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https://theshuffler.net/2018/09/14/carol-lumsden-earns-the-right-to-wear-the-us-nsa-champion-pin-pat-knapp-had-already-won-the-right/It's an honor, one I never expected. My thanks to Pat Knapp, truly awonderful partner. Special thanks to Peter and Erika Berg, my mentors, my friends. Their love of shuffleboard rubbed off on me. Thank you.Carol Turnham Lumsden
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SWCD Sweep Ladies Doubles final at MI Championships. (L-R): Bonnie Walker and Eva Mae lake 2nd—Adriana Crampton and Sharon Olmstead 1st
Larry Whalen sweeps 2018 MI Championships by taking 1st place in both Singles and Doubles! Congrats Larry!
Reported by Ron Nurnberger. 2018 08 02.
Ron Nurnberger Speaks: What a great time at the Nationals in Lakeside, OH this week. Many have been here before but for first timers (like Pam & I), it is truly a venue We recommend to every shuffler. As u can see, the SWCD was well represented. Today (Thursday) is the first day of the National M/L Doubles (to be completed Friday). The singles ended Wednesday Night under the lights where Bradenton’s own, Pam Nurnberger took 2nd in the main (Ladies Division), Ron Nurnberger took first in consolation (non-walking), while Levi Miller took first in consolation men’s walking. (FULL NATIONAL RESULTS, ALL DIVISIONS, WILL BE POSTED UPON COMPLETION).
SWCD ATTENDING MEMBERS (L-R): Ron Nurnberger, Larry Mardis, Pam Nurnberger, Jo Miller, Arlene McCague, Levi Miller, Hope Miller (Jim & Jo Millers granddaughter), John Brown, Donna Schultz, Cindy’s Slaughterbeck, Dolores Brown (Executive Tournament Director),Terri Smith (2017 Ladies Champion), Sandra Little, and Dave Kudro (FSA President).
Reporting for the SWCD, Ron Nurnberger
Jim Miller's tragic accident with an ultralight-aircraft.
Pam Nurnberger & Allen Dronsfield, 1st Place in the FSA Masters, 2018
Allen Dronsfield Speaks: The 2018 shuffleboard season has come to a grand climax with Hawthorne hosting the 2018 FSA Masters.
What a great job Bob Robinson, Bill Jones Jr. did, putting together a great committee and work force. The hospitality was never ending from the time we all got there to it's closure.
The opening ceremonies got the ball rolling as both ladies and men posed for pictures and received our complimentary cooler bags from Doris Hanke. The helpers pushed carts all day long for three of the four days with fresh cold bottles of water.
The pushers did a remarkable job as well; they followed Glenn's directions to a tee by having the pushers on the yellow side of the court making the first call. Remarkable was that I heard very little complaining about any mishaps such as moving discs prematurely.
The Hawthorne staff also swept and re-beaded the courts during lunch each day so as to have fresh beaded courts for the afternoon match's. Discs were also waxed after each match and ready to go.
Pauline and the lunch staff did a great job offering a little change each day with soups, chilli, hot dogs, hamburgers, and sandwiches to chose from, not to mention a variety of desserts. A special hats off to Bonnie Goetzinger and her yummy sloppy joes. Pauline and her staff also did a wonderful job with the banquet buffet. Meatloaf that I heard no complaints about, taters, corn, salad, and a yummy cherry cheese cake to polish it off.
I personally can't think of anything they missed.
We arrived each morning to fresh coffee, donuts and cups of fresh fruit, a specially treat.
Both of our alternate players were hands on and ready to go if called upon. Steve Raimondi got his chance as Earl was unable to return on the final day due to medical reasons. Steve did him justice by taking 2 out of 3 games while playing his opponent. Not bad for coming in cold and into the heat of battle.
Steve and Joyce Smith did a great job keeping score and doing things all along to help out.
As usual Glenn Monroe did a masterful job of directing the event, keeping everyone updated on rules and regulations, also keeping an evil eye on those of us that clear a bit to hard. NO WARNINGS WERE MADE.. LOL..
From a personal point of view, I thought this particular masters was very light or loose in nature as far as the tension which can develop during the event. Sure; everyone wanted to win and actually we all did, being the top 16 players eligible to play.
From the ladies side Pam Nurnberger set the pace and took an early lead and never gave it up by winning 18 out of the potential 21 wins. From the men's side it was never really decided until the second game on the final match between Jim Miller and myself Allen Dronsfield. Like last years masters Jim and I ended up on a distinctive colored court. To start with the beads were sticking to the disc due to cooler temperatures. Black prevailed for Jim and I had at least one thought going in that yes I wanted all three but with a two game advantage going into the final match I only needed one to secure the back to back master's victory. Well I got my turn on black and though I had trouble closing in the end I wasn't going to be denied the one win I needed. Jim won the lag and chose to go back to black. However it started warming up and the beads quit sticking to the discs and Jim and I had a very casual and enjoyable game and I'll be darn if I didn't get him playing on yellow.
I realize the results have been posted but here they come again.
The 2018 Ladies Master's - The ladies had 4 first time players receiving 4 new white Master's jacket's.
1st. Pam Nurnberger Winninng with 18 and 3
2nd. Terri Smith - Past back to back winner of the Master's
3rd. Debbie Norton - A 1st. timer and Debbie did a great job as she was quite nervous going in, it didn't show however.
4th. Helen Biaggi - A seasoned veteran with many visits to the Master's to her credit.
5th. Pauline Murphy - A 1st. timer and as a 1st. year pro.
6th. Katy Walker - A 1st. timer and the only ladies player from the Northern District
7th. Alice Enos - I believe this is Alice's 2nd. trip to the Master's.
8th. Nancy Mykejord - A first timer also and another husband and wife representatives in the same Master's.
The alternate was Joyce Smith in the 9th spot and 2nd. trip to the Master's.
The 2018 Men's Master's
1st. Allen Dronsfield also the 2017 Master's winner making it a back to back victory. Winning with 16 and 5 The only men's player from the Northern District.
2nd. Earl Ball with 11/2 wins as Steve Raimondi came in from the bull pen in great relief making it 13 wins for Earl, sorry Earl I don't know the exact number, maybe 18 or so consecutive trips to the Master's.
3rd. Jim Miller - Many trips to the master's and the winner of the 2008 Master's.
4th. Mike Seyfer - This was Mike's 3rd. trip to the Master's.
5th. Ron Nurnberger - Ron has many trips to the Master's and Ron is the excited husband of the ladies champion Pam Nurnberger.
6th. Dean Myklejord - This is Dean's 2nd. trip to the Master's and he is the excited husband of the ladies player Nancy Mykleford.
7th. Ken Offenther - A returning player of many appearances to the Master's and still looking for that first one.
The alternate was Steve Raimondi and relief pitcher for Eall Ball - Steve's first trip to the Master's.
I am sure I have forgotten a lot of data but I hope you get the idea as others I hope will chime in on this great event.
I hope everyone will have a peaceful and a restful summer, as it won't belong before we start all over again in October.
Reported from the Northern District by Allen Dronsfield.
Stan McCormack. Great Report by Allan Dronsfield. Posted 2018 04 06 15:40
Pam Nurnberger Joins All-time Leaders
The leaders in the Modern era.
Women: Judy Taylor 88, 2010/11; Joan Cook 79, 2004/05; Joan Cook 78, 2007/08; Pam Nurnberger 75, 2017/18 Joan Wheeler 71, 2004/05.
Pam Nurnberger added her name to the all-time women’s high scores for a season. To do that, of course, you have to be a very good player and she is. Smooth as silk.
She is playing the “Masters” right now and is off to a fast start. She could very well win the Championship but if not this time around, her time will come.
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).
GOOD LUCK TO OUR FELLOW MEMERS!
Ron Nurnberger did it again. He won the Bradenton Hoss Coller Tournament 2017 & 2018
Ed Leonard was 2nd and Jim Miller 3rd
Subject: [New post] SWCD AMATEURS FINISH SEASON, LOOKING FORWARD TO ‘MASTERS’ AT GOLF LAKES MARCH 21-24th
"WINNERS IN THE MAIN (L-R): 2nd Place; Norm Goodwin & Jim Lessard. 1st Place; Tony Sousa & Frank Marderosian. http://www.fsa-southwestdist-shuffleboard.us/Tournaments/A-15_Results.txt Reporting for SWCD, Ron Nurnberger. 2018 03 11."
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Veteran Hall of Fame players, Jim Miller & Nancy Sclafani took the SWCD Mixed Doubles Title this week at Trailer Estates. The Highlight was Nancy Scalfani reaching the 200 point plateau placing here in the SWCD HOF.
MIXED DOUBLE SWCD CHAMPIONS (L-R): 2nd Place; Mike & Joyce Marquis. First Place; Nancy Sclafani & Jim Miller.
Sent along by Ron Nurnberger WITH THANKS!! 2018 03 11
The largest turnout for any SWCD Tournament each year is the Pro/District AM annually held at the Palmetto Shuffle Club. Boasting 6 sponsors ($$) & 130 players, the Palmetto Club also serves a full menu lunch each day. LADIES WINNERS IN THE MAIN (L-R): 2nd Place; Lorraine Nyenhuis & Linda Wallingford 1st Place Bonnie Walker & Kathy Kendall CONSOLATION WINNERS (L-R): 2nd Place; Pam Nurnberger & Pam Carr. 1st Place; Elaine Antaya & Pat Tomko
MENS MAIN WINNERS (L-R): 1stPlace; Arnie Congdon & Norman Goodwin. 2nd Place; Ron Nurnberger & Cau Huynh
MENS CONSOLATION WINNERS (L-R): 2nd Place; Jerry Everett & Steve Biscontine. 1st Place; Don Trottier & George Godson.
Subject: WILLIE & EMMA SEARCY HONORED BY PALMETTO SHUFFLE CLUB! At the regular SWCD tournament Thursday, Willie & Emma Searcy were honored during the opening ceremonies. Longtime players at Palmetto, they have been coming to Florida for over 20 years from South Carolina. You could find them as regular players for many years at the Hendersonville, SC. courts. Now in the summers, they enjoy their 12 grandchildren and have been happily married for 64 years. Congratulations from all your Palmetto & SWCD players and friends.FROM L-R: Arlene McCague, Club President Bob Comfort, Emma & Willie Searcy.NOTE: Notice the DISCS. Started by our own Joe Kent (941-497-3210), presenting discs to ‘shufflers’ in our district has become popular. U can have one ‘professionally’ lettered for any occasion. Recent presentations have been for: Shuffleboard Successes, in memory of, get well soon, retirement, ‘Friends who care’ and obviously whatever your ‘Caring Heart’ desires.
IT WAS A GREAT DAY FOR SWC DISTRICT AMATEURS FRIDAY & SATURDAY AT BRADENTON TROPICAL PALMS. PLAYING 75 point GAMES WAS THE VENUE WITH THE INTENTION TO START PREPARING THEM FOR THEIR FUTURE AS PRO’S.
Reporting for the SWCD, Ron Nurnberger.
We congratulate Terri Smith, she reached the magic 200 point number to qualify for the FSA HOF
PICTURED AVOVE ARE CAU HUYNH & HIS WIFE NHUNG TRUONG. THEY ARE RELATIVELY NEW TO SHUFFLEBOARD AND VARY ACTIVE IN ‘SUN CITY.’ CAU WAS MY PARTNER THIS WEEK AND PLAYED VERY WELL (AS DID AMATEUR BILL BIEREMA) WELCOME TO THE SWC DISTRICT!
WINNERS IN THE MENS DIVISION (L-R): First Place; Bill Bierema (Amateur) & Dwayne Cross (Pro); Second Place; Ron Nurnberger (Pro) & Cau Huynh (Amateur) NOTE: Dwayne Cross needs only three more points for SWCD Hall of Fame!
Go here for complete Results: http://www.fsa-southwestdist-shuffleboard.us/Tournaments/d17_Results.txt and thank you to Ron Nurnberger. 2018 02 17.
Sea Breeze Mobile Estates has but Six Courts but it’s history is deep. For many years Hugh Townsend, a Champion in FSA Shuffleboard and teacher ‘extraordinaire ’ at Sea Breeze captained the Sun Coast League (league in existence more than 35 years!) Sea Breeze team to first place for 17 Straight years! Sea Breeze also has been a member of the Manatee Wednesday traveling league for 25+ years. The Monday Ladies league team, captained by Helen Lunsford for many years (and now Pam Carr) is currently in first place and also has a rich (over 30 years) history.
A few year ago, Ed & Joyce Reinke started a Thursday morning ‘Fun’ Shuffle and they fill most courts each week.
SIDE NOTE: Charlie & Letha Devries dragged Pam and I down to the courts when we first moved here. This is where we learned the game!
Reporting for the SWCD, Ron Nurnberger. 2018 02 16
ON ANOTHER NOTE, WE KNOW SHUFFLEBOARD CAN BE STRENUOUS THUS REQUIRING “SELECTIVE & TIMED REST PERIODS” TO CONSERVE ENERGY. TAKING ADVANTAGE (top to bottom) ARE: Jay Fitzpatrick, John Brown & Jim Leonard. (Pix sent along by ‘Ralph Lozano’)
Pictured above are BTP President Russ Spoto (center) with Shuffleboard coordinators, Jean Felske (left) and Pam Devereaux (right).
Another Hidden ‘GEM’ from the SWC District. Bet you didn’t know that every Monday at Bradenton Tropical Palms (SWCD), up to 90 players Shuffle in their Park League.
How many Clubs in Florida can top that! Bradenton Tropical is just down the street from the Bradenton Shuffleboard Club and has been a great host of local and FSA State Amateur Tournaments. Monday’s weekly Shuffle also finishes with a cook-out for all. (Click on pic to expand)
They are one of the most popular District Tournament Hosts (SWCD-Thursday’s) because they serve a ‘Complete Menu’ luncheon. Players have been known to come ‘just’ for their lunch!
Sent along by Ron Nurnberger. 2018 02 09
Congratulation Pam Nurnberger for reaching the magic 200 points, to qualify for the FSA HOF.
Recently, The Bradenton Shuffle Club had a thought! Let’s try something new that will be Fun, Attract Amateurs, and fill some of the ‘Holiday’ Shuffle Downtime from State & District Tournaments. Thus ‘JINGLE MINGLES’ was created. Today (Friday, Dec 29th), 6 /16 frame games (with great prize money) format and with separate Pro & Amateur Divisions drew 71 Players! 39 Pro’s and 32 Amateurs! It was ‘Festive & Friendly’ with much ‘Jabbing & Needling’ on the most Enjoyable Atmosphere (one of those—-u had to be there type humor!). Tournament Directors were Joyce Marquis & Pat Batdorff.
PS: The Free ‘Holiday Cupcakes’ May also have helped!,
PRO DIVISION: (left to right): Jim Bailey, 1st Place; John Brown, 4th; Gil Broadhead, 3rd; Tom Putnam, 7th; Hank Hoekstra, 8th; Cheryl Putnam, 10th;
John Roberson, 2nd; Bob Kendall, 9th; Not Pictured; Levi Miller, 6th & Bill Batdorff 9th.
AMATEUR DIVISION: (left to right): Jim Clark, 3rd Place; Jan Gandy, 5th; Norm Williams, 4th; Carol Maxwell, 2nd; Charles Stannard, 6th; Mike Collins, 1st; Larry Fowler, 7th; Helen Lunsford, 8th.
The ‘Gorgeous’ Palmetto SWC District Shuffleboard Club hosted our 2nd Annual BLACK FRIDAY fun day tourney.
The ‘Gorgeous’ Palmetto SWC District Shuffleboard Club hosted our 2nd Annual BLACK FRIDAY fun day tourney. Pro’s and Amateurs alike participated. Although a ‘rainy mist’ may have hampered attendance, over 50 players showed up and enjoyed the ‘free meal’ and great prize money.
Palmetto Club President Dave Evanson stepped outside after a 20 minute weather delay, looked to the heavens and asked for ‘Clear Skies!’ Immediately, the ‘mist’ subsided and play began.
But on this day (It was the Godson’s!); George Godson (former Canadian Hockey player) took first place in the Pro division while his wife Heather (still a great softball player in her own right) Took second!
In the Amateur division, Shirley Pendergast was first and Tony Deluca second.
Reporting for the SWCD, Ron Nurnberger
PRO: Left to right: Joyce Marquis, 4th; Heather Godson, 2nd; George Godson, 1st; Ron Nurnberger, 3rd; Ann Dirkse, 5th.
AMATEUR: Carol Maxwell, 5th; Jean Coward, 3rd; Tony Deluca, 2nd; Shirley Pendergast, 1st; Larry Fowler, 4th.
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Ron Nurnberger Speaks: Pam and I (along with Larry & Judy Taylor) visited Charlie and Letha today and I presented him with his Michigan Hall of Fame Certificate. Charlie is doing much better. He has now been hospitalized for 10 months. A difficult challenge to say the least. His wife Letha has been ‘his strength.’ She has been at his bedside ‘every’ day. They both said ‘their faith’ is pulling them through. Charlie is a former President of the Michigan Shuffleboard Association. We all ‘prayed together’ and teased Charlie a little as he always used to do to us. Slowly but surely with our prayers we can see him coming home soon. Letha says ‘many thanks’ to all the cards and well wishes. Please stop and see him if u can—he loves cards and visitors! His address is:
COMPLEX CARE HOSPITAL AT RIDGELAKE
6150 EDGELAKE DR.
SARASOTA, FL. 34240Final results of the FSA Master Tournament 2017Congratulations to all SWCD players, especially #1 Terry Smith on your left, and Pam Nurnberger #2 for the ladies!
The cowboy hat John Brown wears atop his head any time he’s at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Club or Trailer Estates Park and Recreation isn’t just his signature look. With its wide brim and pins stuck across the crown, Brown’s hat tells a story.
There are pins from tournaments he has won in Florida. There are pins from clubs he has never played at, acquired in trades he made with opponents long ago. The simplest one on his hat right now is a flag — a big red dot and a white surface. The Japanese flag is a reminder of just how far shuffleboard has taken Brown.
“I’ve played twice on every continent but Africa,” Brown said. “There was always some people who’d never heard of it.”
He was part of inaugural tours to Ireland, Denmark and Brazil, bringing the first shuffleboard games ever to the countries. He has played for the United States national team eight times at ISA Team World Championships, and his international competitions have taken him to Australia, Canada and Japan. He believes his column, which has run in the Herald every week during shuffleboard season since 1994 when he moved to Bradenton and began playing consistently, is the longest continuously running shuffleboard column in the world.
That worldliness is perhaps the most important piece of a resume that has led to his selection to the International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has 72 members. Brown, who has lived in Bradenton during winters since the mid-1990s, will become the 73rd — and 31st American — in either June or July.
“It’s the only sport I ever excelled at,” Brown said. “It’s the greatest sport in the world. It’s a sport you can play from the age of 5-105.”
His life in shuffleboard began as a 10-year-old in Covington, Ind. His uncle was a seasonal resident in Florida and later founded the Florida Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame. Brown quickly grew fond of the sport and decided he wanted to do well enough in his life to retire to Florida and take the sport more seriously.
Seventy years later, Brown admits there are many better players than him, but few have done more to promote the growth of the game in recent decades.
Despite shuffleboard’s roots in England, the sport most firmly took root in the United States, bypassing other countries in the United Kingdom and Europe, which is what led to two of the inaugural tours in Ireland and Denmark. The third, to Brazil, came in 2002. On each tour, they would set up temporary courts in recreation centers and town halls. In Denmark, he once spoke at city hall in Copenhagen, teaching the city’s lord mayor the history of a sport that had originated nearby.
“There were always some people who’d never heard of it,” Brown said.
He spent summers in the 1990s and 2000s playing with the U.S. national team and is a former winner of the country’s spirit award. During the 1990s, he chaired a committee tasked with trying to unify the disparate rules used across the world as part of an effort to get shuffleboard into the Summer Olympics. Florida, ultimately, wouldn’t budge.
He was inducted into the Florida shuffleboard hall of fame in 2007 and the United States’ national association’s hall of fame in 2010.
This summer’s induction ceremony will take place in Lakeside, Ohio, where Brown spends time each year helping run youth tournaments in one of the largest shuffling communities outside Florida. The ISA wanted to hold Brown’s ceremony in Brazil, where, 15 years after helping to introduce the sport to the country, the nation is playing host to the world championships. However, Brown’s wife of 60 years, Dolores, prefers not to travel, so the parties settled on Ohio.Article sent along by Ron Nurnberger
Hoss Collor winner of 2017 Ron Nurnberger
2017 Hoss Collor winners #1 Ron Nurnberger, #2 Kathy Laver, #3 John L. Brown
Our Board of Directors 2017 from left to right: Jerry Stannard (President) Steve Slaughterbeck, Kay Lynn Duncan, Paula Jacobson, Margaret Hartzler, Kathy Laver, Brad Thomas, Nancy Sclafani, John L. Brown and Dolores Brown
Just think..if we had real lights the courts could be used much more. These people are from First Baptist Church in Palmetto. It was done by Kathy Boutwell and Jean Wilson, Jr. Everyone sure looks like they enjoying themselves!!! Thanks to Kathy and Jean for getting this event. Sue
Well look who won the Natl Doubles Championship at Trailer Estates!! Our own Hank Hoekstra and Bob Comford. Congrats to both of you great players!!!!
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Congratulation Dave and Ron. At Sebring Orange Blossom Tournament P-14A (January 3/2017) Ron Nurnberger & Dave Kudro took first place! Dave made the magic number of 200 points to enter the FSA HOF
Congratulations to Nancy Sclafani. She reached the 200 point plateau to qualify for the FSA HOF 12/14/2016
At its weekly SWCD tournament held at the Bradenton club today, club members 'sang' happy birthday to 'Gib' Stannard to celebrate his 102nd birthday.
Gib spent the morning watching his son Jerry play. At noon he went home to take a Nap and then came back in the afternoon to watch Jerry's next match! Two weeks ago at the SWCD 'pins' presentation for last seasons top ladies and men players, President Ron Nurnberger presented Gib with a special award named for him: "SWCD fan of the year!" Sent along by SWCD President Ron Nurnberger with THANKS.
You may wish to go here: https://theshuffler.net/2015/03/24/will-you-leave-a-legacy-these-two-men-have/ AND THIS TOO: https://theshuffler.net/2013/12/02/gibb-stannard-at-97-continues-to-shuffle/ Stan McCormack, 2016 12 01.
Lowell Williams President of Palmetto and his crew did a super job at the Black Friday Tournament
Gerry Curwin, wins the Turkey
SOUTHWEST COAST DISTRICT 1st annual 'BLACK FRIDAY' shuffleboard event a HUGE success!
The "Palmetto Shuffleboard club" hosted our first "Black Friday" tournament with a 'word of mouth' turnout of 80 players!
President Lowell Williams and the Palmetto Club served a 'free lunch' with it's entry fee of $10 per player. 42 Pro players made up one division and 38 Amateurs made up the other.
Besides a 50/50 drawing, the Palmetto Club also had a drawing for a free TURKEY donated by the local Palmetto 'Winn-Dixie' store.
Prize money was given to the TOP FIVE players in each division. 1st Place (in each division) paid $75 with the following 4 places in proportional increments.