Welcome to the 2010-11 Florida shuffleboard season. Look for this column on every other Tuesday for tournament results, upcoming events, human interest stories and popular issues before the Florida shuffleboard community.
First of all, we should solemnly note the passing of several since our last publication. Sympathy is extended to Marty Reiter in the loss of her son and to Mel Erb at the passing of his mother. We are also bereft of Mae Herrold, Bill Bartrum, Rose Strobel, Oscar Norris, Jim Brazier, Grant Boshart and Jim Henry.
n Tournament players must provide their own lunch at Bradenton Shuffle Club this season.
n The new Florida Preview (available from member clubs at only $1.00) notes some state rule changes.
No cell phones on the court, and there’s a five-point deduction for unauthorized use on the court. Further details in the preview.
n The FL P-1 on Oct. 4-6 at Port Charlotte was dominated by the Southwest Coast District.
Ladies Main — 1. Shirley Riopelle-Linda Wallingford, 2. Judy Taylor; Consolation — 1. Sue Minnich, 2.Anna Nuttall-Kae Lowe, 3. Joyce Marquis-Joan Curwin, 4. Ann Hersom; Men Main — 1. Dave Minnich-Paul Miller, 3. Jim Bailey, 4. Ed Leonard-Charlie DeVries; Consolation — 2. Ben Coy-Dick Whitaker, 4. Jim Leonard-Nelson Kellogg.
n SWCD P-1, Oct. 7-9 at Bradenton — Main: 1. Paul Lowe-Judy Taylor, 2. Jim Bailey-Dave Minnich, 3. Ben Coy-Dick Whitaker, 4. Bill Tice-Ralph Lozano; Consolation: 1. Sue and Chuck Daidone, 2. Freeman Gingerich-Paul Miller, 3. Glenedi Tice-Claudia Kellogg, 4.Shirley Riopelle-Nancy Sclafani.
n At the International Games in Germany in August, Jim Bailey, President of the USA National Shuffleboard Association played on the first place team of the event, Eastern USA Men. Shirley Riopelle played on the third place Eastern USA Women.
n At the East-West Goodwill Games on Sept. 16-20 in Clearwater, our the SWCD furnished 12 of the 34 Eastern players. Included were John L. Brown, Ray Champlin, Paul Lowe, Ralph Lozano, Mike Marquis, and Al Nuttall. Also, Dolores Brown, Kae Lowe, Joyce Marquis, Anna Nuttall, Jane O’Bird, and Marty Reiter.
The East won 74 percent of the games. Mike Marquis of Colony Cove Lakes won all of his 14 games playing for the East.
Last year the West won 64 percent. Happily, the main theme is good will, and neither team puts the other down for their losses.
In September 2011 the event will be played in Mesa, Ariz. Applications to play should be sent to USANSA President Jim Bailey at 5619 Bayshore Rd. #139, Palmetto, FL 34221.
This columnist regards travel and making new friends everywhere among the chief benefits of this game.
n Today is the second day of FL P-2A at Avon Park and 2-B at Zephyrhills Shuffle Club.
n SWCD P-2 will be Thursday at Bradenton, Open Any Doubles.
n Monday is FL P-3 at Clearwater Mixed Doubles. Mixed means one man, one woman on each team. Most all State Pro Tournaments are open to anybody who belongs to any member club, pro, state am or district am.
n On Oct. 21, there’s the SWCD P-3 at Bradenton, Open M/L Divisions.
n On Oct. 25, there’s the FL P-4A at Lee County, P-4B at Zephyrhills Betmar.
Watch in future columns for news of a brand new concept — the World Shuffleboard League.
John Brown, can be reached at 756-8548.