Final Standing for the SWC (Southwest Coast) Diistrict Masters for 2017. Sent Along by Peter Berg With Thanks.

Final Standing for the SWCD District Amateurs Masters of 2017


Pos. Name wins
1st Sandra Kolasinski 6
2nd Elaine Antaya 5
3rd Harriet Piccard 4
4th Marilyn Rotman 3

Pos. Name wins
1st Dave Evenson 13
2nd Ken Mather  13
3rd Jim Lessard  12
4th Can Huynh  11
5th John Hechinger  11
6th Patrick Antaya 10
7th  Frank Marderosian 8
8th Tony Souza  6

Ties were resolved by skill shots

Final Standing of the SWCD State Amateur Masters of 2017


Pos. Name wins
1st Cheyral Putnam 13
2nd Cindy Slaughterbeck 8
3rd Kathy Laver 8
4th Sharon Hoyt 7
5th Connie Crawford 5
6th Kay Lynn Duncan 4

Pos. Name wins
1st Arnie Congon 16
2nd Steve Slaughterbeck 15
3rd Rick Hall 14
4th Phil Krick 12
5th Terry McNamara 9
6th Jim Clark 7
7th Brad Thomas 6
8th Ned Fogerty 5
Alt. Adam Letz

Ties were resolved by skill shots

Final Standing of the SWCD Pro Masters of 2017


Pos. Name wins
1st Lois Wegner 14
2nd Pat Tomko 14
3rd Adriana Cramton 12
4th Arlene McCague 12
5th Linda Wallingford 11
6th Evelyn White 8
7th Bonnie Walker 7
8th Heather Godson 6
Alt. Siggy Gudzus

Pos. Name wins
1st Jim Miller 18
2nd Mike Marquis 10
3rd Lowell Williams 10
4th Larry Taylor  10
5th Tom Putnam 9
6th Phyl Booher 9
7th Ed Leonard 9
8th Ron Nurnberger 9
Alt. John Roberson

Ties were resolved by skill shots

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The Southern District of the FSA Winds Up Their District Masters!!! 2017 03 25.


Southern District Masters; Division Photos by Colleen Austin.

Two Divisions had a 4 Way Tie!!  See Top Pic.!!  Thanks Colleen!  Stan McC. 2017 03 25.

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Sue McLaughlin and Allen Dronsfield Inducted into the ND Hall of Fame. Player Awards.

Sue McLaughlin started shuffling in 2007.  In 2008-2009 she won Ladies Amateur National Singles.  2014 was her second state masters; she played in her first Masters in 2012.  She also played in the state masters in 2016. She has 166 lifetime points.
Sue has been married to her husband Gary for 27 years. He is her biggest supporter!!
She lives in and plays for Hawthorne in Leesburg.

Allen Dronsfield:  Allen, is someone who has excelled in a big way, and  very quickly.  One must play 6 years in the Northern District (ND) as a basic requirement to be considered for their HOF; said requirement held up Allen’s recognition with regard to induction into the Northern District HOF.    Allen is a player who has accomplished  so many things in such a short time.  He has skills that are now being recognized.

CONGRATULATIONS Sue and Allen From all FSA Shufflers.  Posted by Stan 2017 03 24.

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The Miracle Begins on Monday, 2016 03 28!! Why Not Attend?? Clearwater, FL 1020 Calumet St.

Of course, Monday in 2017 is the 27th!! Even if you CANNOT PLAY, why not show up at the CLEARWATER SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB and ENJOY THE “MAGIC”!!

The Celebration Is Over! The Adventure Begins

The Miracle of the Tournament of Champions by Glen Peltier.

FSA_Logo[1]One of the miracles of the past is how long and how important the Tournament of Champions is to our game of shuffleboard.  It has been around for fourty-five years. The qualifying terms have changed a little but the tournament is so important to our game. To tell our grandchildren that you had to qualify in order to play gives us bragging rights.

I have played in every T.O.C. since my first year as a pro. Some players don’t want to knock one of their friends out of the Masters, but that never bothered me as I always play to win and I expect everyone else should also.  I hope we have a large turnout and keep the T.O.C. going forever.

Years ago we had the open and closed divisions. The open could be played at any age but the…

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Ruth Stewart Placed 1st in the Reiny (District Am.) Women’s Masters!! Ruth Tells Her Story!!

2017 Reiny Top 8; (Di Am. Women) Ruth Stewart Places 1st. Ruth is in the back row on your left.

Accepting the 1st Place Reiny Trophy is Ruth Stewart.

Ruth Tells Her Shuffleboard Story: Di Am Ruth Steward UP  Click to read!!  Ruth had barriers in her way!!  She persisted and is now the proud title holder of the 2017 REINY District Masters Trophy!!  See pic of trophy as she accepts it from Harold Comeau!!

Congratulation Ruth from All Shufflers.   Stan McCormack 2017 03 24.

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Earl Ball Speaks:   It seems you can’t overstate the importance of the “Tournament of Champions” when it comes to deciding the final spots in the “Masters” for the men OR the women.  Last season several spots were decided at the TOC and will be this season also.

Henry Strong is back in Canada so the 9th spot is critical and will be fought for by two players that always seem to be in the battle.  Ken Offenther won a point, not easy to do in a 59 team field, at the Lakeland tournament to tie Ray Buck at 33 points and the final “Masters” spot.  I’m certain they both want to play the “Masters” and will be in Clearwater on Monday.  I expect Ken to play non-walking and Ray to play walking but who knows.  Certainly a playoff could be in their future.  I think I remember Dave Kudro saying any playoff would take place at the site of the “Masters” on the preceding Sunday like it did last season.  Click to see the standings:

The women are much more complicated.  Nancy Sclafani holds the 8th spot with 32 points.  Alice Enos and Joyce Marquis have 31 points and I’m sure Alice wants to play the “Masters” and she has great support behind her from all quarters.  You only have to know Alice a little to love her.  I don’t think Joyce would play the “Masters” but I’m not sure of that; we’ll see if she shows up at the TOC.  Ruth Brown has 30 points and probably wouldn’t play the “Masters” but would like to win a gold medal so she’ll try very hard to win.  Joan Cook and Sharon Upson have 29 points and both would play the “Masters” and I’m sure will be at the TOC and will play all out.  How would you like to have a 1000 point, Green Jacket, Master on your tail and out to get you?  Remember, Joan had no intention of being in Florida this winter and therefore got here very late in December and picked up partners where she could.  You can never count her out!  Click to see the Standings:

This will be exciting—see you there!  Earl Ball.

Posted by Stan McCormack, 2017 03 23.

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Cindy Shidler Placed 2nd in the CTL Reiny Di Amateur Masters!! Cindy Shidler Tells Her Personal Story!!

2017 Reiny Top 8; (Di Am. Women) Cindy Shidler Places 2nd. Cindy is in the back row, on your right.

Cindy Shidler, 2nd Place in the Reiny, (Di Am) Masters. One Happy and Contented Woman.

Cindy now tells us her Shuffleboard Personal Story.  I hope that “PROs” (and/or “Experts”) reading this story will share it with other Amateurs, or better still, with Potential Shufflers!!  It brings out some of the best characteristics of the Shuffleboard Community.   Thank You Cindy for Sharing.   Stan McCormack, 2017 03 23.

Personal Shuffleboard Story by Cindy Shidler Writing in March of 2017. 

     Bruce and I came to Florida 4 years ago,  Bruce started shuffling immediately but our women’s park league was full.  We went home and discovered the local park in Plymouth Indiana had a Shuffleboard Club and welcomed new players.  I was delighted that we could shuffle 3 days a week.  I also discovered that the club members were really good players.  Some of them were pros when they wintered in Florida and they still had game! I got beat badly-a lot. I also had the opportunity to learn the game.   I loved the game-I loved finding something Bruce and I could do together and I could compete with him!  You see, Bruce has always been an athlete-me? Never!! THIS was a sport we could have some fun and I just might be able to win once in a while.  His encouragement and advice was and is invaluable.

     Harold Cunningham (Hall of Fame) played in Plymouth the first summer we joined.  He told us over and over, “When you get back to Florida you need to join the Rec Center-you need to play in tourneys.”  Yeah right-I thought. I will never be confident enough and good enough to play competitively.  We returned to Florida –no room again on the league.  I missed playing.  January we joined Sebring Rec Center-even though my anxiety level was sky high.  What I found on the courts was great friends, encouraging words and skilled players.  I entered my first tournament in February and drew Keith Morton.  I was in awe of his play, his focus, his fierceness and I played awful the first game.  I was so upset with myself-I cried!  Keith was so kind and told me Consolation round wasn’t all bad.  We ended up placing that day and I was hooked on tournament play.

     Returning to Plymouth for the summer we added to our club Florida shuffle friends Gene & Maureen Tomelson, and Ray & Odee Miller. They drive over an hour to play.  Game level was stepped up and I learned about strategy.  Actually I was “schooled” often by their strategy!!!  This year we are redoing our courts-thanks to my doubles partner Walt Pickerell and new member Phil Martin.

     The next year I played often; accumulated points, and began playing in pain.  I needed a right shoulder replacement.  June 2016 I had surgery.  I watched my friends play 3 times a week-and I continued to learn.  I started to play again and entered a Michigan Tourney in Battle Creek Michigan.  4-day tourney Singles & Doubles –Amateur& Pro. I played all divisions and placed in the Main all 4 days!  In fact-7 Plymouth players entered and we all placed.  I thought I was back in my game.

     I played for a couple weeks and then I was sick.  Very sick- with no diagnosis from my Doctors. I slept 16-20 hrs a day. Vision was blurry, no memory, body aches, voice change, headaches.  I couldn’t play.  The last week in November I went to watch my friends shuffle at the Rec Center.  I could barely sit up and stay awake.  I was convinced I would not be shuffling this year.  I was finally diagnosed with non functioning thyroid at the Cleveland Clinic in southern Florida.  A week after starting medication I was feeling better.

    Shuffleboard is JOY to me.  My caring friends and my returning health is a blessing.   I played well this year and made my State Am points. Credit goes to my partners and all the players I shuffle with here and in Plymouth.  Playing in the Reiney was an honor.  Placing 2nd was totally unexpected.   I have many things to look forward to.  Bruce and I qualified for the Heartland State games next December.  Improving my game and working for my Pro points.  I am thankful.

Cindy Shidler, 2017 03 22.


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