HARLAN BRUMWELL-SHUFFLER SUPREME
One of the game’s best kitchen players of all-time, Harlan Brumwell, is calling it a career. Harlan has been playing the game for 30 years and I’m not sure he ever left Zephyrhills to play a tournament but everyone that came to Zephyrhills knew about Harlan. When Betmar hosted its first State Tournament Glen Peltier and Dick Whitaker, two of the games finest players EVER, came up against Harlan and Dick Goodie. Harlan started shooting blocks for the kitchen and all Dick could do was shake his head. Glen just held his hands up as if to say “whataya goinna do”. Glen wasn’t fairing much better and two new instant Pros were born! Harlan is 92 now and finds it difficult to play all day and yet every one of us hopes we don’t have to play him until the 3rd round of a tournament so we have a chance.
Harlan can be found on the courts six days a week at 6:30 in the morning, usually the 1st one there. It might surprise you that many players show up just for the chance to play Harlan or to play with Harlan. In years gone by Harlan and his child bride, Jean, could be seen on the Golf Course every day. Harlan married Jean when she was 16 and he was 22, that’s 60 years ago and they have been each other’s biggest fans for all those years. Unfortunately Jean’s health is failing and they are returning to Iowa with the support of their family.
I consider Harlan one of my best friends and supporters over all the 20 years I’ve been playing.
Earl Ball 12-1-2012