Earl Ball is a “new member” of the U.S. Team-but certainly not a new member of the shuffling community. He is a former ardent golfer who has taken to shuffleboard in “a big way”!! He considers “shuffleboard to be a very competitive sport–compared to golf”. Earl has collected too many accolades to list at this time. We know that he will be an asset to the American Team!! We know that this will not be the last time we will see him at such events!! Pic above is the ONLY (2002) pic I could locate of Earl. He is shown with Brazilian Player Assis Castilhos. (Thanks to Michael for sending along the name of the Brazilian Player)
In an interview with me Earl states: “To be selected to play in the International as a member of the USA Team is the highlight of my Shuffleboard career. Like anyone else I want to win, but I’m most interested in being part of a great event–win or lose. Zephyrhills is thrilled to have me representing them. Our Representative to Congress has supplied mementos to be given as gifts to the players I compete against. The support of my family has been terrific. In fact, my son has just flown in from Michigan to watch me play in these games. It makes me very proud. I look forward to enjoying this event with my shuffleboard friends from around the world.
We know that Earl will make his presence felt in this, his first opportunity to compete for his country–it will not be his last we suggest!! Thank you Earl for sharing your thoughts with us.
Stan. (scanned to computer on 2006 02 05 from the Clearwater “Pamphlet”. As I read the sentence above on 2014 03 27 vis-a-vis scanning Earl’s remarks from the “Pamphlet” (I think I mean Booklet) I must have been KEEN to do that!! Since this a “history item”, click here to see the Slide Show of 2002. My apologies for the quality of the pix! They were taken by someone else; however I very much appreciate the fact that I received them!! (All were sent to me). http://photopeach.com/album/13c62d7
Begin Planning Now to Attend the 34th, 2015 ISA Event in Clearwater! But, even before that, why not come to the 33rd ISA in Midland ON, this August.