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Emmett Allen Memorial Tournament 2021

The Annual Emmet Allen tournament was held at 7-Hills in Hemet ,CA. Both masked and unmasked, 76 players took part in our first “re-opening” tournament July 26-29.

A full description of the tournament can be found HERE.


From left to right:
Steve Piccinonno (HW) – 3rd place, Clark Wilson (MS) – 1st place, Lou Wilson (MS) – 2nd place, Vince Oliveri (7H) 4th place


From left to right:
Mayolyn Davidson (HW) – 1st place, Mike Garrett (EG) – 2nd place, Del Ferris (HM) – 3rd place, Lucy Hand (HW) – 4th place

Two new inductees into the Hall of Fame

Hi Everyone:

CSA had a (Zoom) meeting in December and two people were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Resumes were submitted to Shirley Eager and voted on by 5 committee members.

Congratulations! to Lynda Goggin from District 7 and Mildred Story from District 5.  Helen Bell will display pictures on HOF wall at Golden Village Palms when the room opens.

As always, presidents, please pass along this information to your club members to keep them informed.

Take Care,

Alice Beers

GENE EAGER Sept. 24, 1937 – Feb. 28, 2020


Sept. 24, 1937 – Feb. 28, 2020


Jesse Eugene Eager, 82, passed away on Feb. 28, 2020, at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, Hughson, CA, with his wife, Shirley, at his side. Gene was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a month earlier. Gene was born on Sept. 24, 1937, in Hughson, CA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather & Papa who will be missed greatly and forever will be in the hearts of his family and friends.

            Gene attended Shackelford and Washington Elementary Schools in Modesto and graduated from Modesto High School in 1955. He earned his AA Degree from Modesto Junior College, attending night classes. He served his country in the United States Navy and later in the Navy Reserves until honorably discharged in Aug., 1961. He was employed by the Modesto City Fire Department until his retirement on Dec. 29, 1991. When he retired he said, “When you work for the Fire Dept., you end up with two families, your real family and the Fire Dept. family”.  Gene was “married” to the firefighting family for a little over 30 years when he retired as a Fire Captain. He was married to his wife, Shirley, for 55 ½ years.

            Upon Gene’s retirement, he and Shirley traveled and spent the month of Oct. in Morro Bay with long-time friends and the next 5 months in the Palm Springs area. He was very active in the activities at the Indian Wells RV Resort which he called his second home. Gene spent his time at the Resort volunteering his time to make every ones time there enjoyable. He and Shirley took up the sport of floor shuffleboard in 2008. Giving back to others was important and upon his death he was President of the Indian Wells Shuffleboard Club, a position he had held for 13 years, Calif. Shuffleboard Assn District 5 President for 6 years, and in Dec. he was elected President of the Calif. Shuffleboard Assn. When he first started playing shuffleboard, after only 2 weeks of practice, he won the District 5 Rookie Tournament. He was inducted into the Calif. Shuffleboard Assn Hall of Fame in 2017. In July, 2018, he and Shirley were selected to represent the United States at the 37th International Shuffleboard Assn World Shuffleboard Championship in High River, Alberta, Canada. There were 12 men and 12 women selected. Gene again represented his country admirably when his 4-person men’s team placed 6th overall. Last June he and Shirley competed in the shuffleboard division of the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, NM where he won a silver medal in his age division in the Singles and he & Shirley placed 4th in the Doubles.

            For 17 years Gene & Shirley flew to Oklahoma City twice a year to work for the National Reining Horse Association where he worked as a scribe with the judges for the NRHA Derby and Futurity. He made life-long friends during this time and always spoke highly of his “NRHA family”.

            Gene was a member of Sons in Retirement (SIRS) and the Northern Calif. Golf Assn.

            He is survived by his wife Shirley, Modesto; his daughters Lori Clark & Kim Whitcomb, Modesto; & Tina Reed (Dave), Oakdale; grandchildren Brandon Root (Aleshia), Modesto; Jason Root, Sacramento; Ashley Whitcomb (Alex Stone), Modesto; Cody Whitcomb, Oakdale; & Taylor & Conner Reed, Oakdale; & great grandsons Lucas Searles Root and Ryder Stone. He is preceded in death by his mother Ruby Eager.








Tuesday, February 4 – Friday, February 7, the District 5 Any Doubles Shuffleboard Tournament was hosted by the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club at their location in Cathedral City. Seventy-six doubles entries shuffled during this 4-day event. A special thank you to Cathy Conran-Smith for filling in for ATMs Marlene Oslie and Shirley Eager who both had emergencies and had to leave the desert prior to the tournament. Cathy was ably assisted by her husband Larry. The tournament went off without a hitch and all the participants were so grateful Cathy was able to fill in. District 5 First Vice President, Gary Adams, presented the awards.


Bill Rindone & Chuck Gerock, Champions Any Doubles Tournament

1st:   Bill Rindone & Chuck Gerock, Palm Desert GreensBetty Anne Jodoin & Carol Barker,  2nd Championship.jpg

2nd: Carol Barker & Betty Anne Jodoin, Ramo
Roland & Huguette Dandeneau, 3rd  Champiionship.jpg
3rd:  Roland & Huguette Dandeneau, Royal Palms
Cliff Pfefferle & Fran Maze, 4th  Championship.jpg
4th:  Fran Maze & Cliff Pfefferle, Tramview
Margaret Hendriks & Gail Dodd,  Chapion, Consolation.jpg
1st: Margaret Hendriks & Gail Dodd, Royal Palms
Don & Lois Krell, 2nd  Consolation.jpg
2nd: Lois Krell & Don Krell, Royal Palms
Ron & Mary Anne Kroetsch, 3rd  Consolation.jpg
3rd:  Ron & Mary Anne Kroetsch, Royal PalmsJoe & Betty Sweder, 4th  Consolation.jpg
4th:  Betty & Joe Sweder, Tramview
We’re excited that there are some new qualifiers to participate in the Tournament of Champions which will be hosted by the Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club the first part of March in Desert Hot Springs.

District 7 Rookie Tournament 2020

This year’s rookie tournament was held at Sierra Dawn SE on February 8th and 9th.

Special thanks to the ATM’s Lynda Goggin and Robert Brooks, head referee George Hayner, head scorekeeper Carol Blassingame, and the board crew.

The Winners

Left to right, 4th place Colleen Fitzpatrick (TL@HW), 3rd place Roger Kroger (SDSE), 2nd place DeDe Malone (7-Hills), 1st place Germina Demers (TL@HW).groupfourth.jpgthird.jpgsecond.jpgfirst.jpg


District 7 Tournament of Champions 2020

This non-sanctioned tournament created by George Hayner was restricted to only the winners from last year.  It was a single elimination weekend event on January 25-26, 2020.  The first place finisher received a plaque to keep for a year, and all winners received a commemorative pin and a cash award.

Special thanks to the ATM’s Lynda Goggin & Cheryl Dewberry, head scorekeeper Tootie Chittenden, head referee George Hayner, and the board crew.


The Winners (left to right):

Fourth place – Jay Davidson (The Lakes at Hemet West); Third place – Harlan Mathews (El Grande Estates); Second place – Bruce Kiefert (Sierra Dawn SE); First place – Robert Brooks (Sierra Dawn SE).


The Passing of the Winner’s Plaque

Robert Brooks (left) receives the winner’s plaque to hold for a year, from last year’s champion Ron Dewberry

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Desert Challenge 2020

Every year District 5 & 7 compete with each other in the Desert Challenge. This year it was held at The Lakes at Hemet West in Hemet on January18, 2020. It was good fun playing 16 frame games, with Alice Beers (right) being awarded the plaque for the most wins (21-19) from the tournament director Lynda Goggin (left)

IMG_2562File picture of CSA and District 5 President Gene Eager and Shirley Eager, District 5 Team Captain.

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Thirty-six rookie shufflers competed in the CSA District 5’s annual Rookie Tournament at Ramon Park in Palm Springs on February 20 & 21. This is the most Rookie shufflers in the tournament since 2016. It’s encouraging to see that many new shufflers. District 5’s definition of a rookie is a player who has not been involved in extended shuffling, either in organized or recreational play, prior to January 1st of the preceding year of the Rookie Tournament.
As was the case with the Singles Tournament held at Ramon Park, on the second morning of the Rookie Tournament the Board crew woke up to flooding on their courts. This board crew does a miraculous job in having their courts in shuffling condition within a few hours of a rainstorm that passes through the area. The song lyrics, “It never rains in Southern California” proved itself incorrect again!
Championship Winners:
    1. Gary Foster, Royal Palms

    2. Jerry Riggins, Indian Wells
    3. Millisa Woods, Ramon
    4. Natalie Wonders, Tri Palms

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Consolation Winners:
    1. Garry DeBlonde, Royal Palms
    2. Bonnie Holcomb, Tri Palms
    3. Michael Wells, Desert Crest
    4. Noelle Stephens, Tri Palms
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Jim Montague, President of the Ramon Shuffleboard Club and Gene Eager, District 5 and CSA President, presented the awards.