Veteran and novice bowlers came together to form six pairs teams and competed against each other in a 6-end round robin tournament on September 26, 2015. The tournament director was Carl Landgren. Results were:
- 1st place: Carl Landgren/Min Waite
- 2nd place (tie): Crandall Hays/Barb Gamoke and Pat Wimmer/Joanne Moll
This men’s only tournament was held on September 12, 2015. Ten men formed 5 pairs teams. Thank you to tournament co-directors, Bob Schneider and Leif Andresen.
- 1st place: Bob Schneider/Matt de St. Aubin
- 2nd place: Rob Behncke/Jim Cavender
- 3rd place: Crandall Hays/John Kirkwood
This women’s only tournament was held on September 12, 2015. Four women took turns playing with and against each other in a round-robin pairs tournament. Pat Wimmer was the decisive winner. Tiebreakers were needed to determine the final standings of the remaining participants. Thank you to tournament director, Glorianne Mather.
The summer party was held on Sunday, August 23, 2014. We had 34 members and 2 guests in attendance. Thank you to Rebecca Nguyen for preparing all of the delicious food! Anna Witt then organized a pairs game where the afternoon league bowlers chose a partner from among the evening league bowlers. There was some high-spirited play! In one of the games, Crandall Hays and his partner managed a supershot (where one team scores all the possible points, 8).
MLPLBA hosted the Central Division Playdowns Pairs tournament on August 15-16, 2015. MEN – Steve Nelson needed all of his experience in national and international play to get by his long time pairs partner Carl Landgren and win the 2015 Singles Playdowns. Both players were on their games in the 90 degree heat. The match featured fifteen 1-point ends and a multitude of brilliant shots. On the last end, Steve was up 19-18 and lying three with his bowls within 12 inches of the jack. Carl then drew down inside Steve’s shot bowl. With his last bowl, Steve rolled Carl’s bowl out of the head for the two shots he needed for the win. Landgren finished in second place with Leif Andresen in third.
WOMEN – Pat Wimmer won the double elimination match against second year bowler Min Waite. This will be the third year in a row that Pat has ably represented the Central Division.
Steve and Pat, both members of MLPLBA, will be representing the Central Division at the National Championships in Long Beach, CA from October 20-25, 2015.
MLPLBA hosted the Central Division Open Singles tournament on August 8-9, 2015. Eleven bowlers participated. 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. The tournament director was Anna Witt. Special thanks to our volunteer markers, John Kirkwood, Margie Knitter, and Michael Bennett. Results were:
- Championship Flight 1st place: Max Cavender
- Championship Flight 2nd place: Bob Schneider
- Championship Flight 3rd place: Steven Nelson
- Championship Flight 4th place: Anna Witt
- A Flight 1st place: Jim Grzybowski
- A Flight 2nd place: Rob Behncke
- B Flight 1st place: Pat Wimmer
The Stuart Club Pairs tournament was held on August 1, 2015. Although there were only four teams in this one day tournament, the playing field was competitive. The format was a round robin with each game consisting of 12 ends. It was shaping up to be a three-way tie, but finally it came down to a tie between John Kirkwood/Rebecca Nguyen and Carl Landgren/Glorianne Mather. Not only were they tied in games won, but also tied in plus points. The next tiebreaker was total number of ends won. Kirkwood/Nguyen edged out Landgren/Mather 22 to 21 ends. So close! Thank you to tournament director, Rebecca Nguyen.
- 1st place: John Kirkwood/Rebecca Nguyen
- 2nd place: Carl Landgren/Glorianne Mather
- 3rd place: Rob Behncke/Tom Vanderbilt
- 4th place: Pat Mueller/Mike Bennett
Associate member, Ted Bailey, sold his condo in Kenosha and headed back to California where he will live year-round. Ted served as the Friday Frolics league director for four years, played in tournaments, and has been a friendly face for Milwaukee bowlers that play in California tournaments. We will miss him.
MLPLBA hosted the Central Division Playdowns Pairs tournament on July 18-19, 2015. MEN – Bob Schneider and Rob 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.
WOMEN – 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 already had one loss. Anna and Rebecca took care of business, 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.
Bob, Rob, Anna, and Rebecca, all members of MLPLBA, will be representing the Central Division at the National Championships in Long Beach, CA from October 20-25, 2015.
MLPLBA hosted this Central Division tournament on July 11-12, 2015. Five teams participated. The wife and husband team of Anna Witt and Matt de St. Aubin won the Central Pairs in a close finish. Witt and de St. Aubin played steady bowls throughout the tournament. Their only loss was by two shots in their final game to the team of Rob Behncke and Brian Schieble. Behncke and Schieble had to settle for second place with one loss and a tie. Leif Andresen and Jim Grzybowski finished the Round Robin event in third place. The tournament director was Anna Witt. Results were:
- 1st place: Anna Witt/Matt de St. Aubin
- 2nd place: Rob Behncke/Brian Schieble
- 3rd place: Leif Andresen/Jim Grzybowski