Time flies when you are having fun.
At year's end, the 2013-14 season will be half over. As we take stock of the fall sector of the season, there is much for which to be thankful.
Tournament attendance is holding up, including the Amateur Division. Part of that success is credited to the large number of schools and clinics offered in recent seasons. They were well attended.
The district offers to hold more schools if clubs so request. In order to allow for time for publicity to gather students, decisions need to be made early. If you or your club is interested, let the leaders know. Your club president could bring the request to the District Open Board Meeting at 1 p.m. Jan. 4 at Bradenton Shuffle Club, or notify Mike Marquis, district president, at 941-345-4777, or this columnist at 941-756-8548.
Note that District Open Board Meetings offer a "town meeting" atmosphere where anyone may speak on any pertinent subject. Only district board members and club presidents in attendance may vote. The meetings are amicable and pleasant and offer a free and constructive opportunity to keep up to date on issues.
A current issue in this district is the percentage of draw tournaments. Currently, about half of our Open Division are draws. There is some sentiment to offer a few draws to district amateurs. After all, the district amateurs are learning, so maybe it would be constructive to try that.
Newer competitors may not realize that anybody is welcome to take a position and become an advocate to advance the sport. It is more constructive to work for change than to complain about how bad things are. We actually have more harmony in this district than we experienced in the past. So come on in; the water is fine.
Dec. 9, FL P-11A at Ft. Pierce. Men Main: 4. Mel Erb. FL P-11B at Betmar. Ladies Main: 4. Judy Taylor. Men Consolation: 2. Gerry Curwin-Mike Marquis.
Dec. 12, SWCD D-10 at Tri-Par, M/L Draw Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16 frames or 75 points. Ladies Main: 1. Joan McCurdy-Marlene Coburn 2. Adriana Cramton-Pat Tomko, 3. Marlene Slosser-Joyce Marquis, 4. Flo Kowalewski-Nancy Sclafani, Consolation: 1. Arlene McCague-Kathy Boutwell, 2. Elaine Jarvis-Pam Nurnberger, 3. Barbara Duggan-Letha DeVries, 4. Ann Dirkse-Nancy Ulicny. Men Main: 1. Larry Toole-Gerry Curwin, 2. Jerry Everett-Clarence Gingerich 3. Larry Mardis-Bob Kendall, 4. Paul Knepper-Bob Cooter. Consolation: 1. David Welsh-Faren VanDeGrift, 2.Clare Mitchell-Tom Kase, 3. John Ulicny-Clark Bennett, 4. Peter Berg-Rich Gardner.
Dec. 13, SWCD A-6, District Amateurs/Any Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points. Main: 1. Carol McLeod-Betty Sparks, 2. Roland and Pauline Tompkins, 3. Gary Hartzler-William Hickman, 4. Lowell and Debra Williams. Consolation: 1. Phil Krick-Eleanor Bart, 2. Jill and Mo DeBruyne, 3. Ruby Flickinger-Patty Yates, 4. Donna Schultz-Connie Crawford.
Tuesday is the second day of FL P-12A at Lee County, P-12B at Clearwater, M/L Doubles. Also at Clearwater, Monday, FL A-08 Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.
Thursday, SWCD D-11 at Golf Lakes, M/L Draw Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points,
Restricted to State Ams and Pros.
Friday, SWCD A-7 also at Golf Lakes, District Amateurs/Any Doubles 16 frames or 75 points.
On Dec. 23, no state tournaments, so as to avoid Christmas Eve and no district competition until Jan. 9.
Local shuffleboard resultsMANATEE SHUFFLEBOARD LEAGUE
Bradenton Tropical Palms 8, Golf Lakes 7; Colony Cove 8, Palmetto 7; Paradise Bay 12, Mt. Vernon 3; Seabreeze 10, Village on the Green 5.Three-game winnersBradenton Tropical Palms -- Bob Kyle & Tom Cullen.
Paradise Bay -- Darrell Blake & Elaine Bobeldyk, Bernie & Charlotte Broda, Marilyn Everett & Diane Darrah.
Seabreeze -- Linda Wallingford & Janice O'Sullivan.Standings1. Paradise Bay 29, 2. Palmetto 27, 3. Golf Lakes 25, 4. Seabreeze 24, 5. Bradenton Tropical Palms 23, 5. Colony Cove 23, 7. Village on the Green 15, 8. Mt. Vernon 14.SUNCOAST SHUFFLE LEAGUE
ResultsFair Lane Acres 14, Plantation Village 4; Golf Lakes 12.5, Heather Hills 5; Floridana 12, Pescara Lake 6; Bayshore Windmill Village bye.Three-game winnersFair Lane -- Al Graig & Gary Lakins, Irv Drufy & Woody Almon, Jim Vatter & Vern Baker.
Golf Lakes -- Flo Childerhouse & Bill Bierema, Ed Hollander & Doug Smith.
Floridana -- Laverna Caswell & Royce Fluney.Standings1. Golf Lakes 65.5, 2. Floridana 57, 3. Pescara Lake 53, 4. Fair Lane 50, 5. Heather Hills 46, 6. Bayshore Windmill Village 35.5, 7. Plantation Village 18.Dec. 12
ResultsGolf Lakes 15, Plantation Village 3; Pescara Lake 12, Bayshore Windmill Village 6; Heather Hills 10, Floridana 8; Fair Lane Acres bye.Three-game winnersGolf Lakes -- Andy Sparks & Bob Filary, Paul Ice & Jim Bishop, Ron Lenz & Bill Bierema, Margaret Gibbons & Frank Marderosian.
Pescara Lake -- Jim Clark & Larry Halouska, Bob Crocker & Joe Vojacek.
Heather Hills -- Gus Rocha & Marty Staal.
Floridana -- Don Innes & Carl McComb.Standings1. Golf Lakes 80.5, 2. Floridana 26, 2. Pescara Lake 65, 4. Heather Hills 56, 5. Fair Lane 50, 6. Bayshore Windmill 40.5, 7. Plantation Village 21.