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Thanks to Ted Bailey, a long-time friend of the Central Division and summer-time Wisconsin resident, you can view a 23 minute video mix of all the Central players at the 2013 US National Championships. Again, congratulations to the Central’s women’s pairs team of Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen on winning the gold medal.
Cool November temperatures and a brisk wind could not deter four Central bowlers from taking to the green in Milwaukee for one last time in the 2013 season. The new mad-man of Central bowls, Jimmy Wolterman of Cincinnati, convinced three others to give it a go. A hard frost had firmed up the green, making the green a playable 12+ seconds. Thanks to Rob who gave the green a hair cut for the occasion.
A bit of mix-and-match teams resulted in two tied games.
Not since 1977 has a Central Division women’s pairs team won a title at the U.S. National Championships. That is, until skip Anna Witt and second year lead Rebecca Nguyen claimed gold at the recently completed 2013 Championshiops held at the Santa Anita Green Bowling Club. Finishing with a record of 6-1, the Milwaukee Wisconsin lawn bowlers, Witt and Nguyen, bested a field of eight women’s teams from all regions of the country.
In the men’s division, veteran skip Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke came home with a silver medal with a 5-2 record. Singles representative, Steve Nelson, finished in third place with a 4-3 record after starting at 0-3. Women’s singles representative, Pat Wimmer, competed strongly but was not able to gain a victory.
Forty-eight lawn bowlers are poised to compete in Bowls USA’s most prestigious tournament. The event features the winners of divisional playdowns in singles or pairs from all regions of the country. The 2013 tournament is being held at Santa Anita Green Bowling Green Club in Arcadia CA, October 16-20. Results will be continually updated at www.bowlsusa.us.
Six bowlers from the Central Division — all members at Milwaukee Lake Park (WI) — have prepared for the competition that will take place over four days in separate men’s and women’s events.
Pictured in the photo are Central Division’s representatives: front row- Bob Schneider, Pat Wimmer & Rob Behncke; back row- Anna Witt, Rebecca Nguyen, Steve Nelson.
In the sport of lawn bowls fathers often introduce their sons to the game so they can play together. A distance of 2000 miles between son Rob Behncke and his father Jon Behncke presented challenges to that dream, but Rob of Milwaukee WI and Jon of Sun City AZ held on to the hope that they would play bowls as teammates, and maybe even compete against each other in tournaments. They talked about how exciting it would be if they both qualified for the U.S. National Championships, where they would square off against one another as champions of different divisions. Sadly, it was a dream that could not be realized when Rob’s father, Jon, died of cancer in June 2013. Continue reading
This past weekend Milwaukee Lake Park bowler Steve Nelson came away the winner of Men’s Singles Playdowns and will represent the Central Division in the US National Championships in Arcadia California October 16-20. This annual event is a competition amongst bowlers who represent Bowls USA’s seven divisions.
Nelson joins the other Central Division champions: Pat Wimmer, women’s singles; Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen, women’s pairs; and Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke, men’s pairs.
Good luck to all Central Division bowlers!
This past weekend Milwaukee bowler Pat Wimmer emerged as the winner of Women’s Singles Playdowns and will represent the Central Division in the US National Championships in Arcadia California October 16-20. This annual event is competition amongst bowlers who represent Bowls USA’s seven divisions. Congratulations and best of luck to Pat.
The Central Division will again be well represented at the US Championships in October in Arcadia, California. Skip Bob Schneider and lead Rob Behncke won the men’s pairs title in a playoff against Max Cavender and father Jim Cavender. Cincinnati newcomers, brothers Jimmy and Jeff Wolterman, continue to impress in their first year of bowling by finishing four in the field of six teams and were the only ones to blemish Schneider and Behncke record over the weekend.
On the women’s side, Anna Witt has teamed up this year with second year bowler, Rebecca Nguyen, to represent Central in the pairs event at this year’s championships.
Schneider and Witt are very familiar with the US championships, but this will be Behncke’s and Nguyen’s first time to represent the Central Division at the nation’s premier lawn bowls tournament. Good luck to both Central teams.