No Bocce Bowls

No Bocce BowlThe No-Bocce Bowls tournament was played on July 28. 12 people participated. Thank you to tournament director, Viki Olsen. Results were:

  • 1st place: Margie Knitter/Carl Landgren
  • 2nd place: Jeff Carlin-Bartel/Charlene Harmon
  • 3rd place: Mike Bennett/Pat Mueller
  • Best dressed: Rob Behncke/Diane Carlin-Bartel
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Open House

MLPLBA hosted two Open Houses this year. We had about 20 guests on Sunday, May 24, 2015 and another 20 guests on Friday, June 12. 2015. Overcast skies and showers moving through the area on both dates threatened to make our efforts to introduce bowls to the community a wash, but strong interest in the game by our guests and dedicated volunteers to teach the sport prevailed. Jim Grzybowski and Crandall Hays were the Open House chairs.

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Potlicker Pairs – Schneider and Behncke Make it Three in a Row

PotlickerMLPLBA Hosted the Potlicker Pairs Touranment on June 6-7, 2015. Twelve people participated. Bob Schneider and Rob Behncke came out on top for an unprecedented third straight victory. Carl Landgren/Steve Nelson finished second, while Max Cavender/Jim Cavender took third place by plus points over Leif Andresen/Jim Gryzbowski.  The teams of Crandall Hays/Buzz Wickman and Pat Wimmer /Sue Dropp also put in strong performances. Leif Andresen served as tournament director.

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2015 Tournaments Begins – Butler Blind Pairs

Butler Blind Pairs ChampionMLPLBA hosted the Butler Blind Pairs tournament over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday, May 23, 2015.  It was a beautiful sunny day on the greens with temps in the upper 60s and cool winds.  Twenty bowlers participated. The military service of MLPBA members Bob Schneider (Air Force), Steve Sedgwick (Army) and Crandall Hays (Navy) was recognized. We also welcomed two guests, Helen and Alan Carman, from the Taieri Bowls Club near Dunedin, New Zealand.

Four games of eight ends were played by all. It was a random draw for the first game and then skips and leads were paired based on their rankings for games 2-4. Individual scores of leads and skips were tallied by win and plus points.

Accomplished bowler and honorary member, Jerry Mathwig, returned to the greens in fine form, as he continued to impress fellow bowlers with beautiful draw bowling. Dave Preston, playing in his first bowls tournament as a third year bowler, also played well.  Pushing through shoulder fatigue from a past rotator cuff surgery, Alice Sedgwick proved her resolve and toughness by going undefeated and finishing in top position for the leads.
Bob Schneider also went undefeated for the day, though finished his second game in a tie, to finish in the top position for skips. The final standings were:

1. Alice Sedgewick (lead) (4-0)
2. Bob Schneider (skip) (3-1-0)
3. Tom Vanderbilt (lead) (3-1)
4. Pat Wimmer (skip) (3-1)
5. Crandall Hays (skip) (2-1-1)

Thanks to all for helping making this opening 2015 event successful, especially Leif Andresen for his help with computer support and Rebecca Nguyen for her help with preparing the lunch. Rob Behncke was tournament director.

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Spring Luncheon and Opening Day

32 members attended our Spring Luncheon on May 16 and 18 people stayed to play bowls. Thank you to Viki Olsen, Charlene Harmon, Rebecca Nguyen, and Anna Witt for organizing the event.

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Milwaukee bowlers travel South to play in Division Open Tournaments

MLPLBA members are welcome to bowl in the Open Tournaments of the seven Divisions of Bowls USA. Several of our members took advantage of this opportunity to play in the

  • South Central Open, February 7-12, 2015,  in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ
  • Southeast Open, March 7-12, 2015 in Sun City and Sarasota, FL
  • Southwest Open, April 11-16, 2014 in Arcadia, CA

Pat Wimmer, Glorianne Mather, Anna Witt, Rob Behncke, Bob Schneider, and Max Cavender enjoyed the socialization and competition with other bowlers from the United States and Canada. They are pictured here with various teammates.

SC Open Womens Pairs Pat 2015SE Open Womens Fours Glorianne 2015SW Open Womens Fours Anna 2015SW Open Mens Pairs Bob Rob 2015SW Open Mens Pairs Max 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter and Bowls in Milwaukee, WI

Snow on the greens in Milwaukee 2015Winter in Milwaukee, WI invariably arrives with its snow and sub-freezing temperatures. Our greens typically take a rest and some of our bowlers pursue other activities, like curling.

Winter Potluck b 2015Our members gather for an annual potluck dinner, which helps keep us connected until the warmer weather arrives.

Winter bowling in Milwaukee 2015One of our members (Bob Schneider) just couldn’t stay away from the greens though, and took it upon himself to shovel a rink to get in some additional practice. Crazy!

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Milwaukee bowlers participate in 2014 National Championships

2014 National ChampionshipsSix bowlers from Milwaukee represented the Central Division at the 2014 National Championships, in Sun City Center, FL, November 4-8. Anna Witt (skip) and Glorianne Mather (lead) finished with a 3-4 record in the Womens Pairs competition. Bob Schneider (skip) and Rob Behncke (lead) finished with a 3-4 record in the Mens Pairs competition. Pat Wimmer finished  with a 1-6 record in the Womens Singles competition. Max Cavender finished with a 3-4 record in the Mens Singles competition.

 

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2014 Annual Meeting of the Membership

Annual Meeting b 2014Annual Meeting 2014We held our Annual Meeting of the Membership on November 1, 2014.  Club business was discussed and elections were held. The following members will serve as officers for a 1-year term: President – Rebecca Nguyen; Vice President – Bob Schneider; Secretary – Anna Witt; Treasurer – Jim Grzybowski. The following members were elected to 3-year terms as Directors: Leif Andresen and Carl Landgren. Thank you to our outgoing officers and directors for their service: Crandall Hays, Buzz Wickman, Phil Posard. The Board of Director will be planning our 2015 season over the winter.

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Chili Bowl concludes MLPLBA tournament play for 2014

2014 Chili Bowl WinnersChili Bowl XV was held on October 11, 2014. Sixteen bowlers participated in a team competition that consisted of fours, pairs, and singles games. Team Chiles Rojas, captained by Bob Schneider, defeated Team Chiles Verdes, captained by Leif Andresen. Two former members, Joe Zinna and Jerry Mathwig, both of whom have represented the Central Division at past National Championship tournaments, were able to join us in our last tournament of the 2014 season. Kirk Korneisel and Jim Grzybowski supplied the chili. Thank you to tournament director, Leif Andresen, for a well run event.

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