2023 Central Division Open

Entry Form

Conditions of Play and Open Details

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Ken Degenhardt Potlicker Pairs

Aaron & Bob

Bob Schneider and Aaron Zangl won the last game against 2021 champs Rob Behcke and Jim Cavender to win in 2022 and capture the $1000 first place prize.  Rob and Jim finished in second place.

Team Event

Mark, Frankie, Rob, Jim, and Tony

 In a format similar to that of the NAC, four person teams played a round robin featuring singles, pairs, triples, and fours.  The final game of fours between the two teams tied for first place provided some fireworks in the last end.    The team of Bob Schneider, Tony Baer, Aaron Zangle, and Nancy Santos was three shots down to the team of Rob Behncke, Tony Santos, Frankie Napoli, and Jim Grzybowski/Mark Mathwig.  With one bowl to go, Bob Schneider trailed the jack back to a cluster of friendly bowls to lie four.  Rob Behncke delivered his final bowl slightly off line, but got a nice rub finish in the head cutting out two shot bowls and winning both the game and the championship.

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2022 US National Championship Playdowns

Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke swept through the round robin event against some very strong teams, defeating seveal teams who finished tied for for second place.  Bob and Rob were undefeated and captured the 2022 Central Division Pairs Championship.  They will be heading to Sun City AZ  for the National Championships running from October 31 to November 5.  They are former pairs champions, having won in 2015.  Mark Mathwig and newcomer Karl Freund finished second with Tony Baer and Aaron Zangl in third.

Aaron Zangl won the Singles Playdowns. All the players had to deal with 90+ degree weather and the noise levels from the Blue Angels air show…great visuals but hard on the ears. Aaron got off to an early lead and never faltered.  Aaron (who is inexplicably well tanned for a Wisconsin lad) combined an exceptional draw game with an occasional spot on drive shot to finish undefeated.  Tony Baer made a strong run to finish up in second place.  Jim Cavender, a former National Champion in pairs and singles, finished in third place.

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All events are held at the Milwaukee Lake Park club — address: 3131 East Newberry Blvd. Google map and directions.  Playdowns entry forms are on link below.


  • Entry fee…..$ 45 per person per event       
  • Entry deadline is August 1, 2022
  • Enter as an individual or as a team                        
  • Click on the Conditions of Play and Open Details
  • Click for the printable Entry Form
  • Click for Online Entry Form                                                         

Any questions to Jim Cavender:  cavncav@gmail.com

Hosted by;  Milwaukee Lake Park Lawn Bowling Club


Central Division Playdowns Pairs
Date: Saturday July 9 & Sunday July 10

Central Division Playdowns Singles
Date: Saturday July 23 & Sunday July 24

note:  following Mondays for both events may be required as well if playoffs are necessary


Date: June 11 & 12

Sydney Steller Invitational (women)
Date: Sept 10

Otto Hess Invitational (men)
Date: Sept 10

chili_peppers_in_hatsCHILI BOWL
Date: Oct 15

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2021 Central Division Open Results

Central Division Open Results

Team event

First Place – Rob Behnke (CD),  Giulia Gallo (PMID),  Frankie Napoli (PMID),  Bob Schneider (CD)

Second Place – Brian Stewart (SW), Tad Dutch (SW), Bill Buchannan (SW), Allen O’Brien (SW)


National Potlicker Pairs event:

First Place – Rob Behnke (CD),  Jim Cavender (CD)

Second Place – Jim Grzybowski (CD),  Randy Grzybowski (CD)

Third Place – Sandy Wall (SED), Martha Nilsen (SED)

Fourth Place – Bob Schneider (CD) , Mark Mathwig (CD)

Fifth Place – Carl Landgren (CD),  Joe Blaney (CD)

Sixth Place – Brian Stewart (SW),  Bill Buchannan (SW)

Seventh Place – Tad Dutch 9SW),  Allen O’Brien (SW)

Eighth Place – Scott Lehmann (CD),  Dale Parsens (CD)

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Once again, Bob Schneider and his partner Mark Mathwig prevailed in the latest edition of the POTLICKER CUP.  Bob has dominated in the last several years despite playing against some very competitive opposition.  This year there were three teams that tied for second with only one loss:  Tony Baer & Rob Behncke, Max Cavender & Jim Cavender, and Jim Grzybowski and Randy Gryzbowski.  All of these players have national and/or international experience.  It was a heated competition.

Tony gives Max an ice water cool down.

Rob thought that was a good idea.

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2020 Central Division Open Results

Do You Recognize These Masked Men?

This so far unidentified pair stormed through the Covid curtailed Central Pairs tournament.  The Pairs on Saturday found these guys with an insurmountable lead going into the last game, which they lost to a team that was happy to win.  The team of Bob Schneider and Brian Schieble finished second with Jim and Randy Grzybowski in third.  Instead of the usual two day events, both the pairs and the singles had to be played in one day each.  The length of games and formats of the two events had to be far different from what they would be in normal times.  Nevertheless, it was great to be playing bowls again. 

The Singles on Saturday also saw these two taking the lead with left guy winning and right guy in second after a very close game.  Bob Schneider came in third.  Of course the guy on the left is Tony Baer and on the right is Rob Behncke.  It was Rob’s birthday, so his family arranged Hawaiian themed party for him. 



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Bob & Brian

A few intrepid bowlers braved the bug to kick off the season with the Potlicker Cup.  After a hard fought round robin, the team of Bob Schneider and Brian Schieble defeated Jim and Randy Grzybowski for the championship. 



Central player observing social distancing and face mask use.

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