For several years now, the Sun City Shuffleboard Club has hosted the annual California Shuffleboard Association’s Any Singles tournament. The venue is owned by the Sun City Civic Association Early last year they started an upgrade to the shuffleboard facility by having the middle 8 boards resurfaced and doing away with boards 1 and 10. After some rough patches and considerable time, the boards were finished and very enjoyable to play. Following that, the whole inside was painted, carpeted, and reorganized with an eating area and a viewing area. It looks brand new and is a very nice venue for the tournament.
by Dean Grattidge District 7 Reporter
From May 16-19, Sierra Dawn South hosted some pretty extraordinary shuffleboard activity -In this, the John McDonaugh Memorial Event, honoring a past Hemet banking icon, ATM’s George Hayes and Jeannie Gregory created the pairings and charts. They then directed the competition. Head ref was George Hayner as Karla Winget supervised the scorekeeping. A special thanks to Bob Rule for his great management and maintenance of the boards. He was assisted by Newt Ball and Jim Lane. Due to health reasons, the club president, Rita Diedrich was unable to be on hand, so Len Sweet stepped in as venue facilitator, keeping the program running smoothly. Thanks to so many who helped out.
This was a money tournament with all winners receiving cash awards and a pin. Again, a generous contribution from The Bank of Hemet provided funding for the event.
The roster of winners was rife with newer players. Of the 80 entrants, 4 players were celebrating their first tournament victories. Three of them were new players: Everett Harbison, Susie Welskoppe and Mona Ekstrom. Andy Hernandez joined in with her first victory.
Lining up for their awards were the following:
Championship round: 1st 4 from r-l
First, Robert Brooks, although there was a solid challenge from Jerry White for second. Third, Dee Huffman, fourth, Everett Harbison.
Consolation bracket: r-l 5th – 8th
First, Susie Welskoppe, second, Andy Hernandez, third, Ron Needham and fourth, Mona Ekstrom
by Dean Grattidge District 7 Reporter
May 2-4, 2016, a CSA Any Singles tournament was held at Sun City. There were 64 entries which made pairing up the players a more or less trouble-free operation. Liz Backus put together the line-ups and charts as Dick Massey came on board as second ATM. Sallie Hamilton ensured that all scoreboards were correct then collected all winners’ scores.
Games were 12 frame in this money tournament.
It would have been tough to pass up the lunches which were high-lighted with Chili Dogs, “Sloppy Joes”, 3 kinds of homemade salads, chips, homemade cookies, sodas, water, and strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Bridget Gerber supervised the kitchen detail
which prepared these lunches.
Special thanks to Bill Strange who scoured the neighborhood bringing in many prizes and gift certificates. Those merchants included: Subway of Sun City, Texas Roadhouse Restaurant, Carl’s Jr., Sun City Hardware, Myrna’s Bar and Grill (2), Prevecho, I-Hop Sun City, Mary’s Strawberry Stand and Stater Brothers -Sun City.
Topping off the list was The Bank of Hemet making their usual generous contribution.
The revamped courts at Sun City seemed to lend themselves well to solid shuffleboard play. They were serviced by Dick Massey and Jim Northcutt.
The winners were as follows –
Championship: front row l-r
First place, Robert Brooks (who prevailed in Championship round and took home the handsome plaque for his
efforts), Jeannie Gregory pushed him to the limit for the top spot. She came in second, This was Robert’s second
consecutive championship. Third place, Loren Nelson, and fourth, George Hayes.
Consolation round: back row l-r
First place, Janice Flaherty, second, Del Ferris, third, Elaine Graf and fourth, Suzanne Shapiro.
Thanks to all who contributed so unselfishly to make this event such a success.
ATM’s Liz Backus and Dick Massey flank Consolation winner, Janice Flaherty
Dick and Liz with returning champ. Robert Brooks