The Reiny Schleier District Masters is associated with enthusiasm, excitement and memories!! This is due in large part because the competitors are in relative terms, newcomers to Shuffleboard. They have heard a great deal about the Pro Masters, and now they too are Competing in The Masters!! (albeit at the Di Am Level) Central DistrictsMasters begins on Wednesday, March 13th at 08:30 at the Lakeland Shuffleboard Facility > 820 E Robson St, Lakeland. Come and watch the best shufflers in the Central District!!! Amateurs, State Amateurs and Florida Pros!!
The man in the photo above isJoe Bussert, the very first Reiny Schleier Central District Masters Champion!!He captured that title 32 years ago, that is correct, 1981. I took this photo on 2011 11 17, just 4 months shy of his 90th birthday. Note the look of happiness, and yes, pride in his face as he holds the trophy with his name at the very top!!
Although Joe does not remember meeting Schleier, he does recall the many good times associated with the win. He remembers that on the day in question, he won 19 of his 21 games!!
He told me that he “always had to look up to the players”, and then went on to add that was “because he was so short”! He told me that the very first female winner was Connie Tetu, and she too was very short!!
When asked how/if shuffleboard had changed in the 32 years since his win; he replied that “we used to have more people; we used to have better courts; courts with less drift!! I told him that I was hoping to have Austin McDonald at the CD Winter Haven Tournament of February 16th, 2011. He quickly replied that he would not only show up to visit with Austin, but he would like to shuffle!! Paul Prescott tells me he is still a challenge on the courts.
Stan McCormack. NOTE: Click on the pic to explode. After it explodes, click once more to be able to read the names. When you do, take note of the names of those who have won the Reiney District Amateur Masters.
I have filed this file in both FSA (All Districts) and Historical Cagegories.