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