He’s The Tiger Woods of Shuffleboard!!
THE SHUFFLER thanks the Mountain Eagle Newspaper of Stamford for the ideas expressed in this article on “Shuffleboard’s Tiger”!! The newspaper reports that “Stan’s mere presence at a match intimidates the other competitors,” but for Stan, “Shuffleboard is all about the great people you meet on the Courts”!! By now you will have realized that we are talking about Stan Williamson of the Northern District of Florida. The article centres on Stan’s feat of a Perfect No Loss record achieved by him at the 25th International Meet at Lakeside, Ohio this past August. Stan goes on to explain how competitors often become friends for life; the type of person who will drop over to see how you are making out in a match >> or just call you up at your residence.
Stan began shuffling in 1988 and has been on the circuit ever since. The article quotes fellow shuffler Earl Ball referring to Stan as one of the games premier shot makers and play maker, adding that although Stan is a formidable opponent, he usually wins over his competition with his personality >> while beating them. In 16 years, Stan has won 13 or 14 Masters Titles in the Northern District. Twice he has tied for the Master’s title in the state of FL!! Also in the article Stan points out that he needs 40 points to gain entrance into the FSA Hall of Fame >> and goes on to point out that he will be working hard toward that achievement. I have selected only portions of the article which I believe will be of interest to Shufflers. THE SHUFFLER would like to compliment Stan for ensuring local coverage in the media >> each of us should do a similar thing at every reasonable opportunity. Stan (McCormack) of THE SHUFFLER. 2006
FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE SHUFFLER: STAN WILLIAMSON FEB 23RD 2003
Stan Williamson is a year round resident of the Daytona area. Stan is no stranger to the competitive shuffling circuit. He became an Instant Pro in Florida during the 1992/93 season, won the Northern District “Tournament of Champions”, qualified for and won the Northern District “Masters”. In the 10 years Stan has been a Pro, he has qualified for the Northern District “Masters” nine times and won the Championship six of the eight times it was contested!!! As if that is not enough, Stan holds the all time scoring record for the Northern District, 65 points in one season!!
During the 22nd International at Clearwater, Stan played at the foot, while at the head was Earl Ball. I believe Earl is best equipped to share with us a story or two about Stan. A story which may give the rest of us some insight into this player, a player who always provides a good deal of excitement and enjoyment for those who watch him play. Take it away Earl!
“As I tell people, Stan is the only person in the game that makes me feel sane, because he’ll do crazier things than I do. He’s a soft hearted guy; has a good time and likes to help other people have a good time whether they want to or not. After playing against him for a short time, you realize you can either have a good time or lie down and cry, he’s that good. What ever you think the situation calls for, you can be assured that’s not what Stan is going to do!! All over the board, go ahead and shoot at me, your next stop is the kitchen. Slices, combinations, what ever it takes; no disc is safe with Stan shooting. Many a player has been left wide eyed with their mouth hanging open in disbelief. I consider him to be the best player in the world. If you accept his wild and unencumbered approach to the game, you’ll have the time of your life playing Shuffleboard. It doesn’t take long for the crowd to find the excitement; they gravitate to Stan with “ou’s” and “ah’s“– as incredible things begin to happen!! He laughs, they laugh, and everyone enjoys the party. Stan is what Shuffleboard should be –Fun for all”.
Thank You Earl: No more words are needed.
Reporter Stan: Archives of 2003 02 23.