This column resumes today, marking the first competition of the 2011-12 shuffleboard season.
First we note changes in our participants. Several longtime competitors have passed on.
Earl Dunn of Sugar Creek Country Club, playing out of Bradenton Shuffle Club for many years, was a retired farmer from near Battle Creek, Mich. He and Dona served long and hard as players and workers. Dona took good care of Earl during his decline in health. She remains in Michigan.
Ken Hartlage of Tri-Par and Louisville, Ky., also passed away this summer. Already widowed by Ruth’s death a few years ago, Ken continued to play regularly in local, district and state events, and even drove to Franklin, Ind., for state tournaments there, despite needing for oxygen. He loved the game.
Jim Kibbey of Trailer Estates and a retired Indiana farmer, died at age 100, still shuffling the occasional fun game. He outlived Virginia by a few years. Both were very skilled in earlier years.
Chuck Stansburge of the Central East Coast District died only a few months after winning the 2011 Florida Masters. Originally from Maryland, Chuck was arguably one of the best in the world and a member of the Florida Hall of Fame.
Word is received of the passing of Virginia Warren of Jet Park, a plucky little lady who never gave up.
Sympathy is extended to Bob Maxwell, whose wife passed away recently. Bob plays less now, but he has been a staunch competitor in this district for a long time.
On happier notes, Cupid is active on district courts. Shirley Riopelle has married Gene McCullough. Both are alive and well and much in love, missing no tournaments this past week. Also, Pat Whitaker has married Bill Batdorff with obvious satisfaction and happiness. We congratulate these couples and will try to keep their name changes straight as they are likely to be among the winners.
n FLP-1 at Port Charlotte Oct. 3-4. Nineteen of 32 places won by Southwest Coast District. -- Ladies Main: 1. Judy Taylor, 2. Letha DeVries-Pam Nurnberger, 3. Marty Reiter-Nancy Sclafani, 4. Joyce Marquis-Joan Curwin. Consolation: 2. Shirley McCullough-Linda Wallingford, 3. Sue Minnich. Men Main: 1. Paul Miller-Dave Minnich, 2. Larry Taylor, 3. Jim Miller-Faren Van De Grift. Consolation: 2, Ben Coy-Gene McCullough, 3. John L. Brown-Walt Wedel.
n SWCD D-1 at Bradenton Oct. 6, Any Doubles -- Main: 1.Paul Miller-Freeman Gingerich, 2. Mike and Joyce Marquis, 3. Robert Zielinski-Jim Miller, 4. Ben Coy-Dick Whitaker. Consolation: 1. Jim Bailey-Dave Minnich, 2. Vern and Linda Wallingford, 3. Ron and Pam Nurnberger, 4 Jim Vatter-David Welsh.
n FLP-2A at Avon Park Oct. 10 -- Ladies Main: 1. Judy Taylor, 3. Marlene Coburn-Shirley McCullough. Consolation: 2. Linda Wallingford-Anna Nuttall. Men Main: 2. Jim L. Miller-Faren Van De Grift, 3. Henry Wagler-Freeman Gingerich. Consolation: 1. Ira Snook-Al Nuttall.
n SWCD D-2 at Bradenton Oct. 13 -- Ladies Main: 1. Joyce Marquis-Ann Wedel, 2. Kathy Boutwell-Nancy Sclafani, 3. Pat Batdorff-Marlene Coburn, 4. Sue Daidone-Linda Wallingford. Consolation: 1. Shirley McCullough-Luelen Coughlin, 2. Judy Taylor-Alice Barlow, 3. Letha DeVries-Adriana Cramton, 4. Flo Kowalewski-Pat Howell. Men Main: 1. JimMiller-Walt Wedel, 2. Al Nuttall-Mike Marquis-Ira Snook, 4. Larry Taylor. Consolation: 1. Jim Leonard-Don Moore, 2. Bob Maxwell-Joseph Kent, 3 Nelson Kellogg-John Ulicny, 4. Ed Boley-Dan Coughlin.
Today is the second day of FL P-3A at Clearwater and 3B at Lee County, Open Mixed Doubles. Thursday, SWCD D-3 at Bradenton, M/L Doubles. Monday, Oct. 24, FL P-4A at Lee County, P-4B at Zephyrhills Betmar. Thursday, Oct. 27, SWCDD4 at Tri-Par, M/L Dbls, Restricted to St. Ams. and Pros. Monday, Oct. 31, FLP5 National Singles, Non-Walking Mon., Walking Tues., at Trailer Estates.
n The District Roofover Committee met at 8 a.m Thursday at Bradenton Shuffle Club, continuing the search for a site for a roofover. Interested parties welcome to help.
n Trailer Estates will have no meals this year, contrary to the published schedule. District players in a straw vote Oct. 6 elected not to support a caterer. Bring your lunch in the absence of further news.
n Readers are welcome at all tournaments to watch and learn. Tournament players must join a club with District membership. We have lots of fun and we can help you learn.