Rob Behncke storms back to win Central Open singles

IMG_3039-copyTrailing 11-17 and one point away from elimination in the 18-point singles final, Rob Behncke of Milwaukee held his resolve and made one clutch shot after another to draw even at 17-17 against Steve Nelson of Chicago. On the final end Behncke’s toucher on a full-length jack held up to give Behncke an 18-17 victory and the Central Open singles title.

The singles tournament attracted a field of 12 bowlers who played three games before being seeded into flights. Behncke, seeded eight, beat number one seed Max Cavender in the quarter-finals before winning the semi-final match against Max’s father, Jim Cavender, setting up the final against Nelson.

Other winners: 3rd-Jim Cavender; 4th-Anna Witt; A flight-Max Cavender; B flight-Jim Grzybowski.

Photo left to right: Behncke, Nelson, J. Cavender, Witt, M. Cavender, Grzybowski.

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Landgren-Mathwig take Central Open pairs title

IMG_3018-copy Carl Landgren & Mark Mathwig were last minute entries into the Central Open pairs competition recently held in Milwaukee WI, but they bowled over their competition on their way to claim the Central Open pairs title. In the final the winners defeated the son-father team of Max & Jim Cavender. In 3rd place Steve Nelson & Rob Behncke edged out Leif Andresen & Jim Grzybowski.

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Schneider and Behncke repeat as Potlicker Pairs champions

Bob,Rob-Potlicker 2014The pairs tandem of Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke captured the Potlicker pairs trophy for the second consecutive year at the annual Milwaukee event on June 7-8. Schneider and Behncke trailed by one shot coming home in the 16th end in the finals against Carl Landgren and Steve Nelson. Lead Rob Behncke drew a near toucher. A Nelson front bowl was inched closer to the jack on a bump up for second shot, but then Schneider drew close to the jack and edged out the opponents on a measure to take two on the final end and win the game and tournament.

Max Cavender and John Kirkwood beat Leif Andresen and Jim Gryzbowski for 3rd place. In the A flight, Jim Cavender and Scott Wisniewski beat Crandall Hays and Ted Bailey. Also competing were Pat Wimmer and Andy Searles, and Anna Witt/Rebecca Nguyen and Kirk Korneisel.

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Denver club rolls into bowls season

Steve being presented a special certificate by Ron(1)Springtime in the Rockies is here and the Washington Park Lawn Bowling club in Denver kicked off the season in April. Bowlers in the area are invited to stop by for a game on Tuesday’s at 6:00 p.m. Check out the website for additional times and schedules — http://washingtonparklawnbowlingclub.

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New and robust World Bowls website

World_Bowls_LOGO_AW-e1366830444658Check it out — Gone is the boring color scheme and information hidden behind a nearly unnavigable heirarchy. In with the new. Reamped. Newsy. Instructional. On the right sidebar is a clean graphic link to all the member nations and their websites. Across the top is a menu bar that offer a clear path to such things as upcoming events as well as past results. What is most impressive is a comprehensive Bowls Introductory manual with tons of helpful information for any new bowler or club considering construction of a new green.

On the home page you will find news about the recently completed World Cup indoor singles tournament in which US bowler Neil Furman took the bronze medal. Jeremy Henry of Australia and Caroline Brown of Scotland won gold.

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The one-and-only Pot Licker Open Pairs, June 7-8

A “Pot Licker” is literally one who licks the bottom of the pot for leftovers to avoid starvation or poverty. In Milwaukee, a pot licker is a bowler hungry for a win, especially in this first tournament of the year after a long-and-harsh winter. Participants enter their own teams.  The entry fee goes towards cash prizes (pot), and the winners’ names are engraved on a trophy kept in the clubhouse.

Tournament Information
● Date: Sat, June 7 & Sun, June 8, 2014 / Entry fee: $60/team
● Format: Open pairs; 3×16 ends
● Draw Time Sat: 7:30 AM / Start Time: 8:00 AM
● Attire: Whites or matching team uniforms
● Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 1, 2014


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Anna Witt and Glorianne Mather compete at Southeast Open

Two Central Division women from Milwaukee Lake Park Lawn Bowling Club escaped the harsh winter in the Midwest to enjoy some fun and bowls at the Southeast Division Open held March 1-6 at the Sarasota Lawn Bowling Club, Florida. In the first, Team U.S.A. member Anna Witt won the C flight in Singles. Contending in a field of 28 pairs teams, the Central duo of Witt and lead Glorianne Mather fought hard to capture the B flight with a record of 5-1. In fours play, Mather teamed up with three women from the SE Division, but competition was halted on day 2 due to inclement weather, and the team had to withdraw before play resumed.
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Highlight video of US Open lawn bowls tournament

Fans of bowls will find this 4.5 minute video fast-paced and action-packed, featuring US, Scottish, Canadian and other world-class bowlers at the 2013 US Open. Find more news and highlights at BowlsUSA and on Facebook at “Bowls USA”.

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Video of Central bowlers at 2013 US National Championships

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.

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The Hearty Boys

Carl Landgren & Rob Behncke (Milwaukee), Steve Nelson (Chicago), Jimmy Woterman (Cincinnati)

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.

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