Welcome to the 58th Annual Pro Masters!!! by Colleen Austin. To Read, click once, pause, and click again.

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Annual National Any Doubles Tournament, Two Venues Hosted This Event

Annual National Any Doubles Tournament,

Two Venues Hosted This Event

by Dean Gratttidge,   District 7 Reporter

The cadre of sixteen players who prevailed were: Consolation round: (Pic at top)
back row l-r, First place, Bill Rideout and Bruce King (District 5, Indian Wells), second place, Jan and LeRoy Zerr (SDSE),
front row l-r, third place, Ruth and Roland Schneider (SDSE), and fourth place, Mickey Rose and Anita Alexander (El Grande Estates)

They came from Districts 7,5 and 13 to showcase their skills. There were 108 total entries.

The following personnel created an exciting shuffleboard tournament:

ATM’s Helen Noeltner and Lynda Goggin, head refs, George Hayner and Scotty Lundy, Scorekeeper, Carol Anderson and board crews of Al Elias, George Hayner, Ken North, Paul Epps and Mitch Shepro.

This tournament was sponsored by The Bank of Hemet and the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. We thank them for their generous funding of this event. Fees from entrants also contributed to the cash awards and pins to the winners, and also the many door prize awards given out. Lynda Goggin presented the awards to the drawing recipients.

We especially commend Mike Walker, Sacramento’s D-13, for his company’s Duradress Court Dressing contributed for all games.

We were indeed fortunate to have Hemet West and SDSE hosting these games on their well-maintained courts!

All games were played under doubled-12 frame format.

Again, many thanks to Harlan Mathews who, with his trusty Cannon, supplied us with so many outstanding photos.

This narrative would not be complete without acknowledging the skills of all winners who surpassed the efforts of previous high-level competitors.

Thanks to all players and volunteers for making this such a special occasion. Way to “Spring into Spring”!


Championship: Pic above:

back row l-r,  First place,   Jay Davidson (HW), Mike Walker (D-13),

second place, Shirley and Gene Eager, (District 5, Indian Wells),

front row l-r  third place,   John Hays and Harlan Mathews  (El Grande Estates),

fourth place,  Cheryl and Ron Dewberry (Hemet Muni).nt

Sent along by Jay Davidson WITH THANKS.  Posted by Stan on 2018 04 01


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Lead Up To The 2018 FSA Masters!!

The 2018 FSA Masters begins Monday, 2018 04 02 in Hawthorne.  I thought you may wish to review the 2017 Masters >> Links Below.

2017 Ladies Masters    and  Men’s Masters 2017

You may wish to read this fine article by Earl Ball vis-à-vis the History of the Masters. HISTORY OF THE masters in my time (1)

Stan McCormack. 2018 03 31.

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The event begins April 2nd at Hawthorne Leesburg Florida

Male Competitors 2018 Masters

1. Earl Ball 64 points
2. Dean Myklejord 56 points
3. Al Dronsfield 55 points
4. Jim Miller 53 points
5. Ron Nurnberger 52 points
6. Mike Seyfer 44 points
7. Dave Kudro. 40 points
8. Ken Offenther. 40 points
Steve Raimondi 36 points

I now give you an overview by FSA President and competitor for the 6th consecutive masters, Dave Kudro.

Masters 2018 Men; Analysis by Dave Kudro
This year’s Men’s Masters is almost a carbon copy of last year. The only difference is that Ken Offenther is not the Alternate, but a player this year. The Men’s State Masters Field is very talented and all shufflers are confident in their shuffle skills and very capable to win the coveted championship trophy. Will it be past champions looking for a repeat? Al Dronsfield, 2017 Masters Champion, Earl Ball 2003 and 2009 co-champion and 2015 Champion as well as 2008 champion Jim Miller.? These shufflers are tried and true champions and know how to handle the pressure. When an opportunity arises, they jump on an opponents miscue, and capitalizes with skillful precision of a surgeon to make that game changing surge. If you get a chance to watch Earl and Jim, you’ may think Jim Miller lives in the Southwest District. I now truly believe he lives in Earl Ball’s head. Earl the last couple of years, seems to have a hard time when playing a singles match against Jim. The true test will be on how does Earl or Jim play against the other players especially Al Dronsfield. Look for some really tight matches with those three. Ron Nurnberger and Dean Myklejord have had break out years playing the best I’ve seen them play. Could Ron or Dean break into the lead and take the coveted trophy? It’s possible if they play their A game against each and every Masters player. Let’s look at Ken Offenther and look at his chances. It’s not that this is Ken’s first Masters. Ken has played in 2010,2012,2013,2015 and 2016 Masters. Ken has the experience and has been in the running several times. Ken has worked very hard and can put himself in a position to one day be the FSA State Masters Champion. Mike Seyfer is a real steady player. Mike could get in the groove and make a difference in the standings, both not only in his position, but others that don’t take Mike serious. If Mike is on, he can get in the groove and give everyone a wakeup call. Now let’s look at my play (Dave Kudro) . I am not a big fan of the singles as many times I have a little guy on my shoulder that likes to take the tough shot rather than the safe shot. I am also tempted by the saying, “Go big or go home” . If I can limit my temptations and get off to a great start, I could be the sleeper and find that inner drive I get when I play in doubles. I play hard cause I don’t want to let my partner down. The Alternate is Steve Raimondi. Steve had a great year and came as close as you can to get to making the Masters and should be congratulated. Steve finished the year in style by taking 1st place in the TOC Men’s non-walking.

Well there you have it. While we try and relax the rest of the weekend, Monday April 2nd at Hawthorne in Leesburg the courts will come alive with each male player seeking his position in the shuffleboard Masters Hierarchy as who will be the Alpha Male. I can assure you all who venture out to attend will see shuffleboard at its best.

Dave Kudro FSA President 2018 03 30.

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The event begins April 2nd through the morning of the 5th at Hawthorne in Leesburg Florida

I would first like to recognize 3 of the top 8 Ladies who will not play in this years Masters.
Dianna Allen 55 points Ruth Brown 46 points and Arlene Guerrini 36 points.
I know Dianna had played in every Masters since 2010. Ruth Brown and Arlene Guerrini too have been in the Masters, as well as Gold medal recipients in the Roll of Champions many times. These three Hall of Fame Ladies will be surely missed.

Female Competitors 2018 Masters
1. Pam Nurnberger 75 points
2. Helen Biaggi 46 points
3. Terri Smith. 38 points
4. Alice Enos. 37 points
5. Deb Norton. 37 points
6. Katy Walker 34 points
7. Pauline Murphy 33 points
8. Nancy Myklejord 32 points
Alternate Joyce Smith

I now give you an overview by FSA President and Masters competitor,
Masters 2018 Ladies; Analysis by Dave Kudro .
Looking at this year’s field of very talented Ladies, I see a great mixture and diversity of seasoned and newer players. I believe the Ladies will be even more interesting to watch than the men. Well let’s start at the top.

Pam Nurnberger: Pam earned her coveted White Masters Jacket in 2015 and this will be Pam’s fourth consecutive trip to the Masters. I like watching Pam play. She has great fundamental skills and can play with the best of them. Great clearing and smooth stroke to make that hammer shot. Last year I gave Pam advice to be confident in her shot selection and take that shot that could change the scope of the game. This year her confidence shined though as Pam had a fantastic year finishing 1st in the Roll of Champions with 75 points. Pam is aggressive and confident in her true ability that had taken her to the next level. After finishing 2nd last year, and the year she has had, Pam could definitely win the Masters Championship.

Helen Biaggi: Helen has qualified for the Masters the last seven consecutive years. Helen has played with and against all the top Ladies in the FSA. All the Lady shufflers know when they play Helen they must bring their A game and not make mistakes. Helen has the experience and the talent to give her a chance to win the Masters

Terri Smith: Terri made a late mad dash this season to finish 5th in the Roll of Champions and qualify for the Masters. Terri was not only last year’s 2017 Masters Champion but also the 2016 Masters Champion. Terri will be trying for a “Three-Peat” this year. Winning a Masters Championship is tough but repeating that achievement three times in a row is even tougher. The only Lady Masters Champion to win 3 years in a row has been Judy Taylor also from Bradenton. Terri has a great attitude win or lose and has the proven ability to win the Masters Championship again this year.

Alice Enos: This will be Alice’s’ second trip to the Masters. Alice worked hard to achieve enough points to earn her a spot in the Masters. One might look at Alice as an easy target as this is her second Masters because of her quite demeanour. To that, if that is what you are thinking, you are SO wrong. Even though Alice is quiet and this is only her second masters, did you know she won the 2015 Tournament of Champions and the previous years International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) world singles? It doesn’t get much bigger than that playing in front of people from all over the world. So, in short, Alice could be one to possibly win or be a spoiler to those who take her lightly.

Deb Norton: Deb has really come on strong the last two years. The Southern District sure knows who Deb is! Last year Deb won the Southern District 2017 Ladies Masters. This is the first year I’ve seen Deb going out of town often and playing the pro circuit. If Deb was testing the water to see if she would sink or swim, I can honestly say she not only could swim, she also floated into a tie for 6th place in the State. This is Deb’ s first FSA State Masters and will be awarded the coveted White Masters Jacket.

Katy Walker: Katy really played strong all year and was right in the thick of things all year long. Katy like Deb Norton was present at several tournaments this year and did very well. Katy used to shuffle in the Central District but recently moved to the Northern District. This will be interesting to see if Katy takes advantage of having the “Home Court” advatage being she resides in Hawthorne. This is Katy’s first FSA State Masters and will be awarded the coveted White Masters Jacket.

Pauline Murphy: I have a nickname for Pauline “Flash” . Why you ask? Pauline in a flash went from Instant Pro to a first year Pro finding herself in the coveted FSA Masters. Pauline is from the Central District, making it tougher as their tournaments always have a great turnout of Ladies teams. This is Pauline’s first FSA State Masters and will be awarded the coveted White Masters Jacket.

Nancy Myklejord: Nancy is also from the Central District. Nancy fairly recently had a change in her last name. I truly don’t think the name change really was the reason she is in the Masters. Nancy now playing more on the Pro circuit has made a name for herself! . Nancy has been a real steady shuffler all season, usually in the thick of things at the tournaments end. This is Nancy’s first FSA State Masters and will be awarded the coveted White Masters Jacket.

Joyce Smith: Joyce is this years alternate. Joyce played in the Masters last year. Joyce is such a great Ambassador of Shuffleboard. Whether it’s working in the FSA, National Shuffleboard Association or the International Shuffleboard Association, Joyce has always given 110% to its players and officers.

This will be a great competition this year in the Ladies division and I believe more interesting play than the men. I just have to remember I too am a player and keep my focus on my play rather than the temptation to watch the Ladies. So with that final thought, do consider coming out to support these fine Lady shufflers and see the talent that will make for some interesting matches and exciting finishes.

Dave Kudro
Masters Player and FSA President

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yal Palms Shuffleboard Club The Shuffleboard Club You Didn’t Know You Were Missing Is Here With Food Trucks and Tropical Cocktails Served in Striped Cabanas

F8e33c72076e82485ae38d404657808dThis weekend, you’re going to play shuffleboard.

And we should probably specify that you’ll be doing it in a place that’s making the lido deck leisure activity look decidedly cool. Plus, there’s bourbon.

From the minds who brought Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club to Brooklyn comes its shiny new Chicago counterpart that’s open now in Bucktown. Take a look.

The warehouse-sized space feels like it’s been here for years, serving cocktails out of mason jars in striped cabanas. A well-worn shuffleboard table doubles as a spot to play oversized Connect Four, while the main action happens at two sets of sunken courts.

While you’re waiting for you turn with the cue, hop in the photo booth or see who’s parked in the food truck dock. Maybe it’s the Fat Shallot serving up truffle fries, or maybe it’s the Happy Lobster Truck with, well, lobster. You’re fine either way, and will be even more fine in a few weeks when the rooftop deck opens.

Until then, the Earl Ball, a bourbon, pineapple and ginger cocktail named after the world’s top-ranked shuffleboard player, will have to do. Perhaps, though, you’d rather get acquainted with Sam Allen, also known as “The Godfather of Shuffleboard.” He’s honored here with a fruity tequila-and-mezcal concoction.

And he’s pleased to make your acquaintance, too.


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Five (5) of the top 16 Florida State Masters qualifiers are from the SWCD


Ron Nurnberger Speaks: Five (5) of the top 16 Florida State Masters qualifiers are from the SWCD and all 5 are members of the Bradenton Shuffle Club.  The MASTERS begins Monday, April 2nd in Hawthorne.  

Playing in the 2018 FSA Masters at The Hawthorne Shuffle Club (Leesburg) are: Pam Nurnberger. & Terri Smith (Ladies); Jim Miller, Ron Nurnberger & Dave Kudro (Men).

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