STATE OF SHUFFLEBOARD ADDRESS
We recently heard the “State of the Union” address. What is the state of shuffleboard? Shuffleboard is organized at the Club level, the District level the State level, the National level, and even at the International level.
First, in reverse order, the International . Plans are being finalized for the 38th World Singles Championship in Vienna, Austria October 27-November 2, 2019. Any player may apply to play, as long as he or she belongs to some club in a member state of a member country. Southwest Coast District of Florida in USA is eligible. Each player is responsible for all costs to travel there. This columnist is a veteran many times over and recommends it as an experience of a lifetime. Register with the National President. See pages 112-114 of the current FL Preview.
The FSA Winter meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 16 at Sebring. The SWCD meeting will be Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Bradenton Shuffle Club, 1525 Ballard Park Drive. All are welcome. One observation is that too few volunteers come forward to prepare for tournaments, to play, to become directors, etc.
This columnist remembers when every club furnished a referee and a scorekeeper for each court in every tournament they hosted. I encourage all of us to participate more enthusiastically to help our sport thrive.
FL P-19 at Bradenton, Feb. 4, State-Sponsored Open M/L Doubles,75 pts. Ladies Main: 1.Flo Kowalewski and partner, 2. Pam Nurnberger and partner, 4.Arlene McCague and partner. Consolation: 2. Eva Mae Lake-Elaine Antaya. Men Main: 1 Tom Putnam-Ed Leonard, 3. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 4. Jerry Stannard and partner. Consolation: 3. Dan Lake-Paul Knepper.
SWCD D-16 at Bradenton , Feb. 7, Open M/L Doubles, 75 pts. Men Main : 1. Peter Berg-J.R. Rathburn, 2 Larry Mardis-Larry Taylor, 3. Bill Batdorff-Ralph Lozano, 4. Jerry Stannard-Rick Hall. Consolation: 1. Grant Childerhose-Murray Potter, 2. John Mickle-David Welsh, 3. Dwayne Cross-Bill Bierema, 4 John Heckinger-Ira Snook. Ladies Main: 1. Shirley McCullough-Arlene McCague, 2. Linda Wallingfofrd-Joan -McCurdy, 3. Elaine Antaya-Janice O’Sullivan. 4. Terri Smith-Marilyn Everett. Consolation:1. Donna Schultz-Cheryl Putnam, 2. EvaMae Lake-Sharon Olmstead, 3. Pam Nurnberger-Cindy Slaughterbeck, 4. Joan Curwin-Carol Maxwell.
SWCD A-13 at Bradenton,Feb. 8, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16/75 pts. Main: 1. Fernand Montplaisir-Donald Cadotte, 2. Frank Marderosian-Paul Maille, 3. Jim Lessard-Norman Goodwin, 4. Don Trottier-Mike Collins. Consolation: 1. Ron Timmerman-Alan Heinbauch, 2. Moe Joyal-Mary Fowler, 3. Janet Eisses-J.Hoeksma, 4. Marilyn Rotman-David H. Smith.
. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Braden ton SWCD D-17, No 2 Pros,M/L Doubles, 75 pts. No lunch available.
. Friday Feb. 15 at Bradenton, SWCD A-14, Draw Doubles, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16/75 pts.
. Monday.Feb. 18 FL P-21A at Trailer Estates, DeSoto Doubles, M/L, 75 pts. No Lunch. FL P-21B at Tropical Haven in Melbourne, M/L Doubles, 75 pts. No lunch.
. Monday Feb. 18, FL A-19A at Sebring, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts. Also FL A-19B at Leesburg, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.
. Remember Feb. 23 at Bradento n, Shuffleboard University, 9:00 A.M. to learn more. Please arrive at 8:30-8:45 to get acquainted, get ready, etc. Please register with “Dean” John L. Brown or leave word at Bradenton Shuffle Club. 747-6184. “Professors” also register with John at 756-8548.
. Tri-Par has 12 courts ready to play on after long delay. This column salutes their patience and earnest rehabilitation. We harbor secret hopes that some day a State Tournament for Amateurs could be hosted there.