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                                                THE SEASON PROGRESSES


     FL P-6B at Port Charlotte Nov. 5-6. M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Terri Smith & partner, 2. Nancy Sclafani & partner, 3. Pam Nurnberger & partner, 4. Flo Kowalewski & partner.  Consolation: 3. Marilyn Everett-Marlene Coburn.  Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger-Dwayne Cross, 2. Jerry Everett-Ralph Lozano.  Consolation: 1. Dave Kudro & partner.

     SWCD D-6 at Bradenton  Tropical Palms, Nov. 8-9, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16 frames/75 pts.  Ladies Main: 1. Adriana Cramton-Evelyn White, 2, Cheryl Putnam-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Arlene McCague, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Lois Wegner.  Consolation: 1. Margaret Hartzler-Pam Nurnberger, 2. Terri Smith-Donna Schultz, 3. Letha DeVries-Janice O’Sullivan, 4. Brad Thomas-Pat Tomko.  Men Main: 1. Larry Taylor-John Mickle, 2. Ed Leonard-Dave Welsh, 3. Larry Mardis-Ralph Lozano, 4. Arnie Congdon-J.R. Rathburn.  Consolation: 1. Tom Putnam-Bob Kendall, 2. Richard McCowan-David Evenson, 3. Ira Snook-Gilbert Broadhead, 4. Murray Potter-Joe Kent.

     SWCD A-3 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Nov. 9, Mingle/Mingle.  1. Greg  Marchen, 2. Larry Russell, 3.Sandi Kolasinski,  4. Mary Fowler.


   SWCD  D-7 at Trailer Estates, Thursday, Nov. 15-16, Mingles/Mingles, M/L,  16 frames/75 pts.

SWCD A-4 at Trailer Estates, Nov. 16, Mingles/Mingles, 16/75.

Next Monday, Nov. 19, FL P-8A at Lakeland, P-8B at Bradenton, M/L Doubles, 75 points. 

Also Next Monday, Nov. 19 FL A-5 at Mid-Florida Lakes, State-Sponsored Singles, Non-walking, M/L, 12 frames.   Lunch available.  Mid-Florida Lakes is at Leesburg in the Northern District.


.    Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert have advised us of the start-up of a new shuffleboard venue in Chicago, IL, similar to the successful Royal Palms venue in New York City.  As North Eastern Director of the National Shuffleboard Association, I have had many requests over the years for a place to play in the Chicago Area.

     Royal Palms Chicago is located at 1750 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647.  They already have 60 Teams with Names and Matching Shirts.  Royal Palms is open daily, with food and drink, with crowds up to 400. Only for adults over 21, 2 Bars, a Restaurant, with 30 employees and music.

     It is reportedly an active scene and growing.  Note that this likely the most open shuffleboard venue in Illinois.  Be prepared for new language at Royal Palms.  Forget cues pushing discs; they push “biscuits” with “tangs”.  Eating and drinking trumps convention?

Happy Shuffling.



                                                                SOUTHWEST COAST DISTRICT BOARD NEWS

     At the Fall Southwest Coast District Open Board meeting November 3, a few adjustments were passed to change some rules.

.     The bunching of “byes” was supported unanimously.  Instead of byes, scattered on the chart, they will be put together.  The effect will eliminate some waiting around for a court assignment on the first day.  This should help those who avoid tournament play because of so much waiting.  Both players and tournament directors agree this will help.

.     It was confirmed that State Amateurs playing in the Friday Amateur Division Tournaments will continue to earn Master Points, but not Move-up Points, and that each State Amateur must be matched with a District Am partner.  That is, no 2 State Ams may partner on Friday in the Amateur Division.

.     Golf Lakes will likely offer a Singles Tournament again in 2019-2020 (next season).  This will assure that any player heading for the Masters will have at least one District opportunity to play in a Singles Tournament.

.     Because of a caution to not move players up before gaining valid experience, in small tournaments (less than 12 teams) points will be cut in half, beginning next season (2019-2020).  In other words, Main ½ point;  1,2,3 in Consolation ¼ point.  Presumably in singles, the same for tournaments with less than 8 players.  This last change will not be in effect this 2018-2019 Season.


     October 29-31, FL P-5 at Bradenton, National Singles, M/L Walking-75 points, Non-walking-16 frames or 75 points.  Men Walking Main: 1. Dwayne Cross, 2. Tom Putnam. Consolation: 4. John L. Brown. Men Non-Walking Main: 2. Ed Leonard, 3. Ralph Lozano, 4. Steve Slaughterbeck.  Consolation: 1. Arnie Congdon, 3. David Welsh.  Ladies Non-Walking Main: 2. Marlene Coburn, 3. Terri Smith.  Consolation : 1. Flo Kowalewski.

     November 1-2 SWCD D-5 at Palmetto, M/L Draw Doubles , Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16/75 pts.  Ladies Main: 1. Cheryl Putnam-Margaret Hartzler, 2. Shirley McCullough-Jill DeBruyne, 3. Dianne Leonard-Lois Wegner, 4. Marcia Brazier-Kathy Laver.  Consolation; 1. Pam Nurnberger-Evelyn White, 2. Pat Tomko-Adriana Cramton, 3. Linda Wallingford-Donna Schultz, 4. Joan Curwin-Bonnie Walker.  Men Main: 1. Richard McCowan-Ron Nurnberger, 2. Murray Potter-John Roberson, 3. Dave Minnich-Dwayne Cross, 4. Brad Thomas-Larry Mardis.  Consolation: 1. John Mickle-Ira Snook, 2. Larry Taylor-Arnie Congdon, 3. Ralph Lozano-John Hechinger, 4. Bill Batdorff-Bob Comford.

     November 2. at Palmetto, SWCD A-2, Any Amateurs, Mingle/Mingle. Main: 1. Ursala Joyal-Larry Fowler, 2. Jim Lessard-Larry Russell, 3. Sandra Kolasinski-Moe Joyal, 4. Rita Marderosian-Marlene Simpson.  Consolation: 1. Frank Marderosian-Frank Robinson, 2. Mary Fowler-Walter Yoeckel, 3. Bill Bierema-Carl Kohorst, 4. Tony Souza-Martha Kaufman.


   Thursday, Nov. 8 SWCD D-6 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, M/L, 16 frames/75 points.

Friday, Nov. 9 SWCD A-3 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Mingle/Mingle, 16 frames/75 points.

    Monday, Nov. 12, FL P-7A at Bradenton, M/L Doubles, 75 points. FL P-7B at Melbourne Tropical Haven, Mixed Doubles, 75 points.  

     Monday, Nov. 12, FL A-4A at Lee County, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.  FL A-4B at Betmar, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.


.   Dwayne Cross does it again, 1st Main, National Singles!

.   Southwest Coast District has no Alternate State Delegate.  Alternate Delagates are expected to attend FL State Board Meetings, 3 per Season normally, so as to be prepared if State Delegate unable to go to some meeting. 

Happy Shuffling.



On last Thursday, October 25, Bill Bierema of Golf Lakes was presented with his Certificate as a new Pro, effective October, 2019. Southwest Coast District President Jerry Stannard, also of Golf Lakes, made the presentation at SWCD D-4 at Golf Lakes. Bill Bierema, age 90, received a rousing ovation from brothers and sisters of the Southwest Coast District Shuffleboard fraternity. By our collective memory, it has been several years since a nonagenarian has moved up to this level for the first time, and in fact Bill will be 91 next October when he first plays as a new Pro.
Born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1928, Bill was a Maintenance Man at a Furniture establishment in Zeeland, MI, retiring at age 64. The Bieremas now have a retirement home at Upper Silver Lake, near Ludington. After retiring, the Bieremas wintered in Englewood , Florida for 25 years, with no shuffling. Now get this – upon arrival in Golf Lakes, Gib Stannard taught Bill Bierema to shuffle. (Gib will turn 104 in December).
Bill is also very thankful that Dwayne Cross introduced him to Bayshore Nazarene Church. He also thanks the grace of God to enjoy his present life of retirement.
P.S. Note that Bill placed 3rd in Main in SWCD-A1 one day after defeat in SWCD D-4.

FL P-4A at Lee County, Monday, Oct. 22, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Ladies Main: 2. Terri Smith and Partner, 3. Pam Nurnberger and partner. Ladies Consolation: 2. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Joyce Marquis, 4. Shirley McCullough-Flo Kowalewski. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Tom Putnam. Consolation: 3. Ralph Lozano-Mike Marquis.
FL P-4B at Betmar in Zephyrhills, Oct. 22, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Men Consolation: 1. Dave Kudro and partner, 4. Gerry Curwin-John L. Brown.
SWCD D-4, Oct. 25-26 at Golf Lakes, M/L Draw Doubles, restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16 frames/75 points. Ladies Main (9 teams): 1. Pat Tomko-Letha DeVries, 2. Donna Schultz-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Cheryl Putnam-Lois Wegner, 4. Linda Wallingford-Jane Schram. Consolation: 1. Evelyn White-Marlene Coburn, 2. Marcia Brazier-Margaret Hartzler, 3. Adriana Cramton-Joan Curwin, 4. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Terri Smith. Men Main (18 teams): 1. John L. Brown-Larry Mardis, 2. Gerry Johnson-Paul Knepper, 3. Larry Taylor-Grant Childerhose, 4. Bob Comford-Faren VanDeGrift. Consolation: 1. Mike Marquis-Ralph Lozano, 2. Steve Slaughterbeck-Vern Wallingford, 3. Ed Leonard-Nelson Kellogg, 4. Arnie Congdon-Jean Wilson, Jr.
SWCD A-1, Oct. 26 at Golf Lakes (9 players). Main: 1. Mary Fowler, 2. Larry Fowler, 3. Bill Bierema, 4. Frank Marderosian. Consolation: 1. Richard McCowan, 2. Martha Kaufman, 3. Larry Russell, 4. Rita Marderosian.

Thursday, Nov. 1 at Palmetto, SWCD D-5, M/L Doubles, Restricted to St. Ams and Pros, 16 frames/75 pts. Lunch available.
Friday, Nov. 2 at Palmetto, SWCD A-2, Mingle/Mingle, 16 frames/75 pts. No partner needed.
Saturday, Nov. 3, SWCD Fall Open Board Meeting at Bradenton Shuffle Club, 1:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5, FL P-6A at Tavares, P-6B at Port Charlotte, M/L Doubles, 75 points. Also Monday, Nov. 5, FL A-3 at Lakeland, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.

. Letha DeVries recently returned to competition, placed 1st in Ladies Main at Golf Lakes after long absence as a nurse during Charlie’s long steady recovery. We salute her success in both efforts.
. Word is received of the death of Marlene Slosser after long illness. Marlene lived at Tri-Par for several years and competed vigorously and joyfully.
. Black Friday, November 23 at Palmetto Shuffle Club, Singles/ Mingle, Non-Sanctioned Tournament. $10 includes lunch. Prize money in both Am and Pro Divisions. Registration: 8:00-8:45; Start 9:00. No points, but fun, fellowship.
Happy Shuffling.



                                                                SHUFFLEBOARD PROGRESSES

     Their name is Cross, but their personalities are pleasant.  Dwayne and Judy Cross are a devoted couple whose contributions to our shuffleboard fraternity are exemplary.

     Dwayne has competed in Florida for only 15 years and last week earned his 200th District point making him eligible for induction into the Southwest Coast District Hall of Fame.  Dwayne has been on Team U.S.A. in Australia, Germany, and twice in Canada.  He is also a new member of the Michigan Shuffleboard Hall of Fame.

     The Crosses summer at Grand Blanc, MI where Dwayne teaches others to play and enjoy this sport.  He also teaches at his Condo association, and has helped with several  District Schools in past seasons.  Also, the Crosses long sponsored tournaments in the SWCD in memory of their late son, a capable veterinarian.  Dwayne retired from General Motors after 37 years.  This column salutes Dwayne and Judy Cross for their devotion and good example.


     FL P-3A at St. Petersburg, Oct. 15-16, Mixed Doubles, 75 points.  Main: 3. Nancy Sclafani and partner, 4. Judy and Dwayne Cross.  Consolation:  1. Joan and Jerry Curwin.

     FL P-3B at Lee County, Oct. 15-16, Mixed Doubles, 75 points.  Consolation: 3. Pam and Ron Nurnberger.

    FL A-1 at St. Petersburg, Oct. 15-16, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles,  75 points. Main: 4. Martha Kaufman-Bill Bierema.

     SWCD D-3 at Bradenton, Oct. 18-19, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Nancy Sclafani-Terri Smith, 2. Pat Tomko-Lois Wegner, 3. Shirley McCullough-Flo Kowalewski, 4. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Adriana Cramton.  Consolation: 1. Marlene Coburn-Pam Nurnberger, 2. Arlene McCague-Cheryl Putnam, 3. Donna Schultz-Joan Curwin, 4. Linda Wallingford-Letha DeVries.  Men Main: 1. Faren VanDeGrift-Ben Coy, 2. John Roberson-Nelson Kellogg, 3. Don Brun-Arnie Congdon, 4. Vern Wallingford-Jean Wilson, Jr. Consolation: 1. Grant Childerhose-Tom Putnam,, 2. Dwayne Cross-Dave Minnich, 3. Ron Nurnberger-Larry Taylor, 4. Ed Leonard-David Welsh.


     Thursday, Oct. 25, SWCD D-4 at Golf Lakes, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to Pros and State Ams.    Friday, Oct 26 SWCD A-1 at Golf Lakes, Mingles/Mingles  Draw, 16/75 pts. No partner needed.  Bring your lunch.

     Monday, Oct. 29, FL P-5 at Bradenton, National Singles, M/L, walking  75 points, non-walking  16 frames.

    Monday Oct 29, FL –A-2 at Sebring, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points.


.   Thank you to all readers for accepting our move to Wednesday publication.

.    Correction:  Last week’s article mistakenly named Steve Slaughterbeck as my partner, 1st Consolation at FL P-2A at Avon Park.  Apology to Stan Kowalewski, my actual partner there.

.   2018-2019 FL Previews now available from your Shuffle Club or at any tournament while supplies lst.  150 pages of everything  happening  this season, rules, news, pictures, records, schedules.  At $1.00 this is the best bargain in sports literature.

Happy Shuffling.



                                                SHUFFLEBOARD CONTINUES TO EVOLVE

    The Fall meeting of the Florida Shuffleboard Association Saturday October 13 produced a few new rules and notices.

.   Clubs hosting State Tournaments must obtain sponsors.  Failure to obtain a sponsor will be reason for a club to lose permission to host that tournament again.  (Southwest Coast District always obtains sponsors for State Tournaments).

 .   The 87th Annual State-Sponsored Singles, M/L, W/NW, will be at Clearwater January 14th.  Tickets will be available later this month at $35 each.  The plans sound very nice and several will be eligible for induction into the coveted FL Shuffleboard Hall of Fame, to be followed by the Winter meeting of the Florida Shuffle Board Association.

.   The famous St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club at Mirror Lake, a National Historic Site, host of FL P-3A earlier this week, has asked to host the FL Masters in 2020.  No State Tournaments have been held there since 2004 which was regarded as the former “mecca” for 80 years.  Club membership has grown from 60 to 1200 in the past decade.  Most of those new players are Millenials who show up on Friday evenings at Mirror Lake Park.

.   FSA voted permission beginning next season for Districts to choose other than 75 point games, such as frame games, or limited frame games for State Tournaments for Amateurs.  Districts have a year to decide if participation might grow under such a test.


     FL P-2A at Avon Park, Oct. 8-9, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Men Consolation: 1. John L. Brown-Steve Slaughterbeck.  Lades Main:  4. Pam Nurnberger-Nancy Sclafani.  

   FL P-2B at Zephyrhills Shuffle Club, Oct. 8-9, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Consolation: 3. Terri Smith-Marlene Coburn.

SWCD D-2 at Bradenton, Oct. 11-12, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Flo Kowalewski-Nancy Sclafani, 2. Del Schram-Jane Schram, 3. Lois Wegner-Marlene Coburn,  4. Pam Nurnberger-Linda Wallingford.  Consolation: 1. Arlene McCague-Evelyn White,  2. Cheryl Putnam-Shirley McCullough, 3. Adriana Cramton-Helen Lunsford, 4. Donna Schultz-Cindy Slaughterbeck.  Mens  Main: 1.Ron Nurnberger-Larry Mardis, 2. Nelson Kellogg-Paul Knepper, 3. Bill Batdorff-Dave Minnich,  4. Mike Marquis-Gerry Curwin.  Consolation: 1. Tom Putnam-Grant Childerhose,  2. Dave Welsh-Bob Comford, 3. John L. Brown-Dave Evenson,  4. Gerry Johnson-Bill Bierema.


SWCD D-3 at Bradenton, Oct. 18-19, M/L Doubles, 75 points.

FL P-4A at Lee  County, Oct. 22-24, M/L Doubles, 75 points. FL P-4B at Betmar, Oct.22-24, M/L Doubles, 75 points.


.   This column will be on Wednesdays for the indefinite future.

.   A  brand new tournament FL A-23,  March 25, 2019 at Sebring is the Tournament of Champions for Amateurs.  Any Ams , Singles Eligibility for this new tournament will be as follows.  Placing in any FL-A tournament this season lets you play this year.  Any place, 1-4, Main or Consolation.  Placing twice gives you 2 years eligibility, Placing three times gives you 3 years eligibility.  We may search back one year on this first year.  This FL P-A23 will be at the same time and place as the FL P-26 Tournament of Champions,  open only to Pros.  Here is opportunity for post season play, even for District or State Amateurs.  An Eligibility list will be prepared.  If you have questions, see Jerry Stannard, District President or John L. Brown, State Delegate.

.   An oversight last week:  I failed to mention the death of Art Vogel of Betmar, who competed faithfully for a couple of decades of state Tournaments including  in our District.  Art played for years with Don Darwin and later with George Darwin.  Art was a faithful friend and good example in every way.

.   This just in at deadline – Mrs. Vivian Ball, wife of the irrepressible Earl Ball passed away in her sleep from a sudden heart attack Saturday night. October 13.  We send our sympathy to Earl, their family, and friends in Zephyrhills and elsewhere.  Vivian traveled with us to several nations for shuffleboard events.

Happy Shuffling.



                                WELCOME 2018-2019 SHUFFLE SEASON

     This column resumes today after one week of Fall tournaments.  We were happy to see the pleasant return of Larry Mardis of Ohio after a couple of season’s absence.  Larry was caregiver to his mother who was in declining health for many months prior to her passing last season.

     Our District lost a true champion shuffler in the passing of Jim Miller last May.  Jim and Jo have done so much over the years to help upgrade the Bradenton host site.  Jim traveled statewide and remained humble despite the fact that he already had enough Florida points to be in the Hall of Fame 3 times.  He also helped recondition many shuffle courts in this area and in Indiana.  We offer our sympathy to Jo and her family.

     Our sympathy also to Ann Wedel and her family as Walt Wedel also passed on in June after long illness.  Walt and Ann lived in Michigan and wintered at Golf Lakes for more than 20 years.  Walt and Earl Dunn were a strong team when I began to play here.

     Long time State players may remember Lois McCormack who also played well, including representing Canada in International play for years.  Stan The Man of the Shuffler website has done much for publicity in our sport.  It is proverbial that a great lady is often the back up of a great man.

     Thelma Springer of Zephyrhills also has completed her life.  This columnist first met Thelma at Lakeside, OH where she had a good record.  She also used to stay a few days annually with Jane O here in Trailer Estates.

     The Southwest Coast District 2018-19 Schedule is perfect from October through February, we believe.  However:  D-19 is Feb. 28-March 1 at Palmetto

                  March 2 at Bradenton is the last Open Board Meeting

                 A-16 at Trailer Estates is March 8-9 at TE, Any Doubles, 75 points.

The Partner-Finding Service is complete and  free.  Available at Tournaments or call 756-8548


   FL P-1A at Port Charlotte, Oct 1-3.  Ladies Main: 2. Pam Nurnberger-Terri Smith, 3. Joyce Marquis and partner.  Ladies Consolation: 2. Flo Kowalewski and partner.  Men Main: 2. Dave Kudro and partner, 3. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 4. John L. Brown-Steve Slaughterbeck.  Men Consolation: 3. Stan Kowalewski and partner

   SWCD C-1 at Bradenton, Oct 4-5, Open Any Doubles.  Main: 1. Bill Hollabaugh-Arne Congdon,                2. Pam Nurnberger-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Ron Nurnberger-Larry Taylor, 4. Ben Coy-Faren VanDeGrift.  Consolation: 1. John L. Brown-Steve Slaughter beck, 2. Donna Shultz-Larry Mardis, 3. Lois Wegner-Marlene Coburn, 4. Grant  Childerhose-Joe Kent.


     Today is the second day of FL P-2A at Avon Park and P-2B at Zephyrhills, M/L Doubles.

Thursday, Oct 11 SWCD D-2 at Bradenton, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.

Next Monday, Oct 15 FL P-3 at St. Peterburg, P-3A,P-3B  at Lee County,  Mixed Doubles.  Also Monday Oct. 15, FL A1 at St. Petersburg, Any Ams/Any Doubles.


. 10 of 16 winners at Port Charlotte from South West Coast District!  Happy Shuffling.