Four members of District V of the Arizona Shuffleboard Association (ASA), all from Sun City, participated in the Arizona State Shuffleboard Split Singles Tournament in Apache Junction.
Gwen Gienger, Clint Gienger and Dennis Ellgen are members of the Bell Shuffleboard Club, while Debbie Edgin is a member of the Sundial Shuffleboard Club. Each player won their respective division in a District qualifying tournament in order to advance to the state tournament. The qualifier for District V featured participants from Sun City West, Happy Trails RV Park in Surprise, Sun City and Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise.
At the state tournament the qualifiers competed against the district winners from the other four (Mesa, Apache Junction, Yuma and Tucson) districts in the ASA. All total there were 20 participants in the state tournament representing the ASA’s 2,000 members. Each of the 20 had won their qualifying tournament in their district.
The four participants from District V of the ASA and all residents of Sun City placed:
• Ms. Gienger: 1st place, Women’s Championship Division (2019 Women’s AZ State Champion)
• Ms. Edgin: 5th place, Women’s Consolation Division
• Mr. Ellgen: 5th place, Men’s Championship Division
• Mr. Gienger: 2nd place Men’s Consolation Division
District V of the Arizona Shuffleboard Association has two leagues: one plays Monday mornings and the other Tuesday mornings. Each of the leagues consists of six teams with six players on each team, with teams originating not only from Sun City but also from Sun City West, Happy Trails RV Park and Sunflower RV Resort.
League play starts each year the last week in November and concludes in mid-February. The two league champions have a playoff after the league schedule is completed to determine which team will represent District V in the State League tournament in early March. The league is always looking to add new teams from local communities or RV parks.
The remaining district tournament schedule for this year are: Joette Cothron Mixed Doubles, Jan. 24-25, Sunflower RV Resort; Bell Memorial Split Singles, Feb. 7-8, Sun City Bell Recreation Center; District V Mixed Doubles Qualifier, Feb. 14-15, Sun City Bell Recreation Center; Happy Trails Split Singles, Feb. 28-March 1, Happy Trails RV Park.
Also, the Bell Club offers open play 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Call Bell Shuffleboard Club president Dennis Ellgin at 623-972-3169 for Bell Club information.
Call 701-430-1194 for District V information.
IF YOU GO
What: District V Bell Memorial Split Singles tournament
When: Feb. 7-8
Where: Bell Recreation Center, 16820 N. 99th Ave., Sun City
More Information: Call 701-430-1194