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
The 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
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.
MLPLBA 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.
MLPLBA 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.
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.
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.
Winter 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.
Our members gather for an annual potluck dinner, which helps keep us connected until the warmer weather arrives.
One 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!
Six 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.