By Dean Grattidge District 7 Reporter
From Feb. 20th to 21st, 2016, over a hundred people swarmed through the doors of District 7’s SDSE to witness and encourage some 42 entries in the Rookie Tournament. I have never seen such a level of support and enthusiasm for this event.
Indeed, the players brought with them an amazing amount of skills and effort! A total of eleven clubs submitted entries in this competition, with Foothills of Hemet, a new club, sending nine shufflers.
Those in charge of orchestrating this event were Lynda Goggin, ATM, and Helen Noeltner, SDSE club president/assistant ATM. Lynda and Helen created the charts for the players, as they vied for top honors. The games were all 12 frames.
Head ref was George Hayner and head scorekeeper was Karla Winget A board crew of Joe Jackson, Charles Morley and Guy Neal kept the playing surfaces nicely maintained and ready to play some six sets of games in those two days.
Winners were rewarded with unique pins for their successes.
So, into the record books go these Rookie winners:
By putting his well-defined skills on the line for six straight wins, George Baslak from Foothills of Hemet prevailed as Number One in the
Championship round. In second place was David O’Gwynn from Villa Del Monte, third place, Jackie O’Gwynn from Villa Del Monte, and
fourth place, Cheryl Newberry from Hemet Muni
Congratulations to all winners and everyone who contributed to the success of this event.
Shirley Eager, District 5 Reporter
Recently District 5 held their annual 4-day Any Doubles Tournament. The host club was Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club with the satellite being Tramview Shuffleboard Club both from Cathedral City.
Champion Division winners: Champions: Bryan Reador & Gary Adams (green shirts) Palm Desert Greens; 2nd: Gene & Shirley Eager (purple shirts) Indian Wells RV Park; 3rd: Ron & Brenda Grant (light green shirts) Desert Crest; and 4th: Hugh Crozier & Jim Montague (turquoise shirts) Ramon Shuffleboard Club.
Consolation Division winners: Champions: Jerry & Nancy Grieve (purple shirts), Indian Wells RV Park; remaining “red shirters from Royal Palms”- 2nd: Bud & Thelma Lundquist; 3rd: Matt Keller & Bob Little; 4th: Lyle McClanahan & J.W. Brown.
The next District 5 tournament for these winners is the Tournament of Champions to be hosted by the Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club in Desert Hot Springs on February 29, March 1 & 2.