Fort Pierce host Medalist
I have written a lot about the Fort Pierce shuffleboard courts and how people from other parts of the state love to come to our beautiful location. I want to thank the staff of the Riverwalk Center. Michelle Kubitscheck, City of Ft Pierce Facility/Program Specialist and Joyce Kobbe are the “angels” who look after us. They let us into the center early mornings of our tournaments so that we can make coffee and set up for our opening ceremony. They graciously see that our players have a place to eat lunch out of the cold and rain. We have made them honorary members of the Ft. Pierce Shuffleboard Club and hope that eventually we can see them on the courts with a cue!!
The Medalist was held on these courts on Thursday and Friday. This is a M/L non-walking singles tournament and the winners go home with a coveted medal.
In the Ladies Main, Dotty Koert won first place and Mary Agness won second. Both ladies are good players and have been traveling to a few state tournaments. They played together at Avon Park and placed 1st in Consolation. Dotty also place in the Mixed at Lee County a few weeks ago.
In the Men’s Main, Tom Winkelspecht won first place and Glynn Williams won second. These names are very familiar in our district. Tom is an athlete and serious player who wants to do more traveling for state tournaments.
The Wickham Park ladies took all three top spots in Consolation. New player, Belinda Jones, an amateur won first, Sheila Winkelspecht, wife of Tom, took second with Jane Plumpton in 3rd Place.
In Men’s Consolation, Bill Perry of Vero Beach won first place with amateur Lionel Hickey of Woodbridge taking second. We hope to see more of Lionel and our other amateurs in the future.
Congratulations to all the winners. The entire results may be viewed on the Central East Coast District website.
PARTY—HALL OF FAME STYLE
I have written about many Hall of Fame Banquets in the past. It is an exciting event where we celebrate the accomplishment of reaching 200 points by members of our shuffleboard family. And often, we honor someone with a Special Award for the “behind the scenes” activities and extra things they do
Two players honored were Ron and Pam Nurnberger, a power couple to say the least. To the chagrin of Ron, his wife Pam reached her points first. They chose to present each other and it was fun to watch them banter with each other.
The one other man was Allen Dronsfield from the Northern District who had his wife, Jan by his side. Allen is from Hawaii and is known as an intense and determined player.
Sue McLaughlin is also from Northern District. While employed, Sue had to play shuffleboard around her work schedule but her friend, Marion Lohbusch (a Hall of Famer) was there to help her obtain her points.
Glenda Brake from Zephyrhills was presented by Henry Strong and pinned by her husband, Clar. Glenda is a petite bundle of dynamite on the courts.
Another inductee was Terri Smith who started in the Northern District but moved to SW Coast District after meeting her partner, FSA president, Dave Kudro.
Being an inductee, I viewed this banquet with a different perspective. It really is an emotional time as inductees pour their hearts out about their family, partners and the bonds they have formed. I had to stop and collect myself at one point, I just could not say a word (and the silence was deafening). We remembered that my husband, Phil had been inducted at this same location seven year ago!
The West Coast District, spearheaded by President Jan Cote, did a fantastic job. The clubhouse was filled with flowers and decorative lights and tulle were hung from the ceiling. We saw the fun side of Jim Allen as he kept us entertained as Master of Ceremonies.
Kathy Brennan, president of the Clearwater Club made sure we had lunch each day and many helpers kept the courts prepared. Dessert was the cupcakes that Colleen Austin always brings. These are iced with edible photos of the inductees.
Most of the women had on their fancy dresses and even the men sported their finery. It was a treat to see everyone dressed TO PARTY and that is what we do when not on the courts!!!!!!
Linda Rebholz (now a proud Hall of Famer)
HALL OF FAME SPEECH
IN 1999, SHUFFLEBOARD, NOR A NEW HUSBAND, WAS ON MY RADAR. I WAS A WIDOW, MANAGING MY RENTAL PROPERTY, VOLUNTEERING AND SINGING IN THE CHURCH CHOIR. GOD HAD OTHERPLANS USING A FARMER FROM INDIANA.
PHIL IS A DEDICATED SHUFFLEBOARD PLAYER, AS YOU WELL KNOW FROM HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THANKS TO ED CUTLER AND THE FORT PIERCE SHUFFLEOBARD CLUB WHO PUT ME TO WORK AS TREASURER AND THE CECD BOARD WHO LATER SENT ME TO THE FSA AS A DELEGATE, I BECAME AN OFFICIAL MEMBER OF THE SHUFFLEBOARD FAMILY. MOST OF ALL I THANK GLEN PELTIER WHO HAD ENOUGH FAITH IN ME TO APPOINT ME AS SECRETARY TO THE FSA BOARD. TECHNology is not my thing but WHEN I HAVE TROUBLE, I can thank Glenn Monroe who helps me look efficient. I CAN’T FORGET STAN MCCORMACK WHO DISCOVERED THE WRITER IN ME AND I ENJOY DOING HUMAN INTEREST STORES FOR THE SHUFFLER. Colleen Austin has made the projects fun that WE have worked on TOGETHER. I know that the other inductees join me in thanking her for the extra things that she DID for us THIS MORNING.
As you can see, all of the things that I love to do are really joint projects with my fellow shuffleboard family. And specking of family, I must thank my husband for all the adventures that we have had traveling to tournamnets, not only in florida, but in Michigan, lakeside, ohio, and Hendersonville, n.c. IN 2005, we survived hurricane Wilma in our RV. WE WERE IN zephyrhills FOR A TOURNAMENT AND PHIL WOULD NOT LEAVE. AFTER THE WIND ROCKED THE RV FOR MOST OF THE NIGHT, I THREATENED TO never attend another tournament.
it is with humble gratiture that I accept this award. Thanks to landy Adkins, who nominated me, and the entire fsa board for YOUR support. I hope to continue to serve where I am needed.
“OLD GUYS” BATTLE-PHIL REBHOLZ WINS ANOTHER 1st PLACE
Back in December, Phil Rebholz and Dave Minnich played together at the tournament in Ft. Pierce and won 1st place. Earl Ball wrote that “old guys rule”. The story continues….
This week, the National doubles was held at Trailer Estates in Bradenton. There were 44 men’s teams and I believe, 25 women’s teams. Phil Rebholz was playing with Al Dronesfield and Dave Minnich was playing with Duane Cross.
On Monday morning, Phil and Al met the tough team of Dave Kudro and Jerry Everett. They won and went on to face last year’s winners, Bob Comford and Hank Hoekstra. Another win after a 3 game contest. I saw Dave Minnich and he commented that it would be fun if he and Phil got to play in the finals. I thought “what are the odds of that happening’?
As we were 150 miles from home, this meant staying overnight. Our Indiana friends, John and Dolores Brown had invited us to stay with them so we had an enjoyable evening of dinner out and a game of Bendominos.
Tuesday morning arrived with rain which caused a short delay. Phil and Al won their next two matches and they were past the quarter finals. I was focused on Phil’s matches and had not been watching Dave but he and Duane had also advanced past the quarter finals. In the afternoon, Phil and Al were matched against TOP player Jim Miller and his partner, Clarence Gingerich. Dave and Duane were matched against TOP players, Earl Ball and his partner, Henry Strong on the adjacent court. You can imagine that these matches drew an audience. The pressure was on Phil because Al is working toward his 200 Hall of Fame points!!! Wonder of wonders, Phil and Al won their match and Dave and Duane won theirs. This meant that Phil and Dave would be playing AGAINST each other for the coveted First Place on Wednesday morning!