Will You Earn 1,000 Points in your Shuffleboard Career?? This Man Needs 13 Points!!

Earl Ball’s “Story Board” Page 1.

THE STORY OF 1000 POINTS: HOW DOES IT HAPPEN??

Earl Ball Speaks:  I’m sure no one starts out playing shuffleboard with any thought of scoring 1000 points or winning a hundred tournaments any more than Babe Ruth started out to hit 700 home runs, let alone 60 in a season; it just happens!
Here’s the bare outline of how I did it with many, many side stories for a later time! In 1999 around the Labor Day time frame I was in Hendersonville North Carolina to play the Eastern National Singles. I took 2nd but beat some great players in doing it. Among others were Dave Minnich and Skip McCoy before Mickey Henson beat me for the Championship; leading to Tournament Director Glen Peltier advising me to try the Pro circuit in Florida that winter. I did and as they say the rest is history. I lined up Don Darwin, a great Zephyrhills Player, for the 1st Tournament in Pt Charlotte, we didn’t place. I had Ken Offenther for the 2nd Tournament in St Pete and Ken worked his fanny off and dragged me to a 3rd place finish in Consolation, I had placed in only my 2nd tournament. The 4th Tournament was in City Island which is Daytona. My Partner was Stan Williamson and we took 2nd place making me an instant Pro; we only lost because I made a terrible mistake late in the 3rd game. Stan and I went on to win the 1st National Championship of the new Millennium in January. I was living the whole experience so I didn’t realize I was doing anything special but when I won the Tournament of Champions, giving me 42 points for the season, I qualified for the “Masters” as a rookie. I’ve qualified every year since and am the only one ever to do so. Stan became my partner for most tournaments and in January 2002 I earned my 100th point with Stan. Point number 200, and qualification for the “Hall of Fame”, came with Mel Erb in 2004 at Clearwater. Number 300 was with Joan Cook at Winter Haven in a Mixed Doubles Championship in November 2006. I made number 400 with Henry Strong in Leesburg during 2008; Henry and I were playing several tournaments together by that time. 500 came with Stan in 2010 at St Cloud and 600 was with Judy Ross in Clearwater in October 2011. Number 700 came at home in Betmar with Henry Strong during the 2012 season. 800 was also with Henry, once again in Betmar during the 2014 season. Henry was also with me for #900 at Leesburg in February 2016. The general census of opinion is that I will make #1000 this season (I need 13 more points) if I stay out of the cemetery this summer and in all likelihood Henry will be my Partner since we play them all together, except the possibility exists that I will make it in one of the early season Mixed Tournaments.
That’s how a 1000 point career happens!

Earl Ball 2017 08 17.

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4 Responses to Will You Earn 1,000 Points in your Shuffleboard Career?? This Man Needs 13 Points!!

  1. stan bober says:

    I wish I had some wonderful words of wisdom to add to Earl’s rise to 1,000 points but Earl leaves me speechless. I’ve watched Earl a number of times, I’ve played against Earl a few times, and I’ve even refereed a few of Earl’s games at a Master’s Tournament and can say without hesitation, Earl is the best I’ve ever seen. Sure you have to have great partners to make it to 1,000 and I’ve always referred to Henry Strong as the unsung hero in Earl’s quest to greatness. Stan Williams is great and he tugged on Earl’s shirt sleeves launching him towards greatness. Still, Earl earned every point with and without great Hall of Fame partners. Earl is my hero along with many others that feel the same way. Don’t believe me, if you see a large crowd behind a court, most likely Earl is one of the players. “Bravo Earl, Bravo indeed!”

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    • Glen Peltier says:

      Earl is truly a shuffleboard wonder. He has made the game so much better. He plays great, he teaches, he brings in new players but most of all he promotes the game every day year around. I wish Earl well getting not only his last 13 points but many, many more in his bright future. He deserves the green jacket. He will wear it proudly. Glen Peltier

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  2. KEN OFFENTHER says:

    EARL BALL IS A 1 OF A KIND PERSON AS WELL AS GREAT PLAYER.OFTEN MISUNDERSTOOD FOR HIS, SHALL WE SAY OUTSPOKENNESS ON THE COURTS- OR IN OTHER WORDS HIS MOUTH IS IN CONSTANT USE —THAT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY AN IOTA FROM HIS STUPENDOUS ACHEIVEMNTS IN OUR SPORT.HE HAS USED THE SAME DRIVE THAT MADE HIM A TOP EXEC W GM AT A YOUNG AGE TO REACH OR ABOUT TO REACH IMPOSSIBLE GOALS IN SHUFFLEBOARD.THE AMOUNT OF TOURNAMENTS WON VS THE NEXT BIGGEST WINNER IS A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE.WHEN HE LEAVES SHUFFLEBOARD [WE HOPE NEVER] HE VERY WELL MAY HAVE EVERY MAJOR RECORD IN HIS HANDS.I AM PROUD TO HAVE BEEN AN EARLY PARTNER OF HIS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY HE IS A GOOD FRIEND .AFTER ALL I SELECTED EARL BALL MY PRESENTER WHEN INDUCTED INTO THE FLORIDA H.O F.BESIDES ALL THIS HE HAS A CLASSY AND BEAUTIFUL WIFE!!I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING W HIM AS HIS 1000TH POINT CELEBRATION THIS FALL

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  3. Jerry Stannard Pres. SWCD Golf Lakes says:

    Not only does Earl deserve all the praise for what he has accomplished but for all the help he gives to any and all players, I have learned much from him the past 14 years and have enjoyed watching many of his victories, sometimes driving over an hour to see him play a big match. Not realized by most is that he never doesn’t come back for the third day even if it’s for third in consolation or that he spends many hours weekly to keep his rickety body going. If others made the same commitments and studied the game the way he does we would have many more great players. Many don’ realize that 4 or so years ago Earl won 3 or 4 in a row while playing with average to a bit above average players. I must close with saying that some of my most enjoyable matches have been the ones where I beat him(especially twice with Stan in Clearwater in ’06 for first and ’07 in the quarters, I had the great Grant Boshart as my partner). Another little known fact is that he is always calling to congratulate others on wins and accomplishments. Look forward to celebrating 1,000 pts.

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