The Central District TOP 8 Pro Tournament. Winnifred and Austin McDonald, Our Sponsors! From the archives of The Shuffler.
The Central District Pro Masters tournament was conceived by Bill Smith, tournament director for Central District. During a meeting in 1987, Smith proposed the idea. After some discussion, the question was asked “who would sponsor and promote such an event?”
Austin & Winnifred McDonald, members & players at Georgetown, volunteered to sponsor the tournament for two years to see if would take off, and take off it did. The first Top 8 Central District tournament was hosted by Woodall Mobile Home Park in Lakeland in March 1988 and it was a great success. The second year, 1989, it was held at GeorgetownMobileHomePark, Lakeland ~~ another success and the event has continued every year since.
After 1989 the tournament was sponsored by Cliff & Maureen Sanders of Zephyr Hills for a number of years and they deserve a lot of credit. (Click on pix to expand.) It was sponsored by Harriet Smith in 2004 and there may be other sponsors. As a player I enjoyed winning this tournament three times and I am glad to be a sponsor in 2006. Austin D. McDonald
SHUFFLER’S NOTE: Information given by Austin to Stan McCormack (2006 01 24) in the form of a personal letter which had been requested by Stan. THE SHUFFLER believes the best way to express our appreciation for this generous act, is to quote from Larry Brown’s Remarks on the occasion of the McDonalds induction into the Central District Hall of Fame: “The McDonalds have not restricted their shuffling activities to FL. They have competed in both National and International tournaments in Florida and other American States, in Japan and in Canada. Austin served on the Board of the CNSA (Canadian National Shuffleboard Association) and he was inducted into the OSA (Ontario Shuffleboard Association) Hall of Fame in the year 1995.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the record of the McDonalds is a record of contribution to our sport, a record they can be proud of, a record that we have benefited from. We collectively express our appreciation and welcome them to the Central District Hall of Fame. Larry Brown, 1st VP Central District; 2005 03 19. Posted originally to THE SHUFFLER, REPORTERS PAGE on 2006 03 10.
Here is Cliff and Maureen Sanders induction into the CD HOF by Earl Ball: S3 (inclusive) Cliff&Maureen Sanders Here is Harriet Smith’s induction into the CD HOF by Earl Ball: 8 SA HARRIET SMITH
Central District Members, let us not forget our past! Those who have gone before us have “done a great job”!! We can, we must, build on their legacy!!
Stan McCormack writing in Lakeland, FL 2014 03 18.