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                                STATE OF SHUFFLEBOARD ADDRESS

   We recently heard the “State of the Union” address.  What is the state of shuffleboard?  Shuffleboard is organized at the Club level, the District level the State level, the National level, and even at the International  level.

    First,  in reverse order, the International .  Plans are being finalized for the 38th World Singles Championship in Vienna, Austria October 27-November 2, 2019.   Any player   may apply to play, as long as he or she belongs to some club in a member state of a member country.  Southwest Coast District of Florida in USA is eligible.  Each player is responsible for all costs to travel there.  This columnist is a veteran many times over and recommends it as an experience of a lifetime. Register  with the National President. See pages 112-114 of the current FL Preview.

     The FSA Winter meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 16 at Sebri ng.  The SWCD meeting will be Saturday, March 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Bradenton Shuffle Club, 1525 Ballard Park  Drive.  All are welcome. One observation is that too few volunteers come forward to prepare for tournaments, to play, to become directors, etc.

     This columnist remembers when every club furnished a referee and a scorekeeper for each court in every tournament they hosted. I encourage all of us to participate more enthusiastically to help our sport thrive.


     FL P-19 at Bradenton, Feb. 4, State-Sponsored Open M/L Doubles,75 pts.  Ladies Main: 1.Flo Kowalewski and partner, 2. Pam Nurnberger and partner, 4.Arlene McCague and partner. Consolation: 2. Eva Mae Lake-Elaine Antaya.  Men Main: 1 Tom Putnam-Ed Leonard, 3. Ron                                                 Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 4. Jerry Stannard and partner. Consolation: 3. Dan Lake-Paul Knepper.

     SWCD D-16 at Bradenton , Feb. 7,  Open M/L Doubles, 75 pts. Men Main : 1. Peter Berg-J.R. Rathburn, 2 Larry Mardis-Larry Taylor, 3. Bill Batdorff-Ralph Lozano, 4. Jerry Stannard-Rick Hall. Consolation: 1. Grant Childerhose-Murray Potter, 2. John Mickle-David Welsh, 3. Dwayne Cross-Bill Bierema, 4 John Heckinger-Ira Snook.  Ladies Main: 1. Shirley McCullough-Arlene McCague, 2.  Linda Wallingfofrd-Joan  -McCurdy, 3. Elaine Antaya-Janice O’Sullivan. 4. Terri Smith-Marilyn  Everett. Consolation:1. Donna Schultz-Cheryl  Putnam, 2. EvaMae Lake-Sharon Olmstead, 3. Pam Nurnberger-Cindy Slaughterbeck, 4. Joan Curwin-Carol Maxwell.

   SWCD A-13 at Bradenton,Feb. 8, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16/75 pts.  Main: 1. Fernand Montplaisir-Donald Cadotte, 2. Frank Marderosian-Paul Maille, 3. Jim Lessard-Norman Goodwin, 4. Don Trottier-Mike Collins.  Consolation: 1. Ron Timmerman-Alan Heinbauch, 2. Moe Joyal-Mary Fowler, 3. Janet Eisses-J.Hoeksma, 4. Marilyn  Rotman-David H. Smith.


.   Thursday, Feb. 14 at Braden ton SWCD D-17, No 2 Pros,M/L Doubles, 75 pts. No lunch available.

.   Friday Feb. 15 at Bradenton, SWCD A-14, Draw Doubles, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16/75 pts.

.   Monday.Feb. 18 FL P-21A at Trailer Estates, DeSoto Doubles, M/L, 75 pts. No Lunch.  FL P-21B at Tropical Haven in Melbourne, M/L Doubles, 75 pts. No lunch.

.  Monday Feb. 18, FL A-19A at Sebring, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts. Also FL A-19B at Leesburg, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.


.  Remember Feb. 23 at Bradento n, Shuffleboard University, 9:00 A.M. to learn more.  Please arrive at 8:30-8:45 to get acquainted, get ready, etc.  Please register with “Dean” John L. Brown or leave word at Bradenton Shuffle Club.  747-6184. “Professors” also register with John at 756-8548.

.   Tri-Par has 12 courts ready to play on after long delay.  This column salutes their patience and earnest rehabilitation.  We harbor secret hopes that some day a State Tournament for Amateurs could be hosted there.

.Happy Shufflng.



     We all have memories from family, school, work and play.  That popular song a couple of generations ago encouraged us to reflect upon the past.  Some things we all threw away once are now valuable, and the more scarce they become, the more pricey they become.

     Earlier this season, this column remembered several shuffleboard memories from past decades. Today we will reflect on my own most valuable shot, a 48 point swing. Nearly two decades ago, playing at Ft. Pierce against Don Bladorn of Wisconsin and Sebring in the last shot of the tournament I was in the kitchen and Don had a 10.  I had an 8-8 liner and the hammer; we were behind but not by much.  I wound up and hit Don’s 10, replacing it (20 point swing); his disc touched my 8-8 liner, sending it to score an 8 (28 point swing already).  His disc hit my kitchen, knocking it off (38 point swing now) and miraculously his disc stayed in the kitchen (48 point swing).  Game, and tournament.

     Mrs. Bladorn was our score keeper, and she was so mad, that when I thanked her for her work, admitting I was lucky on the last shot, she shouted emphatically, “that if that  _ _ _ _ ___ Bladorn  hadn’t been on the board when he was ahead, my “lucky” shot would have been impossible!  It was true, but Don was embarrassed by her outburst ,and avoided me for 6 weeks, but we later became good friends.  Unfortunately, Don died in  Wisconsin with 199 points, but was later put in the Hall of Fame as a Promoter, Special Award.   I can use their names as none of them survive today, but there are lessons here for all of us. “Memories Are Made Of This”.


     FL A-16A Paradise Bay Jan. 28,Any Ams/Any Doubles. 75 pts. Main: 1. Patrick Antaya-David Evenson, 2 Dian Darrah-Ken Maxwell, 3. Elaine Antaya-Sandra Kolasinski, 4. Marijane and Gene Clark. Consolation: 1 Steve Biscontine-Marilyn Rotman, 3. Edward Nawrocki-David H. Smith, 4. Donald Cadotte- Fernand Montplaisir.

    SWCD D-15 at Bradenton, Jan. 31, Open M/L Doubles, 75 pts. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Larry Taylor, 2 Ed Leonard-Dave Welsh, 3. Levi Miller-John Roberson, 4. Bob Kendall-Darrell Blake. Consolation: 1 Jerry Stannard-Murray Potter, 2 Grant Childerhose-Ll,oyd Sc hmidt, 3. Faren Van DeGrift-Clarence Gin gerich, 4. Ken Laver-Gordon Fethke. Ladies Main :1. Marlene Coburn-Pam Nurnberger, 2 Nancy Sclafani-Linda Wallingford, 3. Terri Smith-Marilyn Everett, 4.Donna Schultz-Jane Schram, Consolation: 1. Cheryl Putnam-Ingrid Broadhead, 2 Arlene  McCague-Eva Mae Lake, 3. Adriana Cramton-Sharon Olmstead, 4. Dian Darrah-Carol Maxwell.

   SWCD A-12, Bradenton Feb.1: Main: 1 Patrick Antaya-John Simmons, 2. Don Trottier-M ike Colllins, 3. Frank Marderson-Paul Maille, 4. Larry Fowler-Ursula Joyal.  Consolation: 1. Tony Souza-Fernand Montplaisir, 2. Mary Fowler-Moe Joyal, 3. Rita Marderosian-Janet Eisses, 4. Mary Federation-Larry Bennett.


Tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 7 at Bradenton, SWCD D-16 Open M/L  Doubles, 75 points, partner needed,  no lunch available.

Friday Feb. 8 at Bradenton SWCD A-13 Any Ams/Any Doubles

Next Monday Feb. 11 FL P-20 A at Golf Lakes  Open M/L Doubles 75 points  no lunch available

Also next Monday Feb. 11 FLP-20B at Hawthorne Open M/L  Doubles 75 points , lunch available

Tuesday Feb. 12 at Golf Lakes FL A  18 Any Ams/Any Doubles 75 points, no lunch available


.   Players wanting to attend “Shuffleboard University” Sat. Feb . 23 at 9:00, Bradenton: Mark your calendar and c all 756-8548 so we will have a “Professor” for your class.

.   Potential “Professors” let John Brown know he can count on you.

.   Happy Shuffling.



                                                SHUFFLEBOARD SCHOOL FEBRUARY 23

     On Saturday, February 23 at 9:00 a. m. at Bradenton Shuffleboard Club, 1525 Ballard Park Drive(zip code 34205 for GPS), we will offer Shuffle School.  If you prefer, call it Shuffleboard University.  The dean is John L. Brown.  There will be a professor on each court of 4 students.  The first half hour will be history of this ancient sport, orientation to useful factors about it, and a glimpse of the variety of ways Shuffle is organized and played.  This will be interesting and useful. 

     We will try to meet each student where their development has brought them and encourage each one to grow in skills and strategy for their own pleasure and ability. 

     We plan for up to one and one half hours on the court, but if you want to leave sooner or stay longer, you are free to decide.  Shuffleboard is a great fraternity of ladies and gentlemen and many relationships can last a lifetime.  Tuition js free and worth every bit of it.

     It is helpful to know how big the crowd will be, so feel free to let us know at any tournament, or call 756-8548 (John Brown), or leave word at 747-6184 (BSC).


FL P-17,National Doubles at Trailer Estates, Jan.21-23, M/L Open Doubles, 75 pts. Ladies Main: 3. Arlene McCague-Cindy Slaughterback.  Consolation: 1. Elaine Antaya-Joan McCurdy, 2. Siggy Gudzus-Jane Schram, 3. Marilyn Everett-Marlene Coburn, 4. Donna Schultz-Dianne Leonard.  Men Main:  1. Dave Kudro- partner, 4. Larry Taylor-Larry Mardis. Consolation: 2. Ralph Lozano-John Mickle, 4. Dan Lake-Jerry Stannard.

SWCD D-14 at Palmetto Jan. 24-25 M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16/75 Men Main: 1. Bill Bierema-Ralph Lozano.  2. Rick Hall-Paul Knepper.  3. Larry Mardis-Elmer Heisler. 4. Mike Marquis-J.R. Rathburn. Consolation 1. Faren VanDeGrift-John Mickle. 2. Rick McCowen-Scott Fenimore. 3. Levi Miller-Joseph Kent. 4.Phil Krick-Don Sprague.  Ladies Main: 1.Evelyn White-Terri Smith. 2. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Cheryl Putnam. 3.Carol Maxwell-Janice O’Sullivan 4.Elaine Antaya-Donna Schultz.Consolation: 1. Joan McCurdy-Kathy Laver. 2. Siggy Gudzus-Arlene McCague.3. Pat Tomko-Helen Lunsford.4, Sandy Wixson-Lois Wegner.

SWCD A-11 at Palmetto Jan, 25-26, Draw Any Ams/Any Doubles 16/75’  Main 1. Fernand Montplaisir-Tony Souza, 2. Frank Marderosian-David H. Smith, 3. Larry Fowler-Ron Timmerman, 4. John Simmons-Donald Cadotte.  Consolation: 1. Gordon Fethke-Ken Laver, 2. Jake Okuley-Moe Joyal. 3. Mary Federation-Ursula Joyal, 4. Harriet Piccard-Sandy Kolasinski.


Tomorrow, Wed. Jan, 31, SWCD D-15 at Bradenton, Open M/L Doubles, Partner needed, 75 points.  No lunch available.  Friday, Feb. 1 at Bradenton, SWCD A-12 Any Ams/Any Doubles, State Ams need Dist. Am Partner.16/75, no lunch available.

Next Mon., Feb. 4 FL P-19 at Bradenton, State-Sponsored Open Doubles M/L, 75 pts.  Extra points in Main- 8-6-5-3. No lunch available. Also Feb. 4 FL A-17 at Sebring, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.


.    Marilyn Everett’s place at the National Doubles with Marlene Coburn makes her eligible for induction next year in the FSA Hall of Fame.  Congratulations, Marilyn!

.    Anyone may come to the school Feb. 23.  Club Presidents should let members know they are welcome to attend.  Happy Shuffling!



                                2019 FLORIDA SHUFFLEBOARD ASSOCIATION  HALL OF FAME

    One of the highlights each season is the Florida Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame Installation.  Seven were inducted January 14 at The Banquet-Country Club at East Bay in Largo, FL.  Quite unusual was the fact that three were from the Northern District, three from Southwest Coast District and one  from the Central East Coast District.  The latter was a special award to an officer, who does not compete  at the State level, but who has served many years as Secretary of the FSA.  Mrs. Linda Rebholz richly deserves the honor as she does very well, indeed.  From the Northern District, Glenda Brake, Allen Dronsfield and Susan McLaughlin each has a stellar record in points earned. 

     But the Southwest Coast District made us quite proud.  One was Terri Smith who has won and is winning plenty of points and is such a pleasant and humble player of whom we all can be proud.  Terri is from Michigan and played in Zephyrhills of the Central District and in Ohio and North Carolina as well.  Her life partner is FSA President Dave Kudro and she has a most unusual hobby – collecting 1500 different items related  to Donald Duck.

     A most enjoyable comedy routine entertained us all as Pam Nurnberger and Ron Nurnberger, who introduced and presented each other, humorously claimed to be the most important shuffler in the family.  Pam reached 200 points first and has the most points yet, but Ron has won several very big prizes too, in recent years, including a national pin which she has yet to obtain.  Both have served as officers and have made good records, and are both very likable and seem equally popular. Anyway, by the time they had presented each other, everybody enjoyed the humor with which they carried each other.


   January 14, FL P-16 State-Sponsored Singles at Clearwater. Mens Walking Main: 2. Jerry Stannarxd, 4. Tom Putnam.  Consolation: 1. Jerry Everett, 2. Larry Mardis.  Men Non-walking Consolation: 1. Ron Nurnberger.  Ladies Non-walking Main : 1. Pam Nurnberger. Consolation: 2. Terri Smith.

    January 17 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, SW CD D-13, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros. 16/75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Lois Wegner-Arlene McCague, 2. Donna Schultz-Cindy Slaughterbeck, 3. Linda Wallingford-Jane Sc hram. 4. Joan McCurdy-Adriana C ramton.  Consolation: 1. Elaine Antaya-Pat Tomko, 2. Carol Maxwell-Kathy Laver, 3. Evelyn White-Cheryl Putnam, 4. Siggy Gudzus-Janice O’Sullivan.  Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-John Roberson, 2. Jerry Stannard-J.R. Rathburn, 3. Joseph Kent-Rick Hall, 4. David Evenson-Levi Miller. Consolation: 1. Jerry Everett-Gilbert Broadhead, 2. Murray Potter-Larry Taylor, 3. Ken Maxwell-Ira Snook, 4. Elmer Heisler-Terry McNamara.

     January 18 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, SWCD A-10 Any Ams/Any Draw Doubles , 16/75 points.  Main: 1. Mike Collins-Don Trottier, 2. Tony Souza-John Simmons, 3. Jim Lessard-Wayne Stewart, 4. Gordon Fethke-Mary Fowler.  Consolation: 1.Joe Sciortino-Larry Fowler, 2. Sandra Kolasinski-Ron Timmerman, 3. John Watts-Karl Clark, 4. Moe Joyal-Rita Marderosian.


     Thursday, Jan. 24 at Palmetto, SWCD D-14, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros. 16/75 points.  Lunch.

     Friday, Jan. 25 at Palmetto, SWCD A-11, Any Ams/Any Draw Doubles. 16/75 Points.  State Ams will have District AM Partner.  Draw Doubles no partner required.  Lunch.

Next Monday, Jan. 28, FL P-18A at Betmar M/L Doubles, 75 pts. Lunch.  Also Monday, FL P-18B at Country Village East in the Southeast Coast District, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  No lunch.

Also Monday Jan. 28 FL A-16 at Paradise Bay, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points. No lunch. Al,so FL A-16B at Hawthorne, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.  Lunch.


   .All three of SWCD 2019 Hall of Fame inductees placed Tuesday, including Pam Nurnberger with First place in Ladies for three years in a row.  Also placing well that day was Larry Mardis, who will be inducted next year in Bradenton as SWCD  hosts the 2020 Hall of Fame  Banquet.

   . Plans for a Shuffleboard School are on hold until a date is confirmed.  The delay is partly the result of an upcoming Saturday FSA Meeting to finish business postponed from Jan. 14.  Hopefully we can set the date by the deadline for the next column.  Leaders should  be encouraging club members to plan to attend this school to be held at Bradenton as soon as is practical, or to survey club members who might want a school in their park on some future date.

Happy Shuffling.



                                                OPEN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING RESULTS

     The January SWCD Open Board meeting was well attended and was amicably led by our new President Steve Slaughterbeck, who was suddenly moved up by the health concerns of our now Past-President Jerry Stannard, who ably led us in recent years.  Many of the issues involved future tournament affairs.

1.       Bradenton Tropical Palms declines to host future tournaments, a  tragedy to those who appreciate their excellent meals available for so many years;  the former Bradenton Trailer Park history as the oldest trailer park in Manatee County, started by Kiwanis in the 1930’s, and now newly constructed roof covers over the players in very recent times.  It is anticipated that Palmetto will receive D-18 and A-15 in March 2020; Golf Lakes may get D-6 and A-3 in November 2019; and Bradenton Shuffle Club will host D-13 and A-10 in January 2020.  This column salutes Bradenton Tropical Palms for great memories over the past 8 decades.  All this change will be in the 2019-2020 Tournament Schedule.

2.       The Rain Date of March 14 will see the finish of SWCD D-10 in the morning at Bradenton Shuffle Club.  At 1:30 p.m. that day Bradenton will host the annual SWCD Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

3.       On Rain Date March 15, the rained-out never started D-11 and A-8 will be played at Bradenton Shuffle Club.  Also note that all eligible players are eligible on March 15, even if you never came to register on that bad weather day.  This is an exception to the usual rule that a rain date is only open to those who were registered on the original day.

4.       It was affirmed that D-17 at Bradenton, the popular No 2 Pros will have no move-up points, but will have Master Points.

5.       The wildly popular D-19 at Palmetto will have no move-up or Masters Points as before.  (The theory held by many voters is that none should move up by being carried by some top players). This columnist notes that despite this feature, we all love this tournament, which has been the spark plug for many new players


     Jan. 7, FL-15B at Lee County, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 2. Flo Kowalewski and Partner, 3. Terri Smith-Pam Nurnberger.  Consolation: 2. Donna Schultz-Dian Darrah 3. Marilyn Everett-Marlene Coburn.  Men Main: 2. John Mickle-Tom Putnam, 3. John L. Brown and partner.  Consolation: 1. Dwayne Cross-Larry Mardis.

     Jan. 10 at Golf Lakes, SWCD D-12, Open Doubles, M/L, 16/75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Terri Smith-Pam Nurnberger, 2. Elaine Antaya-Joan McCurdy, 3. Arlene McCague-Carol Maxwell, 4. Cindy Slaughterbeck-Cheryl Putnam.  Consolation: 1. Marlene Coburn-Marilyn Everett, 2. Janice O’Sullivan-Helen Lunsford, 3. Shirley McCullough-Adriana Cramton, 4. Letha DeVries-Doris Mularz.  Men  Main : 1. Larry Mardis-Faren VanDeGrift,  2. Gilbert Broadhead-Larry Taylor,  3. Tom Putnam-Ed Leonard,  4. John Hechinger-John L. Brown.  Consolation:  1. Bob Kendall-Jim Rathburn,  2. Bill Batdorff-Vern Wallingford, 3. Bill Comford-Cau Huynh,  4. Dan Lake-Patrick Antaya.

     Jan. 11 at Golf Lakes, SWCD A-9, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles,  Mingle/Mingle, 16/75 points.  1. Don Cadotte-Charles Stannard, 2. Neal Baum-Larry Fowler 3. Rick Hall-Peter Aylen, 4. Ron Timmermman-Sandra Kolasinski.  Consolation: 1. Janet Eisses-Don Trottier, 2. Rita Marderosian-Ed Nawrocki, 3. Kathy Kendall-Dale Overzet, 4. Karl Clark-Mary Fowler.


     SWCD D-13 , Jan, 17 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, M/L Draw Doubles, 16/75 points,  Lunch available.  No partner required.

     SWCD A-10, Jan. 18 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Mingle/Mingles, 16/75 pts. Lunch.  No partner needed.

     Jan. 21, FL P-17 at Trailer Estates, National Doubles, M/L, 75 points.  No lunch. 

     Jan. 21, FL A-15A at Riverwoods, P-15B at Zephyrhills, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.


.  Congratulations to Dr. Larry Mardis, winter resident of Braden Castle, who now plays out of Bradenton Shuffle Club, and who earned his 200th Florida Masters Point last week at Lee County Shuffleboard Club at North Ft. Myers, making him eligible for induction into the FL Shuffleboard Hall of Fame next year.

.    The Southwest Coast District needs new volunteers to become Shuffleboard Tournament Directors.  After being trained Directors earn modest income and perform a valuable service to the greatest sport in the world.  Tournament Directors do not have to be shuffleboard players.  Anyone interested may contact any SWCD officer or respond by calling 756-8548.

.  Plans are being made to offer a shuffleboard  school  in the very near future, probably on a Saturday at Bradenton Shuffle Club.  If any club has several who want to improve their skills, strategy and knowledge we can bring a school to your park, as well.  You are welcome to call 756-8548 for further information.

.   The Bradenton Social Shuffle Club begins Winter Shuffle for this season at Bradenton Shuffle Club Saturday, Jan. 19 at 6-9 p.m.  All are welcome.  It is fun, not a contest.  They have the equipment and are willing to help interested parties.  Optional  donation $5.

Happy Shuffling,



                                                                PAUL KNEPPER RETIRES

            Bradenton Shuffle Club President Paul Knepper 84, is resigning after two decades of service, about the last half of which he was Club President.  Paul and his devoted wife Lee, to whom he has been happily married for 47 years, plan to return to New Haven, IN, a suburb of Fort Wayne to enjoy life together as long as possible.

     Ron Nurnberger who will succeed Paul as President, says that no one person can replace Paul.  Ron says Paul spends about 40 hours per week to keep the Club humming, and it will take all the club members to fill his shoes.

     The Kneppers arrived in 1999 and began to help then-President Joe Woda with Club efforts.  Paul Knepper had spent many years in Indiana as a sheet metal worker, and before that retirement greatly enjoyed working stainless steel, especially in kitchens.  Paul has greatly appreciated the friendship of the shuffleboard fraternity.  It was Ken McLaughlin who came to Leisure Lakes and asked Paul to be his partner thus getting him into tournament competition.  A pleasant memory was when Paul Knepper and Niles Kenyon tied first in the SWCD Amateur Masters in 1999.  Niles won the playoff.

     Paul also played with Jim Miller back then and felt  Jim helped him a lot.  Paul and the Millers are responsible for many upgrades to the Bradenton Shuffle Club.  Paul considers  Jim Miller the prototype of one who helps the sport, and especially helped Bradenton Shuffle Club.


     Wednesday, Jan. 2 at Sebring, FL P-14A, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Pam Nurnberger and partner.  Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Levi Miller, 3. Bob Comford-Jerry Stannard.

 FL P-14 B at Clearwater, M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Cheryl  Putnam-Joyce Marquis, 2. Marlene Coburn-Terri Smith, 4. Marilyn Everett-Shirley McCullough.  Ladies Consolation: 4. Flo Kowalewski and partner.  Men Main: 1. Dave Kudro and partner, 2. Dwayne Cross-Jerry Everett, 4. Dave Minnich and partner.  Consolation: 3. Tom Putnam-John L. Brown.

     FL A-11 at Clearwater,  Jan. 2, State Sponsored Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.  Main: 3. Cau Huynh-Paul Johnson.


     Tomorrow, Jan. 10, 2019, SWCD D-12 at Golf Lakes, Open M/L Doubles, 16/75 points.

 Also Thurs, Jan. 10 at Port Charlotte, FL A-13 (Thursday Start) Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.

     Friday, Jan. 11 at Golf Lakes, SWCD A-9, Mingle/Mingle, 16/75 points.

Next Monday, Jan. 14 at Clearwater, FL P-16 State-Sponsored Open Singles, M/L, W/NW.  Clearwater will have lunch available.  Hall of Fame Banquet. Winter FSA Meeting.  Also Monday, Jan. 14, FL A-14 at Avon Park, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 pts.


.   Gilbert Stannard, father of shufflers Jerry and Charles, passed away Sunday, January 6 at age 104.  Gib owned two shuffle courts in Connecticut on Long Island Sound, and taught all his family and friends to play.  He continued to play until about age 102.  Our sympathy to his 2 sons and 2 daughters and their families.

.   SWCD Open Board Meeting Saturday, January 12 at Bradenton Shuffle Club, 1:00 p.m.  All welcome, anyone may speak.  Voting are SWCD Board and Club Presidents.

.    Cheryl Putnam’s First Place in Main at Clearwater gives her lifetime eligibility for Pro Tournament of Champions.

Happy Shuffling.



                                                STEVE SLAUGHTERBECK, DISTRICT PRESIDENT

         Serving as 1st Vice President of the Southwest Coast District of the Florida Shuffleboard Association was to prepare Steve Slaughterbeck to assume the Presidency about one and one-half seasons from now, but the resignation of President Jerry Stannard for health reasons has handed the Presidency to Steve Slaughterbeck now.  Slaughterbeck, of Bluffton, OH, a 63 year old Auctioneer and Real Estate Dealer, has already served four years as President of the Bluffton Shuffle Club, and has served as co-president of Trailer Estates as well.  And, his wife Cindy is President at Trailer Estates now.  So this move is hardly overwhelming, due to these circumstances.  In fact shuffleboard has kept him so busy these past 5 years that he hardly has time to use his Florida licenses as auctioneer or in real estate.

     President Steve Slaughterbeck hopes to promote shuffleboard, encouraging more people to learn and play often.  He also expressed appreciation for Past President Ron Nurnberger’s encouragement in making a smooth transition.  This reporter also offers help and support as a past president of Trailer Estates, SWCD and present State Delegate which will enable us to travel together to State Meetings, etc.  Welcome aboard, President Steve.


     Wednesday, Dec. 26 at Bradenton, FL P-13, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.  Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Larry Taylor, 4. Jerry Everett-Dave Minnich.  Consolation: 1. Bill Batdorff-Faren VanDeGrift, 4. Gerry Johnson-John Simmons.  Ladies Main: 1. Terri Smith and partner, 2. Flo Kowalewski-Pam Nurnberger, 4. Pat Tomko-Cindy Slaughterbeck.  Consolation: 2. Letha DeVries-Kathy Boutwell, 3. Marlene Coburn-Marilyn Everett.

     Thursday, Dec. 27, FL A-10 at Bradenton, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.  Main: 3. Mary Fowler-Frank Marderosian.  Consolation: 1. Rita Marderosian-Larry Fowler, 3. Janice O’Sullivan-Elaine Antaya, 4. Ken Maxwell-Joseph Sciortino


     Today, Jan. 2, FL P-14A at Sebring, P-14B at Clearwater, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.  Also Today, Jan. 2 FL A-11 at Clearwater, State Sponsored , Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.

     Next Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, FL P-15A at St. Cloud, P-15B at Lee County, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.  Also next Monday, Jan. 7, FL A-12 at Lakeland, National Amateur Singles, Non-walking, M/L/ 12 frames.


.   Next Thursday, January 10, SWCD D-12 at Golf Lakes, Open M/L Doubles, 16/75 points. (Published early as partner needed, courtesy to snowbirds possibly arriving without schedule or partner).

.   Error Correction: Rained out SWCD D-10 postponed to March 14. Mis-stated in Dec. 26 column.  Possible Discussion Jan. 12 at Open Board Meeting.

.   Saturday, Jan. 12, 1:00 p.m. at Bradenton, SWCD Open Board Meeting.

.   Since D-10, A-7, D-11, A-8 all rained out, discussion will doubtless occur Sat. Jan.12.  This column will  report.  All welcome Jan. 12. Presidents urged to attend.

Happy New Year and Happy Shuffling.



                                                                A PRESIDENT RETIRES

     Southwest Coast District President Jerry Stannard is retiring early.  Having moved to Golf Lakes from the Central District within the last decade Jerry Stannard has accomplished much indeed.  He has not only campaigned for the establishment of the SW CD Hall of Fame, he has done most of the work as well.  The present museum is visible at Bradenton Shuffle Club and is seen by all who attend tournaments there.  It was President Jerry Stannard  who researched back a couple of decades to establish who had 200 SWCD points to be eligible for induction thereto; he inducted all who proved eligible; he helped Jo Miller and Ron Nurnberger put pictures on the wall; and he has collected a number of photos and artifacts and is still working to perfect the museum.

     Having cared for both his parents over 18 years of their declining health,  having played his heart out at as many tournaments as possible,  and having been recently hospitalized , likely largely due to stress, the Doctor says he should retire as District President to reduce stress.  He wisely agrees.  Jerry has recently shared with me the following memories for your enjoyment.

     “ I had the good fortune in in my second year of playing with the late, great Grant Boshart in March 2006 in the Fun N Sun Tournament at Clearwater for first place in the Main event against Earl Ball and Stan Williamson.  Earl, at the foot, had the hammer and the lead at 58-73.  Earl missed my deep 7: I covered the seven with two successive 10’s that Earl cleared. I put on another 10.  Earl thought a while, ignored my ten which hid my 7 and shot his hammer for the win, but the shuffleboard gods favored me as Earl hit the 7-8 line and we won 75-73.  What would you have done?”

     “I played twice more with Grant Boshart.  In 2007 we won the same tournament again, beating Earl and Stan in the quarter final (when Stan after a shot, stuck his cue straight up as usual, getting it broken in the overhead fan); and then beating Bill Bartrum and Ben Coy in the finals. In Grant’s very last tournament (at Golf Lakes in 2009), beating Ralph Lozano and Corky Lowe (now two of my best friends in my new park and district) in the semi-finals and Roy Babcock and Mel Erb in the Finals.  Grant and I played 3 tournaments together, losing only 2 games, both to Earl Ball and Stanley Williamson.  Yes, Grant Boshart was great and carried me, then little above average, through to victory.”

     Yes, Jerry Stannard has done well here and does retain some modest y.  Thank you, Jerry Stannard, for the story, your leadership and hard work.  Best wishes for the future, and Happy Holidays.


     Monday, Dec. 17 at Lee County, FL P-12A, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.  Men Main:  1. Tom Putnam-Ed Leonard (won every game).  Consolation: 1. Larry Mardis-Ron Nurnberger, 3. Ralph Lozano-Jerry Stannard, 4. Cau Huynh and partner.  Ladies Main: 2. Flo Kowalewski-Cheryl Putnam, 3. Pam Nurnberger-Joyce Marquis.  Consolation: 4. Marilyn Everett-Shirley McCullough. (13 of 32 places at Lee County to Southwest Coast District).

     Also Monday, Dec. 17 at Clearwater, FL P-12B.  Ladies Main: 2. Terri Smith and partner.

SWCD. D-11, A-8 Am  D-10 postponed to be finished on March 14.  

D-11 will be played March 15 in its entirety.


     Today, Wednesday, Dec. 26, FL P-13 at Bradenton, Open M/L  Doubles ,75 points, no lunch. 

     Tomorrow, Thurs, Dec. 27 FL A-10 at Bradenton, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points. 

No SWCD tournaments this Holiday week.

     Next Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, P-14A at Sebring, M/L  Doubles 75 points.  Also Wednesday Jan. 2, 2019 P-14B at Clearwater, M/L Doubles, 75 points.


.   It has been discovered that the Nurnbergers are not the first couple ever inducted into FSA Hall of Fame at once.  In 1994 Dave and Gloria Stott also joined together, as did Pauline and Junior Kinney in 1996.

.   Merry Christmas and Happy Shuffling.



                                                                A QUIRK ONE DECADE AGO

      In an Amateur Tournament on November 21, 2008 Arlene McCague and J.R. Rathburn faced Vern Wallingford and Joe Kent.  In the last frame Arlene and Joe were opposed and the scoreboard showed  Joe 69, Arlene 51.  Arlene had one on and Joe hid one behind hers, reaching 76.  Joe kept putting one on in front and Arlene nudged it on the line, scoring another.  Joe felt so confident he was the victor at 76 that he failed to notice her added scores, three 7’s and an 8, came to 80 at the end.  All were reminded that the scoreboard is your silent partner, requiring your constant attention.  Arlene and J.R. won, 80-76.  Spectators can also learn from paying attention at times like that.  This column appreciates players submitting items for readers to enjoy.


     Monday, Dec. 17 at Ft. Pierce, FL P-11A, Ladies Main: 3. Flo Kowalewski and partner.  Men Consolation: 4. Stan Kowalewski and partner.

FL P-11B at Betmar, Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger and partner.

     Monday, Dec. 10 at Palmetto, FL A-8A, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points, Best 2 of 3 games.  Main: 1. David Evenson-Patrick Antaya, 2. Larry Fowler-Frank Marderosian, 3. Sandra Kolasinski-Don Trottier, 4. Kathy Kendall-Peter Aylen.  Consolation: 1. Jim Lessard-Tony Souza, 2. Delmer Kohorst-Carl Kohorst, 3. Harriet Piccard-Walter Yoeckel, 4. Rita Marderosian-Mary Fowler.

SWCD D-10 at Golf Lakes rain delay to Rain Date March 18, 2019.


     Thursday , Dec. 20 at Bradenton Shuffle Club, SWCD D-11 Open M/L Doubles, 75 points, bring partner no lunch available.

     Friday, Dec. 21 at Bradenton, SWCD A-8, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 16 frames/75 points.  No 2 State Ams on one team.

     No SWCD tournaments Christmas week or New Year’s First week.


.  Jerry Stannard is playing again after a hospital stay.  Gib is thriving at Summerfield at age 104.

.   Ron Nurnberger observes it has taken much time and effort to achieve the required 200 FL Pro points for the FSA Hall of Fame, but the fact that he and Pam will be inducted together on Jan. 14 makes it especially worthwhile.  This columnist is unaware of any couple previously inducted together in Florida Shuffleboard Association history.  Congratulations!

Happy Shuffling.



                                                AWARDS WEEK AT LAKELAND

     At the well-attended Florida Shuffleboard Association’s  President’s Trophy Tournament at Lakeland December 3, awards of Pins and Certificates were given to nearly 50 players according to last season’s accomplishments.

     Gold Medal winners from the Southwest Coast District included the late Jim L. Miller, Ron Nurnberger, Dave Kudro, Pam Nurnberger, and Terri Smith.  Silver Medals went to Dave Minnich and Flo Kowalewski.  Bronze Medals went to Mike Marquis, Dwayne Cross, Ralph Lozano, and Joyce Marquis.

     Pins honoring placement in the 2018 Florida Masters Tournament were given to Pam Nurnberger, Terri Smith, Jim L. Miller, Ron Nurnberger and Dave Kudro.  The only first place pin won by a SWCD player was Pam Nurnberger.  Well done, Pam!


  FL P-10, President’s Trophy Tournament, Dec. 3., Open Mixed Doubles.  Main: 3. Joyce and Mike Marquis.

     SWCD D-9 at Palmetto, Dec. 6-7, Open M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Jill DeBruyne-Dian Darrah, 2. Arlene McCague-Carol Maxwell, 3. Shirley McCullough-Pat Tomko, 4. Terri Smith-Marilyn Everett.  Consolation 1. Cheryl Putnam-Cindy Slaughterbeck, 2. Martha Kaufman-Marlene Simpson, 3. Janice O’Sullivan-Helen Lunsford, 4. Donna Schultz-Joan Curwin.  Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 2. John Mickle-Ed Leonard, 3. Lowell Williams-Phil Booher, 4. Gerry Johnson-John Simmons.  Consolation:  1. Tom Putnam-Gil Broadhead, 2. Grant Childerhose-Murray Potter, 3. Levi Miller-John Roberson, 4. Scott Fenimore-Bill Bierema.

     SWCD D-A at Palmetto, Friday, Dec. 7, Mingle/Mingle, 16/75 points.  1. Ursala Joyal,, 2. Rita Marderosian, 3. Tony Souza, 4. Dave Evenson,, 5. Jim Lessard, 6. Dave Patchkowski 7. Sandra Kolasinski, 8. Maurice Joyal.


      Thursday, Dec. 13 at Golf Lakes, SWCD D-10, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16/75 points.  No lunch available.

     Friday, Dec. 14 at Golf Lakes, SWCD A-7, Mingle/Mingle, 16/75 points. No partner required, no lunch.

Monday Dec. 17-19 P-12A/B  Lee County/Clearwater Doubles L/M

Happy Shuffling.



                                                A MEMORABLE SHOT REVIEWED

     A few years ago, Bob Comford and Larry Fowler were playing Ron Nurnberger and Gilles Emard.  Gilles had two yellow 8’s,and one seven, with a black kitchen, 33 points.  Larry had the hammer.  He shot to take off both 8’s and hope for the best.  When the dust cleared, Larry Fowler had a black 8, and a 7, with a yellow 10 off, 25 points to the good.  From 33 points for Gilles Emard to 25 points for Larry Fowler resulted in a 58 point swing on his hammer.  Pretty good for at that time, Larry Fowler was still a District Amateur.  Thanks to Ron Nurnberger’s  great  memory, helped by the fact that Ron sent that news back then to “The Shuffler”, as he does occasionally yet.  His contribution to this article was stimulated by comments on last week’s “Six Tens in One Game”.  Readers are regularly welcome to make contributions for others to enjoy.


     Last Monday, Nov. 26 at Hawthorne FL P-9A, M/L, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Joyce Marquis-Pam Nurnberger, 2. Flo Kowaleski & partner.  Men Main: 1. Dave Kudro & partner, 2. Stan Kowalewski & partner.  Men Consolation: 3. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis.

     Thursday, Nov,  29 at Bradenton, SWCD D-8 Open M/L Doubles, 75 points.  Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Ron Nurnberger, 2. Dave Welsh-Dwayne Cross, 3. Cau Hyunh-John L. Brown 4. Bill Batdorff-Jim Rathburn.  Consolation: 1. Murray Potter-Grant Childerhose, 2. Gerry Curwin-Mike Marquis, 3. Ralph Lozano-Jerry Stannard, 4. Faren VanDeGrift-Dave Minnich.  Ladies Main: 1. Terri Smith-Pam Nurnberger, 2. Arlene McCague-Sharon Olmstead, 3. Carol Maxwell-Cindy Slaughterbeck , 4. Evelyn White-Siggy Gudzus.  Consolation: 1. Marlene Coburn-Linda Wallingford, 2. Jill DeBruyne-Letha DeVries, 3. Adriana Cramton-Pat Tomko, 4. Kay Lynn Duncan-Donna Schultz.

     Friday, Nov. 30 at Bradenton SWCD A-5, Single/Mingle, 8 entries.  1. Larry Fowler, 2. Ursala Joyal, 3. Frank Marderosian, 4. Maurice Joyal, 5. Patrict Antaya, 6. Mary Fowler, 7. Rita Marderosian, 8. Elaine Antaya.


     Thursday December 6 at Palmetto,SWCD D-9, Open Doubles, M/L, 16/75 points.  No lunch available.

Friday, Dec. 7 at Palmetto, SWCD A-6, Mingle/Mingles, 16/75 points, no partner needed. No lunch.

Monday Dec. 10 at Ft. Pierce, FL P-11A M/L Open  Doubles, 75 points.  No Lunch. Also Monday, Dec. 10 at Betmar, FL P-11B, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.  LUNCH.

Monday, Dec. 10 at Palmetto, FL A-8A, 75 points, Any Ams/Any Doubles. No lunch. Also Dec. 10 at Winter Haven, FL A-8B, 75 points, Any Ams/Any Doubles.  No lunch.


.     Veteran players will remember John Jandovitz, age 90, who passed away November 25 in Fairfield Glade, TN.  John and Gloria played for years out of Ellenton Gardens before relocating to River Isles, and even later to TN.  John set a good example for us all in keeping a record of every game including partner,opponents, scores, etc.  We extend our sympathy to Gloria and her family.  John is at rest in The East Tennessee State Veterans Cemetary in Knoxville, TN.  His spirit is with the Lord above and his memory remains among his many friends.

.     Also, all players note that Palmetto will offer NO lunch Dec. 6-9.

Happy Shuffling.



                                                SIX TENS IN ONE GAME?

     Some unique or unusual things happen on occasion which might be of interest to readers.  Please consider this as unique, regardless of who accomplished it.

     On January 9, 1996, as a State Amateur playing in the 1996 Men’s National Amateur Non-Walking Singles at Winter Haven, this happened to me.  Four of the tens were fortunate enough to have backstops.  In the other two, the board was blocked leaving only the ten as a possible target.  So sixty of my seventy-five points required for the wins were tens. 

     I have mentioned this to several players over the years, and no one has ever seen or heard of such a game.  Nor have I in seventy-two years and five months ever done it, or heard of it before or since.

     The above mentioned tournament has long since been moved to Lakeland, and now is limited to 12 frames, but it is still a nice opportunity for any Amateurs, and winners get a National Pin.  Mark your calendar for January 7, 2019, M/L, Non-Walking, 12 Frames.

     Readers are welcome to mention other interesting facts that pertain to shuffling or shufflers for inclusion in future issues.


     FL P-08A at Lakeland, November 19-20, M/L, 75 points.  Ladies Consolation: 4. Flo Kowalewski & partner.

     FL P-08B at Bradenton, Nov. 19-20, M/L, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 1. Pam Nurnberger-Joyce Marquis, 2. Nancy Sclafani & partner, 3. Terri Smith-Marilyn Everett, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Kathy Laver.  Consolation: 1. Arlene McCague-Kay Lynn Duncan, 2. Lois Wegner-Marlene Coburn, 3. Adriana Cramton-Siggy Gudzus, 4. Linda Wallingford-Donna Schultz.  Men’s Main: 1. Dave Kudro & partner, 2. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 3. Larry Mardis-Larry Taylor, 4. Bill Comford-Gerry Johnson.  Consolation: 1. Elmer Heisler-Phil Booher, 3. Faren VanDeGrift-Ben Coy, 4. Joseph Kent-Phil Krick.

No Southwest Coast district tournament last week due to Thanksgiving holiday.


     Tomorrow , Thursday, Nov. 29 at Bradenton, SWCD D-8, Open M/L Doubles, 75 points.

     Friday, Nov. 30 at Bradenton, SWCD A-5, 16/75 points, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.  Not a draw, need a partner, often one or more to choose from on a Friday.

     Next Monday, Dec. 3-5 at Lakeland, FL P-10, Open Mixed Doubles, 75 points.  Also next Monday, Dec. 3-5 atat5 Avon Park, FL A-7, National Amateur Mixed Doubles.  (Note:  Dec. 3, both State Tournaments require one man and one lady.)


.   Larry Mardis was the only Pro player to win all 6 games at Palmetto on Black Friday.  David Evenson also won 6 in the Amateur Division.  Prizes went to the top 5; the food, courts, and weather were fine.  Amateurs played each other as did Pros.

.   Word is received of the passing of Willie Searcy of Palmetto Shuffle Club, who was recently in Hospice at Inman, South Carolina.  Our sympathy to Emma and her family.  Faithful members at Palmetto for many years, they were friendly and popular, and will be missed.

Happy Shuffling.



                                                SHUFFLEBOARD EXPERIMENT A SUCCESS

     The Southwest Coast District of the Florida Shuffleboard Association often dares to try something new.  SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates Thursday, Nov. 15-16 was an experiment.  The plan was to play Mingle/Mingles,, drawing for a spot on a court each game for 3 games in the morning and 3 more games in the afternoon in both the men’s and ladies divisions on the first day.  Then the 16 players with the most wins in each division would be eligible to play the second day in the more familiar format of semi-finals and finals, playing doubles 75 points, 2 of three games.

     Rain the first afternoon shortened the day to 3 games for most players.  A wish to finish on Friday caused the directors to shorten the first phase to 5 games, then go to the second phase played Friday afternoon, and finally all was finished at 7:00 p.m.  The top 8 players in each Division drew for a partner in the Main, and the next 8 with most wins drew for a partner in Consolation.

     A sound majority of those reporting their experience thought it was successful enough, even with shortening due to rain, that it should be tried in at least one such event next season.  On the positive side, many liked playing with different players making new acquaintances and some new friends. Also the novelty appealed to some players.  The leaders were pleased that despite the weather challenges, such a good time was had by so many.

     On the down side, a few felt somewhat puzzled, feeling that we should stick to more conventional formats for most tournaments.


    Monday, Nov. 12, FL P-7A at Bradenton, M/L  Doubles, 75 points.  Ladies Main: 2. Joyce Marquis-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Marlene Coburn-Marilyn Everett, 4. Pam Nurnberger & partner.  Consolation: 1. Terri Smith & partner, 3. Pat Tomko-Cheryl Putnam.  Men Main: 1. Ron Nurnberger-Mike Marquis, 2. Faren VanDeGrift-Ben Coy, 3. Dave Kudro & partner. 4. Larry Mardis-Larr y Taylor.

     Thursday, Nov. 15 SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates, Mingle/Mingles, 16/75, Second day 75 points, 2 of 3 games, M/L Doubles.  Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Dave Evenson, 2. Tom Putnam-John Mickle, 3. Bob Kendall-Ira Snook, 4. Faren VanDeGrift-Scott Fenimore.  Consolation: 1. Phil Booher-John Roberson, 2. Bob Comford-Joe Kent, 3. Brad Thomas-Ron Nurnberger, 4. Mike Marquis-Gilbert Broadhead.  Ladies Main: 1. Kathy Laver-Cindy Slaughterbeck, 2. Linda Wallingford-Shirley McCullough 3. Cheryl Putham-Margaret Hartzler, 4. Adriana Cramton-Arlene McCague.  Consolation: 1. Donna Schultz-Lois Wegner, 2. Dian Darrah-Pat Tomko, 3, Janice O’Sullivan-Siggy Gudzus, 4. Jane Schram-Evelyn White.

     Friday, Nov. 16 SWCD A-4 at Trailer Estates, Single/Mingles.  Main: 1. Tony Souza, 2. Kathy Kendall, 3. Ursala Joyal 4. Jim Lessard.  Consolation: 1. Ken Handrich, 2. Moe Joyal, 3. Martha Kaufman. (7 players-no 4th place).


Next Monday, Nov. 26 FL P-9A at Hawthorne, M/L Doubles, 75 points. P-9B at Briny Breezes, Singles, M/L.  Non-walking.  Also Monday, Nov. 26, FL A-6A at Clearwater, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points. Also Nov. 26 FL A-6B at Spanish Lakes in Central East Coast District, 75 points.

No District Tournament this week – Thanksgiving.


.   Remember Black Friday, November 23, Palmetto Shuffle Club, $10 includes lunch, Pro and Amateur Divisions.  Non-sanctioned, no points, just fun and avoid shopping crowds.  Register by 8:45 a.m., play begins at 9:00.  Single/Mingles, expect nice prize money.  Additional info – Call Bob Comford.

Happy Shuffling – Happy Thanksgiving.



                                                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.