Otto Hess Invitational


This triples tournament was started in 1963 by the Milwaukee Lawn Bowling Association. It was originally named the Milwaukee Invitational, but later was renamed the Otto Hess Invitational in 1984. Otto Hess was an active member from 1934 to the late 1980’s. It was traditionally held Labor Day weekend, but is now held around that time of the year. Unlike other club tournaments, it is open to MLPLBA members and other Bowls USA members and is a mens-only tournament. If there is a low number of participants, then we merge with the Sydney Steller Invitational being held concurrently. Participants may sign up as triples teams or as individuals and in the latter case, the tournament director will assign teams. Teams earn points based on whether they win or lose and by how much in each game. At the end of play, the top scoring team is declared the tournament winner and will have their name engraved on a plaque in the clubhouse.

2023 Tournament Information

  • Date: Saturday, September 9, 2023
  • Entry fee: $15 cash in advance of the tournament
  • Draw Time: 8:30 AM
  • Start Time: 9:00 AM
  • Attire: Matching team colors or uniforms
  • Tournament Director: Jim Grzybowski at:


  • Must be a male member of MLPLBA or Bowls USA.
  • Teams are limited to a maximum of two skip-experienced participants and must include one lead-level member per team
  • Register by contacting tournament director, Jim Grzybowski at:
  • Deadline: Thursday, September 7, 2023

2022 Winners

First Place: Nick Schneider, Rob Behncke, Bob Schneider

2021 Winners

First Place: Pat Cronin, Bob Schneider, Mark Mathwig

Second Place: Carl Landgren, Crandall Hayes, Steve Mathwig

Third Place: Steve Hoelter, Jim Grzybowski, Randy Grzybowski

2020 Winner

Champion –  Rob Behncke / Mark Mathwig / Pat Cronin

2019 Winners

Champions: Bob Schneider, Joe Zinna, Scott Lehmann