THE END OF AN ERA

     This meeting report from the Petticoat League written by Judy Blake is important to many.

     “On Monday, March 14, 2016 a luncheon was hosted by Village on the Greens in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Petticoat League.  Following the luncheon, a meeting was held regarding the future of the League.  It was agreed upon, by a large majority, that the Petticoat League would be dissolved at this time.  Participation has been dwindling in recent years and it was decided now is the time to move on.  It has been a great run … 50 years of competition, camaraderie, and now, wonderful memories.”

     The above submission is noted with some sadness.  Hundreds of ladies during those 50 years played gladly and rigorously the game we still love.  We have teased a few lately about the change in attire over the years.  Back then some even played in high heels as well as lovely dresses, often with modest undergarments, the hem of which seldom appeared.   Alas, the Petticoat League has gone the way of the petticoat.

     Another change of era is noted at Bradenton Tropical Palms.  Winston Fillier of Newfoundland in eastern Canada has faithfully served as President for 16 years.  We can thank Winston and his wife Linda for his long service and wish President Russ well.  This club has shown growth in the recent past.

     At the official dedication of the Southwest Coast District Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 19, Chairman Jerry Stannard inducted four new members. 

     Judy Taylor was described as a “machine” in her precision play.  She has excelled for about a decade in both District and State pay, winning more than almost anybody else.  Judy is soft-spoken and gracious thanking her many partners over the years.

     Shirley Jones who hails from Maine is very short in stature, but has proven long in talent, playing alongside her late husband, Fred very regularly, enjoying the game as long as health permitted.

     Ralph “Tiny” Lozano of Golf Lakes has been a force in this District for about a decade and a half.  He plays at all levels and is widely viewed as very capable.  Of Latino heritage, if asked some question he chooses not to discuss, he effectively mutters, “No speaka da English”. In actual fact, he speaks it very well.

     Dr. Larry Mardis, a retired dentist from southwestern Ohio, won the morning “Hoss Collar” event and received the large traveling trophy at its first presentation.  A long-time winter resident f Braden Castle, Larry has a gracious personality, likely never having insulted or hurt anybody.  Perhaps no former partner of his ever regretted the experience.  He well deserves his induction as the newest member of the Southwest Coast District Hall of Fame.

     We all appreciate the work Jerry Stannard has done to organize the Hall of Fame.  Also, Bob Grissom of Indiana and Tri-Par Estates has designed a  logo for our District which will be displayed in the future location at Bradenton Shuffle Club.

     The District Masters begins Wednesday, March 23 through March 26 at Bradenton.  The top 8 ladies and men will play in three Divisions.  District Amateur Masters, State Amateur Masters and Open Masters, 48 in all will compete for honors.  Feel free to attend as spectators in our shaded grandstand.  Playing in the Ladies Pro Masters will be Marilyn Everett, Arlene McCague, Erika Berg, Nancy Sclafani, Letha DeVries, Pam Nurnberger, Adriana Cramton, Pat Tomko with Alternate Debra Williams. Mens Masters will be Jim Miller, J.R. Rathburn, Mike Marquis, Ron Nurnberger, Clarence Gingerich, Peter Berg, John Roberson, Jerry Everett with Alternate Larry Mardis.  State Amateur Lady players will be Ingrid Broadhead, Cheryl Putnam, Jill DeBruyne, Judy Cross, Ruby Flickinger, Donna Schultz, Paula Jacobson, Tammy Heppeard with Alternate Sharon Hoyt. Mens players will be Lloyd Schmidt, Dan Lake, Tom Putnam, Bill Jenkins, Larry Fowler, Jack Welty, John Stuart,  Brad Thomas with Alternate Gilles Emard. District Amateur Lady players will be Cindy Slaughterbeck, Carol Maxwell, Shirley Pendergrass, Doris Mularz, Kay Thoreson, Linda Irwin, Janice O’Sullivan and Barbara Young.  Men players will be Arnie Congdon, Gary Lindsay, Steve Slaughterbeck, Jim Clark, Larry Belsley, Bill Bierema, William Hickman, Ned Fogarty with Alternate Rick Hall. A food truck will be available to purchase a lunch.


     FL P-24A March 15 at Clearwater.  Ladies Main: 3. Nancy Sclafani, 4. Terri Smith-Pam Nurnberger.  Consolation: 1. Debra Williams-Tammy Heppeard, 3. Flo Kowalewski-Patty Howell.  Men Consolation: 3 Ron Nurnberger-Levi Miller.

     FL P-24B March 15 at Avon Park. Men Main: 1. Charlie DeVries-Ed Leonard, 2. Gilbert Broadhead-Tom Putnam, 3. Jim Miller-Dave Kudro.

     FL A-22B at Clearwater, March 15, Any Amateur/Any Doubles.  Main: 4. Donna Schultz-Ned Fogarty.  Consolation: 2. Kay Lynn Duncan-Judy Cross, 3. Gilles Emard-Brad  Thomas.

     SWCD D-15 (the completion of rained-out February 4 tournament).  Men Main: 1. Jim Miller-Clarence Gingerich, 2. John L. Brown-Tom Putnam, 3. Larry Taylor-Larry Mardis, 4. J.R. Rathburn-Larry Toole.  Consolation: 1. Hank Hoekstra-Stan Kowalewski, 2. Jim Smith-David Welsh, 3. Lloyd Schmidt-John Stuart, 4. Al Nuttall-Gerry Curwin.

     Manatee League of March 18.  Palmetto-8, Golf Lakes-10 (Doug Smith/Ed Hollander); Bradenton Tropical Palms-7, Terra Siesta-11; Paradise Bay-7, SeaBreeze-8 (Helen Lundsford/Janice O’Sullivan). Village on the Greens-Bye.  Standings: Terra Siesta-131, Bradenton Tropical Palms-123, Paradise Bay-110, Golf Lakes-109, Palmetto-97, Sea Breeze-92, Village on the Greens-91.


     Today is the second day of FL P-25 at Lakeland, M/L Division, 75 points. 

Next Monday, March 27 at Clearwater is the Annual Tournament of Champions.  Pros only, M/L Division, W/N-W, 75 points.  Eligibility: First in Main in FL Upper Division-Lifetime; Second in Main or less- 2 years; First, Second, Third or Fourth in Consolation Upper Division, this year.

Happy Shuffling.

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2 Responses to THE END OF AN ERA

  1. Thomas Gionet says:

    Stan my new email address is


  2. stanistheman says:

    Thanks Tom. Correction made. Stan


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