by Dean Grattidge, District 7 Reporter
Showcased by Hemet Muni, 64 competitors vied for wins in the highly acclaimed tournament. It was brought about nearly a quarter of a century ago by Marty Boyajian.
The term “Bonspiel” ostensibly originated from a phrase uttered at a curling event in Canada in 1839, signifying “good play”. Right on schedule, the Bonspiel in-house tournament was hailed as the highlight of the District summer shuffleboard program.
The format was unique: Each player is locked into one of four divisions depending on the outcome of their first two games. Win your first two games; Red Division, win first, lose second; Blue Division, lose first, win second, Green, and have no success in first two games, Purple Division.
Points were awarded as follows:
Ties must be played off for the first 2 games.( to determine your bracket). 1 Lag each to determine the winner.
2 points per win.
Games 3-6, 2 points per win, 1 point for a tie
Each game winner banked his spread points. Spread = the margin of victory, max. 30 per game. This total used to break a tie in points. (clear as mud?)Don’t worry, the atm’s handled it.
Win your lag to choose your disc color. No practice shots. What a relief we all felt when the kitchen penalty was eliminated! All games were 12 frames.
Priority for entry is given to Hemet Muni players. Others from outlying clubs became eligible by putting their names on a list. Entry fee was $10.00, allowing each player to play a guaranteed 2 games per day for 3 days. The games were played from June 19 to 21, 2017.
We are indebted to Jim Hutson for soliciting 8 prizes donated by Stadium Pizza and Jack-In-The-Box. We are very grateful for their support.
The Bank of Hemet again helped with much of the funding for this event. We thank them for their generous support.
We owe the success of the Bonspiel to the personnel who contributed their time and effort: ATM’s Sharyn DiChiro ( her way of saying “goodby” to our District) We can’t thank
you enough, Sharyn, for all the time and effort you put in to managing these tournaments! Jane Langemeier presents Sharyn with a going away gift.
Also, Lynda Goggin and Helen Noeltner. Board maintenance was in the hands of Jim Hutson, Kerry Selway, Harry Gregorory and Bob Hackett. Scoring supervisor was Dennis Iszler. A hard-working crew kept the kitchen right on target, headed by
Cheryl Dewberry with assistance from Amber Brown, Carol Fuller and Yolanda Nava. Six-dollar lunches were available each day; from hot dogs to pizza to chicken, Club president Jim Hutson was constantly available to offer his support.
Players who had not previously won in this event were guaranteed a handsome vest, as all winners received a pin as their award.
It is such a pleasure to acknowledge the winners. “A” Division – (and all winners surmounted the eccentric patterns of Muni’s
boards to prevail) First place, Robert Brooks who won all 6 of his games. Hemet Muni
Pres. Jim Hutson does the honors
Second place, Hemet Muni’s Bill Shockley, who also won all 6 of his games.
Third place, Harlan Mathews.
“B” Division, First place, Elaine Flores,
second, Jan Zerr
and third, Peggy Wagner,
“C” Division, First place, Roland Schneider,
second, Ann Cantu,
and third, Phil Lammens.
“D” Division, First place, Nadine Hackett,
second, Warren Huffman,
and third, Del Ferris.
There was some really robust scoring going on in this event: One player actually ran up a point total of 166 !
We thank all participants who made this a big success!