Bob Schneider &
Max Cavender edged out three time national champion Bob Schneider to capture the 2015 Central Division Singles title. Bob had a 10 to 5 point advantage in the 18 shot final, but Max played some dynamic bowls to even up the match at 12 and then forge ahead for the win. Both players traded shot after shot throughout the game which made it a very exciting and entertaining event to watch.
In the battle for third place, Steve Nelson played his usual steady and deadly bowls to defeat Anna Witt. Jim Grzybowski was at the top of his game and took out Rob Behncke for first place in Flight A. Pat Wimmer outlasted Glen Weber to win Flight B.
Rob & Bob
Bob and Rob do the Job!
Schneider and Behncke were undefeated going into their last game when they were narrowly defeated by the team of Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski. This put them into a playoff for the championship against the other one loss team of Carl Landgren and Crandall Hays. After an exciting game, Schneider and Behncke came out on top. Andresen and Grzybowski edged out Jim Cavender and Dat Nguyen for third place.
Anna & Rebecca
Witt and Nguyen Do It Again!
Anna Witt and Rebecca Nguyen didn’t lose a game in the round robin match-up for the ladies championship. They went into a double elimination playoff with the team of Pat Wimmer and Barb Hamm which had one loss. Anna and Rebecca took care of business in game one, giving Pat and Barb their second loss. Kathy Bohanon and Laurie Michael from the Chicago Lakeside club gave the top two teams some strong competition and finished in third place.
Landgren and Hays
Grzybowski and Andresen
Wimmer and Hamm
Bohanon and Michael
Anna Witt and Matt de St Aubin
Rob Behncke and Brian Scheible
The wife and husband team of Anna Witt and Matt de St Aubin won the Central Pairs in a close finish, prevailing despite a two shot final game loss to the team of Rob Behncke and Brian Scheible. Behncke and Scheible had to settle for second place thanks to a tie in game four against the veteran Carl Landgren and his partner Jack Britten. Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski finished the Round Robin event in third place. Witt and de St Aubin played steady bowls throughout the championship.
Five pairs teams set out to stop a two-year winning streak by Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke in the annual Potlicker tournament in Milwaukee, but at the end of play on the second day, the Schneider-Behncke duo stood alone at the top. Their record was not unblemished, however, as Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski bested the eventual winners by one shot in their matchup.
Also finishing with a record of 4-1 in the round robin format, Carl Landgren and Steve Nelson settled for 2nd place, trailing the winners by a total of 14 plus points. Max Cavender and Jim Cavender claimed third place with a 3-2 record, finishing ahead of Andresen and Grzybowski on plus points. Also competing were Crandall Hays and Buzz Wickmann, and Pat Wimmer and Sue Dropp.
The bowling season is just getting underway in the Central Division, but the clubs are ready to roll with extensive calendars of drop-in bowling, club events, summer leagues, tournaments, corporate events, lessons, and open houses, so be sure to check them out. You can find more information on the club websites. In addition the division’s Open and Playdowns are highlights of the season.
Max Cavender & Lyall Adams
Rob Behncke & Bob Schneider
Max Cavender of Milwaukee LBC has been making some noise early in the lawn bowling season with two strong finishes at the Southwest Open in Santa Anita, CA. In pairs Cavender teamed up with Lyall Adams of Canada to beat 46 other teams to claim the top prize in the championship flight. In the singles event, Cavender finished first in the 2nd flight against a tough field of 62 competitors. Earlier this year, Cavender placed T-5th in singles at the World Junior Championships in Australia.
Central Divsion bowlers, Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke, took first place in the 4th flight in pairs. Behncke went on to place 1st in the 6th flight singles while Schneider made a run in the 3rd flight singles before bowing out.
Anna Witt (far right) & fours teammates
Anna Witt & Brenda Wright
Anna Witt (Milwaukee LBC) had a successful tournament at the recently completed Southwest Open in Santa Anita, CA. In the fours, Witt teamed up with partners from Southwest and South Central to place 3rd in the Championship flight. Moving on to the pairs, Witt and Brenda Wright (SW) finished 1st in the 3rd flight.
Maxwell Cavender achieved a tie for 5th place at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Australia. Finishing round robin sectional play at 4-3, Cavender qualified for the quarter-finals before bowing to Japan’s Kenta Hasebe. On the way to the quarter-finals Cavender defeated defending champion Dylan Fisher of Australia and bowlers from New Zealand, Hong Kong and Cook Islands. Cavender lost to undefeated Kevin Anderson of Scotland by a close score of 17-21.
Maxwell has risen through the ranks of U.S. bowls, getting his start as a 12-year old on the greens in Milwaukee WI, before advancing to U.S. Championships in recent years, and then on to international stage against the world’s best. Well done, Maxwell. You made us all proud!