Five pairs teams set out to stop a two-year winning streak by Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke in the annual Potlicker tournament in Milwaukee, but at the end of play on the second day, the Schneider-Behncke duo stood alone at the top. Their record was not unblemished, however, as Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski bested the eventual winners by one shot in their matchup.
Also finishing with a record of 4-1 in the round robin format, Carl Landgren and Steve Nelson settled for 2nd place, trailing the winners by a total of 14 plus points. Max Cavender and Jim Cavender claimed third place with a 3-2 record, finishing ahead of Andresen and Grzybowski on plus points. Also competing were Crandall Hays and Buzz Wickmann, and Pat Wimmer and Sue Dropp.
The bowling season is just getting underway in the Central Division, but the clubs are ready to roll with extensive calendars of drop-in bowling, club events, summer leagues, tournaments, corporate events, lessons, and open houses, so be sure to check them out. You can find more information on the club websites. In addition the division’s Open and Playdowns are highlights of the season.
Max Cavender & Lyall Adams
Rob Behncke & Bob Schneider
Max Cavender of Milwaukee LBC has been making some noise early in the lawn bowling season with two strong finishes at the Southwest Open in Santa Anita, CA. In pairs Cavender teamed up with Lyall Adams of Canada to beat 46 other teams to claim the top prize in the championship flight. In the singles event, Cavender finished first in the 2nd flight against a tough field of 62 competitors. Earlier this year, Cavender placed T-5th in singles at the World Junior Championships in Australia.
Central Divsion bowlers, Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke, took first place in the 4th flight in pairs. Behncke went on to place 1st in the 6th flight singles while Schneider made a run in the 3rd flight singles before bowing out.
Anna Witt (far right) & fours teammates
Anna Witt & Brenda Wright
Anna Witt (Milwaukee LBC) had a successful tournament at the recently completed Southwest Open in Santa Anita, CA. In the fours, Witt teamed up with partners from Southwest and South Central to place 3rd in the Championship flight. Moving on to the pairs, Witt and Brenda Wright (SW) finished 1st in the 3rd flight.
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!
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
Snow 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.
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.”
Photo: 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!