Two of Central Division’s and Milwaukee Lake Park’s finest will be heading west in March… so far west they will end up in the east. Max Cavender is on the left and Rob Behncke is on the right. (Don’t worry, they clean up pretty well.)
US National Champion Rob Behncke has been selected as one of four men to represent the USA in Tiger Bowls and China Bowls from March 11 to 17. These tournaments will be held in Hong Kong and in Shenzen China. It should be a great adventure. Rob won the 2015 US National Championships pairs with his partner Bob Schneider. He has also taken home a number of Central Division championships.
Max Cavender will be playing in the World Junior Championships in Queensland Australia from March 9 to 15. Maxwell finished tied for 5th in his previous appearance in this prestigious event. His recent accomplishments include skipping the winning pairs team in the 2015 Southwest Open with his partner, the well known Canadian veteran Lyle Adams, and finishing second in both the US National Championships Pairs and the US Open Pairs. Max is also the current Central Division Open singles champion.
Best of luck to both competitors or, in Rob’s case, Zhù nǐ hǎo yùn.
Sorry everyone, the post below was meant to be on a different page. I will correct this just as soon as I know what I’m doing.
Al “Shorty” Boller was found trying to end it all after missing a wide open draw on the last end of his $5 grudge match against his longtime nemesis Reginald Ulysses Upson, who chooses to go by his first initials…. AKA RU Upson. After coming up short on an open draw for the winning shot, Boller gathered up his bowls, threw them a nearby pond, and ran off screaming into the shrubbery. Concerned fellow players found him about twenty minutes later preparing to hang himself. When asked why he picked such a short tree in his misguided attempt, he said “It was the only flippin branch I could reach!”
Boller was talked out of taking such extreme measures only because the club nominating comitee was so impressed by his decisiveness in the face of adversity and his stylish choice of lawn bowling outfits that they decided to make him club president.
Rob, Bob, Max, & Andy
WHO SAID IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN?
Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke of Milwaukee and the Central Division were undefeated and had an insurmountable lead before going into the final game against Max Cavender and Andy Klubberud of the Northwest. Max and Andy managed to hand Bob and Rob their only loss of the tournament. Cavender and Klubberud finished in second place.
This was Behncke’s first National Championship and Schneider’s fourth. Bob is closing in on the all time numbers of Central Division legend Ken Degenhardt whose total of five National Championships ranks second behind the great Neil McInnis who has ten. Perhaps there is something to be said for learning the game on Midwestern greens after all?
In the Singles event, former national champion Steve Nelson of Milwaukee finished strongly to tie for second place. 2013 women’s Pairs Champions Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen, also from Milwaukee, captured third place in that competition.
Anna Witt, on the right, who somehow finds time to be the President of the Central Division and a family physician as well as being a terrific lawnbowler, teamed up with Brenda Wright of the Southwest to finish in First Place in the 2nd flight of the Pairs event. She also joined Lorraine Hitchcock of the SE and a duo from Australia to earn second place in the 4th flight in the Fours.
Rob Behncke, on the left, joined an Australian family, the Christies – Ash, Tim, and Danyon for the Fours competition. Together they defeated a team made up of four current Team USA members to capture First Place in the 4th flight.
Meanwhile, erstwhile Central stalwart Max Cavender (who is currently on loan to the Northwest Division), joined Matt Bauchiero of the Southwest to finish in 2nd place in the Pairs Championship Flight.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the format of the Open, any team reaching the Championship finals has not lost a game going in. Reaching the finals in another flight means you have lost only one game. Considering the competition, which consists of some of the best bowlers from the US as well as many top bowlers from other countries, getting to the finals in any of these events is a great accomplishment.
Well Done to all.
Steve Nelson needed all of his experience in national and international play to get by his long time pairs partner Carl Landgren and win the 2015 Singles Playdowns. Both players were on their games in the 90 degree heat. The match featured 15 one point ends and a multitude of brilliant shots. On the last end, Steve was up 19-18 and lying three with his bowls within 12 inches of the jack. Carl then drew down inside Steve’s shot bowl. With his last bowl, Steve rolled Carl’s bowl out of the head for the two shots he needed for the win. Landgren finished in second place with Leif Andresen in third.
In the women’s event, Pat Wimmer won the double elimination match against second year bowler Min Waite. This will be the third year in a row that Pat has ably represented the Central Division.