With about one month left in the winter shuffleboard season, it is time to take stock.
n The last scheduled clinic will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Bradenton Shuffle Club. We offer classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. Leaders believe that the many schools held last year have contributed to increased registration at many tournaments this year.
n If a club or cluster of clubs requests, we could yet offer one or more schools at other venues. Call John at 941-756-8548 or Joyce at 941-345-4777.
n This columnist has shuffled since 1946, 66 2/3 years ago, two-thirds of the Centennial years we celebrate. Many changes are noted. No courts were painted green back then. No glass beads were to be seen. Every tournament court had a volunteer referee and volunteer scorekeeper. Every club cooked fine meals for the crowd. Shuffleboard was almost the only game in town.
n This columnist played his first tournament in retirement 19 years ago; 85 percent of today's competitors arrived since then. Count your blessings, players, because your career will not last forever. It is believed that the average Pro peaks about six years after turning Pro. I am very thankful to have enjoyed this sport more than any other.
n FL P-21A, Feb. 18, DeSoto Doubles at Trailer Estates. Ladies Main: 1. Ann Wedel-Judy Taylor, 4. Shirley McCullough-Marilyn Everett. Consolation: 2. Flo Kowalewski-Margaret Hartzler, 3. Marlene Coburn-Nancy Sclafani, 4. Beverly Jensen-Dianne Leonard. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Jim L. Miller, 3. Hank Hoekstra-Ben Coy, 4. Faren VanDeGrift-Ralph Lozano. Consolation: 3. Jerry Stannard, 4. Gilbert Broadhead-John Mickle.
n FL A-18A, Feb. 18 at Sebring, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles. Main: 1. Al Kaleel-Bob Comford.
n SWCD D-18, Feb. 21 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, Open M/L Doubles. Men Main: 1. Jerry Everett-Jim L. Miller, 2. Larry Taylor-Dick Whitaker, 3. Bill Batdorff-Darrel Blake, 4. Al Kaleel-Phil Booher. Consolation: 1. Dave Kudro-Dwayne Cross, 2. Paul Lowe-Jean Wilson, Jr. 3. Ron Nurnberger-Gene McCullough, 4. Francis Jarvis-Charlie Hearn. Ladies Main: 1. Arlene McCague-Emma Searcy, 2. Heather Godson-Sharon Hoyt, 3. Joan Erwin-Bonnie Walker, 4. Flo Kowalewski-Letha DeVries. Consolation: 1. Judy Taylor-Marilyn Everett, 2. Shirley McCullough-Kathy Wilson, 3. Erika Berg-Nancy Sclafani, 4. Carolyn Bailey-Nancy Ulicny.
n SWCD A-14, Feb. 22 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, District Ams/Any Doubles. Main: 1. Mike Keeping-Bill Reinbolt, 2. Bob Kyle-Mike McKinney, 3. Paul Nadeau-Bill Comford, 4. Scott Fenimore-Gerry Johnson. Consolation: 1. Shirley and Wolter Bootsma, 2. Siggy Gudzus-Tony DeLuca, 3. Lowell and Debra Williams, 4. Jill DeBruyne-Carol McLeod.
n Thursday at Palmetto, SWCD D-18, one player minimum a District Amateur, 16 frames or 75 points, M/L Division.
n Monday, March 4, FL P-23A at Fort Pierce, P-23B at Zephyrhills Betmar, M/L Open Doubles. Seventhy-five points. Also Monday, March 4, FL A-20A at Leesburg, A-20B at Lee County, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.
n Correction: Joan and Clarence Wheeler retired to Michigan, not Ohio as reported last week in connection with Joan's MVP Centennial Award.
n The Spring Open Meeting of the Southwest Coast District Board will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bradenton Shuffle Club. Club presidents or designated delegates will vote. All interested parties may speak to issues discussed, even bring up an issue. Come and participate.
n Buzz and Betty Downing each received a Centennial MVP pin on Feb. 18, presented by Ann Wedel. The Downings played for years and then conducted tournaments and refereed for many years. They spoke of great satisfaction received in their long association with so many great shufflers. Having sold their place in the sun at Golf Lakes, they are retiring to the thumb of Michigan. Appreciation was shown by a standing ovation.