John Brown’s Newspaper Article. 2018 02 21


In answer to a patriot who asked what kind of government we will have, a signer of the Constitution replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it”. In other words, if the citizenry participate, the government should last.  You may wonder what this has to do with shuffleboard. We have government at the club, district, state, national and international levels in shuffleboard. The success at each level depends upon active volunteer participation by the players, those most interested and capable of keeping the sport healthy. Interest and participation wax and wane, groups come and go. It requires attention; you cannot leave everything to others if you want self-government to succeed even in shuffleboard. This issue of this column will concentrate on the Southwest Coast District of the Florida Shuffleboard Association.

The Spring Open Board Meeting of the SWCD will be held at Bradenton Shuffle Club at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 3. Issues likely will include election of officers, rules, schedules, and plans for the future. Length of games, tournaments, formats, masters tournaments – all these things require thoughtful attention and wise decision-making.
The District will be no stronger than the people who attend to these issues. Recent meetings have seen the embarrassment of 30 absent presidents of our 40 member clubs. All 40 should attend or send a delegate with written permission of such a president. Among our needs are a more thriving competition among amateur players. Our Amateurs are our future. This columnist is beginning his 25th year of Florida competition. Only 15% of his peers remain today. This district needs rejuvenation to remain healthy. May we depend upon you to help us keep what we have?
FL P-20A at Golf Lakes, February 12, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Men Main: 1. Dave Minnich and partner, 2. Ron Nurnberger-Dwayne Cross, 3. Dave Kudro-Jerry Everett. Consolation: 2. John L. Brown-Peter Berg, 3. George Godson-Elmer Heisler. Ladies Main: 1. Terri Smith and partner, 2. Pam Nurnberger and partner, 3. Arlene McCague-Margaret Hartzler, 4. Marlene Coburn-Lois Wegner. Consolation, 2. Jill DeBruyne-Siggy Gudzus, 3. Cheryl Putnam-Ingrid Broadhead, 4. Letha DeVries-Bet Pitts.
FL A-18 at Golf Lakes, February 13, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points. Main: 1. Michael Sadler-Rob Cochran, 2. Rita Marderosian-Mary Fowler, 3. Dian Darrah-Sandra Kolasinski, 4. Martha Kaufman-Janet Eisses. Consolation: 1. Janice O’Sullivan 2. Wilma and Linden Terwilliger. (Only 6 teams entered).
SWCD D-17 at Bradenton, February 15, No 2 Pros, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Arlene McCague-Kay Lynn Duncan, 2. Adriana Cramton-Helen Lunsford, 3. Terri Smith-Marilyn Rotman, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Kathy Laver. Consolation: 1. Carol Maxwell-Heather Godson, 2. Elaine Antaya-Pat Tomko, 3. Shirley McCullough-Barbara Young, 4. Linda Wallingford-Janice O’Sullivan. Men Main: 1. Bill Bierema-Dwayne Cross, 2. Ron Nurnberger-Cau Huynh, 3. Ed Leonard-Gary White, 4.Maurice Joyal-John Roberson. Consolation: 1. J.R. Rathburn-Rick Hall, 2. Russ Spoto-Joseph Sciortino, 3. Bob Comford-Randy Merry, 4. Don Sprague-John L. Brown.
Today is the second day of FL P-21A at Trailer Estates and P-21B at Melbourne Tropical Haven. At Trailer Estates we have hosted the DeSoto Doubles for about 50 years. P-21 is M/L Open Doubles. TE has pleasant, covered grandstands.
Today is also the second day of FL A-19A at Sebring and 19B at Leesburg. Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.
Thursday, February 22 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, SWCD D-18, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.
Friday, February 23 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, SWCD A-14, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points. (State Ams no move-up points, Masters points only.)
Next Monday, February 26, FL P-22A at Tavares, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points. Also Feb. 26, FLP-22B at Lee County, Open Mixed Doubles (1 Lady, 1 Man), 75 points.
. Saturday, March 10-11 at Mirror Lake, St. Petersburg Club hosts 2018 Can-Am Non sanctioned Tournament. 559 Mirror Lake Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Saturday, Canada Division and American Division, Six 10 frame games. Sunday, Top 8 return for playoffs. Good fun in a historic place – Amateurs Only!
. Sympathy to Florida Hall of Fame Member Marlene Coburn upon the passing of her husband Carson Coburn, Feb. 16. Carson also shuffled well, and was friend to many.
. A little bird hinted that Terri Smith has 199 points.
Happy Shuffling.

Click on the link IF YOU WISH to read the actual supporting remarks by Roy Norman in support of John’s Induction into the FSA HOF. Stan McCormack.


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Terri Smith Earns Her 200th FSA Point!!

Terri Earns Her 200th FSA Point

Congratulations to Terri Smith on earning her 200th FSA point! Sent along by Glenn Monroe. 

Posted by Stan McCormack. 2018 02 21.

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P21B Tropical Haven Dbls, Mens and Ladies.

President Jim Gallagher

State Tournament at Tropical Haven

Defending champions, Allen Dronsfield and Ken Offenther again went home with the championship at Tropical Haven this week. George Shaver does not play much anymore but Glen Peltier convinced him to partner and they took second place. The women champions were Sue McLaughlin and Marion Lohbusch from Hawthorne.

Tropical Haven is an older mobile home park located near the Melbourne Airport. It was a cloudy, windy day with a short afternoon shower.
See results on FSA website.
Note: I was not there to get pictures of winners– just opening ceremonies by President Jim Gallagher.  Results:  (Not yet posted; check later on the FSA Site)

Sent along by Linda Rebholz with THANKS!!!   2018 02 21 07:40

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State (Amateur) Tournament A19B hosted by Leesburg.


Amateur Any Dbls – Leesburg – 2/20/2018
Sponsor: Suter Air Condition

Main (16)Teams
1. Paul Hodges – Fred Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leesburg
2. Wes Organ – Bill Gammell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Clerbrook
3. David Nitchie – Mark Engel . . . . . Holiday Mobile pk/Parkwood Oaks
4. Ron Bodo – Jeffrey Geesey . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tavares/Leesburg

1. Rodney Lewis – Donna Lewis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deland
2. Ross Lacombe – Tom Butzin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ZSC
3. Tom Basner – Karen Basner . . . . . . . . . . . . .Holiday Trav Rsrt
4. Joseph Inga – Christine Inga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deland

Tournament Director(s): Donna King

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Amateur19A Hosted by Sebring FL. State Tournament

AMATEUR Any DOUBLES – Sebring SBC – 02/20/2018

Main (23)Teams

1. Ron Dawson – David Sanborn . . . . . . . . . . Winter Haven/Lakeland

2. Pierre Marcotte – Jack Norton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lee County


3. Jerry Miller – Mack Camaione . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lakeland


4. Leland Welch – Marsha Lojewski . . . . . . . . . . Sebring/Avon Park




1. Larry Harvey – Gary Sorko . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avon Park

2. Richard Lacourse – Don Brisbane . . . . . . . .Pioneer Crk/Avon Park

3. Ted Peterson – Jim Allard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Avon Park

4. Bruce Shidler – Lucinda Shidler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sebring

Tournament Director(s): Cheryl Conkle ****

Larry Lane and George Rosena

The Amateur Any Doubles, 19A, wound down to-day, 2018 02 20.  With temperatures touching the  90s, no doubt the shufflers will be glad to pick up their prize money. We, all shufflers, should pause ant think of those who show up before us, and leave after us!! Shufflers who prepare our courts and clean up after we leave!! Two such shufflers are in the margin to the left.

Please remember, to view the pix best, be sure and go to the BLOG.  Thanks to Glenn Monroe for sending these Results.  Stan McCormack. 2018 02 20




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Earl Ball Speaks on 2004 03 31:  According to Glen Peltier, who’s been around for a long time, that’s true! Joan Wheeler and Joan Cook are the best ever! They play many tournaments together, but not all. They won nine first places together this year, enough to make everyone a bit envious, some a bit jealous and even a few down right mad. There’s no denying their success, as Wheeler picked up 71 points this year for a career total of 730, a fierce competitor on the court, who gets her athletic ability from her days as an outstanding skater in her youth. But there’s a different side of her off the court. She voluntarily handles all the get-well cards for the FSA. Is the 1st to hand out a card of Congratulations to someone who has reached a cherished goal. She’s very artistic, creating many of the certificates, as well as table favors we see when we attend Shuffleboard festivities. Dedicated to her grandson, 10-year-old Derek, She’s sends part of her winnings from each tournament to him for his future car fund. And of course, behind every successful woman stands a man. In this case a mountain of a man, husband, Clarence, who spoils her rotten by tending to her every need and making sure she gets to every tournament.

Joan Cook set a modern day record of 79 points this year, breaking Wheelers record of 77, giving her a career total of 544 points. Also a fierce competitor, she gets her ability from being an outstanding bowler in her younger days. Known as the best board clearer in the game, she has rounded out her game by adding a devastating board and kitchen game to her repertoire in the last year and continues to improve. Joan is a dedicated Shuffleboard player as evidenced by stick-to-activity. She’s plays nearly every day of the year. Husband, Dick is her biggest supporter, once having designed a costume for her to appear on the TV show “Let’s make a Deal” where she was not only picked to play but went for the “big door” and won a set of wheels, two motorcycles. Dick freely gives up his love of golf; he is an outstanding golfer with four holes in one in his career and his wood working shop where he creates and paints all of the caricatures we’ve seen around the circuit to spoil Joan rottener by being with her at each tournament.

Story by Earl Ball, Senior Staff Writer for THE SHUFFLER. 2004 03 31. You may also wish to go here;  and, and, Hope you enjoy.  Stan 2018 02 20

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Another ‘GEM’ from the SWC District. Located in West Bradenton, the Country Village Association has 3 different leagues: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings (filling 6 courts). They also have a ‘Fun’ Shuffle Monday’s at 4PM. Upwards of 70+ shufflers play weekly. This is also where Pam and I now live.

Pictured above are Gerry & Martha Ippersiel, coordinators for the Wednesday League & Monday afternoon Shuffle. Monday Director is a long time Shuffle and Coordinator at CV, Joe Lesch. Tuesday’s Director is Mike Reis. Credit for recent years Shuffleboard growth also goes to resident Neil Rivaldo.

At the conclusion of their Shuffleboard Season in March, the Country Village Shufflers have a ‘Picnic,” present the Top Shufflers of the year and add their names to the ‘Honorary Plaques’ Updated annually in the Clubhouse.

NOTE: At a recent Saturday ‘Shuffleboard School’ covering Rules, Etiquette and Shooting Skills, we had 30 players attend.  (Click on any pic to expand)

Reporting for the SWCD, Ron Nurnberger

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