Those receiving new schedules for next season will need to update already. Tri-Par has notified us that D-14 will be a Restricted M/L Draw Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points, whichever comes first.
The early schedules indicated a mixed doubles, which also is a popular format, but the club felt some men might lack a lady partner because more men regularly compete in tournaments. This is a valid observation, but a mixed doubles also is a mixed blessing. Although extra effort is needed to find these lady partners, the search can introduce some new ladies to the rewards of tournament play.
Instead of giving up, invite your wife or significant other. Find a shy or lonely lady player who needs encouragement. You might be surprised who can be found. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Perhaps some District Club could offer a second Mixed Doubles in 2014-15? Fans of this format; remember to find a partner this year for SWCD D-20 on March 13, 2013, at Trailer Estates, Open Mixed Doubles. One man, one lady any level, District Amateur through Pro.
All are welcome.
n FL P-19 M/L Open State-Sponsored Doubles, Feb. 4-6 at Bradenton. Ladies Main: 1. Judy Taylor-Ann Wedel, 4. Bonnie Walker-Joan Erwin. Men Main: 1. Jerry Everett-Jim L. Miller, 3. Larry Mardis-Dick Whitaker, 4. Gerry Curwin-Ben Coy. Consolation: 1. Ed Boley-Fred Pestke, 3. Jerry Stannard-Jim Bailey.
n FL A-16 Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, Feb. 4-5 at Paradise Bay. Main: 1. Jerry Rahl-John Stuart, 3. Bob Comford-Russell Spoto, 4. George and Heather Godson. Consolation: 1. Sherman White-Jim Vatter, 2. Dian Darrah-Lois Bennett, 3. Bill Faudree-Elmer Heisler, 4. John and Anne Lounsbury.
n SWCD D-16, Feb. 7-9, at Tri-Par, M/L Restricted Draw Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Heather Godson-Joan McCurdy, 2. Emma Searcy-Barbara Duggan, 3. Kathy Wilson-Jane Schram, 4. Shirley McCullough-Alice Barlow. Consolation: 1. Letha DeVries-Claudia Kellogg, 2. Erika Berg-Flo Kowalewski, 3. Dianne Leonard-Lois Wegner, 4. Adriana Cramton-Carolyn Bailey. Men Main: 1. Mel Erb-Peter Berg, 2. Paul Lowe-Clark Bennett, 3. Bill Duggan-Freeman Gingerich, 4. Dennis Spangler-Clare Mitchell. Consolation: 1. Gerry Curwin-Al Nuttall, 2. Jim Bailey-Ira Snook, 3. Jim Smith-Ron Nurnberger, 4. Max Munk-Ron Lewandowski.
n SWCD A-13, Feb. 8-9 at Tri-Par, District Ams/Any Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points. Main: 1. Kathy Smith-Don Gray, 2. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt, 3. Wolter and Shirley Bootsma, 4. Ruby Flickinger-Elaine Jarvis. Consolation: 1. Thomas and Karen Russell, 2. Betty Sparks-Paul Stewart, 3. Chuck Huddleston-Keith Petty, 4. William and Lois Hickman.
n Tuesday is the second day of FL P-20A at Golf Lakes, P-20B at Leesburg, M/L Open Doubles 75 points. Also Tuesday, FL A-17 Any Amateurs/Any Doubles at Golf Lakes (changes from some distributed 2012-13 schedules, correct in PREVIEW Center Spread, page 83, except bring own lunch).
n Thursday, celebrate Valentines Day. No SWCD tournament this week, rain date, not needed.
n Feb. 18, FL 21A (DeSoto Doubles) M/L Open Doubles at Trailer Estates, P-21B at Melbourne Trailer Haven. Also Feb. 18, FL-18A at Sebring, A-18B at Hawthorne, Any Ams/Any Doubles, 75 points.
n At Bradenton on the occasion of State-Sponsored Doubles last week, two Most Valuable Person Pins were announced by Centennial Committee spokesperson Ken Offenther. The first went to Mae Hall of the West Coast District, who was inducted into the FSA Hall of Fame in 1963 and who eventually earned 2,224 points, the most of any player in FSA History.
n The second MVP Centennial Pin was received with surprise by this columnist. Mention was made of this column, now the longest-running shuffleboard article in Florida journalism at 17 years. Also a member of the Florida and USANSA Halls of Fame, Chair of the SWCD Roofover Research Committee, President of Trailer Estates Shuffle Club and teacher and promoter of the sport. Thanks to all for your support.