SOUTHWEST COAST MASTERS
Fourteen clubs were represented among 42 district players in the 2017 Masters, hosted by Palmetto Shuffle Club March 22-25.
David Evenson of Palmetto and Wisconsin placed first in the District Amateur Men. Recently elected Palmetto Shuffle Club President, David retired after 37 years as a freight train conductor on the BNSF railroad. Married 47 years with 3 children and 3 grandchildren he golfs in the summer.
Second in District Am Men is Ken Mather who worked 31 years in the manufacture of the dependable Wisconsin engines, also serving in the labor union at that firm. A short career of seven years as a storekeeper at a prison in Racine was cut short by the malfunction of a tree stand while bow-hunting deer. He and Diana came to Florida and began shuffling 15 years ago at Tidevue Mobile Home Park whose appreciated friends and partner finally led to his present competitive experience.
Jim Lessard from Salem, NH and Ellenton Gardens traveled the country in a motor home with his wife, Patricia for many years. He settled at Ellenton Gardens after Patricia passed on and his friends there urged him to try shuffling. Placing third in the Masters he appreciates these many new friends.
Cau Huynh placed fourth in his first year as a shuffler. Having immigrated from Viet Nam a couple of decades ago, he is retired now and speaks English quite well. A graduate of the University of Minnesota,, he was an Information Technology worker at U of M Alumni Association. He won Champion in 2015 FL Senior Games Table Tennis, and Singles Champion in 2016 FL Senior Games Badminton. Not surprising is it that he catches on quickly in our sport, too?
John Hechinger, 5th, retired to Bradenton a couple of years ago, and his wife hoped to find something else besides fishing. A newspaper article led them to St. Pete for a free Friday night fling and loved it. Discovering Bradenton Shuffle Club on the Internet, they played yellow and Black, where they learned the ropes of shuffle.
Patrick Antaya of Lindsay, ONT and his wife Elaine learned to play at Tropic Isles. They have played 5 tournaments this year and also play weekly in summer at Blackstock, ONT. Patrick placed 6th in the Masters.
Frank Marderosian of Golf Lakes and Massachusetts placed seventh. His wife Rita, also a shuffler, and he have a son and three grandchildren. A veteran Seabee, he has been a firefighter, Deputy Sheriff and worked in Corrections. Other hobbies are cards, and metal detecting. A past president of Golf Lakes Shuffle Club, he started shuffling in 2012.
Placing eighth, “Sleeveless” Tony Souza of Bechtelsville, PA and Ellenton Gardens was invited by the late Bill Hickman to try shuffling. He obviously enjoys the game and he played the Masters in memory of Bill Hickman, friend of many.
Of four ladies playing in the District Amateur Masters, Sandra Kolasinski placed first. Sandra, mother of 2, grandmother of 5 and great-grandmother of 4 has lived at Village on the Greens for 13 years, and has shuffled for 6 years. She likes competition and loves cruising on lakes with family in VT and MA in summer.
Elaine Antaya placed second and plays out of Tropical Isles Shuffle Club. She and Patrick have come along together and seem to demonstrate to all of us how moving up is very satisfying.
Harriet Piccard, Palmetto, has shuffled 5 months per year for 15 years, placed 3rd. Her late husband, Henry, was a dairy and fruit farmer. They have 6 children, 15 grands and 6 greats, with 5 more on the way. Harriet has enjoyed meeting all these shufflers.
Marilyn Rotman, President of the Michigan Shuffleboard Association placed 4th. Now at Paradise Bay, Marilyn is a retired greenhouse owner from Hudsonville, MI. She and Gary have 3 children. She is an avid knitter and graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids.
In this, the second year of a State Amateur Masters in the Southwest Coast District, we had 6 ladies and eight men competing.
Placing 1st in the Ladies is Cheryl Putnam of Kingston, MI and Trailer Estates. Secretary at Trailer Estates Shuffle Club and Treasurer of the Caro, MI Shuffle Club, Cheryl is current State Ladies Champion, and with Tom, is current Michigan Amateur Doubles Champion. Having just retired in October from the RV industry, Cheryl will be spending more time fishing, camping and shuffling.
Second is Cindy Slaughterbeck of Trailer Estates and Bluffton, OH. Cindy is Membership Secretary at Trailer Estates and Secretary-Treasurer in Bluffton, OH. Cindy and Steve have 3 sons and 4 grands. She travels often in her career in hospital work, and greatly enjoys sunsets on the Trailer Estates Beach on Sarasota Bay.
Kathy Laver of Newton, IA and Hawaiian Isles placed 3rd. Kathy is 2nd Vice President of the SWCD Executive Board. She and Ken have been married 56 years, have 3 children and 4 grands. Shuffling with Ken since 2004, she is totally hooked, since winning the 2016 District Amateur Masters. She is very thankful to all who have encouraged her and looks forward to next season.
Sharon Hoyt of New Brunswick and Bradenton Tropical Palms placed 4th. Falling in love with shuffle after winning the 2012 Amateur Masters, she appreciates the shuffleboard family. Everyone is a winner with so many friends.
Connie Crawford, a retired registered nurse of Ohio and Palmetto has shuffled 7 years. Mother of 3, grandmother of 8 and great-grand of 7 hopes to continue several more years in shuffle.
Placing 6th, Kay Lynn Duncan of Haslett, MI and Tropic Isles, had lessons at her home club. V. P. at Tropic Isles, co-secretary at SWCD for the coming season, member of Bradenton Shuffle Club, also. Kay Lynn is thankful to those who encourage and teach shuffleboard.
Placing 1st in State Amateur Mens Division was Arnie Congdon of Terra Siesta. He also golfed before losing sight in one eye due to cancer. Arnie attended a one-room school in Leapeer, MI, living in FL since 1983 and worked on a Florida beef cattle ranch in Manatee County. Arnie has shuffled 2 and ½ years so far and thanks all of those who have helped him shuffle better.
Steve Slaughterbeck of Bluffton, OH and Trailer Estates placed 2nd. Continuing as Co-President at Trailer Estates and now 1st V.P of Southwest Coast District, Steve is an auctioneer and real estate dealer, especially interested in coins and antique sales.
Rick Hall of Grove City, PA and Palmetto, Terra Ceia Golf Course, placed 3rd, plays out of Bradenton Shuffle Club. This is his third year of shuffle. Rick and his son sell lineman equipment, shipping nationwide in a fourth generation business. Rick drives race cars on dirt tracks, now in his 39th year.
Phil Krick, 4th was overjoyed to learn he qualified to play in the Masters. Phil is a steady player, keeps cool, earns his way, and never fails to be a pleasant member of our shuffleboard fraternity.
Terry McNamara placed 5th, enjoyed shuffling, especially the great friendships made with so many people. Bradenton Tropical Palms is his home. Park is improved with new roofs ; all like that. He has been married to Adele 51 years and her support is encouraging. He appreciated those who help – like Browns, Millers, Everetts, Nancy Sclafani and the officers.
Jim Clark formerly of PA has played about 4 years, placing 6th in this Masters. Jim plays out of Bradenton Shuffle Club. He is President of Bradenton Pittsburg Pirates Booster Club and does much volunteer work there. Married 56 years to Barbara, he is a 45 year member of Eagles Club, and also belongs to Moose and Elks Clubs.
Brad Thomas originally of Mankato, MN placed 7th. Brad will be a Pro Oct. 1. He has traveled extensively in the grocery and bookstore industries, owning bookstores and helping others close bookstores as the industry has changed in response to information technology. Brad works part time in concierge and security and part-time substitute teacher. He believes life is good, good, good.
Ned Fogarty, 8th, is a full time resident of FL since 2013, playing out of Bradenton Shuffle Club. He and Pat have 4 children, 13 grands, and 6 great-grands. Now in his second year of tournament play, Ned commands great respect because of his obvious physical challenges. A complicated leg brace and two canes and a stand to steady him in shooting, he exhibits great patience and is an inspiration to all. Many envy his courage and unassuming demeanor.
Space limitations require postponement until next week to list the Open Men and Ladies Master Winners. Happy Shuffling.
FL P-25 March 20 at Lakeland, M/L Doubles. Ladies Main: 1. Pam Nurnberger-Terry Smith. Mens Consolation: 4. Bill Batdorff-Mike Marquis
Next week: Tournament of Champions and Open Masters Results.
Florida Masters at Spanish Lakes Country Club near Vero Beach, April 3-6.