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.
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”.
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