SHUFFLEBOARD EXPERIMENT A SUCCESS
The Southwest Coast District of the Florida Shuffleboard Association often dares to try something new. SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates Thursday, Nov. 15-16 was an experiment. The plan was to play Mingle/Mingles,, drawing for a spot on a court each game for 3 games in the morning and 3 more games in the afternoon in both the men’s and ladies divisions on the first day. Then the 16 players with the most wins in each division would be eligible to play the second day in the more familiar format of semi-finals and finals, playing doubles 75 points, 2 of three games.
Rain the first afternoon shortened the day to 3 games for most players. A wish to finish on Friday caused the directors to shorten the first phase to 5 games, then go to the second phase played Friday afternoon, and finally all was finished at 7:00 p.m. The top 8 players in each Division drew for a partner in the Main, and the next 8 with most wins drew for a partner in Consolation.
A sound majority of those reporting their experience thought it was successful enough, even with shortening due to rain, that it should be tried in at least one such event next season. On the positive side, many liked playing with different players making new acquaintances and some new friends. Also the novelty appealed to some players. The leaders were pleased that despite the weather challenges, such a good time was had by so many.
On the down side, a few felt somewhat puzzled, feeling that we should stick to more conventional formats for most tournaments.
Monday, Nov. 12, FL P-7A at Bradenton, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 2. Joyce Marquis-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Marlene Coburn-Marilyn Everett, 4. Pam Nurnberger & partner. Consolation: 1. Terri Smith & partner, 3. Pat Tomko-Cheryl Putnam. Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 2. Faren VanDeGrift-Ben Coy, 3. Dave Kudro & partner. 4. Larry Mardis-Larr y Taylor.
Thursday, Nov. 15 SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates, Mingle/Mingles, 16/75, Second day 75 points, 2 of 3 games, M/L Doubles. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Dave Evenson, 2. Tom Putnam-John Mickle, 3. Bob Kendall-Ira Snook, 4. Faren VanDeGrift-Scott Fenimore. Consolation: 1. Phil Booher-John Roberson, 2. Bob Comford-Joe Kent, 3. Brad Thomas-Ron Nurnberger, 4. Mike Marquis-Gilbert Broadhead. Ladies Main: 1. Kathy Laver-Cindy Slaughterbeck, 2. Linda Wallingford-Shirley McCullough 3. Cheryl Putham-Margaret Hartzler, 4. Adriana Cramton-Arlene McCague. Consolation: 1. Donna Schultz-Lois Wegner, 2. Dian Darrah-Pat Tomko, 3, Janice O’Sullivan-Siggy Gudzus, 4. Jane Schram-Evelyn White.
Friday, Nov. 16 SWCD A-4 at Trailer Estates, Single/Mingles. Main: 1. Tony Souza, 2. Kathy Kendall, 3. Ursala Joyal 4. Jim Lessard. Consolation: 1. Ken Handrich, 2. Moe Joyal, 3. Martha Kaufman. (7 players-no 4th place).
Next Monday, Nov. 26 FL P-9A at Hawthorne, M/L Doubles, 75 points. P-9B at Briny Breezes, Singles, M/L. Non-walking. Also Monday, Nov. 26, FL A-6A at Clearwater, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points. Also Nov. 26 FL A-6B at Spanish Lakes in Central East Coast District, 75 points.
No District Tournament this week – Thanksgiving.
. Remember Black Friday, November 23, Palmetto Shuffle Club, $10 includes lunch, Pro and Amateur Divisions. Non-sanctioned, no points, just fun and avoid shopping crowds. Register by 8:45 a.m., play begins at 9:00. Single/Mingles, expect nice prize money. Additional info – Call Bob Comford.
Happy Shuffling – Happy Thanksgiving.