Connie Tetu and Joe Bussert were inseparable!! Not unlike Glen Peletier’s “Jones and Bones” > TETU AND BUSSERT were the respective first winners of the prestigious, long-standing, Central District Reiny Masters!!!
JOE BUSSERT 1st MALE REINY MASTERS CHAMPION!!
KEEPING THE MEMORIES ALIVE BY Stan McCormack.
Joe Bussert 1st Reiny Masters
The Reiny Schleier District Masters is associated with enthusiasm, excitement and memories!! This is due in large part because the competitors are in relative terms, newcomers to Shuffleboard. They have heard a great deal about the Pro Masters, and now they too are Competing in The Masters!!
The man in the photo above is Joe Bussert, the very first Reiny Schleier Central District Men’s Masters Champion!! He captured that title in 1981. I took this photo on 2011 11 17, just 4 months shy of his 90th birthday.
Although Joe does not remember meeting Schleier, he does recall the many good times associated with the win. He remembers that on the day in question, he won 19 of his 21 games!!
He told me that he “always had to look up to the players”, and then went on to add that was “because he was so short”! He told me that the very first female winner was Connie Tetu, and she too was very short!!
When asked how/if shuffleboard had changed in the 32 years since his win; he replied that “we used to have more people; we used to have better courts; courts with less drift!!
Stan McCormack. 2011 11 17 (Pic by Stan)
FOR GOODNESS SAKE, DO GO INTO OUR CD HOF AT WINTERHAVEN!!!
CONNIE TETU; 1st WOMAN REINY MASTERS CHAMPION!!
KEEPING THE MEMORIES ALIVE!! By Stan McCormack.
The Nalcrest Shuffleboard Club held their last meeting on Friday and gratitude was expressed to the club officers, President, Larry Melton, Vice-president, Larry Breening, Courts Manager, Noel Ziebarth, Secretary, Grace Stier and Treasurer, Edna Magnuson for a banner year. The inner-club tournaments managed in a professional style and were very successful. All the local sponsors have expressed willingness to participate in the 1981-82 season. They are the Southgate Merchants Association, First Federal Savings and Loan of Lake Wales, Draper-Wales Furniture Co., American Bank of Lake Wales, Haven Federal Savings and Loan Association.
The crowning event of the season was the winning last week by our Connie Tetu of first place in the amateur Champion of Champions Tournament held in Lakeland. Our Reiny Schleier, president of the Central Florida District of Shuffleboard Clubs, was largely instrumental in setting up this contest. which consisted of the eight highest scoring men and the eight highest scoring women amateurs in the district for the past season. Runners-up for the tournament were two other woman players from Nalcrest, Elsie Meyer and Ruth Stutzman.
Apr 22nd, 1981. Lakeland Ledger.
Connie passed away in August of 2011. She had earned 190 FSA Points. .