Last Saturday’s rookie tournament, held at Hemet West, started bright and early with 39 of District 7’s, new this year, players. Due to time constraints, it was a single elimination tournament. Lose one and you’re done. At the end of the day, these four ruled the boards. Sundays Championship game had these results:Right to left: Jackie Gilbert, 2nd; Art Leseberg, 4th: Susie Welskopp. 3rd; and Sandy Blake, 1st. Sandy is from GVP White Team and the other 3 are SDSE Purple.
Thanks to Dot Nelson for the photo!
February 6th, Friday afternoon, 1:00pm, the final game, everything on the line.
As you can see, there was no lack of spectators.
The games were hosted by The Royal Palms Club with the red-shirted members rooting on their players.
188 players started. 94 teams of hopefuls. In order to finish the games in 4 days, the TramView club was used as a satellite the first and second day. But it all boiled down to this game!
District 5 President, Russel Smart, refereeing the the Consolation championship game.
Playing for the Championship, Gail Aslin, from the Tri-Palms club, with her husband, John, won the lag. It must have been a “yellow board” as Gail and John built up a nice lead before the color change, 60-15. Different story in the second half, as Bud and Larry made a game of it, pulling ahead on their last hammer. Not having scored a point in the entire second half, and like the Champion she became, Gail scored on her hammer, and John cleared the board.
John, Gail and President Russel.
I apologize to the other winners that I wasn’t able to get the usual consolation and championship winners names and group pictures, nor a picture of the Royal Palms President and trophy presenter, Larry Conran-Smith. I will publish them if someone sends them to me.
It appears that I have published photos of the same trophy twice in different stories. The correct name is the “CSA Hall of Fame” trophy. I was delayed a week in publishing the “Duel In The Desert”story, by a trip to Arizona and lost track of some parts.
My wife and I were invited to Mesa, by Rob Robinson, to participate in the National Shuffleboard Association’s winter meeting. The meeting is done over the telephone, with all officers, and state presidents and their delegates, calling in at a predesignated time. This one being 6:55pm, central (Texas) time, on Monday, January 26th. Rob had reserved a room at Greenfield Village for the evening. Since of many of the cold weather state’s shuffle boarders spend the winter in Mesa, those attending made an impressive list. Officers present were, National 1st VP, Rob. 2nd VP, Rich Pipher and Marilynn from Ohio. And Western Rep, Jan Crouse and her husband, Chuck, who was elected to the National HOF this evening. I’m sorry I don’t have all the names, but also attending were the Presidents of, California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, and North Dakota, as well as one delegate for each state. The meeting started on schedule and all business was done. Everyone brought refreshments and snacks, and the evening ended with cake and singing Happy Birthday to Arizona webmaster and HOF member herself, Sheila Monday.
While we were there, we got to play in the “Sports Days Mixed Doubles” held at the beautiful Towerpoint RV park. We only lasted till the 4th round, but were able to visit with our Mesa friends and get the promises to “see you at the Soboba Classic in Hemet” from many of the others. A nice week for Marolyn and I.