This column wishes all readers a very happy new year.
If you already have your Centennial calendar, a 15-month extravaganza in its own right, you have it open today to the month of January. The featured picture is of the Courtyard Marriott, scene of the Jan. 14 FSA Hall of Fame Banquet.
This gala event is only a few blocks from the Bradenton Shuffle Club, host of the 2013 State-Sponsored Singles. A new feature this year is both walking and non-walking start on Monday.
A further piece of good news for the new year is that the price of the Centennial Calendar is officially reduced to only $5 per copy for the rest of the supply. Your club or Ron Nurnberger, 231-690-1517, can furnish you with this bargain now. The calendar is beautiful, is of keepsake quality and includes this season's State Tournament schedule, most of which happens on Monday mornings.
n SWCD D-11, Dec. 20 at Bradenton, M/L Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros. Men Main: 1. Jim Miller-Clarence Gingerich, 2. David Kudro- Phil Booher , 3. Bill Tice-Bob Cooter, 4. Hank Hoekstra-Larry Mardis. Consolation: 1. Mel Erb-Jerry Everett, 2. Jerry Stannard-Mike Marquis, 3. Ralph Butcher-Al Kaleel, 4. Dennis Spangler-Les Peterson. Ladies Main: 1. Joyce Marquis-Joan McCurdy, 2. Marilyn Everett-Judy Taylor, 3. Pat Batdorff-Shirley McCullough, 4. Flo Kowalewski-Alice Barlow. Consolation: 1. Nancy Sclafani-Kathy Boutwell, 2. Dianne Leonard-Carol Butcher, 3. Barbara Duggan-Sandy Wixson, 4. Joan Curwin-Pat Tomko.
n SWCD A-8, Dec. 21 at Bradenton,District Ams/Any Doubles. Main: 1. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt, 2. Scott Fenimore-Gerry Johnson, 3. Lowell and Debra Williams, 4. Jerry Rahl-Ruby Flickinger. Consolation: 1. Bill Comford-Paul Nadeau, 2. Gerry and Martha Ippersiel, 3. Carol McLeod-Jill DeBruyne, 4. Elaine Jarvis-Betty Sparks.
n FL-P13 Dec. 21 at Bradenton, Open M/L Doubles. Ladies Main: 1. Marilyn Everett, 2. Judy Taylor, 3. Nancy Sclafani-Pam Nurnberger. Consolation: 1. Pat Batdorff. Men Main: 1. Larry Taylor-Larry Mardis, 2. Faren VanDeGrift, 3. Levi Miller-Mike Marquis. Consolation: 3. Ron Nurnberger-Al Nuttall.
n FL A-9, Dec. 27 at Bradenton, Any Ams/Any Doubles Seven of 8 places from SWCD! Main: 1. Lydia Yoder-Eva Mae Lake, Elmer Heisler-Marion Erwin, 3. James Vatter-Sherman White, 4. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt. Consolation: 1. Kathy Smith-Don Gray, 2. Francis Jarvis-Dan Lake, 3. Carol Peoni-Janice O'Sullivan.
n Wednesday is FL P-14A at Sebring, P-14B at Clearwater, Open M/L Doubles.
n Also Wednesday, FL A-10 at Palmetto, Any Amateurs/AnyDoubles. These unusual Wednesday starts result from New Year holiday on Tuesday. No district play this week.
n Jan. 7, FL P-15A at St. Cloud, P-15B at Lee County, Open M/L Doubles.
n Jan. 10 at Golf Lakes SWCD D-12 Restricted to State Ams and Pros, draw Doubles, M/L 75 points.
n Jan. 11 at Golf Lakes, SWCD A-9 District Ams/Any Doubles.
n Dec. 26 at FL P-13 Jim Bailey was honored with a Centennial Pin. Jim is a past president of the Florida Shuffleboard Association and FSA Hall of Fame. Jim and Ninfa hail from upstate New York, near Rochester, where Jim retired from Kodak. A Marine veteran, Jim is part owner of a country airport. The Baileys are snowbirds like so many of us and spend the winter at Terra Ceia, playing out of Bradenton Shuffle Club. Jim distinguished himself a few years ago by winning an International Singles competition hosted in Zephyrhills. Congratulations, Jim Bailey.
n Sympathy to Assistant Tournament Director Jo Miller in the loss of her father in northern Indiana.
n Kathy Boutwell sports a new diamond ring presented to her by fellow shuffler, Jean Wilson Jr.