John Brown, Article 25 of the 2016-2017 Season. 2017 04 12

Thank You to the BROWNS! Dolores for her TD Skills; John for his Writing Skills. Do enjoy the Indiana Corn all summer.  In fact, this corn was grown in ON, and donated by Henry Strong!!  Thanks Henry.

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     Previous columns found room for the District Amateur and State Amateur Divisions of the Southwest Coast District 2017 Masters at Palmetto March 22-25.

     In the Pro Division Jim Miller placed 1st.  Jim, a retired farmer from Northern Indiana is a perennial winner.  Married to Jo, a tournament director, this couple makes huge contributions to both the District and Bradenton Shuffle Club, with dignity and poise.

     Past District President Mike Marquis placed 2nd this year.  Mike and Joyce hail from “New Hampsha” to which they return and enjoy each summer.  Joyce is also tournament director and Mike chairs a fund-raising effort in district affairs.

     Third place was earned by Lowell Williams, recent past President of Palmetto Shuffle Club.  Lowell and Debra are also tireless workers and players locally.

     Larry Taylor placed fourth.  Larry and Judy have in the past travelled extensively in this game and are well known and well-respected far and wide.

     Fifth place was claimed by Tom Putnam of Kingston, MI and Trailer Estates.  Currently 1st Vice-President of Trailer Estates, Tom works endless hours on court and disc care at T.E.   Tom and Cheryl, a Pro in her own right come October, work together to keep shuffleboard humming at Trailer Estates and Caro, MI in summer.

     Sixth place was claimed by Phil Booher of IN and Bradenton Shuffle Club.  Some readers may remember his mother Dora Booher, a prominent player a generation ago. Phil is a farmer near Lafayette and is well known there as well.

     Seventh place went to Ed Leonard of Tropic Isles, who plays consistently and well, keeping Tropic Isles well known to district players.

     Eighth place was claimed by Ron Nurnberger, Immediate Past President of the District after 3 years of stellar leadership.

     John Roberson served as Alternate, and although did not get to play, refereed every day of the Masters along with several of us.

     Lois Wegner of Tri-Par won first place in the Ladies Division.  Convinced by her late husband Al to try shuffle, Lois is the first member of Tri-Par to be inducted into the Southwest Coast District Hall of Fame.

     Pat Tomko, 2nd, retired from L.L.Bean in Freeport, ME, plays out of Bradenton Shuffle Club, where she is an officer.  Pat is a friendly mentor to new shufflers and considers shufflers as her “family” in Florida.

     Adriana Cramton, 3rd, grew up on a farm near Grand Rapids, MI.  She came to FL as a widow, began shuffling in 2004 about the time she married Jim at SeaBreeze.  She enjoys the competition of the Masters.

     Fourth place was claimed by Arlene McCague of Palmetto Shuffle Club.  A snowbird with her husband Roger since 2002, she golfed for 6 years before finding her sport of true love, shuffleboard.

     Linda Wallingford placed 5th.  She and Vern live at Sea Breeze, play out of Bradenton, and are always present in local competition.  Linda made Instant Pro in the National Singles in 2009, accepting it in October, 2010.

     Sixth went to Evelyn White of Ridgewood, widow of Raeburn White, also a shuffler in his day.  Evelyn was the senior player among ladies this Masters.

     Seventh went to Bonnie Walker, a retired Special Ed Occupational Therapist from MI and Ellenton Gardens.  Overcoming health challenges with admirable spunk, Bonnie expresses much appreciation for her “shuffle family”.

     Heather Godson of Bradenton Tropical Palms placed 8th. Often partnering with her husband George, Heather appreciates all the referees, directors, and even her opponents who encouraged her in many very close games in the Masters.

     Palmetto was a fine host club as usual.

     FINAL RESULTS of the 2017 Florida Masters held at Spanish Lakes Country Club in the Central East Coast District are as follows:  Men 1. Allen Dronsfield, 2. Earl Ball, 3. Jim Miller, 4. Dean Myklejord, 5. Ron Nurnberger, 6. Dave Kudro, 7. Ray Buck, 8. Michael Seyfer  with Ken Offenther as Alternate.

     Ladies: 1. Terri Smith, 2. Pam Nurnberger, 3. Diana Allen, 4. Sharon Upson, 5. Allie Enos, 6. Joyce Smith, 7. Joan Cook, 8. Glenda Brake.

     Those from our Southwest Coast District are Jim Miller, Ron Nurnberger, Dave Kudro, Terri  Smith and Pam Nurnberger.  Terri Smith deserves special mention, winning first place, having played so well all year.  Also the only 2 couples in the Masters were from our SWCD the Nurnbergers and  Dave Kudro and Terri Smith.  Congratulations to these outstanding players,

     This column will resume about mid-October. Happy Shuffling.

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