Readers of this column doubtless realize that recent musings here about possible improvements in tournaments are only musings. Most of these ideas are not in force at this time.
Shortening wait times, for example, is merely a possible way to improve our sport for all participants. It is not the case that "the sky is falling" a la Chicken Little.
It is the case that impatient people use waiting as an excuse for non-participation. Actually, many of us continue to play regularly and enjoy a great time.
In fact, as you read this issue on Tuesday, a group of Southwest Coast District players will be continuing at Hollywood in the second day of singles competition. The night before, Monday the 19th, marked the induction of two of our best into the Florida Shuffleboard Hall of Fame.
Joyce Marquis of Bradenton was actually the first Lady of the SWCD when she earned her 200th point last year as she is married to our Immediate Past President Mike Marquis.
Jerry Everett of Maine and Paradise Bay also has been playing very well here for more than a decade. More on these two next week.
FL P-15B, Jan. 12, at Lee County, M/L Division. Ladies Main: 2. Nancy Sclafani, 4.Shirley McCullough-Marlene Coburn. Consolation: 2. Terri Smith-Margaret Hartzler. 4. Mariyn Everett-Flo Kowalewski. Men Main: 1. Jim Miller-Dwayne Cross, 2. Jerry Everett-Gene McCullough, 3. Bob Kendall-Ron Nurnberger. Consolation: 2. Dave Kudro, 3. Ira Snook-Larry Mardis.
FL A-12 National Singles Non-Walking, Jan. 12 at Lakeland. Ladies Consolation: 4. Shirley Bootsma.
SWCD D-12, Jan. 15 at Golf Lakes, M/L, Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros. Men Main: 1. Dave Kudro-Ben Coy, 2. Dwayne Cross-Jim Rathburn, 3. Al Nuttall-Jerry Stannard, 4. Tony DeLuca-George Godson. Consolation: 1. Mike Marquis-Ed Leonard, 2. Ron Nurnberger-Jerry Everett, 3. Russ Spoto-Grant Childerhose, 4. Levi Miller-Larry Taylor. Ladies Main: 1. Nancy Sclafani-Ann Dirkse, 2. Gloria Hollander-Barbara Duggan, 3. Siggy Gudzus-Terry Smith, 4. Patty Howell-Nancy Ulicny. Consolation: 1. Joan McCurdy-Erika Berg, 2. Jane Schram-Alice Barlow, 3. Evelyn White-Bet Pitts, 4. Joan Erwin-Marlene Slosser.
SWCD A-9, Jan. 16 at Golf Lakes, District Amateurs/Any Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points. Main: 1. Bernie Broda-Terry McNamara, 2. Paul Maille-Paul Ice, 3. Linda Irwin-Richard Bowersock, 4. Emmons Berry-Bill Jenkins. Consolation: 1. Tom and Cheryl Putnam, 2. Dick and Mary Pierce, 3. Dian Darrah-Charlotte Broda, 4. Donna Schultz-Judy Cross.
Tuesday is the second day of FL P-16 at Hollywood, State-Sponsored Singles, M/L, Walking and Non-Walking. It also is the second day of FL A-14A at Avon Park and A-14B at Bradenton Tropical Palms. Any Amateurs/Any Doubles.
Thursday at Tri-Par, SWCD D-13, Draw Doubles, Restricted to State Ams and Pros, 16 frames or 75 points. Friday at Tri-Par, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 16 frames or 75 points.
Jan. 26 at Trailer Estates, FL P-17 National Doubles, 75 points, M/L. Trailer Estates has bleachers to see some of the best play.
Also Jan. 26 at Riverwoods Plantation Trailer Park on Estero Road south of Fort Myers, FL A-15, Any Amateurs/Any Doubles, 75 points.
Charlie Hearn, Ann Wedel and Gerald Wynn are improved from last week. Mel Erb is still recovering from his low point. We wish them all well and give thanks for improvement.
Enough students are pledged to have a worthwhile school at Bradenton at 9 a.m. Jan. 24. Welcome to all.