Southwest Coast District players won first place in all three main events of the National Singles at Bradenton Shuffle Club last week. Ron Nurnberger received the coveted USA-NSA Champion Pin as winner of the Men Non-Walking division. Jim Miller won the Walking division and Terri Smith won the Ladies division (which was non-walking, as less than 16 ladies had signed up to walk). Ron, Jim and Terri are all member of the host club, but each had to work very hard for their win. It has been speculated in my presence that this could be the first time for all the first place winners in any National Tournament to be all from the same district, let alone from the same club. Congratulations.
SWCD President Jerry Stannard conducted a wide-ranging meeting Saturday, the first of our three annual open board meetings this season. It was announced that Instant Pro is now a thing of the past, consigned to the dustbin of history. The Florida Shuffleboard Association felt that some players avoid State Tournaments in fear of placing in the main, so perhaps we should drop the practice. In case a few placed this season before the October 14 cutoff date, those people will enjoy the option of taking or refusing Instant Pro. No SWCD players did that in the first two weeks. Some players do not wish to qualify as Pro because some leagues which they enjoy prohibit Pros from playing. Others might wish to play longer as Amateurs before moving up.
The SWCD Board is concerned that too few Amateurs are playing in District Amateur Tournaments. In case people are moving up too fast, the popular SWCD D-19 at Palmetto, One District Amateur on Every Team, will reward henceforth no move-up or Masters points for Pros or Amateurs. It becomes a fun tournament with no points. Several other districts have some such events already with good attendance.
The Board also debated the merits of ‘mingle”, singles and/or doubles. We recently played our first “singles up to semi-finals”, mingles in semis and finals. The board voted to encourage clubs offer a few annually, if clubs want to sponsor some more. Several spoke of players who are timid about singles, but mingles can be played as doubles all the way, say with quarter-final winners drawing for mixed doubles, a man and lady on each team. Players unfamiliar with “mingles” can try it at Bradenton when the FSA is over 75 miles away on a Monday or Tuesday.
Another subject is the District Masters. Some would shorten the Masters, perhaps to two games vs. the other players, rather than three. That would reduce total games from 21 to 14. Steve Slaughterbeck, District 1st Vice-President will survey former Masters players to get opinions about such reduction.
Monday, Oct. 30 at Bradenton, FL P-05 National Singles, M/L W, N-W. Only 14 ladies willing to walk, so Ladies N-W only. Men Non-Walking Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger, 3. Ed Leonard, 4. Ralph Lozano. Consolation: 3. Jim Rathburn, 4. Tom Putnam. Men Walking Main: 1. Jim Miller. Ladies Non-Walking Main: 1. Terri Smith, 3. Pam Nurnberger. Consolation: 1. Flo Kowalewski.
Thursday, Nov. 2 at Palmetto, SWCD D-5 M/L Singles, 16/75 pts. Ladies: 1. Nancy Sclafani, 2. Cheryl Putnam, 3. Cindy Slaughterbeck, 4. Pam Nurnberger. Consolation: 1. Pat Tomko, 2. Shirley McCullough, 3. Judy Cross, 4. Phyllis Gochenour. Men: 1. Grant Childerhose, 2. Lowell Williams, 3.Dwayne Cross, 4. Faren VanDeGrift. Consolation: 1. Jim Miller, 2. Richard McCowan, 3. John L. Brown, 4. Gilbert Broadhead.
Friday, Nov. 3 at Palmetto, SWCD A-2, Any Amateurs, Singles. Main: 1. Frank Robinson, 2. Frank Marderosian, 3. Bill Fowler, 4. Larry Fowler. Consolation: 1. Cau Huynh, 2. Jim Lessard, 3. Joe Goodwin, 4. Rita Marderosian.
Today is second day of FL P-06A at Deland, FL P-06B at Port Charlotte, M/L Doubles, 75 pts Also second day of FL A-03 at Lakeland, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.
Thursday Nov. 9 SWCD D-6 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Open Doubles, M/L, 16/75 pts.
Friday, Nov. 10, SWCD A-3 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Any Ams, Any Doubles (played as singles if not 16 persons enter), no points for State Ams playing.
Joe Kent has used discs upon which a greeting can be engraved to send instead of flowers or a mere card, say, to a sick or bereaved one, about $25 or $30 estimated.
Happy Shuffling. John Brown.