THE BEST LADYS TEAM EVER???
According to Glen Peltier, who’s been around for a long time, that’s true! Joan Wheeler and Joan Cook are the best ever! They play many tournaments together, but not all. They won nine first places together this year, enough to make everyone a bit envious, some a bit jealous and even a few down right mad. There’s no denying their success, as Wheeler picked up 71 points this year for a career total of 730, a fierce competitor on the court, who gets her athletic ability from her days as an outstanding skater in her youth. But there’s a different side of her off the court. She voluntarily handles all the get-well cards for the FSA. Is the 1st to hand out a card of Congratulations to someone who has reached a cherished goal. She’s very artistic, creating many of the certificates, as well as table favors we see when we attend Shuffleboard festivities. Dedicated to her grandson, 10-year-old Derek, She’s sends part of her winnings from each tournament to him for his future car fund. And of course, behind every successful woman stands a man. In this case a mountain of a man, husband, Clarence, who spoils her rotten by tending to her every need and making sure she gets to every tournament.
Joan Cook set a modern day record of 79 points this year, breaking Wheelers record of 77, giving her a career total of 544 points. Also a fierce competitor, she gets her ability from being an outstanding bowler in her younger days. Known as the best board clearer in the game, she has rounded out her game by adding a devastating board and kitchen game to her repertoire in the last year and continues to improve. Joan is a dedicated Shuffleboard player as evidenced by stick-to-activity. She’s plays nearly every day of the year. Husband, Dick is her biggest supporter, once having designed a costume for her to appear on the TV show “Let’s make a Deal” where she was not only picked to play but went for the “big door” and won a set of wheels, two motorcycles. Dick freely gives up his love of golf; he is an outstanding golfer with four holes in one in his career and his wood working shop where he creates and paints all of the caricatures we’ve seen around the circuit to spoil Joan rottener by being with her at each tournament.
Story by Earl Ball, Senior Staff Writer for THE SHUFFLER. 2004 03 31.