We Wait ‘Til Last to Put On The Best
by Dean Grattidge, District 7 Reporter
From Dec. 28th to Dec. 31st, 2015, 74 players put their skills on the line in the CSA Hall of Fame Shuffleboard Tournament. Golden Village Palms Resort is the centerpiece of, and Hall of Fame museum setting for the California Shuffleboard Association. After the CSA elections Monday afternoon, three players were inducted posthumously as honorary members into the Hall of Fame. They, being; Jeanette Peoples, from District 7, Lou Oster and Madeline McDonald, from District 5.
The California State Shuffleboard Association election results were as follows: President, Jay Davidson, 1st Vice President, Carol Blasingame, 2nd Vice President, Nelda Lichtwald,3rd Vice President, Russel Smart. Secretary, Rocky Raver, Recording Secretary, Suzanne Sharpiro
and Treasurer, George Hayes. Attending her last meeting as 1st VP was Sharron Brown, who was thanked for her service on committees and for a job well done as Vice President.
Helen Bell was again multi-tasking as our venue facilitator, director, and creator of the charts for this event.
The Bank of Hemet stepped forward as sponsor of this program and generously contributed to the funding of awards and prizes.
Out-of-town guests/players included Dick Seburn, Linda Nielsen, John Nielsen, Val McDougal and Russel Smart, all from the Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area.
Among the many pleasant surprises were the following players: Marion Hemsing, entering her first tournament and Mike Garrett, a recent victim of a serious traffic accident, and a big winner in the Championship bracket.
Keeping the 12-frame singles games moving along in a timely manner were head ref, George Hayes, head scorekeeper. Karla Winget and board crew members: George Hayes, Kerry Selway and Ray Ackenhausen. We are always grateful for the support from those mentioned.
Into the Hall of Fame record book go the following –
Championship bracket: Front row L-R
First place, Tootie Chittenden, second, Roland Schneider, third, Mike Garrett and fourth, Charles Morley.
Consolation round: back row L-R
First place, Kitt Lyman, second, Marion Hemsing, third, Irene Kaufman and fourth, Nadine Hackett.
CSA President Jay Davidson presented the money and pins to the winning players.
All winners received cash awards as the champion, Tootie Chittenden,was awarded a fine plaque to keep and a traveling trophy , both having her name inscribed thereon.
Many thanks to all players and helpers for their enthusiasm and efforts in putting on this successful tournament
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