John Brown Article #6 of 2016-2017.


John Brown; Stan Quinn

John Brown; Stan Quinn

                             OPPORTUNITY CALLING AMATEURS

     Newer players may not realize what golden opportunity exists to earn move-up points and Amateur Master Points early in the season.  Modest enrollments on Fridays necessitate playing as singles, because a tournament with less than eight team entries does not produce points.  For example, last week only twelve persons entered on Friday – only four more persons would have enabled playing as partners.  Usually more snowbirds arrive around December and January.  All are welcome at District Tournaments.

     Apologies to any Amateurs who wrongly drove to Clearwater Monday.  An editing error dropped the FL A-5 Tournament completely, along with the author’s reminder that the PREVIEW was correct rather than the earlier published schedules.

     An opponent suggested recently that my “token” shot was that of a chicken.  I pushed my first disc through the shufflegram because we were about to have 75 points, and I sure did not want to risk being kitchened.    I reminded the speaker of a quote by Lew Tansky, the late great shuffler of Mirror Lake in St. Pete.  Lew allowed that we have eagles who take chances, and chickens who do not.  He observed that at the end of the day, the chickens may still be playing, while some eagles are on the top row of the bleachers awaiting the next stagecoach home!

     Tickets for the Florida Hall of Fame Induction Banquet in January are now available from Joyce Smith at State Tournaments, or see Dave Kudro or Ron Nurnberger.  The Banquet, a grand affair, will be at Hawthorne, three miles south of Leesburg on January 16, first day of M/L Singles State-Sponsored W/N-W.

     Be reminded that Friday, November 25, Palmetto hosts Singles-Mingles at 8:30 a.m., $10 registration includes Hot Dog and drink.  Prizes, fun, non-sanctioned, so no points.

Happy Shuffling and Happy Thanksgiving.


     FL P-7A, Nov. 14 at Bradenton, M/L Doubles. Ladies Main: 1. Joyce Marquis-Nancy Sclafani, 2. Pam Nurnberger.   Consolation: 1. Letha DeVries-Dianne Leonard, 2. Terri Smith, 3. Arlene McCague-Patty Howell.  Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger-Jim Miller, 3. Mike Marquis-John L. Brown, 4. Nelson Kellogg-Vern Wallingford.  Consolation:  2. Ben Coy-Faren VanDeGrift.

     SWCD D-7, Nov. 17 at Trailer Estates, Open M/L Doubles. Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger-Larry Taylor, 2. David Welsh-Jim Smith, 3. Dave Kudro-Jerry Everett, 4. Bob Kendall-Ed Leonard.  Consolation: 1. Nelson Kellogg-Charlie Hearn, 2. Grant Childerhose-Stan Kowalewski, 3. Gilbert Broadhead-Tom Putnam, 4. Jerry Stannard-Larry Fowler. Ladies Main: 1. Pam Nurnberger-Marlene Coburn, 2. Bonnie Walker-Marilyn Everett, 3. Letha DeVries-Doris Mularz, 4. Shirley Bootsma-Ann Dirkse.  Consolation: 1. Erika Berg-Siggy Gudzus, 2. Kathy Smith-Jill DeBruyne, 3. Paula Jacobson-Jane Baldwin, 4. Marcia Brazier-Jane Schram.

     SWCD A-4, Nov. 18 at Trailer Estates, Any Ams/Any Doubles, played as Singles.  Main: 1. Terry McNamara, 2. Carol Maxwell, 3. Jim Lessard, 4. Pamela Carr.  Consolation: 1. John Hechinger, 2. Gail Ruland, 3. Ken Maxwell, 4. Scott Kemerer.


     Monday, Nov. 28, FL P-9A at Hawthorne, P-9B at Briney Breezes, M/L Doubles. 

                     Nov. 28,  FL A-6A at Clearwater, A-6B at Spanish Lakes 1, Any Ams/Any Doubles.

        Thursday, Dec. 1, SWCD  D-8, at Bradenton, M/L Doubles restricted to State Ams and Pros., 75 points.

                          Dec.  2, SWCD A-5, at Bradenton, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 16/75 points.

         Monday, Dec. 5, FL P-10 at Lakeland, M/L Doubles.  Roll of Champions pins.

                          Dec. 5, FL A-7 at Avon Park, National Amateur Mixed Doubles.

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