At FL P-5  National Singles at Bradenton on Nov. 2, two players from the Southwest Coast District of Florida won their coveted National Champion Pins.  Peter Berg won the Non-Walking Men’s Division and Flo Kowalewski won the Women’s Non-Walking. (No Walking Women’s Division this year). Peter, of Ontario and Flo, of Florida are now life-time eligible for the Florida Tournament of Champions, as well.

     Jim Miller, of Indiana won the Men’s Walking Division – for the umpteenth time.  All three of these Champions are from Bradenton Shuffle Club.

     A sad note this week is that Mel Erb of Sugar Creek, Ohio and Pinecraft, Fla in Sarasota County, who played out of Bradenton Shuffle Club as well, passed this life last Thursday after long illness.  Mel, FL Hall of Fame 2008, loved shuffling as much as any of us.  Playing intensely, he was a perfect gentleman off the court.  Mel will be missed greatly by all of us, his family, and his fellow Cleveland Indians fans.

     “Black Friday”, Nov. 25 at Palmetto, Singles –Mingles Tournament. Entry $10, includes hot dog and drink, open to all.

     District Clubs have 2016-17 PREVIEWS for $1.00, a bargain in sports literature.  Helpful to all shufflers.     Players will note that the Red-line Centerspread is now called OPEN tournaments rather than PRO.  Remember the upper division is open to all.  You are not required to be a Pro to play at Florida State tournaments, except the Tournament of Champions.

     At SWCD A-2 at Palmetto, less than 16 amateurs registered, so if they drew for partners, less than 8 teams would have meant all players got no points.  So it was played as singles, allowing seven to earn points.  At the Open District Board Meeting Saturday, many felt this worked so well, that perhaps next year singles should be played until Jan. 1.  Vote was delayed until January, so opinions are welcome.  Feel free to state any strongly held views.  Happy Shuffling.


     FL P-5 National Doubles at Bradenton, Oct. 31-Nov. 2. Ladies Non-Walking. Main: 1. Flo Kowalewski, 2. Terri Smith. Consolation: 1. Kathy Smith, 3. Shirley McCullough, 4. Marilyn Everett.  Men’s Non-Walking. Main 1. Peter Berg, 2. Bob Kendall, 3. Tom Putnam. Consolation: 1. Ed Leonard, 2. Paul Knepper, 3. Vern Wallingford, 4. Ned Fogarty.  Men’s Walking. Main: 1. Jim Miller, 4. Jerry Stannard. Consolation: 1. Jerry Everett, 4. Nelson Kellogg.

     SWCD D-5 at Palmetto, Nov. 3, M/L Draw Dbls, 16 frames or 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Marilyn Everett-Pam Nurnberger, 2.  Letha DeVries-Janet Doud, 3. Donna Schultz-Nancy Sclafani, 4. Lois Wegner-Evelyn White.  Consolation: 1. Jane Schram-Bonnie Walker, 2. Arlene McCague-Cheryl Putnam, 3. Margaret Hartzler-Pat Tomko,  4. Linda Wallingford-Marie Hunter.  Men’s Main: 1. Larry Taylor-Bob Kendall,  2.Carl Olmstead-Dave Minnich, 3. Joe Kent-Phil Booher,  4. Hank Hoekstra-John L. Brown.  Consolation: 1. Faren VanDeGrift-Jim Smith,  2. Grant Childerhose-Jean Wilson, Jr., 3. Dave Kudro-Bill Comford,  4. Jerry Stannard-Ed Leonard.

     SWCD A-2 at Palmetto.  Nov. 4, Any Ams/Any Dbls, Draw, 16 frames/75 points, played as Singles due to low registration.  Main 1. Cindy Slaughterbeck, 2.Kathy Kendall, 3. Jim Lessard, 4. Brad Thomas.  Consolation: 1. David Evenson, 2. Freeman Byler, 3. Frank Marderosian, 4. Janice O’Sullivan.


     Today is the third day of FL P-6   A at DeLand, P-6B at Port Charlotte, M/L Doubles, no lunches

Thursday, Nov. 10, SWCD D-6 at Bradenton, M/L Dbls. 75 points. No lunches.

Friday, Nov. 11, SWCD A-3 at Bradenton, Any Ams/Any Dbls.

Monday, Nov. 14, FL P-7A at Bradenton, M/L Dbls, P-7B at  Tropical Haven, Mixed Dbls.

Monday, Nov. 14, FL A-4A at Lee County, A-4B at Betmar, Any Ams/Any Dls.

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