Joe Bussert 1st Reiny Masters
Joe Bussert is now deceased. Died this past year.
However; his family has made a $500.00 donation which will be used as prize money in a tournament to be held at the Winter Haven Shuffleboard Club Thursday, and Friday, Dec. 4th and Dec. 5th. 250 South Lake Silver Drive NW Winter Haven, FL 33880.
The Tournament will pause at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday and Joe will be remembered. Joe Bussert was the very first recipient of a very special trophy for Shuffleboard in the Central District of Florida, a trophy which continues to this day. It is the Reiny District Amateur Trophy, presented to the very best District Amateur Shuffler in the District.
It was in 1981 that the Trophy was first presented, and Joe was the recipient.
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 HOF AT WINTERHAVEN!!!