SHUFFLEBOARD CONTINUES TO EVOLVE
The Fall meeting of the Florida Shuffleboard Association Saturday October 13 produced a few new rules and notices.
. Clubs hosting State Tournaments must obtain sponsors. Failure to obtain a sponsor will be reason for a club to lose permission to host that tournament again. (Southwest Coast District always obtains sponsors for State Tournaments).
. The 87th Annual State-Sponsored Singles, M/L, W/NW, will be at Clearwater January 14th. Tickets will be available later this month at $35 each. The plans sound very nice and several will be eligible for induction into the coveted FL Shuffleboard Hall of Fame, to be followed by the Winter meeting of the Florida Shuffle Board Association.
. The famous St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club at Mirror Lake, a National Historic Site, host of FL P-3A earlier this week, has asked to host the FL Masters in 2020. No State Tournaments have been held there since 2004 which was regarded as the former “mecca” for 80 years. Club membership has grown from 60 to 1200 in the past decade. Most of those new players are Millennials who show up on Friday evenings at Mirror Lake Park. FSA voted permission beginning next season for Districts to choose other than 75 point games, such as frame games, or limited frame games for State Tournaments for Amateurs. Districts have a year to decide if participation might grow under such a test.
FL P-2A at Avon Park, Oct. 8-9, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Men Consolation: 1. John L. Brown-Steve Slaughterbeck. Lades Main: 4. Pam Nurnberger-Nancy Sclafani.
FL P-2B at Zephyrhills Shuffle Club, Oct. 8-9, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Consolation: 3. Terri Smith-Marlene Coburn.
SWCD D-2 at Bradenton, Oct. 11-12, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Flo Kowalewski-Nancy Sclafani, 2. Del Schram-Jane Schram, 3. Lois Wegner-Marlene Coburn, 4. Pam Nurnberger-Linda Wallingford. Consolation: 1. Arlene McCague-Evelyn White, 2. Cheryl Putnam-Shirley McCullough, 3. Adriana Cramton-Helen Lunsford, 4. Donna Schultz-Cindy Slaughterbeck. Mens Main: 1.Ron Nurnberger-Larry Mardis, 2. Nelson Kellogg-Paul Knepper, 3. Bill Batdorff-Dave Minnich, 4. Mike Marquis-Gerry Curwin. Consolation: 1. Tom Putnam-Grant Childerhose, 2. Dave Welsh-Bob Comford, 3. John L. Brown-Dave Evenson, 4. Gerry Johnson-Bill Bierema.
SWCD D-3 at Bradenton, Oct. 18-19, M/L Doubles, 75 points.
FL P-4A at Lee County, Oct. 22-24, M/L Doubles, 75 points. FL P-4B at Betmar, Oct.22-24, M/L Doubles, 75 points.
. This column will be on Wednesdays for the indefinite future.
. A brand new tournament FL A-23, March 25, 2019 at Sebring is the Tournament of Champions for Amateurs. Any Ams , Singles Eligibility for this new tournament will be as follows. Placing in any FL-A tournament this season lets you play this year. Any place, 1-4, Main or Consolation. Placing twice gives you 2 years eligibility, Placing three times gives you 3 years eligibility. We may search back one year on this first year. This FL P-A23 will be at the same time and place as the FL P-26 Tournament of Champions, open only to Pros. Here is opportunity for post season play, even for District or State Amateurs. An Eligibility list will be prepared. If you have questions, see Jerry Stannard, District President or John L. Brown, State Delegate.
. An oversight last week: I failed to mention the death of Art Vogel of Betmar, who competed faithfully for a couple of decades of state Tournaments including in our District. Art played for years with Don Darwin and later with George Darwin. Art was a faithful friend and good example in every way.
. This just in at deadline – Mrs. Vivian Ball, wife of the irrepressible Earl Ball passed away in her sleep from a sudden heart attack Saturday night. October 13. We send our sympathy to Earl, their family, and friends in Zephyrhills and elsewhere. Vivian traveled with us to several nations for shuffleboard events.