitchell SD completes successful lawn bowling season despite obstacles

The Mitchell South Dakota LBC completed a successful 2014 season with a final use count of 2117 bowlers, more than a 24% increase over last year. This upturn in usage occurred in an environment in which the golf course groundskeeper inexplicably removed all the ditches surrounding the green. Bowls USA officials and Central Division leadership wrote letters to the mayor of Mitchell encouraging the rebuilding of the ditches and explaining that the ditch in bowls is as essential to the game as the gutter is in 10-pin bowling or the foul line in baseball. However, Rodney Titze, the driving force in the Mitchell lawn bowling community, reports that no remedial action on the ditches has occurred.

But the good folks in Mitchell bowled on. The final event of the year had a bowler turnout of 43. In tournament play, the club singles title went to Mary Titze. Pairs was won
by the team of Dave Wosje & Rod Titze. Triples was won by the team of Sherry Stilley & Steve Nordwall & Rod Titze. Mitchell also hosted a tournament for the special league of lawn bowlers with developmental disabilities. As Rod Titze concludes, “The Lakeview Lawn bowling group is determined to persevere and we move forward.”

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Central bowlers set sights on medals at U.S. Championships

2014 Championship FloridaPhoto: Max Cavender, Rob Behncke, Bob Schneider, Anna Witt, Glorianne Mather, Pat Wimmer

Central Division sends a strong lawn bowls team to the U.S. National Championships Nov 4-8 in Sun City Center, Florida. This premier competition in the U.S. draws champions from the seven divisions in the U.S. who compete in round robin play.

Central is led by Anna Witt, defending women’s pairs champions, who has teamed up this year with Glorianne Mather. Three-time national champion Bob Schneider returns to the Championships with Rob Behncke hoping to improve on their silver medal from 2013. Singles representatives Max Cavender and Pat Mueller have competed previously at the Championships and hope to be in the medal hunt. Good luck Central!

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Max Cavender punches ticket to U.S. Championships

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Central Champion Max Cavender accepts congratulations from Steve Nelson with Jim Grzybowski.

The Central Division men’s singles playdowns attracted six bowlers in Milwaukee Wisconsin on Aug 16-17. At the end of round-robin play, 22-year old Max Cavender had an unblemished 5-0 record and earned the right to represent the Central Division at the U.S. Championships in Florida this November. Steve Nelson finished in second place with a 4-1 record and Jim Grzybowski third at 3-2. Also competing were second-year bowler Brian Schieble and first-year bowler Kirk Korneisel and veteran Leif Andresen.

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Central Division women set to compete at U.S. Championships

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Milwaukee lawn bowlers Anna Witt and Glorianne Mather (photo left) will represent the Central Division in the women’s pairs competition Nov. 4-8 in Sun City Center, Florida. Witt is the gold medal skip from the 2013 U.S. women’s pairs championships. In the singles event, Pat Wimmer (photo) of Milwaukee defeated Marty White of Cincinnati to advance to the Championships. Wimmer represented Central in 2013.

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New lawn bowling club opens in Minnesota

Brookview Golf and Lawn BowlingThursday, August 14, 2014 marks a significant day in the life of lawn bowls in the U.S. Noteworthy is a new bowling green that is opening in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a western suburb of Minneapolis. A year ago the city council approved the construction costs of $134,000 for the 8-rink green that has been built on the same premises as the city’s public golf course.

Take note all you nay-sayers who talk about the decline of the sport. Before a bowl has been rolled on the green in Golden Valley, twenty-four teams have signed up for league play that kicks off on August 14 Strong civic backing has been crucial to bring this project to realization. From the beginning the Golden Valley city council was supportive of the lawn bowling project. “This looks like a fabulous amenity,” Council member Paula Pentel reported to Gina Purcell with the Sun Post Newspaper. Mayor Shep Harris offered his support, “I think it’s a great idea, …this will be yet another option for those coming to Golden Valley.”

League play pits teams of four players in matches lasting just one hour for seven weeks and culminates in a Champions Cup Tournament. A variety of league options are available: family league, couples only, women only, and open league. Loch Lamond, Vale of Leven, and Druid’s Glen are among the league names that all pick up on the original home of the game.

The cost per team is $350. In response to a question about the fees, assistant manager Kim Straw said, “everyone thinks the fees are reasonable”. The new bowls club has signed up at least one corporate group of between 30-100 people for each day in August. Straw attributes this high level of interest to the social aspect of the game. “In golf you only have three other playing partners, but in lawn bowling you socialize with many more people.” Straw notes the game has a mysterious factor to it that is attractive to people who’ve never seen or heard of the game, and it is less intimidating than golf to play.

How does a new lawn bowls operation occur in the U.S.? It helps not to be burdened by a history of repeating the tired methods and strategies that don’t work anymore.

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Schneider-Behncke advance to U.S. Championships

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Rob Behncke (left) and Bob Schneider

Central Division will be well represented at the U.S. Championships with the team of Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke who swept the pairs playdowns in Milwaukee Aug 9-10. Finishing with an unblemished 4-0 record and a plus score of +32, Schneider and Behncke bested four other teams in the competition. Second place went to Max Cavender and father Jim Cavender. Also competing were Steve Nelson and Carl Landgren, brothers Jimmy and Jeff Wolterman, and Leif Andresen and Jim Gryzbowski.

Schneider and Behncke placed 2nd (tie) at last year’s Championships and will set their sights one notch higher at the 2014 Championships to be held this November in Sun City Center, Florida.

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Rob Behncke storms back to win Central Open singles

IMG_3039-copyTrailing 11-17 and one point away from elimination in the 18-point singles final, Rob Behncke of Milwaukee held his resolve and made one clutch shot after another to draw even at 17-17 against Steve Nelson of Chicago. On the final end Behncke’s toucher on a full-length jack held up to give Behncke an 18-17 victory and the Central Open singles title.

The singles tournament attracted a field of 12 bowlers who played three games before being seeded into flights. Behncke, seeded eight, beat number one seed Max Cavender in the quarter-finals before winning the semi-final match against Max’s father, Jim Cavender, setting up the final against Nelson.

Other winners: 3rd-Jim Cavender; 4th-Anna Witt; A flight-Max Cavender; B flight-Jim Grzybowski.

Photo left to right: Behncke, Nelson, J. Cavender, Witt, M. Cavender, Grzybowski.

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