George and Clara Davis were active in Shuffleboard when their Club, the Avon Park Club had a membership of 649!! Many years ago, son Dick Davis made the decision to host a Memorial Tournament, in their honor, on the Day Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday; Nov. 25th in 2016.
Avon Park Shuffleboard Club, at 109 East Main Street, is a fine Shuffling Facility! To lead off the list of appealing features, let me begin with location!! Could it be any better ~ I think not? The Shuffling Facility is pleasantly situated on the main street of Avon Park, The City of Charm. The Club House is directly across the street from Avon Park’s City Hall, almost as though the city fathers had chosen the location to compliment City Hall and to send a message of warmth and welcome to all who elect to become members. Immediately to the east of the Club House is a park, a park replete with covered benches, with Palm Trees, and yes, the Park has been designed to take full benefit of the small Lake and sandy shores. Weather permitting you will find many shufflers enjoying their lunch in Donaldson Park.
This year the Tournament will be directed by Ruth Tate. Ruth is an experienced director and a strong supporter of the Davis Memorial. Ruth will do a fine job.
Three 16 frame games are played before lunch; lunch is served and 3 more 16 frame games are played. Number of wins are recorded and the total # if points of those who won. Excellent prize money is paid out to the TOP 6 Players in both Amateur and Pros. This Tournament is Open to Everyone, regardless of District. The Player Fee is $10.00 which includes your lunch. You may pay upon arrival.
REGISTER NOW: E-mail Don Rood at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 863-458-3518. PREREGISTRATION IS ESSENTIAL!!!!
The Avon Park Club House is an historic building in everything except its designation!! It was moved to the present site from a military facility east of the City. In earlier times the Club had a membership of 650. In earlier times the Club House was the hub of social activity for those 600 members, a fact we are reminded of as we review the photos displayed in the newly renovated office at one end of the building. Reflect on the enjoyment as you read a small portion of a poem written by George Davis from that period:
Where craft is taught to those of skill, and many beautiful articles are made,
Where there are entertainments; of every sort, and picture slides displayed.
Where dances both round and square, are held two nights a week,
Where a chance to win at all games of cards many players seek.
Where Bingo games and Pot Luck suppers, are held once every week,
Where our good cooks from the north and east, bring twice what we can eat.
Posted by Stan McCormack. 2016 11 16. REMEMBER; REGISTER WELL IN ADVANCE!