Shufflin' | Southwest Coast District's Shirley McCullough inducted into hall of fame

January 21, 2014 

At the 54th annual Florida Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame Banquet, Shirley McCullough of the Southwest Coast District had the largest fan club. Twenty members of her family, mostly from central Michigan, supported her induction in person.

Five of her six children, several grandchildren, her siblings, including her sister, Rita Coy, who presented her for induction, were present. McCullough and Coy live with their husbands at Trailer Estates. Coy mentioned that McCullough came from Owosso, Mich., to honor her 25 years ago when she was inducted, whereupon she invited McCullough to play shuffleboard and try for the same honor after her retirement.

McCullough asserted that she greatly enjoyed meeting so many new friends during the 14 years she played as a Pro to achieve the requisite 200 points. McCullough retired as owner-operator of a beauty shop after 35 years. She met her present husband, Gene McCullough, through shuffleboard a few years ago. They discovered that they grew up in the same town, and Gene even knew her first husband before his untimely death.

Shirley McCullough praised her many partners on the courts -- including Mary Becker and Faith Belott, who are deceased, and Marlene Coburn and Marilyn Everitt, with whom she continues to partner -- for helping her achieve 200 points. This columnist notes that we won some points also in State Tournaments over the years as well. I always enjoyed our association, and I also note that McCullough is the only lady at Trailer Estates whom I trusted to help grind the courts to be resurfaced.

McCullough worked hard to achieve this honor, and she has represented the USA National Association in play abroad, with pleasant memories of Australia and Germany.

Others inducted Jan. 13 in Fort Myers were Nicole Huot of the West Coast District and Quebec; Ken Offenther of the Southeast Coast District; Judy Ross of the Southern District and Massachusetts; and Coleen Austin of the Southern District, Special Award for very good, generous service to FSA with pictures calendars, record-keeping, website work and cupcakes with photographs in the icing.

All these inductees deserve our respect and our congratulations.

Tournament results

• FL P-16 Florida State Sponsored M/L Non-walking/Walking Singles, Jan. 14 at Lee County. Ladies Non-Walking Main: 1. Judy Taylor, 3. Terri Smith. Consolation: 1. Joyce Marquis. Men's Non-Walking Consolation: 1. Mike Marquis. Men's Walking Singles Main: 1. Jim L. Miller, 3. Dave Kudro.

• FL A-12 National Amateurs Non-Walking Singles, Jan. 13 at Lakeland. Ladies Consolation: 2. Shirley Bootsma, 3. Debra Williams. Men's Consolation: 3. Walter Bootsma.

• SWCD D-13 Draw Doubles, Restricted to Pros and State Ams, Jan. 16 at Golf Lakes. Ladies Main: 1. Linda Wallingford-Letha DeVries, 2. Bonnie Walker-Heather Godson, 3. Claudia Kellogg-Margaret Hartzler, 4. Joan McCurdy-Shirley Bootsma. Consolation: 1. Arlene McCague-Ann Dirkse, 2. Elaine Jarvis-Marlene Coburn, 3. Pat Batdorff-Adriana Cramton, 4. Alice Barlow-Carolyn Bailey. Men Main: 1. Peter Berg-Paul Lowe, 2. Joseph Kent-Al Nuttall, 3 Bob Kendall-Jim Smith, 4. Dennis Spangler-Bob Grissom. Consolation: 1. Freeman Gingerich-Bob Comford, 2. Walt Wedel-Ralph Lozano, 3. Ron Lewandowski-John Roberson, 4. Ben Coy-Les Peterson.

• SWCD A-8 Any Amateur/Any Doubles, Jan. 17 at Golf Lakes. Main: 1. Tony DeLuca-Jack Welty, 2. Tammy Heppeard-Delmer Kohorst, 3. Linden Terwilliger-John Stuart, 4. Art Beebe-Tom Russell. Consolation: 1. Lowell and Debra Williams, 2. Gilles Emard-George McLaughlin, 3. George Rice-Neal Baum, 4. Ruby Flickinger-Patty Yates.

Future tournaments

• Tuesday is the second day of FL P-17, National M/L Open Doubles at Trailer Estates. Bleachers available for spectators. Also, Tuesday is the second day of FL A-14A at Avon Park, Any Amateurs/ Any Doubles. Tuesday is the first day of FL A-14B at Riverwoods Plantation.

• Thursday at Tri-Par, SWCD D-14, M/L Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 75 points. Friday at Tri-Par, SWCD A-10, District Amateurs Any Doubles, 16 Frames or 75 points.

• Jan. 27, FL P-18A at Zephyrhills Betmar and FL P-18B at Hollywood, M/L Open Doubles, 75 points.

• Also Jan. 27 at Bradenton Tropical Palms, FL A-15, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points.

Notable

A shuffle Clinic or school will be held at Bradenton Shuffle Club at 9:00 a.m. Saturday. We will offer beginner, intermediate or advanced lessons, according to the needs of the students. These classes are open to all and free.

Happy shuffling.

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