At 9 a.m. Feb. 16, Jerry Everett will conduct a rules clinic at Bradenton Shuffle Club. The express purpose of this clinic is to train new referees.
Our district will host the Florida Masters in April at Palmetto, and a longstanding tradition for the Masters is a referee on each court. Effort is being made this year to have a referee at each end so referees need not stand in the sun all day.
A side benefit of the school would be to create experts on rules, protocol, judging discs, etc. that could benefit every club whose member attends. As time goes by and a few rules change from year to year, a club may find itself behind the times if no one attends such schools.
Attendees should bring lunch as the school may last four to five hours. All current referees are encouraged to attend. The school is free.
n Fl P-18A, Jan. 28 at Betmar. Ladies Main: 1. Judy Taylor, 2. Nancy Sclafani, 4. Letha DeVries-Pam Nurnberger.
n FL P-18B, Jan. 28 at Hollywood. Ladies Main: 3. Joyce Marquis-Erika Berg. Men Main: 2. Mel Erb-Dave Kudro. Consolation: 2. Mike Marquis-Peter Berg.
n FL A-15 State Tournament for Amateurs/Any Doubles, Jan. 1-29 at Bradenton Tropical Palms. Main: 1. Russ Spoto-Bob Comford, 2. David Welsh-Fred Thompson, 3. George Godson-Heather Godson, 4. Marion Erwin-Lowell Williams. Consolation: 1. Sharon Hoyt-Terry McNamara, 2. John DeLorme-Tom Cullen, 3. John and Anne Lounsbury, 4. Wilma Terwilliger-Eva Mae Lake.
n SWCD D-15 Restricted Draw Doubles M/L, Jan. 31 at Bradenton Shuffle Club. Ladies Main: 1. Adriana Cramton-Shirley McCullough, 2. Claudia Kellogg-Margaret Hartzler, 3. Heather Godson-Pam Nurnberger, 4. Nancy Sclafani-Linda Wallingford. Consolation: 1. Pat Batdorff-Sue Daidone, 2. Joan Erwin-Sue Minnich, 3. Gloria Hollander-Evelyn White, 4. Alice Barlow-Joan Curwin. Men Main: 1. Ed Leonard-Ralph Lozano, 2. Darrel Blake-Larry Mardis, 3. Jerry Stannard-Charlie DeVries, 4. Mel Erb-Bill Faudree. Consolation: 1. Jerry Everett-Al Kaleel, 2. Don Pennell-Bob Comford, 3. Clark Bennett-Jim Smith, 4. John Ulicny-Jean Wilson, Jr.
n SWCD A-12 District Amateurs/Any Doubles, Feb. 1 at Bradenton. Main: 1. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt, 2. Paul Johnson-Frank Rivett, 3. Siggy Gudzus-Phil Krick, 4. Linden Terwilliger-Patty Yates. Consolation: 1. Dian Darrah-Judith Blake, 2. Elaine Jarvis-Ruby Flickinger, 3. Terry McNamara-Janice O'Sullivan, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Paul Stewart.
n Tuesday is the second day of FL P-19 at Bradenton Shuffle Club, State Sponsored M/L Doubles open to all. Also second day of FL A-16 at Paradise Bay, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.
n Thursday at Tri-Par Restricted Draw Doubles, M/L, 16/75 frames.
n Friday at Tri-Par District amateurs/Any Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points.
n Feb. 11 FL P-20A at Golf Lakes and P-20B at Leesburg, M/L Doubles, 75 points, Open to all.
n Feb. 12 at Golf Lakes, FL A-17, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.
n New 2013-14 district schedules are to be amended, as Tri-Par has elected to change D-14 from Mixed to M/L Restricted Draw Doubles.
n Two important V.I.P. Shuffle Awards were made Jan. 14 at the National Tournament at Trailer Estates. One was to Richard "Buck" Buchanan of the Central District, a former ISA President and Hall of Fame Member. The pin was awarded posthumously and received by his widow, stellar player in her own right, Kay Buchanan of Pennsylvania and Lake Region.
n The other award was to Jane O. Bird of Trailer Estates, who has played about 30 years and accumulated 793 points by last season. Jane has played nearly everywhere and with many great partners, and she acknowledged them all in her gracious response.
n Word has been received of the recent passing of Eileen Warner and Hank Gjeltma. Eileen, widow of Hugh Warner, who for years sold and repaired cues at tournaments, was a Pro who became a formidable foe in the Ladies Division. The Warners lived at Golf Lakes. Eileen returned to Michigan about ten years ago. Hank Gjeltma was from Michigan, lived at Paradise Bay for many years, and loved to shuffle. All these old-timers would join me in wishing you Happy Shuffling.