On Dec. 2 at Lakeland, awards were given to the 24 top men and 24 top ladies during the 2012-2013 Season. Receiving gold medals from the SWCD were Jim Miller, Mel Erb, Jerry Everett, Larry Mardis, Judy Taylor, Joyce Marquis and Nancy Sclafani.
Receiving silver medals from the Southwest Coast District were Dave Kudro, Jerry Stannard, Mike Marquis, Freeman Gingerich, Ann Wedel and Marilyn Everett.
Receiving bronze medals were Ben Coy, Gerry Curwin, Clarence Gingerich, Shirley McCullough and Pam Nurnberger.
A hearty congratulations to these top achievers.
Vivian McMillan, well known State competitor, is in hospice care.
Sympathy is extended to Marty Reiter longtime SWCD player whose son passed away recently. Marty's sister, Betty Lovens, who played as Marty's frequent partner for many years, is living at Casa Mora Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center. Our best wishes to each.
We are pleased to see new faces on the courts each week. Sixteen teams of District Amateurs made nice competition at Bradenton last week.
The Southwest Coast District Roofover Research Committee continues to search for the ideal spot to locate.
One wonders if room exists north of the present Northern District for an 8th District for the Florida Shuffleboard Association. There is an opportunity for promotion of what the late great shuffler, Charlie McGee called "the greatest sport in the world."
Dec. 2, FL P-10 at Lakeland, Men Main: 2. Jerry Stannard. Consolation: 2. Dave Kudro-Mel Erb. Also Dec. 2, FL A-6A at Clearwater. Consolation: 2. Paul Nadeau-Wolter Bootsma.
Dec. 5 at Bradenton, SWCD D-9 Restricted M/L Doubles. Men Main: 1. Larry Mardis-Dwayne Cross 2. Jim Rathburn-Larry Toole, 3. Ed Leonard-Charlie DeVries, 4. Levi Miller-Larry Taylor. Consolation: 1. Dave Kudro-Mel Erb, 2. Ron Nurnberger-Jerry Stannard, 3. Bill Batdorff-Ben Coy, 4. Tom Kase-Dick LaBrecque. Ladies Main: 1. Joan McCurdy-Joyce Marquis 2. Erika Berg-Carol Lumsden, 3. Alice Barlow-Linda Wallingford, 4. Mae Kase-Pat Tomko. Consolation: 1. Ann Wedel-Judy Taylor 2. Carol Butcher-Sharon Olmstead, 3. Flo Kowalewski-Patty Howell, 4. Marlene Coburn-Dianne Leonard.
Dec. 6 at Bradenton, SWCD A-5, District Amateurs/Any Doubles. Main 1. Paul Johnson-Frank Rivett, 2. Roland and Pauline Tompkins 3. Lowell and Debra Williams, 4. Doris Mularz-Gary Hartzler. Consolation: 1. Tony DeLuca-Don Webster, 2. Bernie and Charlotte Broda, 3. Carol McLeod-Betty Sparks, 4. Frank Marderosian-Ron Lenz.
Tuesday is the second day of FL P-11A at Ft Pierce, P-11B at Zephyrhills Betmar. Also FL A-7 at Avon Park National Amateur Mixed Doubles.
Thursday, SWCD D-10 at Tri-Par, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Amateurs and Pros 16 frames or 75 points.
Friday at Tri-Par SWCD A-6 District Amateurs/Any Doubles 16 frames or 75 points.
Dec. 16, FL P-12A at Lee County, P-12B at Clearwater, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points. Also Dec. 16 at Clearwater, FL A-8, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points.