Announcing the International Singles Tournament 2023

Kathy Brennan, the USA National Shuffleboard Association President, has asked that I remind the shufflers in the California Shuffleboard Association of the International Singles Tournament that will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 22 – 27, 2023.

If you are interested in applying to play for the USA International Team, the deadline to submit applications is April 15, 2023. Applications and information about the tournament can be found at usansa.weebly.com. Click on International Shuffleboard.

There has only been 1 application received from California. Would be nice to have West Coast representation.

Shirley Eager, 2nd Vice President

USA-NSA 2nd Vice President

209-606-7054

THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED – 8 OF THEM!

The CSA District 5 44th Annual Tournament of Champions was hosted by the Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club in Desert Hot Springs March 6 – 8, 2023. This single elimination tournament is an invitational Men’s & Ladies Singles Tournament. Invitations are extended to District 5 players who have placed in the championship or consolation divisions of sanctioned District 5, District 7 or CSA Tournaments from 2017 to 2023. The Champion in the Men’s & Ladies divisions earn a lifetime invitation to this prestigious tournament.

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Annual CSA Meeting next Monday

Immediately following the February 27th [Hall of Fame] tournament [at The Lakes at Hemet West], CSA will hold its 2022 annual meeting which was postponed due to the cancellation of that year’s tournament.  The meeting is open to all and lasts usually between 1 or 2 hours depending on the agenda.  Each year the Hall of Fame inductees will be awarded at this meeting.  Approximately halfway through the meeting we will break for a meal which is provided by CSA.  Any member of a club associated with CSA may attend the meeting and partake of the meal, which this year will consist of pizza and salad, as long as I have been notified by Sunday of their attendance so I can appropriately order the food.  Please text, call or email me at 951-492-1047 or cablazo@gmail.com.  

-Carol Blasingame, CSA President

DISTRICT 5 FOUR-DAY DOUBLES TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club hosted District 5’s annual Any Doubles Shuffleboard Tournament at their facility in Cathedral City. There were 48 doubles teams that competed January 31 – February 3. There was an abundance of volunteers that made this tournament a great success. Thelma Linquist, the new Royal Palms Shuffleboard President, did a fantastic job of organizing the board men, head scorekeeper and head referees, along with the fantastic kitchen crew that prepared and served lunch throughout the tournament.

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Rookie Tournament for District 5

The 20 District 5 Rookies battled fierce Santa Ana winds as they competed in the District’s annual tournament at Ramon Park in Palm Springs January 23 & 24. The tournament had been rescheduled since the committee had checked the weather forecast for the original January 16 & 17 dates and they were right – it poured on January 16 and since this tournament was held on outdoor courts, the decision was correct. According to the television news, the Santa Anas were clocked at 45 miles per hour in and around the Palm Springs Airport on the first day of the tournament. Ramon Park is only a few miles from the airport. The Championship and Consolation Divisions were contested under beautiful blue skies and not a bit of wind the next day…. Ideal shuffling conditions which proves why we snowbirds winter in the Palm Springs area.

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DISTRICT 5 vs 7 CHALLENGE

All of the 9 clubs in CSA District 5 participated in the annual District 5 vs 7 Challenge that was hosted Saturday, January 14, 2023, by District 5 at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Courts in Cathedral City. Forty players from District 5 played against District 7 players. Unfortunately some of the 40 scheduled players from District 7 weren’t able to make the trip so some of their players had to play 2 sixteen-frame games.

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DISTRICT 5’S GENE EAGER MEMORIAL MIXED SINGLES TOURNAMENT

Sixty-eight shufflers competed in the inaugural Gene Eager Memorial Mixed Singles Tournament on January 6 – 8, 2023, at Tramview in Cathedral City. Gene & Shirley’s daughters, Kim Whitcomb and Tina Reed, were present throughout the tournament and set up a display table with Gene’s picture and some of his major accomplishments. Gene started shuffling in 2008 and was the Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club President since 2009. He was elected District 5 President in March, 2016, and had been elected President of the California Shuffleboard Association 2 months prior to his death on February 28, 2020. He was inducted into the California Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in 2017 and was a member of one of the 4-person teams that represented the United States at the 37th International Shuffleboard Assn World Shuffleboard Championship in High River, Alberta, Canada in 2018. In 2019, he metaled in the shuffleboard division of the National Senior Games in Albuquerque, NM.

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