SUMMER SEASON LOOK BACK!!
It is possible that some followers will have read the articles I will post in this series. However; as most were posted when Alf Primeau and I had the Website, and as I now have 329 “friends” on Facebook which we did not have at that time, I do hope that both “new” followers and the “not so new” followers will enjoy the articles. I will avoid some of the more controversial articles. During this period, Earl Ball, Wilbur Estes, Larry Brown and Sandy Quinn were frequent writers. DO HOPE YOU ENJOY!! Stan
BOSHART & “PARTNER”; BAILEY & REBHOLZ WIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS in FL!
Earl Ball Speaks in 2006: Grant Boshart and his partner stormed through the Florida Shuffleboard Association State Pro Championship losing only one game along the way! That game though was critical as it lead to a 3rd game in the semi finals with John Brown and Darvin Mueller winning the all-important lag for color. Late in the game with the score 58-44 Grant, playing the foot, made a nearly impossible 10-8 double against the drift and barely enough room to hold the 10 for a 62-58 lead. John faced his hammer with an open board and looked to shoot a 10 to give his partner a chance for the win. He took his time lined up the shot, checked and rechecked his drift card; finally he let it go and go it did >> just a little too far. Darvin facing a desperate situation from the foot tried everything he could but in the end, Grant had the match-winning block on the board.
Then it was on to Glen Peltier and George Shaver for the final. The match was on and with Glen and George leading 55-39 on back-to-back “Fred Wilkens 8’s”; Grant scored 15 to bring the score to 55-54 and his partner put the nail in the coffin dumping two of George’s in the kitchen and scoring 7, end of threat.
In the second game at 15-14 George found three more of his in the kitchen and 8 on the board forcing an uphill battle. But they did battle back to 74-70 but Grant had the hammer and Glen tried his darndest to get a kitchen but left one of Grants on the board, Grant covered it up for game, match and Championship! Along the way Grant’s Partner rung up his 7th victory of the season!
Down in Lee County (Ft Myers) at the Florida Shuffleboard Association State Pro Tournament Jim Bailey and Phil Rebholz battled all out to win the Championship! They won only one match in two games. Starting in the quarters they beat Walt Wedel and Buck Buchanan by the slimmest of margins with Wedel having a chance to kitchen one of Bailey’s two sevens on his last shot for victory the block went just long. In the semis against Gus Bondi and Jerry Campbell, Phil chose to leave a 10 on the board and go for the win from the foot. He scored and won the game 76-74. The finals against Jerry Stannard and Jack Wells was the only two game match they won and it was a real battle with both games decided by a block making Jerry and Jack bridesmaids for the second week in a row! It was Jim’s fourth victory of the year in what is shaping up to be his biggest year. He’s less than 30 points from qualifying for the “Hall of Fame”.
THE SHUFFLER SENDS “CONGRATS” TO ALL THE WINNERS and a BIG VOTE OF THANKS TO “GRANT’S PARTNER” FOR SENDING ALONG THIS EXCITING REPORT!! 2006 12 19.
Stan speaking in 2016: As many shufflers will know, Grant Boshart has left us. Unfortunately I have no details with regard to his passing. In memory I thought it appropriate to give you this pdf file: 1 ACTUAL FOR GRANT BOSHART BY EARL BALL
Stan McCormack. 2016 04 27.