From Oct. 21 to 25 at Mirror Lake Park in St. Petersburg will be held the annual International Shuffleboard Association World Singles Championship.
Mirror Lake is a National Historical Site, formerly the largest shuffleboard club in the world. Before World War II, 7,000 members played there on 107 beautiful courts.
This event is hosted by the St. Petersburg Club, the St. Petersburg Clearwater Sports Commission and the city of St. Pete. Americans apply to USA NSA President Gus Bondi or go to www.fsa-shuffleboard.org, which has a link to USA NSA that has application online to play in October. The package at St. Pete is $350 for every event, plus your cost of travel and room and board.
There will be four days of play, random draw, nobody is eliminated, and the winner is who wins the most games. So you will place somewhere from first to 64th. About eight nations will be involved, with a quota of eight men and eight women.
Around July, if some nations offer fewer than eight, USA and Canada will have the opportunity to fill empty places so total will be 64. This will be a nice event, well-planned with much pageantry and fun.
n FL P-20A, Feb. 11-12, at Golf Lakes, Open M/L Doubles. Ladies Main: 1. Nancy Sclafani-Joyce Marquis, 4. Carol Lumsden-Joan Erwin. Consolation: 1. Pat Batdorff-Marlene Coburn, 2. Judy Taylor, 3. Arlene McCague-Evelyn White. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Jim L. Miller, 3, Larry Toole-Jim Rathburn, 4. Larry Taylor. Consolation: 1. Dwayne Cross-Freeman Gingerich, 2. Gerry Curwin-Clare Mitchell.
n FL A-17, Feb. 12-13, at Golf Lakes, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles. Main: 1. George and Heather Godson, 2. Paul Nadeau-Rocky Vezina, 3. Bob Comford-Russell Spoto, 4. Jim Vatter-Sherman White. Consolation: 1. Gilbert Broadhead-John Mickle, 2. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt, 3. Bill Jenkins- Emmons Berry, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Carol McLeod.
n Tuesday is the second day of FL P-21A at Trailer Estates and P-21B at Melbourne Tropical Haven, Open M/L Doubles. P-21A is the DeSoto Doubles, hosted by Trailer Estates for about 50 years. The grandstand welcomes spectators.
n Tuesday also is the second day of FL A-18A at Hawthorne and A-18B at Sebring.
n Thursday is SWCD D-17 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Open Doubles, M/L, 16 frames or 75 points. Friday is SWCD A-14 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, District Ams/Any Doubles. If a District amateur is defeated on Thursday in the Open Tournament, they may enter again on Friday. No player forfeiting on Thursday is eligible on Friday.
n Feb. 25 at Hawthorne near Leesburg, Open M/L Doubles, also at Lee County FL P-22B Open Mixed Doubles. Note that this is unusual to have a choice in Florida on the same day of M/L Doubles or Mixed Doubles in a split tournament.
n Also Feb. 25 at Sebring FL A-19, Any Ams/Any Doubles.
n Last week at Golf Lakes Ken Offenther noted Centennial Most Valuable Player Pins to Joan Wheeler and Jerry Stannard. Joan played for years out of Golf Lakes and won many tournaments, garnering 816 points, fourth most in Florida history among ladies. She and Clarence have retired to Ohio now, but she left her mark in Florida Shuffleboard history. Jerry Stannard, a retired Connecticut teacher, recently moved to Golf Lakes from Winter Haven. Taught and coached by his father Gilbert Stannard, who yet competes at age 98, Jerry was inducted into the Florida Hall of Fame last year and won the Florida Tournament of Champions in 2010, among numerous other honors.