CSA 3rd VP Russel Smart called a meeting of the rules committee yesterday. Present from D5 we’re Russel, D5 Pres. Gene Eager and sec. Shirley Eager. Present from D7 were D7 treasurer, Harlan Matthews, D7 Head Ref. George Hayner, CSA sec. Rocky Raver and myself.

We met in the Canyon club house. The 2 hour meeting was very productive and will result in some changes and some clarifications. They will be coming soon to a court near you.

Following the meeting we played a game on the very nice Canyon boards. D5 whipped D7. Sniffle.




             Approximately 100 shufflers are qualified to play in the District 5 Tournament of Champions. To qualify for a 5-year invitation, the player must have placed in the Singles or Any Doubles Tournaments, either in the Championship or Consolation Divisions. The Champions of each Tournament of Champions division get a lifetime invitation to participate in the Tournament of Champions – this is on the bucket list of the majority of District 5 shufflers.


            At the March 5 – 7 Tournament of Champions hosted by Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club at Desert Hot Springs, 43 men and 25 women vied for the coveted Eagle trophies. Trophies are awarded first through fourth in both the Men’s Division and the Women’s Division. The Champion in each division also has their name engraved on the traveling trophies and receive a special TOC winner’s pin. All participants in the tournament receive a TOC participation pin with the year engraved. Many of the players have pins nearly surrounding the whole collar of their team shirts.


            John & Linda Nielsen, new to managing this tournament, did a fantastic job in organizing and making sure all the players were well informed of their play times. This bittersweet tournament…. Everyone looks forward to playing in it, but it signifies the end of District 5’s season so there are a lot of “goodbyes and we hope to see you next season”.


                        2018 Women’s Division Winners l-r: Champion – Val McDougall, Desert Crest; 2nd – Linda Nielsen, Desert Crest; 3rd – Claudine Gurney, Royal Palms; & 4th – Shirley Eager, Indian Wells.

TOC Ladies Division Winners (1) 

            2018 Men’s Division Winners: Champion – Clare DeBlonde, Royal Palms; 2nd – John Burnett, Ramon; 3rd – Allen Sliger, Safari; & 4th – Mike Bell, Ramon.

TOC Men's Division Winners (1)

District 5 Hi-10 League

The “snowbird” season for the CSA District 5 Hi-10 League has ended for the 2017 – 2018 season. At the CSA District 5 Hi-10 meeting held Saturday, March 3, plaques were awarded to the top 3 of the 11 teams that competed throughout the Coachella Valley/Palm Springs area.
Tramview Roadrunners – 1st place – 81 points.
Captain Bob Junk received the award from IWRV Resort Shuffleboard President, Gene Eager, in memory of deceased sponsor, Bev Rowley.
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Royal Palms Happy Gang – 2nd place – 80 points
Captain Walt Gurney received the award presented by John Nielsen for plaque sponsors Chuck & Jan Maynard
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Indian Wells RV Resort – 3rd place – 76 points
l to r: Shirley Eager, Co-Captain and Louise Bryant, Co-Captain received the award presented by Dick Seburn in memory of his deceased wife, Carmen.
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District 5 Elects New Officers for 2018 – 2019 & 2019 – 2020 Season

At the annual spring meeting of the California Shuffleboard Association’s District 5, new officer June Merasty, 2nd Vice President was elected and installed.DSCN8085.JPG Since the incoming president who had been serving as 1st Vice President had submitted a letter of resignation due to health reasons, current President Gene Eager agreed to remain in the office of President for the next 2 seasons. Officers for the next 2 seasons are, from left to right, Gene Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort, President; June Merasty, Royal Palms, 2nd Vice President (newly elected); Gary Adams, Palm Desert Greens, 1st Vice President; Shirley Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort, Secretary/Treasurer; and Russ Smart, The Canyon, Immediate Past President.DSCN8086.JPG

The Rookie Tournament: Ostensibly a “Global” Event

 by Dean Grattidge    District 7  Reporter
A total of 36 sign-ups stepped up to duke it out Saturday and Sunday, February 16-17, 2018.
Hosted by SDSE (and we thank them for their support), this event highlights the enthusiasm of new players. It was ATM Lynda Goggin, assisted by Helen Noeltner who kept the tournament running flawlessly, as well as charting and scheduling all games.
George Hayner provided his skills as head referee. Carol Anderson monitored the scorekeeping. Games were single elimination, under CSA rules and each game was 12 frames.
All four winners were awarded a commemorative pin for their successful venture.
It is a great privilege to acknowledge all winners who orchestrated their strategy and knowledge of the 100-year old game of shuffleboard who prevailed in the winning positions.
  Championship round only  –
First place, Mitch Herbert, originally from Hollywood, Maryland (SDSE club),
second place, Larry Pierce, who hails from Fayetteville, Arkansas (The Foothills of Hemet),
third place, Helga Moffett, overseas entry from Hof, Germany (playing out of El Grande Estates).
,and fourth place, Debra McCoffrey, from Harbor City, Cal., (playing out of CCC)
I would be remiss if I didn’t commend Harlan Mathews for his contribution over the past several years, for his
outstanding photography!
What a pleasure to salute all these winners and everyone who came together to make this an exciting event!


by Shirley Eager, D 5 Secretary
Seventy-four doubles entries competed in the C.S.A. District 5 Doubles Tournament held on the 10 boards at Royal Palms in Cathedral City. The shufflers represented 10 of the 11 District 5 shuffleboard clubs. With some scheduling changes, the tournament was held at one venue this year instead of using 2 venues as had been done in the past. With all the competitors at one venue, nearly all boards were in use from 8:30 until the final games started at 2:30. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club President, June Merasty, had the tournament well organized and their kitchen did a booming business.
Gene Eager, District 5 President, presented awards to:
Championship Division plaque winners: Clare DeBlonde & Garnet Woodman, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club,
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Cathedral City; 2nd: Lloyd Ross & Allen Sliger, Safari Shuffleboard Club, Palm Springs;
Allen Sliger & Lloyd Ross, 2nd   Championship Division.JPG
3rd: Elvin Unger & Bruce King, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio;
Elvin Unger & Bruce King,  3rd   Championship Division.JPG
& 4th: Dawn & Gene Carriere, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio.
Gene & Dawn Carriere, 4th   Championship Division.JPG
Consolation Division plaque winners: Gene & Shirley Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio (award presented by Margaret Hendriks, Vice President, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club);
Gene & Shirley Eager, Champions of   Consolation Division.JPG
2nd: Dave Bolton & Louise Bryant, Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club, Indio;
Louise Bryant & Dave Bolton, 2nd   Consolation.JPG
3rd: Dean DeLap & Ray Hall, Palm Desert Greens, Palm Desert;
Dean DeLap & Ray Hall, 3rd   Consolation Division.JPG
& 4th: Jean Anderson & Coley Aldrich, Tri Palms Shuffleboard Club, Thousand Palms.
Jean Anderson & Coley Aldrich, 4th   Consolation Division.JPG
In the final games, the Indian Wells shuffleboard players, referred to as the purple shirts, ended up playing each other for the Championship 3rd & 4th placings and the Consolation 1st & 2nd placings. Going into that final game they knew they were guaranteed a 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th place plaque.


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A District 5 rookie is defined as: “a player who has not been involved in extended shuffling, either in organized or recreational play, prior to January 1st of the preceding year of the Rookie Tournament.”  Twenty rookies throughout District 5 competed in the annual Rookie Tournament hosted by Ramon Shuffleboard Club in Palm Springs on January 15 & 16. Even though the entry numbers were down from previous rookie tournaments, the competition was tough. The 2018 Rookie Tournament was won by Sue Anderson, Tramview Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City. Other winners in the Championship Division were: 2. Terri Manley, Indian Wells Shuffleboard Club, Indio; 3. Betsy Carlson, Tramview; and Mike Amos, Palm Desert Greens Shuffleboard Club, Palm Desert. Consolation Division winners: Champion – Mike Ryen, Tri-Palms Shuffleboard Club, Thousand Palms; 2. Jeannette Conway, Ramon Park, Palm Springs; 3. Augustus Ginnochio, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City; and 4. Kerry Bedel, Ramon.

            Many of these rookies are now playing in the social Desert Shuffler League.




Thanks to D5 Secretary Shirley Eager for this article.

            When the Safari Shuffleboard Club, located in Palm Springs, decided to no longer host the annual District 5 Cash Bonspiel, the Indian Wells Shuffleboard Club discussed the advantages and disadvantages of trying to take on this project. No other club in the District was interested, so in order for the Bonspiel to continue, the Indian Wells Shuffleboard Club decided to be the host of this 4-day tournament. Since all of the entry fees go back into the purse to be paid out, the only way the Club could make some money was to sell tickets on an Opportunity Drawing each day and man (woman) the kitchen for 4 days.  And that they did under the guidance of Louise Bryant.

            The 64 players from 8 of the 11 clubs that represent District 5, played 2 games on Friday. The results of those 2 games determined the division the players would play in on Saturday & Sunday. Each of those days, the players competed in 2 games. The top 4 scoring players in each of the 4 divisions played in the final 2 games on Monday. Game points determined the top 4 players with ties being determined by spread points.

            Over the 4 days, Shirley Eager, ATM, reported 104 games were played on the Indian Wells’ 4 shuffleboard courts. The Board crew, led by Gene Eager, who also was the Head Referee, had the boards in excellent condition and were able to do a turn around on the boards in less than 6 minutes which kept the games close to being on time.

            The owners of the Indian Wells RV Resort, Sun RV Resorts, donated money toward the prize money that was distributed to the winners. Winners were: A Division: 1. Gene Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort, who also will have his name engraved on the Bonspiel travelling trophy; 2. Gene Carriere, Indian Wells RV Resort; 3. Gideon Carriere, Indian Wells RV Resort; and 4. Janice Fitzgerald, Royal Palms. B Division winners: 1. Jackie Davidson, Safari Park; 2. Jim (Pete) Peterson, Indian Wells RV Resort; 3. Allen Sliger, Safari Park; and 4. Fran Maze, Tramview. Winners in the C Division: 1. Clint Barton, Palm Desert Greens; 2. Doris Barton, Palm Desert Greens; 3. Bill Rideout, Indian Wells RV Resort; and 4. Ray Hall, Palm Desert Greens. The D Division winners were: 1. Coley Aldrich, Tri Palms; 2. Joe Campanella, Royal Palms; 3. George Parker, Desert Crest; and June Merasty, Royal        Palms.

Division Winners.jpgWinners L-R  A Division: 1. Gene Eager, Indian Wells RV Resort, B Division: 1. Jackie Davidson, Safari Park,  C Division: 1. Clint Barton,  D Division: 1. Coley Aldrich,

       A District 5 tournament had never been held at Indian Wells RV Resort but the small but mighty Indian Wells Shuffleboard Club pulled it off.


“Desert Challenge” Brings on A Robust Shuffleboard Tournament

by Dean Grattidge , District 7 Reporter
On Saturday, January 20th, 2018, hosted by Hemet West, the only 10-court venue in District 7, each roster from District 7 and District 5, Palm Springs, entered 40 players into this annual event. This has taken place for nearly two decades!
Many CSA and other local officers were involved: CSA president, Jay Davidson, 1st vice president, Carol Blansingame, 2nd vice president, Nelda Lichtwald, 3rd vice president, Russell Smart from District 5, Palm Springs, secretary Rocky Raver and Treasurer George Hayes. And District 5 president, Gene Eager.
Many thanks to Shirley Eager, secretary and  treasurer of D-5 for organizing and bringing her entourage of 40 players from her district.
The “MVP” of this competition has to be Lynda Goggin who ordered the three delicious cakes from Stater Brothers and presented them to the players between the two games!
Games were played at 9 AM and 1 PM and were non-sanctioned 16-frame games. Players switched their discs to the opposite side after playing 8 frames.
District 5 had the yellow discs for the first game, then District 7 had the yellow discs to start the second game. The first game ended in a “nail biter”,. One tie game was determined by a lag. District 7’s Marolyn Davidson won the lag leaving the games tied up 10-10.
Lynda Goggin was really multi-tasking to make this a successful tournament. We owe her a huge thank you for that! She presided as tournament director (assisted by Helen Noeltner), head scorekeeper, and both of them were head referees. She spent many hours gathering the 40-player roster together.
When the dust settled, District 7 had managed to pull off 12 wins in game two, resulting in a final score of 42-38.
District 7 president, Suzanne Shapiro accepted the traveling trophy on behalf of her district.IMG_2622.jpg
Thanks to Lynda Goggin for all her effort and to ALL participants for making this annual event another successful and
exciting tournament.
This Challenge is scheduled again for the year, 2019, as District 7 will travel to Palm Springs for the competition.
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