linderhouse2-25-17Ray Linder and Don House of the Betmar Shuffleboard Club won the Central District Amateur Championship held at Betmar on February 25th.  They barely got past the 2nd match in three games and if they hadn’t won the lag for color may have missed their chance.  The only other match they were challenged in was the Championship match when they trailed big time in the 2nd game but made a gallant comeback for victory and the Championship.  Here are the complete results:  The above Amateur Event was CDA18B     Feb 24-25 (Fri)    Betmar        All Amateur Draw Doubles                75pts .  CDA18A was held at Sebring.  I am unable to locate the official results of either of the above referenced Tournaments. I now give you the current standings for the REINY commencing March 16th at Sebring.  Article by Earl Ball.  2017 02 25.

cLname cFname cClub nMstPts
Dawson Ron Winter Haven 28
Badgley Bill ZSC 21
Pembroke Bob Lakeland 20
Branham Jerry Lakeland 20
Lacombe Ross ZSC 19
Sorko Gary Avon Park 16
Sanborn Dave Lakeland 15
Lindner Raymond Betmar 12
Foley Jim Lakeland 11
Edgett Wayne ZSC 10



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1st Place Houghtaling on the left; Walker on the right!!

1st Place Houghtaling on the left; Walker on the right!!

John Houghtaling and Lyle Walker of the Zephyr Shuffle Club, drew each other as Partners for the Central District Championship held at the Zephyrhills, Betmar Club, on February 23rd and they won the Championship.

They lost one game in the tournament and that was in the semi-finals where they also trailed by 35 points in the deciding 3rd game but made a big come back to reach the finals where waiting were Jerry Collins, Zephyr Club, and Earl Ball, Betmar Club.  The 1st game was anyone’s to win but John and Lyle won and finished things off winning the 2nd game too allowing Lyle to tie Jerry Collins for the final “Masters” spot with one tournament left in the season.  That’s right Shufflers; the end of season District Championships are coming up SOON!  Below are the current standings as of 2017 02 25.  Should be a great DISTRICT MASTERS.  The final field will not be determined until March 9th.  We will share the final standings with you!!!  Event is at Sebring.

cLname cFname cClub nMstPts
Ball * Earl Betmar 31
Myklejord Dean Lakeland 23
Houghtaling John ZSC 22
Stockman Doug Sanlan 20
Hoskins Bob Sebring 19
Morton Keith Sebring 17
Ruess DeLane Betmar 17
Seyfer Michael ZSC 15
Walker Lyle ZSC 14
Collins Jerry ZSC 14


Many thanks to Earl Ball for sending this information along!!  Stan 2017 02 25.

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Hi Shufflers!! It is the Weekend!! Do Enjoy!! 2017 02 25.

Stan Bober WCD WebWe give you the results of the “District Tournament” of WCD (West Coast District) of the FSA. https://wcdshuffle.yolasite.com/tournament-results.php

Thanks to Stan Bober on the left.

B5 St Am Men 1st & 2nd Lyle Walker & John HoughtalingHere are results from the CTL (Central District of FL) http://www.fsa-centraldistrict.org/Tournaments/CD18_Results.txt

Lyle Walker on the left; John Houghtaling on the right.

Stan McCormack.  2017 02 25.

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Chili Days shuffleboard tournament wraps up! Sent along by Bob Weber with Thanks!!

The duo of Ron Pettem, left, and Jean Smith won the Mississippi Mills Shuffleboard Trophy during the annual tournament Feb. 21 at the Almonte arena.

The duo of Ron Pettem, left, and Jean Smith won the Mississippi Mills Shuffleboard Trophy during the annual tournament Feb. 21 at the Almonte arena.

Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette.  Stan speaks: I have no idea how Bob Weber locates these Shuffleboard News Items??  I live about 50km (30 miles) from Almonte and I heard nothing, nor saw nothing???  Good Work Bob.   Stan 2017 02 23. 

The final event for the popular winter festival of earlier times in Almonte, titled Chili Days, was held on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Almonte arena. Sixteen teams of seniors competed for the handsome trophy, which carries names of winners back to the 1980s.

The teams were selected at random, so everyone was set for a fun day. Each team played four games, with winners selected from the four pools to play off. Thanks to all the volunteers who served as referees and scorekeepers, and to Ruth More who assisted convener Marilyn Snedden.

The Municipality of Mississippi Mills provided coffee and Timbits to start the day, and arena staff and recreation manager Calvin Murphy were most helpful. Leatherworks Catering served a fine lunch once again.

The winners of the trophy were Ron Pettem and Jean Smith, who defeated Norm Fraser and Joyce Lowry in the final playoff game. Other pool winners were Muriel Lawson and Margaret Inwood, and Sid Mohr and Marian James.

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President Tom Clayton of Avon Park has announced a “Day of Remembrance” for Ralph Day at 11:00, Saturday, Feb 25th.

ralph-dayAvon Park President Tom Clayton speaks: We will be hosting a Remembrance for Ralph on Saturday, February 25th., at 11:00am. at the APSAC Clubhouse, 109 E. Main St., Avon Park, FL 33825.  We invite and welcome all of our friends and members to attend.  If you wish, please bring a food to share.

Below, in italics, is the obituary of Ralph Day. If you would like to be taken to the SITE, and perhaps leave a personal message of condolence, go here:  http://www.stephensonnelsonfh.com/memsol.cgi?page=profile&section=info&user_id=1926332  Address provided by Ralph’s youngest daughter, Cindy.

William Ralph Day, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Sebring, Florida. He was born on August 18, 1929 in Harrisburg, Illinois to the late William H. and Nell M. (Roberts) Day. William spent his career in the banking industry and retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, MO. He moved to Avon Park in 1992 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Avon Park. He was president of the Avon Park Shuffleboard Club and enjoyed gardening, puzzles and board games. He loved his family dearly and spending time with them was the joy of his life. Survivors include his children: Denise Foerg (Mick), Cindy Schuette (Alan), Cliff Lewis (Joan); one sister: Donna Ward; three grandchildren: Carrie, Kyle and Brandon and five great-grandchildren. William was preceded in death by his wife: Lela M. Day and brother: James Day. Memorial Contributions may be made to: Avon Park Senior Center, 114 E. Main St., Avon Park, FL 33825

You may also wish to go here: https://theshuffler.net/2017/02/21/we-regret-to-inform-you-that-ralph-day-of-avon-park-left-us-early-this-morning-2017-02-21/

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Curling and Shuffleboard contribute to a Strong Sense of Community!!

Scotties Tournament of Hearts!!

Scotties Tournament of Hearts!!

For some, curling is an exciting sport and treasured Canadian pastime.

Others think it’s just a big game of shuffleboard on ice.

On Wednesday, the day before International Curling is Cool Day, the Unconventional Panel weighed in on if curling is cool.

This week’s panel included Shelley Youngblut, director of Wordfest, George Brookman, CEO of West Canadian Industries, and stand-up comedian Trent McClellan

Q: Is curling cool?  Trent: It’s not cool.

Watching a bunch of people just slowly watching something go down the ice to me is not exciting at all. I just wonder ‘why is this happening?’

George: We used to curl when we were young.

I think it’s an amazing sport. I don’t seek it out but when it comes on when I’m watching television, I can’t turn it off. Their capability of putting that rock on that button is incredible skill.

Shelley: It has it’s own surface, it has it’s own sound, it has discs, it has brooms … it has those sweaters, it has tams, and most important of all, it has rum.

Q: Is curling actually a sport?
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(hofc 5) 2017 CTL District HOF Classic Begins 2017 03 10. How? When? and Why? Did it Begin??


From left to right we have, Ruth and Larry Brown; Lois and Stan McCormack; Ruth and Max Tate; and Lorraine and Bill Pollock.  Pic taken on the Courts at the location of the HOF Classic, Winter Haven, FL.  Above pic taken in 2005.


NOTE: Pic above taken on 2016 02 27 at the Brown Residence on the occasion of the Celebration of the Beginning of the HOF Classic!! Although it was not planned, the position of each of us is approximately the same!!

The First Question one may ask: “How and Why did the HOF Classic Come About?”   Our purpose is to raise sufficient funds to maintain our HOF.  In searching for an amicable method to raise funds, our HOF Curator in 2005, Larry Brown, a “fun guy himself”, wanted something that would meet the financial objective while meeting the social needs of the Shufflers!!  The event to-day strikes a balance between the “tough competition” of the rigorous winter schedule and the desire to celebrate with fellow shufflers.  The format in 2005 was a Team Event, a format which proved immensely popular at that time ~~ so much so that we had a standby list of those wishing to play but could not, because we just did not have sufficient Courts.  Shuffleboard has been their catalyst for recreation; for social activities, and for a wonderful winter.

We invite all readers, Snow Birds or full time residents, to consider taking up Shuffleboard!!  There will be a Club in your vicinity ~~ we promise!!  You too can share in the joys and rewards the many Shufflers are experiencing here to-day!!  AND, we will end the day by enjoying dinner with each other!!  IT JUST DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER!!

This year’s event takes place on 2017 03 10 at Winter Haven.  This is a festive occasion, not a Tournament in the normal sense.  Format has changed: 2017 format will be Singles/Mingles.  Go here to read the official announcement: https://theshuffler.net/2017/02/10/hofc1-please-copy-and-post-on-your-park-bulletin-board-if-you-live-in-the-central-district/

We will recognize and honour those going into the CD Hall of Fame, both Players and Special Awards.  This is always (since 2005) been a Great Day!  Be sure and watch the Slide Show which will be linked in one of the articles to follow.

Here is a link you may find of interest:   Hall of Fame Classic born  This article is posted/published, in Category FSA (All Districts)


Stan McCormack.  2017 02 23.

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