2018 FSA MASTERS: WE GIVE YOU THE MALE COMPETITORS
The event begins April 2nd at Hawthorne Leesburg Florida
Male Competitors 2018 Masters
1. Earl Ball 64 points
2. Dean Myklejord 56 points
3. Al Dronsfield 55 points
4. Jim Miller 53 points
5. Ron Nurnberger 52 points
6. Mike Seyfer 44 points
7. Dave Kudro. 40 points
8. Ken Offenther. 40 points
Steve Raimondi 36 points
Masters 2018 Men; Analysis by Dave Kudro
This year’s Men’s Masters is almost a carbon copy of last year. The only difference is that Ken Offenther is not the Alternate, but a player this year. The Men’s State Masters Field is very talented and all shufflers are confident in their shuffle skills and very capable to win the coveted championship trophy. Will it be past champions looking for a repeat? Al Dronsfield, 2017 Masters Champion, Earl Ball 2003 and 2009 co-champion and 2015 Champion as well as 2008 champion Jim Miller.? These shufflers are tried and true champions and know how to handle the pressure. When an opportunity arises, they jump on an opponents miscue, and capitalizes with skillful precision of a surgeon to make that game changing surge. If you get a chance to watch Earl and Jim, you’ may think Jim Miller lives in the Southwest District. I now truly believe he lives in Earl Ball’s head. Earl the last couple of years, seems to have a hard time when playing a singles match against Jim. The true test will be on how does Earl or Jim play against the other players especially Al Dronsfield. Look for some really tight matches with those three. Ron Nurnberger and Dean Myklejord have had break out years playing the best I’ve seen them play. Could Ron or Dean break into the lead and take the coveted trophy? It’s possible if they play their A game against each and every Masters player. Let’s look at Ken Offenther and look at his chances. It’s not that this is Ken’s first Masters. Ken has played in 2010,2012,2013,2015 and 2016 Masters. Ken has the experience and has been in the running several times. Ken has worked very hard and can put himself in a position to one day be the FSA State Masters Champion. Mike Seyfer is a real steady player. Mike could get in the groove and make a difference in the standings, both not only in his position, but others that don’t take Mike serious. If Mike is on, he can get in the groove and give everyone a wakeup call. Now let’s look at my play (Dave Kudro) . I am not a big fan of the singles as many times I have a little guy on my shoulder that likes to take the tough shot rather than the safe shot. I am also tempted by the saying, “Go big or go home” . If I can limit my temptations and get off to a great start, I could be the sleeper and find that inner drive I get when I play in doubles. I play hard cause I don’t want to let my partner down. The Alternate is Steve Raimondi. Steve had a great year and came as close as you can to get to making the Masters and should be congratulated. Steve finished the year in style by taking 1st place in the TOC Men’s non-walking.
Well there you have it. While we try and relax the rest of the weekend, Monday April 2nd at Hawthorne in Leesburg the courts will come alive with each male player seeking his position in the shuffleboard Masters Hierarchy as who will be the Alpha Male. I can assure you all who venture out to attend will see shuffleboard at its best.
Dave Kudro FSA President 2018 03 30.