Rob Behncke and Brian Schieble duplicated last year’s finish by winning the championship. The team of Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen came in second.
Women: Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen prevailed in a two out of three match against Min Waite and Pat Wimmer. After losing game one, Anna and Rebecca took the last two games to qualify for Nationals.
Men: The men’s results are yet to be determined. Two teams went undefeated going into the final game of the round robin and were prepared to play the best two out of three games for the championship. At this point the Central Division President intervened and overruled the tournament director’s format, citing several clauses from the division bylaws which led to the determination that the round robin did not have to continue and that only one playoff game was required. After some discussion, both teams agreed to play one game for the championship. The team of Jim Grzybowski and Leif Andresen defeated Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke and were named the tournament winners. The next day Schneider filed a protest with the Central Division saying that more playoff games should have been played. After another day, the division council agreed and ruled that more games will need to be played. Oddly enough, both Grzybowski and Andresen thought that the results should stand as is. The one game playoff was due to a ruling by the president of the governing body, the Central Division, and was agreed to by both teams prior to the start of the game. This is where it now stands. Will more games be played? Will the division representatives be determined by a vote of the Central Division council? Stay tuned for more exciting news from The Wonderful World of Lawn Bowls.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat… Once again, the prolific pair of Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke won the Potlicker Cup.
Bob, Rob, Min, & Carl
This time they smoked the competition unlike previous years when they had stiffer competition and the results were much closer. Making this year’s outcome different was the second place finish of Carl Landgren and Potlicker rookie Min Waite. Carl is a several time winner along with his former assistant, some guy named Steve Nelson, but Min is a newcomer to competitive events. Good going guys & Min! Finishing in third place were Max Cavender and Joe Zinna.
Time is running out to get your entries in for one of the main competitive tournaments of the year. Here is the entry form. If you are certain you will make it, e-mail the tournament director at email@example.com and he will get you into the draw.
We would like to take this opportunity to refute the scurrilous fake news being promulgated by the unreliable Milwaukee Lawn Bowls club website. This vicious attack on Potlicker is unwarranted. Potlicker is one of the Icelandic 12 yule lads. His only offense is to knock on your door and, while everyone goes to answer it, he runs to the kitchen and licks out all the pots. He actually performs a great public service by eliminating labor for overworked dishwashers. After all, not all of us have a trusty canine companion to do this for us. You can expect to hear him knock on your door next December 16. Yes, that’s Potlicker Day.
With only a short time to endure the remainder of winter, we can look forward to the start of our bowling season. Here are the dates of the Division tournaments: the CD Open pairs will be July 8-9 and singles August 12-13 while singles Playdowns will be July 15-16 with the pairs August 19-20. Entry forms for 2017 are on the Tournaments page, as are the requirements for Playdowns entrants. To enter in the Central Division Open, you must be a member of Bowls USA or an equivalent national organization. This page also lists other tournaments open to all Bowls USA or international players. A reminder to Central Division clubs: if your club has tournaments or other events open to out-of-towners, this information can be included on the website. Send this and any other club news to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bowls USA has announced a new program to make funds available to clubs to “promote club development and to assist recruiting and retaining members”. Click on this link for the details and application form. Note that these grants are available to all clubs that have 100% Bowls USA membership and will be allocated across all the divisions.
Central’s Bid For Repeat Comes Up Just Short
Last years pairs champs Central’s Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke made a great run in the 2016 Championships. After the round robin they were tied for first with the team of Steve Smith and Bill Brault from the Southwest, each team having only one loss. Steve and Bill had also won previous national championships and were last seen by this reporter in the US Open where they finished second, losing in a very competitive final game to Scotland’s former world champions Alex Marshall and Paul Foster.
After falling behind early in the playoff game, Schneider and Behncke fought their way back but ran out of ends and lost in a close finish to wind up in second place. Good going guys. Jim Gryzbowski, Rebecca Nguyen, and Pat Wimmer also represented the Central Division.
A field which included five current or former National Champions toed the mat for the Otto Hess tournament. (Otto always claimed everyone spelled his first name backwards, so if I have done the same, sorry ottO). After slogging through a rain drenched morning, the skies cleared and the sun shined on a pair of National Championship qualifiers, Rob Behncke and Jim Grzybowski. They finished in first, beating out veteran Team USA players Bob Schneider and Joe Zinna who finished second. Mark Mathwig, Dat Ngyuen, and Dat’s afternoon substitute Max Cavender came in third. Even with the soaking rain, the greens held their speed nicely. This is a tribute to all the hard work of head greenskeeper Bob Schneider and his crew of assistants.
Unfortunately, one team had to be disqualified for violations of the uniform rules. As you can see, their shirts clearly do not match. Bubbles, the player on the left claims to be Canadian, but he still hasn’t said he’s sorry, so this nationality is highly doubtful, (and there have been rumors that he is overly fixated with kitties). The player on the right says he is a native of the planet earth, but this is also questionable. After all, he admitted that his first name is Weird. The investigation is still in progress. Be on the lookout for these miscreants. They might try to enter a tournament near you.
Jim Grzybowski outlasted veteran Leif Andresen to qualify for the National Championships in the Central Division Singles Playdowns. In the penultimate 21 point game of the playoff, both players were tied at 19 when Jim buried the jack to lie two. Leif’s last bowl went two feet through the head finishing outside Jim’s second shot making Jim the champion. This will be Jim’s first appearance in the National Championships, but certainly not his last.
Jurgen and Rob
Three players from the Central Division traveled to Pittsburg for the Northeast Division Open. The only one to have any success was Rob Behncke. Rob teamed up with well-known Canadian bowler Jurgen Fessler to win the Pairs event. Great job guys, and well done to the NE Division for a great tournament.