The Mitchell South Dakota LBC completed a successful 2014 season with a final use count of 2117 bowlers, more than a 24% increase over last year. This upturn in usage occurred in an environment in which the golf course groundskeeper inexplicably removed all the ditches surrounding the green. Bowls USA officials and Central Division leadership wrote letters to the mayor of Mitchell encouraging the rebuilding of the ditches and explaining that the ditch in bowls is as essential to the game as the gutter is in 10-pin bowling or the foul line in baseball. However, Rodney Titze, the driving force in the Mitchell lawn bowling community, reports that no remedial action on the ditches has occurred.
But the good folks in Mitchell bowled on. The final event of the year had a bowler turnout of 43. In tournament play, the club singles title went to Mary Titze. Pairs was won
by the team of Dave Wosje & Rod Titze. Triples was won by the team of Sherry Stilley & Steve Nordwall & Rod Titze. Mitchell also hosted a tournament for the special league of lawn bowlers with developmental disabilities. As Rod Titze concludes, “The Lakeview Lawn bowling group is determined to persevere and we move forward.”
Photo: Max Cavender, Rob Behncke, Bob Schneider, Anna Witt, Glorianne Mather, Pat Wimmer
Central Division sends a strong lawn bowls team to the U.S. National Championships Nov 4-8 in Sun City Center, Florida. This premier competition in the U.S. draws champions from the seven divisions in the U.S. who compete in round robin play.
Central is led by Anna Witt, defending women’s pairs champions, who has teamed up this year with Glorianne Mather. Three-time national champion Bob Schneider returns to the Championships with Rob Behncke hoping to improve on their silver medal from 2013. Singles representatives Max Cavender and Pat Mueller have competed previously at the Championships and hope to be in the medal hunt. Good luck Central!
Milwaukee lawn bowlers Anna Witt and Glorianne Mather (photo left) will represent the Central Division in the women’s pairs competition Nov. 4-8 in Sun City Center, Florida. Witt is the gold medal skip from the 2013 U.S. women’s pairs championships. In the singles event, Pat Wimmer (photo) of Milwaukee defeated Marty White of Cincinnati to advance to the Championships. Wimmer represented Central in 2013.
Trailing 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.
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.