Southwest Coast District President Jerry Stannard is retiring early. Having moved to Golf Lakes from the Central District within the last decade Jerry Stannard has accomplished much indeed. He has not only campaigned for the establishment of the SW CD Hall of Fame, he has done most of the work as well. The present museum is visible at Bradenton Shuffle Club and is seen by all who attend tournaments there. It was President Jerry Stannard who researched back a couple of decades to establish who had 200 SWCD points to be eligible for induction thereto; he inducted all who proved eligible; he helped Jo Miller and Ron Nurnberger put pictures on the wall; and he has collected a number of photos and artifacts and is still working to perfect the museum. Having cared for both his parents over 18 years of their declining health, having played his heart out at as many tournaments as possible, and having been recently hospitalized , likely largely due to stress, the Doctor says he should retire as District President to reduce stress. He wisely agrees. Jerry has recently shared with me the following memories for your enjoyment.
“ I had the good fortune in in my second year of playing with the late, great Grant Boshart in March 2006 in the Fun N Sun Tournament at Clearwater for first place in the Main event against Earl Ball and Stan Williamson. Earl, at the foot, had the hammer and the lead at 58-73. Earl missed my deep 7: I covered the seven with two successive 10’s that Earl cleared. I put on another 10. Earl thought a while, ignored my ten which hid my 7 and shot his hammer for the win, but the shuffleboard gods favored me as Earl hit the 7-8 line and we won 75-73. What would you have done?” “I played twice more with Grant Boshart. In 2007 we won the same tournament again, beating Earl and Stan in the quarter final (when Stan after a shot, stuck his cue straight up as usual, getting it broken in the overhead fan); and then beating Bill Bartrum and Ben Coy in the finals. In Grant’s very last tournament (at Golf Lakes in 2009), beating Ralph Lozano and Corky Lowe (now two of my best friends in my new park and district) in the semi-finals and Roy Babcock and Mel Erb in the Finals. Grant and I played 3 tournaments together, losing only 2 games, both to Earl Ball and Stanley Williamson. Yes, Grant Boshart was great and carried me, then little above average, through to victory.”
Yes, Jerry Stannard has done well here and does retain some modest y. Thank you, Jerry Stannard, for the story, your leadership and hard work. Best wishes for the future, and Happy Holidays.
Monday, Dec. 17 at Lee County, FL P-12A, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points. Men Main: 1. Tom Putnam-Ed Leonard (won every game). Consolation: 1. Larry Mardis-Ron Nurnberger, 3. Ralph Lozano-Jerry Stannard, 4. Cau Huynh and partner. Ladies Main: 2. Flo Kowalewski-Cheryl Putnam, 3. Pam Nurnberger-Joyce Marquis. Consolation: 4. Marilyn Everett-Shirley McCullough. (13 of 32 places at Lee County to Southwest Coast District).
Also Monday, Dec. 17 at Clearwater, FL P-12B. Ladies Main: 2. Terri Smith and partner.
Thursday, December 20 SWCD. D-11 and A-8 postponed to Rain Date March 17.
Today, Wednesday, Dec. 26, FL P-13 at Bradenton, Open M/L Doubles ,75 points, no lunch.
Tomorrow, Thurs, Dec. 27 FL A-10 at Bradenton, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.
No SWCD tournaments this Holiday week.
Next Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, P-14A at Sebring, M/L Doubles 75 points. Also Wednesday Jan. 2, 2019 P-14B at Clearwater, M/L Doubles, 75 points.
. It has been discovered that the Nurnbergers are not the first couple ever inducted into FSA Hall of Fame at once. In 1994 Dave and Gloria Stott also joined together, as did Pauline and Junior Kinney in 1996.
. Merry Christmas and Happy Shuffling.