John Brown’s Weekly News Article. 2018 01 02

The 2017-2018 Shuffleboard Season is half over. My, how time flies when we are having fun! As we begin a new calendar year, we continue to be optimistic about the future of Shuffleboard. Although tournament registrations sag slightly in comparison to last season, play has been robust, we notice some new names and faces regularly, and players continue to win points and move up in status. Read on in this column for special highlights to come
Notice no tournaments in Florida except at Bradenton last week. Tuesday, Dec. 26 at Bradenton Shuffle Club. FL P-13, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points. Men Main: 1. Dave Kudro-Jerry Everett, 2. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis. Consolation: 1. Nelson Kellogg-Bob Kendall, 3. Ken Mather-Phil Krick,. Ladies Main: 3. Erika Berg-Heather Godson, 4. Flo Kowalewski-Shirley McCullough. Consolation: 2. Ingrid Broadhead-Cheryl Putnam, 4. Kathy Laver-Mary Federation.
Also Tues, Dec. 26 at Bradenton Shuffle Club, FL A-10, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points. Main: 1. Charles Stannard-Dale Overzet, 2. Bill Bierema-Frank Marderosian, 3. Patrick and Elaine Antaya. Consolation: 1. Don Sprague-Kay Lynn Duncan, 3. Ken and Carol Maxwell.
. With no Southwest Coast District Tournament scheduled due to shortened holiday week, Bradenton Shuffle Club hosted a somewhat unique non-sanctioned “Jingle Singles” hoopla. No points of course, but 72 eager players had a good time playing 6 games of 16 frames each, three in the morning and three after lunch. We drew a new partner and court position six times, prizes to those winning the most games, placing according to points scored during wins. Quite a novel experience, these mingles. We were separated, Pros in one section, Amateurs in the other.
Placings: Pros: 1. Jim Bailey, 2. John Roberson, 3. Gil Broadhead, 4. John L. Brown, 5. Bob Kendall, 6. Levi Miller, 7. Tom Putnam, 8. Hank Hoekstra, 9 Bill Batdorff, 10. Cheryl Putnam.
Amateurs: 1. Mike Collins, 2. Carol Maxwell, 3. Jim Clark, 4. Norm Williams, 5. Jan Gandy, 6. Charles Stannard, 7. Larry Fowler, 8. Helen Lunsford.
. Remember this Saturday, January 6th is SWCD Open Board Meeting at 1:00, where all may feel welcome, including discussion. District Officers and Club Presidents or Designates have voting privileges. Players and Presidents should not ignore these three annual meetings. (The third one this season is March 3.)
. One issue which could become a concern – How many variations in play can we afford before players become confused or disoriented? Two decades ago all Florida Shuffleboard was 75 points, period. Now we have 75 points, 16 frames or 75 whichever is first, 12 or 75 whichever first, 16 frames regardless, 12 regardless,3rd game lag, or switch colors halfway, mingles, Restricted to State Ams & Pros or Open …..
Perhaps we need to consider how many variations are enough? Already, some Oldtimers are grousing that we are ruining the game. Let’s be thoughtful.
Today is the first day of FL P-14A at Sebring, FL P-14B at Clearwater, Open M/L Doubles, 75 pts. Also today is the first day of F A-11 at Century Village (SECD) State sponsored , Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.
Thursday, Jan. 4th at Bradenton, SWCD D-11 Open, M/L Doubles, 75 pts.
Friday, Jan. 5th at Bradenton, SWCD A-8, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points, whichever first.
Next Monday, Jan. 8, FL P-15A at St Cloud, P-15B at Lee County, Open M/L Doubles, 75 pts. Also next Monday, Jan. 8, FL A-12 at Lakeland, National Amateur Non-Walking Singles, M/L Division, 16 frames.
Happy New Year and Happy Shuffling,

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