Yes, Wilma will be shuffling with Ellen Hensley again in the doubles.
Wilma has won 32 national championships, including four so far this year. She won the ladies’ national singles in Texas for the second year in a row and won all three national events (singles, doubles and mixed) in Ohio this past July.
So, here’s my story about Wilma:
When we first went down to Texas for the winter, I became involved in shuffleboard right away because my dad was the shuffleboard chairperson at the RV park where we first lived. Wilma was more enthusiastic about pool and had joined a ladies’ pool league that played on Tuesday mornings. I started playing in the RGVSA men’s doubles tournaments with a fellow from the park. However, most of our Texas tournaments are mixed doubles and the amateur division plays on Tuesdays. So, Wilma was unwilling to give up her pool to play mixed with me. Finally, at the end of the 1995-1996 season, I saw on the schedule that a non-trophy tournament was going to be held on a Wednesday. This tournament is held each year and is open to amateurs who have never won a trophy. So, I persuaded her to go and we ended up winning the second-place trophy. That got her more enthused about shuffleboard. She gave up her pool league the following season and started playing with me early in the season. She was still working afternoons for a CPA firm during tax season at that time, so she could only play November, December and the first part of January. That went on for two seasons and we won a couple of trophies, but nothing spectacular.
I found out about the Ohio tournaments in 1997 and we started playing there in the summer of 1998, where she made instant expert. After playing all summer, we got off to a great start in Texas, winning the first four amateur mixed doubles that season. Wilma got permission from her boss to take Tuesday afternoons off and work Saturdays to make up the time, so we got to play all season in 1998-1999. Wilma placed in the final four of the Texas Masters that year as an amateur and earned more than enough points to move up to expert the following season.
The rest, as they say, is history. Wilma has earned more points than any other player in the history of Ohio shuffleboard (1,206) or Texas shuffleboard (2,242). She has served on the TSSA Board of Directors for six years and was RGVSA President for two terms. She has been the Texas National Delegate for several years. She started the Texas shuffleboard web site in 2000 and has served as webmaster for a total of ten years. She helped Jim Clayton start the Ohio shuffleboard web site in 2001 and has served as webmaster for a total of eight years. She also served on the OSSA Board of Directors for two terms. Wilma has served as webmaster for the National Shuffleboard Association for several years as well.
Together, we started the Western Valley Shuffleboard Association and she has run WVSA tournaments every week during the Texas shuffleboard season for the past eight years. We also started a similar organization for the Eastern Valley in Texas three years ago. Wilma does web sites for both of those organizations. As you know, she also started the RGV Shuffleboard Facebook group, which has been very popular among the Texas players. She also started a similar group for the USA NSA and the WVSA. She has also served as ISA Treasurer for more than two years.
So, you can see that I think she is pretty special – a very talented player and an extremely intelligent, hard-worker all in one package.
RED RUDOLPH TO BE INDUCTED
INTO U.S. NATIONAL HALL OF FAME
Red Rudolph started playing shuffleboard in
Texas in 1996, but was unable to play all of
the tournaments until 1998. He began to play
shuffleboard in Ohio in 1998 as well. During
the 1998-1999 season, when he was still an
amateur, Red and his expert partner won first
place in a Texas expert men’s doubles
tournament, making him an instant expert.
Red was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley
Shuffleboard Association and Texas State
Shuffleboard Association Halls of Fame in
2005 as a player. He was also inducted into
the Western Valley Shuffleboard Association
Hall of Fame in 2008 as a player. In 2009,
Red was inducted into the Ohio State
Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame in the
player category as well. In January, 2010, Red joined the prestigious Texas State Shuffleboard
Association Thousand Point Club. As of the end of the 2009-2010 season, he had accumulated
1,256 points, which earned him fifth place in all-time points by a Texas man.
Red has won four national championships — two singles and two mixed doubles. He has
accumulated 132 national points, which ranks him in seventeenth place for all-time national
points by a man. In addition, he has been a member of the U.S. National Team six times,
including the upcoming International tournament in Germany.
Red has always strived to “give back” to shuffleboard. He served as chairman of the Fiesta
Village Shuffleboard Club for nine seasons and as the shuffleboard chairman for the Winter
Texas Activities Association for seven seasons. In 2007, he started the highly-acclaimed
Western Valley Shuffleboard Association, using the “Peer Tournament” concept, which he
developed himself. During the shuffleboard season in Texas, he and his wife, Wilma, run
nineteen shuffleboard tournaments.
Red is honored by the recognition of being voted into the National Hall of Fame. He would like
to thank TSSA President Brian Sullivan for nominating him. Red would also like to thank his
great Texas men’s doubles partner, Dave Lamphere. In addition, he would like to thank his wife,
Wilma, for being a constant source of support and the greatest mixed doubles partner any man
could ever want!!!