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Good eyes, good speed, good strategy. Nothing to it.
“Not far enough,” says one man.
“Knock it out, knock it out,” shouts another.
“Be careful,” says a third.
Baseball? Football? Hockey? Nope. It’s the Show Me Shufflers, as in shuffleboard, playing in a converted hay barn four miles west of Springfield, Missouri. The barn is at the home of the group’s founder, 82-year old Glenn Ramsey, a former house builder and retired line worker at a food processing plant.
“It started as something to keep him busy during our winters in Harlingen, Texas, and then it became an obsession,” says his wife, 80-year old Janet. “When he started, experienced shufflers said it would take up to four years for him to get good enough to play in tournaments. In two years he was competing and later started winning trophies.”
At Fun-N-Sun RV Resort where Janet and Glenn spend winters, Glenn watched as men shuffled and he thought there was nothing to it. A shuffler invited him to take lessons. “I soon learned there was a lot more to it than just shoving a puck down a narrow court; there’s a lot of strategy,” says Glenn. On returning from Texas, he cleaned out his barn, which he used only for storage, and had a yard sale. He brought in twelve loads of rocks for the floor, covered them with concrete, and set up rollout plastic mats with printed shooting lanes and scoring zones. He and his friends played shuffleboard on the plastic until Glenn put in raised concrete playing surfaces with painted markings.
“Players are challenged because every surface is slightly different in construction,” says 68-year old Duane Reed of Willard, Missouri, a Show Me member and retired station manager for the U.S. Postal Service. “It’s the nature of building anything.”
He and Glenn met at a campsite at Stockton Lake, Missouri. “Glenn walked by wearing a cap with the words ‘Rio Grande Valley.’ I asked if he went to South Texas in the wintertime and he said yes. I asked whether he played shuffleboard and he said yes.”
Duane built a shuffleboard court in a pole barn on his Willard property. Show Me members and friends alternate weekly play at the Reed and Ramsey courts. An annual couples’ tournament at the courts in May draws players from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Kansas. No prizes, only bragging rights.
Duane and his wife Patricia, who is 69, spend winters in Snow to Sun RV Resort, Weslaco, Texas, approximately twenty minutes from Harlingen. Hundreds of winter residents from more than forty trailer parks in the Weslaco-Harlingen area participate in shuffleboard tournaments held at a different park each week. Duane has fifty shuffleboard trophies, including six for placing first.
Glenn has entered a national shuffleboard tournament in Harlingen every year since 2004 and won third place twice. In 2006, he won shooting right-handed. After shoulder surgery in 2012, he couldn’t use his right arm and won left-handed in 2013. Nothing to it.
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