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.
Long time Central Division and Milwaukee Lake Park member Jack Behling passed away August 12th after complications from heart surgery. Jack started bowling at the Milwaukee West club and moved to Lake Park after the dissolution of the West club. He won numerous club and division tournaments along with his other bowling accomplishments. Here’s how Bowls USA describes his bowling career on its Hall of Fame page:
“Jack Behling was elected ALBA “Bowler of the Decade” for the 1990’s. At the USLBA National Open Jack has succeeded in every discipline: winning the Fours in 2006, the Triples in 1998, the Pairs in 1991 and 1992, and finishing second in the 2003 singles. At the US Championships he won the Pairs in 1995 and the Singles in 2006. As a member of team USA for fifteen years, Jack competed in the Asia Pacific games in New Zealand and Malaysia and at World Bowls in the UK, Australia, and Scotland. Jack is always willing to help other players-whether novice or veteran. He is keenly interested in all aspects of bowls and has served as Central Division Councilor and Milwaukee Lake Park LBC greenskeeper.”
Jack also won the US Championships (now renamed the National Championships) singles in 2010. He retired from the Milwaukee Fire Department where he reached the rank of Battalion Chief. A chief on the greens as well, he was known for his great ability and for his competitive intensity. Jack will be missed by his friends in Wisconsin and Arizona.
Bob Schneider &
Max Cavender edged out three time national champion Bob Schneider to capture the 2015 Central Division Singles title. Bob had a 10 to 5 point advantage in the 18 shot final, but Max played some dynamic bowls to even up the match at 12 and then forge ahead for the win. Both players traded shot after shot throughout the game which made it a very exciting and entertaining event to watch.
In the battle for third place, Steve Nelson played his usual steady and deadly bowls to defeat Anna Witt. Jim Grzybowski was at the top of his game and took out Rob Behncke for first place in Flight A. Pat Wimmer outlasted Glen Weber to win Flight B.
Rob & Bob
Bob and Rob do the Job!
Schneider and Behncke were undefeated going into their last game when they were narrowly defeated by the team of Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski. This put them into a playoff for the championship against the other one loss team of Carl Landgren and Crandall Hays. After an exciting game, Schneider and Behncke came out on top. Andresen and Grzybowski edged out Jim Cavender and Dat Nguyen for third place.
Anna & Rebecca
Witt and Nguyen Do It Again!
Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen didn’t lose a game in the round robin match-up for the ladies championship. They went into a double elimination playoff with the team of Pat Wimmer and Barb Hamm which had one loss. Anna and Rebecca took care of business in game one, giving Pat and Barb their second loss. Kathy Bohanon and Laurie Michael from the Chicago Lakeside club gave the top two teams some strong competition and finished in third place.
Landgren and Hays
Grzybowski and Andresen
Wimmer and Hamm
Bohanon and Michael
Anna Witt and Matt de St Aubin
Rob Behncke and Brian Scheible
The wife and husband team of Anna Witt and Matt de St Aubin won the Central Pairs in a close finish, prevailing despite a two shot final game loss to the team of Rob Behncke and Brian Scheible. Behncke and Scheible had to settle for second place thanks to a tie in game four against the veteran Carl Landgren and his partner Jack Britten. Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski finished the Round Robin event in third place. Witt and de St Aubin played steady bowls throughout the championship.
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!