BATTLE OF THE BIG DOGS!! A ONE DAY PRO TOURNAMENT
ORGANIZED AND DIRECTED BY WOODBROOK RESIDENT: PETE RINEHART: A LOOK BACK TO 2005!!
WHERE: WINTER HAVEN SHUFFLEBOARD CLUB
WHEN: SUNDAY, MAR 20th, 2005 @ 08:30
WHY: TO WATCH THE VERY BEST!!
THE SHUFFLER will provide coverage of this event!! Watch this page for details!! Shufflers; we could be on to something big with this “Invitational Event”, an event which disperses $2,000.00 this year, up from $1,000.00 last year. Might it double again in 2006?
WE BEGIN WITH THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT:
In the Spring of 2002 Pete Rinehart was so thankful for all that Shuffleboard had given him. Pete wanted to give something back to the sport. He did not want to hold an office and he had developed a mysterious allergy to physical labour since retiring. Accordingly, he decided to put up the money to guarantee $1,000.00 in prize money for a Shuffleboard Tournament in memory of Audrey D. Anderson.
In November of 2002 Pete co-sponsored a State Amateur tournament at the Lakeland Shuffleboard Club and guaranteed $1,000.00 in prize money. In the Spring of 2003 Pete contacted Gus Bondi, the president of the Winter Haven shuffleboard club, indicating to Gus that he would like to sponsor a $1,000.00 tournament for the following season. Pete had not been satisfied with the restrictions involved when sponsoring either a State or District tournament–He wanted to do something CREATIVE!
Gus immediately offered to co-sponsor the tournament and not surprisingly, suggested the event be held in Winter Haven. After consulting with Earl Ball from the Betmar Shuffleboard Club, Pete presented a draft of his plans to Gus, and after a few meetings with Gus and Earl, the format for the contest was finalized. The most difficult part of the planning was to find a date that did not conflict with State or District events.
If you would like details regarding the BATTLE OF THE BIG DOGS, you may call Pete Rinehart at (863) 683-0656 OR Gus Bondi at (863) 291-0950. Advance registration is required: $15.00 per player must be received by Pete ~~ not later than Feb 28th, 2005.
Stan of THE SHUFFLER 2005 02 11.
As of time of writing, 2015 01 28 I have very little information. The announcement of Pete’s passing appears on a Bulletin Board used exclusively for this purpose in our park. When/If, I receive additional information, I will post same.
Shufflers have not seen Pete for some considerable time. HOWEVER; Pete did have an impact on Shuffleboard. Pete’s generosity was demonstrated by his involvement with The Battle of the Big Dogs!! One significant talent of Pete’s was best demonstrated when he performed the induction of Chuck Stansburge into the FSA Hall of Fame. I hope you agree with me that BOTH CHUCK AND PETE would be pleased to have the following 2 articles go public at this time.
SRM 2015 01 28 posted >> same day as his death announced on Board in Park Woodbrook.
Gus writes me the following morning: 2015 01 29: Gus Bondi Pete was never the same person after Audrey died…..she committed suicide and Pete blamed himself for her death and never recovered. He drove her van for years and had a “A” on the end of his stick..