First out of the gate is the Cincinnati Lawnbowling Club Continue reading
Central’s Rob Behncke joined teammates Matt Bauchiero, Grant Shear, and Aaron Zangle to win Gold Continue reading
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 veteran 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.
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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 Continue reading
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.
WHO SAID IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN?
Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke of Milwaukee and the Central Division were undefeated and had an insurmountable lead before going into the final game against Max Cavender and Andy Klubberud of the Northwest. Max and Andy managed to hand Bob and Rob their only loss of the tournament. Cavender and Klubberud finished in second place.
This was Behncke’s first National Championship and Schneider’s fourth. Bob is closing in on the all time numbers of Central Division legend Ken Degenhardt whose total of five National Championships ranks second behind the great Neil McInnis who has ten. Perhaps there is something to be said for learning the game on Midwestern greens after all?
In the Singles event, former national champion Steve Nelson of Milwaukee finished strongly to tie for second place. 2013 women’s Pairs Champions Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen, also from Milwaukee, captured third place in that competition.