Henry Strong Topped the 2015-2016 Male Shufflers.
Henry’s Remarks Re placing 1st for Year 2015-2016.
I was asked to share my thoughts and emotions about being atop the FSA scoring leaders for the 2015/16 season.
Well it felt satisfying to have my name among the other great shufflers who had won the title in previous years, especially when in the 2014/15 season I lead the association from day one only to lose it on the last day by one point.
In my time, shufflers like Glen Peltier, Jim Bailey, Mike Vassolotti, Earl Ball, Chuck Stansburge, Stan Williamson, Jim L. Miller have all won scoring titles at one time or another. I feel honoured to have my name in such great company with these shufflers.
Although it is a prestigious achievement to have attained; it is second to what I think what is more important, and that is what I want to be remembered for, to be the best I can be, whatever I choose to do.
I am always conscious that when I win, to always do so with humility, and to accept defeat graciously and always be kind and respectful to others, for when you leave this world it is not going to be what you have achieved, people will remember you for, but what kind of person you were.
I thank the Lord for giving me the ability to be able to learn the skills of the game. I have had great partners along the way like Earl Ball the games best strategist who never takes a shot unless it has purpose and meaning.
Chuck Stansburge who taught me that I could make any shot I wanted, if I stayed focused.
Stan Williamson the game’s best shot maker and always fun to play with or against.
Jim L. Miller one of the games nicest gentlemen who taught me to stay calm and never get rattled; it always amazed me how much patience this guy has.
Jerry Stannard always says that he could have been a great player if he had a stable of players like that as partners. What Jerry doesn’t know; is that he is a great player and a great guy who loves his Dad very much.
At time of writing I am 6 points ahead of last year’s pace and 6 points behind my very good friend and partner Earl Ball who has placed in every state tournament so far this year, and my money is on him to win the scoring title this year.
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