Shuffleboard social club planned for Scott’s Addition next year

Shufflers: Shuffleboard as we know it is changing.

Shufflers: Shuffleboard is going the way of the ROYAL PALMS in New York.

To understand what I mean, go here:

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Ron Nurnberger Speaks:  Arlene Guerrini proved to everyone why she has 463 HOF FSA points. Teaming with Al Dronsfield, they ‘Mastered” their way to First place.

It wasn’t easy as they played against two of the States best in Jim Miller and Nancy Sclafani in the finals.

The Bradenton ‘hosted’ tournament featured many of the best ‘Mixed Doubles’ teams this State can offer. Tournament Directors were Dorlores Brown assisted by Jo Miller (Also two of the best TD in the State). Sponsors were Pete Kochera and Jim & Jo Miller.

BUT we all followed closely the progress of the team of EARL BALL & RUTH BROWN in P-8A held in Lakeland at the same time. Everyone who ‘has’ played this great game of shuffleboard and those of us who still ‘Pursue’ our ‘Personal’ goals join in the CONGRATULATIONS we all feel for EARL!

Reporting for the FSA, Ron Nurnberger.  2017 11 22 19:15

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Shuffle on Black Friday, Nov 24th at Avon Park. Open to ALL!!! NO POINTS; JUST CASH!!

The Davis Memorial Tournament is literally Open To Everyone!!! Pros, Ams, and Novice, regardless of your District.  NOT ONLY is it OPEN TO ALL, IT IS FUN FOR ALL!!  There is still Court Space; Register When You Arrive!! Your Chance to Meet Dick Davis, and Shake His Hand!!  You will ALSO learn something of his parents, for whom this tournament is held!!  Address is 109 East Main St. in Avon Park. 

If you want to enjoy a nice lunch, experience historical Avon Park, and shuffle before and after lunch, here is your opportunity!!!
REGISTER NOW: E-mail Tom Clayton: or telephone 937-308-3410). You may also register by contacting Don Rood: , telephone: 863-458-3518. Advance registration is preferred as registration will be limited to the first 88 registrants for the 22 courts. The format will be Mingles-Singles, Amateurs at the foot, Pros at the head.
$10.00 Registration fee, but remember, you get a meal, you play all day, AND you just may also get Prize Money!! All of the Registration, plus $200.00 put up by Dick Davis, will be paid out in prize money!! We plan to pay 6 places for the Pros and 6 places for the Amateurs. Tournament starts at 08:30 and should be completed before 3:00 p.m. Just added : Avon Park will give a complimentary lunch to any non-playing spouse who would otherwise stay home alone!!!  Late Breaking News: The Immediate Past President of the International Shuffleboard Assn., Michael Zellner, will be participating!!!

Posted by Stan McCormack.  2017 11 22.


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Al Dronsfield congratulates Earl Ball for his great accomplishment.

Al Dronsfield congratulates Earl Ball for his great accomplishment.

As Earl just posted, his journey has just ended, yes he has reached his destination in the history books. Certainly his journey is full of great memories. Long before my time he recently told me, while playing in Deland that it was that tournament 19 years ago that he had partnered with Stan Williamson and made instant pro. The journey began and after playing I think 14 years with Stan and they gobbled up one victory after another he was well on his way to his destination. Eventually partnering up with Henry Strong, the journey continued, no looking back, full speed ahead.
Earlier this season Earl and I were between match’s had time to chat and I could see the fatigue in him, a warrior still but labored for sure however many battles left in him. As we chatted he was not sure what was left and he commented he had, had at stellar professional work career, and now, a glamorous and stellar professional shuffleboard career. He said he was blessed, truly he has been.
A thought came to my mind thinking back last season as I had played Earl for the State Singles title at Hawthorne. I beat Earl in the finals, and after awarding me the plaque I looked at all the legends names on it and was told I had just joined them, an honor for sure, I noticed two names not present on that plaque they were Stan Williamson and Earl Ball, can you believe this???
I told Earl I had a new direction for you, your name is not on that singles plaque your not finished yet.
Having been part of Earl and Henry’s recent struggles the last few weeks it was inevitable his day would come.
They say a woman’s work is never done, I don’t think Ruth Brown’s task of playing this one with Earl was in that equation, but great job Ruth and what a rewarding position to have been in.
As I look over the Master’s points list and being that most of us are at least 65 and older it’s likely we may never see another green jacket awarded in our life time.
What a stellar journey it has been Earl and best of luck towards what is next.

Allen Dronsfield.  2017 11 22.

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Joseph Kent Has An Idea to Effectively Use those “Old Discs”!!

Al Dronsfield Speaks:  I recently played a tournament at Bradenton and had the pleasure of meeting and playing a gentleman named Joseph Kent.

As we were playing, Joseph made conversation about his interest in work with used shuffleboard discs. As we all live in a recycled world, Joseph has taken it to another level. Joseph has taken those old worn out discs and turned them into works of art. Joseph is turning these discs into memorial awards, and ceremonial plaques. He polishes them up and puts whatever information necessary for the occasion on them. He has placed them on an easel for display.
Recently Joseph made a players caring for players disc and got it to the Charlie DeVries family.  The Family took the discs to the hospital where Charlie has been dealing with his medical issues. What a wonderful gesture it is and how many different ways this can be used. From awarding them with service stars for years of service, to board members, as well as players, memorial plaques, etc.  (Click on any pic to expand)
Very creative and a great use of old discs which have been stored in boxes in all of our clubs.  If you have any old discs around, please consider getting them to Joseph Kent and placing your order, his ph# is  942-497-3210 and his email address is
Joseph mentioned also that some individuals had said it was a tax! I personally don’t agree as I see it more as a souvenir of life. Is it any different than traveling around our countries and world collecting souvenir’s of spoons, thimbles, postcards, etc. My interest is in T-shirts and ball caps.
I can’t think of a better way to utilize these worn out old discs sitting around collecting dust.

Written by Allen Dronsfield 11/22/17

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John Brown’s Weekly News Article. 2017 11 22.

Palmetto Shuffle Club invites all shufflers to play Singles Mingle on Friday, November 24. The entry fee of $10 includes a lunch of hot dogs, chips and drink. Pro Division and Amateur Division. Prizes will be awarded to the top 4 Pros and top 4 Amateurs. Play begins at 9:00 a.m. on the day after Thanksgiving. As a non-sanctioned tournament, no points will be earned – only prestige and cash prizes and a rollicking good time. I once saw a bumper sticker which read “My worst day of shuffling was still better than my best day of shopping with my wife”.
Peter Berg has advised that the 37th International Shuffleboard Association World Team Championship Tournament will be held at High River, Alberta, Canada on July 15-20, 2018. Canadian registration totals around $500 Canadian. U.S. players see to see whom to apply to for 2018 team membership.
. The Bradenton Shuffle Club dates back to 1928, the membership reaching 1000 in 1973, with 45 courts. The present 37 were rebuilt in 1966 by NIDY, Co. The present hall dates back to 1966. The Winter National Singles began at Bradenton Shuffle Club in 1959.
Golf Lakes’ Tom Kase passed away last week. Our sympathy is extended to his widow, Mae Kase, also a popular shuffler in her own right. Tom shuffled for years despite health concerns which would have felled many of us.
FSA players will miss Marjorie Taylor of southern Ontario, a farm widow who played very well in the South East Coast District at Hollywood, and traveled much around Florida, the U.S.A., and the world.
Only 3 teams came to SWCD A-4 at Trailer Estates Friday, preventing points being awarded. They elected to return home, declining to play fun games.
We hope to offer shuffle school after January 1 to recruit new District Amateurs. We will be prepared to meet all entrants at their skill level to improve play.
FL P-07A at Bradenton, Nov.13, M/L/ Open Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Pam Nurnberger and partner, 2. Joyce Marquis-Arlene McCague, 3. Marlene Coburn-Marilyn Everett. Consolation: 1. Terri Smith and partner, 4. Evelyn White-Shirley McCullough. Men Main: 1, Ralph Lozano-Jerry Stannard, 2. Stan Kowalewski and partner, 3. Ron Nurnberger-Jim Miller, 4. David Welsh-Ed Leonard. Consolation: 1. Ben Coy-Faren VanDeGrift, 2. Bob Kendall and partner.
SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates, Nov. 16 M/L Open Doubles, 75 points. Men Main: 1. Faren VanDeGrift-Jim Miller, 2. Paul Knepper-Jerry Everett, 3. Jerry Stannard-Nelson Kellogg, 4. Steve Slaughterbeck-Arnie Congdon. Consolation: 1. Ralph Lozano-Jean Wilson, Jr., 2. Peter Berg-Joe Carpentier, 3. George Godson-Terry McNamara, 4. Ira Snook-Vern Wallingford. Ladies Main: 1. Flo Kowalewski-Terri Smith, 2. Marlene Coburn-Pam Nurnberger, 3. Lois Wegner-Pat Tomko, 4. Shirley McCullough-Evelyn White. Consolation: 1. Margaret Hartzler-Marilyn Everett, 2. Kathy Laver-Erika Berg, 3. Siggy Gudzus-Jane Schram, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Janice O’Sullivan.
Today is the second day of FL P-08A at Lakeland and P-08B at Bradenton, Mixed Doubles Open. Also FL A-05 at Vero Beach, second day of state-sponsored Singles, Any Amateurs, 12 frames.
No District Tournament this week, Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Monday, Nov. 27, FL P-09A at Hawthorne, FL P-09B at Hollywood, Open M/L Doubles, 75 points. Also Monday, Nov. 27, FL A-6A at Clearwater and FL A-6B at Spanish Lakes in Central East Coast District, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.
Happy Shuffling

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Ruth Brown Congratulates and Thanks Earl. 2017 11 22

Ruth Brown Speaks: “Congratulations Earl. I just want to thank you for asking me to be your partner in helping you achieve your 1000 points. I was very proud to be a small part of this celebration. It will be a big highlight in my career as one to remember. Thanks again.” Ruth Brown. 

Submitted by Ruth on 2017 11 22.

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