Central’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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Golf Digest recently had an interesting feature about something called the Quiet Eye technique as it applied to putting. Briefly, it seems to imply that performance is improved by visualization, keeping your eyes focused on the target/ball, and then trusting your body to make the proper result. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to trust my body at anything other than taking a nap. Anyhow, this technique was formulated to increase performance in basketball and has been applied to other sports where hitting a target is the object. It seems likely that this would also be applicable to Lawn Bowls. Check out some of these Youtube videos on the Media page, and see what you think. You might even improve your golf game
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.
Two 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.
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.
Al “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.