CHUCK STANSBURGE – PLAYER
Central East Coast District – Vero Beach
I moved to Florida on December 1, 1999. The community of Spanish Lakes Fairways is where I live. Spanish Lakes Fairways is a very active community with its own Golf Course, Tennis courts, Softball field, Horseshoe. Bocce, Shuffleboard Courts, Pool tables, and many other activities to keep any retiree busy. All of 2000 and half of 2001 I played all the above with the exception of Tennis and Shuffleboard. In the summer of 2001, several of my Pool shooting friends suggested that we all join the Shuffleboard Club and play in their Tuesday morning League which would begin in October; I asked why would they want to play that game? The answer I got was that Shuffleboard would allow Husband and Wife to play as a team together. Ok said I, as I had been looking for more activities my wife and I could do together. The 2001-02 season began and though my wife didn’t enjoy the Shuffleboard much; we played every Tuesday morning and we lost every match but one (1)!!! In January of that year, our community hosted a District Singles Tournament. I played and finished 2nd. Several weeks later I was informed that by finishing 2nd in that tournament I was eligible to play in the Districts “ Medalist” tournament which was held at Fort Pierce. As I had not played outside of our Community I decided to give it a shot. I lost the first match and went into the consolation bracket. I was so upset with myself for playing so badly that first match that I decided that if I could do No Better than that I would quit the Game. Quite frankly, “I THREW ALL CAUTION TO THE WIND AND I WENT FOR IT”. I won the Consolation bracket. The Medal I won that day is still the most cherished to me and when I feel the game is not worth the effort after a Day of bad Playing I remember the feeling I had when I won that Medal. The next season 2002-2003 I not only continued to play in the Tuesday morning League, but I played on our community traveling league held on Wednesdays and I played in all of the District Tournaments as well. Early that season I jumped into a State Tournament and was quickly knocked out by Glen Peltier and Jacques Bergeron. I knew then that in order to play with these guys I had to practice more, and I did. From that day forward I played or practiced every single day until the next State tournament which was held in Trailer Haven. I finished 2nd to Mike Vassalotti and George Shaver and became eligible for instant Pro which I opted to take the following October. I went on to win the Amateur Masters that year, most Points, and the Medalist. I truly was smitten by the Game. I’ve never lost sight that the game is to be fun and I still play it that way although I am considered to be intense during play. Every year since, I have earned enough points to make the State Masters, and the day I don’t, I will not play in the masters just because another decides to Not Play. I caught the Fever of Shuffleboard in those early years and now to be inducted into The Hall Of Fame is clearly an Honor I had only dreamt of.