Glen Speaks: I have so much fun playing the game that I don’t remember many details about many of my matches, but I would like to comment on a few.
As an amateur the amateurs played on Mondays and the pros started play on Tuesdays. Many amateurs that got beat out on Mondays played in the pros Tuesdays having a chance to make instant pro. It was a wonderful challenge and made a lot of sense to me. Junior Kinney and I got beat out on Monday in the Jimmy Cleveland doubles in Bradenton and elected to play in the pros Tuesday. We had a double 64 chart with one hundred plus teams. We had a ton of luck and we played over our heads for three days. In the quarters we played Bones and Jones. They were the top team at the time. In the third game Charlie Bone put in a high ten on his last shot. Not enough room for me to score. They had the next two hammer and had 72 points. I was not good at scoring ten offs at that time. I shot very hard. His disc went flying and mine jumped ahead about two inches. Bob Jones looked at both sides of my disc several times and held up i finger. That made Junior and I pros. Next was Frank Burger and Gordon Dodge. There was a big celebration back in Clearwater.
I have always been a fan of instant pro but I understand getting rid of it but I wish they would of kept it in for first place. It is so hard to get first, but it would still be there to encourage amateurs to try. I give much credit to the FSA for keeping the points close to earn over the years.
I have a few more articles of some of my experiences from the past that will be passing on shortly. Glen Peltier.
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HOF Remarks: GLEN PELTIER – Player
Clearwater – West Coast District
GLEN PELTIER became an Instant Pro on October 31, 1984, at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Club. Hall of Fame candidates must have accumulated at least 200 points; Glen easily surpassed that requirement by amassing an amazing total of 500 points at the time of his induction on February 20, 1995, at Lake Worth. He ended the 1994-95 season with 72 points (70 in Main events and 2 in Consolation), easily leading the Gold Medal winners as a very popular champion. Thus, he will begin the 1995-96 playing season with a total of 521 lifetime points! Glen played his first Masters tournament in 1986 and has continued playing in the F.S.A.’s most prestigious event every year since that time. He has won the Masters four times — his most recent win in the 1995 Masters. He is rarely seen without a smile on his face and is considered by many players as Shuffleboard’s Ambassador of Good Sportsmanship. During Glen’s Pro career, he has missed only one state tournament, and he also plays in most West Coast District tournaments. When he isn’t playing the sport he loves, he teaches individuals and groups, or is involved in projects related to the game. An ultimate champion, Glen eagerly shares his wealth of knowledge with players who are anxious to improve their game. He says that shuffleboard has given him so much happiness that he feels a great debt of gratitude and will do anything he can for the sport he loves. The shuffleboard community is proud to add the name of Glen Peltier to the roster of Champions in the F.S.A.’s Hall of Fame.
JUNIOR KINNEY – PLAYERS
Clearwater – West Coast District
JUNIOR KINNEY made Instant Pro in October 1984, at the Bradenton SBC. He played in most of the state tournaments for the following 10 years, playing in four Masters and two International tournaments. He has been on the State Board and an officer for the Clearwater SBC a number of years, spending numerous hours there. He enjoys meeting new shufflers and makes everyone welcome at the club. He and his wife, Pauline, will be inducted in to the Ohio Hall of Fame at the Banquet in 1996 at Carey, Ohio. Junior has 228 points to this date in Florida. He is very grateful to have shuffleboard as part of his life. Shuffleboard is not just a game to be played to Junior. He makes it a sport to be enjoyed by countless people. Junior Kinney has opened the doors of the Clearwater Club not only for the State and District tournaments, but to the countless Leagues in the area. The Clearwater Club has been a bustle of activity every day with Daily Tournament play.