The Florida Shuffleboard Association is observing the Centennial in several ways. One way is to honor those who have contributed much to shuffleboard. On Nov. 5, Walt and Ann Wedel of Golf Lakes were so honored along with Carl and Myrna Eby of the Southern District.
The Wedels, retired farmers from Fulton, Mich., have shuffled in the Southwest Coast District for about three decades. Former leaders in horseshoe pitching, they lived in Arbor Terrace, where they began to shuffle. Walt has served as national president in shuffleboard. Ann served as secretary and has been a tournament director in Florida as well as Michigan. She also was curator of the National Hall of Fame Museum in Clearwater, doing all of these duties very, very well.
Both Wedels are in the Florida and National halls of fame.
This column salutes the Wedels for a job well done through the years.
n FL P-6B at Port Charlotte, Nov. 5, Men's Doubles: Main: 1. Mel Erb-Jerry Everett, 2. Jerry Stannard, 3. Clarence Gingerich-Ed Leonard. Consolation: 2. Charlie DeVries-Ron Nurnberger, 3. Peter Berg-Larry Taylor, 4. Bob Grissom. Ladies Doubles: Main: 3. Nancy Sclafani-Ann Wedel. Consolation: 2. Letha DeVries-Pam Nurnberger.
n SWCD D-6, Nov. 8 at Bradenton, M/L Doubles: Ladies Main: 1. Carol Lumsden-Shirley McCullough, 2. Erika Berg-Evelyn White, 3. Margaret Hartzler-Letha DeVries, 4. Sue Daidone-Clara Wynn. Consolation: 1. Mae Kase-Flo Kowalewski, 2. Anna Nuttall-Pam Nurnberger. 3. Patty Howell-Arlene McCague, 4. Alice Barlow-Bonnie Walker. Men Main: 1. Ed Leonard- Clarence Gingerich, 2. John L. Brown-Dwayne Cross, 3. Jim Bailey-Jim Rathburn, 4. Jean Wilson, Jr.-Bill Tice. Consolation: 1. Larry Taylor-Jerry Everett, 2. Dennis Spangler-Ed Boley, 3. Bob Cooter-Francis Jarvis, 4. Ken Carrel-Tom Kase.
n SWCD A-3 Nov. 9, Bradenton, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 16 Frames or 75 points. Main: 1. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt, 2. Chuck Huddleston-Keith Petty, 3. Kathy Smith-Paul Nadeau, 4.Sue Peterson-Gary Hartzler. Consolation: 1. Wolter and Shirley Bootsma, 2. Elaine Jarvis-Betty Sparks 3. Don Gray-Bill Comford.
n Tuesday is the second day of FL P-7A at Bradenton and P-7B at Melbourne Tropical Haven. Also FL A-3 at Sebring.
n Thursday, SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates, Open Doubles, M/L Division.
n Friday, SWCD A-4 at Trailer Estates, District Amateurs Any Doubles
n Nov. 19, FL P-8A at Lakeland and P-8B at Bradenton Shuffle Club, Mixed Doubles (one man, one lady). Also Nov. 19, FL A-4, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles at Lee County in North Fort Myers.
n SWCD D-7 at Trailer Estates is open to all. District Ams losing on Thursday are still eligible for A-4 on Friday; (sorry, no forfeits from Thursday are eligible Friday).
n Reminder: District Amateurs on Friday is changed to 16 frames or 75 points all year. Also encourage more teams for Friday as tournaments of fewer than eight teams yield only Masters points; move-up points not received if seven teams or fewer.
n Sympathy to Palmetto Mobile Home Shuffle Club in the loss of Ron Gochenour, who died suddenly just more than a week ago. Ron and Phyllis will be sorely missed as she is moving north to be near family.
n The FSA Centennial Calendar is of keepsake quality. The $10 is used to support shuffleboard for everybody. Call Ron Nurnberger (231-690-1517) to order calendars, souvenir coffee mugs, $5, or pins or shirts.