REFLECTIIONS by the MEN’S 2nd Place Finisher
32nd ISA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
I began playing shuffleboard at age 6 in Lakeside, Ohio, where my family spent their summers. I won many youth tournaments. I was not able to play in any tournaments during my teaching and coaching career but, after retiring, I began to play in the Ohio tournaments. I was fortunate to win a Singles and a Doubles National Championship at Lakeside, and I am currently 1st Vice President of the Ohio State Shuffleboard Association.
My first taste of International Competition was the 2012 World Team Championship in Seattle, Washington. I then played in Norway in June 2013 and was honored to be invited to the World Singles Championship in St. Petersburg, Florida, last October. I won my first several matches, and my confidence increased each day. I finished undefeated in pool play and advanced to the top 16 bracket, where I had to play Glen Peltier in my first match. I was most honored to have the opportunity to play such a great player. I won on the last shot and then played one of my best friends from Lakeside, Rich Phifer. In a very close match, I came out on top. After defeating Steve Raimondi in a tough semi-final match, I played Ken Offenther in the finals. Ken had been the runner-up in a previous World Singles Championship and, after a challenging match, he won the well-deserved championship. My runner-up finish was beyond my wildest dreams!
Shuffleboard has provided me the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people from countries around the world. I hope I will be able to play in future International Tournaments. I look forward to playing in Midland, Ontario, Canada in August and seeing old and new friends.