Central Division Clubs Spring Into Action for 2016

breaking-news(3)While a few division members have been active in gentler climes over the winter, most of us have been polishing our bowls in eager anticipation of warmer weather.

First out of the gate is the Cincinnati Lawnbowling Club which held their  Open House on May 7.  Cincinnati invites any bowlers who are in the area to participate in club games.  Their regular schedule for open bowling is:  7PM on Tuesday and Thursday, 10AM on Saturday,  and 4PM on the third Sunday of each month.  They also hold a member’s tournament on the first Saturday of every month which is also open to experienced non-members.

The Cincinnati green is located 3111 Newtown Rd., Cincinnati Ohio.  It is in the Little Miami Golf Center and is a part of  Great Parks of Hamilton County, www.greatparks.org  The club website is www.lawnbowling.org .

Milwaukee Lake Park kicks off 2016 with a Spring Meeting on May 21.  This is followed by the Blind Pairs on May 28 in which experienced bowlers team up with newcomers.  Leads and skips change for each game so it makes for a great way to meet fellow members and have a fun day of fairly noncompetitive competition.  An Open House follows on May 29.  The club website is www.milwaukeelawnbowls.com .



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Behncke & Team USA Strike Gold At Tiger Bowls


Rob, Grant, tournament director Mr. Wong, Aaron, and Matt

CB3CB1Central’s Rob Behncke joined teammates Matt Bauchiero, Grant Shear, and Aaron Zangle to win Gold in the 33 team Plate Division of the Tiger Bowls held in Hong Kong.  While they didn’t qualify for the championship division, coming out on top of 33 other teams from around the world is a fine accomplishment.  Well done guys.  You can read a more detailed account in Matt’s blog on the Bowls USA website.

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Central in the South Central Open

Steve, Rob, and Ian

Steve, Rob, and Ian

Max, Gord, and Jim

Max, Gord, and Jim

The South Central Open is arguably the second most competitive divisional tournament in the USA.  It draws top players from Canada as well as the US, and once again, players from the Central Division have have done well.  Rob Behncke, on the heels of a victory in the National Championships and of being named to Team USA for China Bowls, finished second in the Championship Flight of the singles.  He also teamed up with a couple of very accomplished international veterans, the Central Division’s own Steve Nelson and Ian Ho of the SW to finish first in the 4th Flight of the triples.  Rob and Steve also finished a very impressive fourth overall in the pairs.

Central members Max and Jim Cavender also competed, teaming up with Canadian veteran Gord Fall in the triples where they finished in second place in the 3rd Flight.  Max and Gord again joined up in the pairs to finish first in the 2nd Flight.  Max also took first in the 2nd Flight of the singles.


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News to Use

Hey all you would be mild mannered reporters out there in the Central Division, we now have an e-mail address set up to so you can send your latest club news to both the Central Division editor for the Bowls USA newsletter and to the division site at the same time.   We really want to hear about your club’s activities.  Please include pictures if you have them.  Send your reports to:  mail@lawnbowlscentral.com

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2016 Central Division Tournaments Dates Set

Here are the dates for the 2016 Central Division tournaments:

CD Open          Pairs –  July 9 & 10        Singles – August   6 & 7
Playdowns       Pairs –  July 16 & 17      Singles – August   13 & 14

To enter in the Open, you must be a member of Bowls USA or an equivalent national organization   You can sign up for the Central Division and Bowls USA on the day of the tournament as long as you send in your entry for these tournaments by the cut-off date.  Entry forms for 2016 are on the Tournaments page as are the requirements for Playdowns entrants.

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Behncke and Cavender Pack Their Bags to Represent the USA

ME2015Two 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.


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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.

Yours truly.


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Snapshot 1 (7-16-2015 12-04 PM)_editedAl “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.

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