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May 6-8, 2019

District 7’s Sun City Shuffleboard Club and their President, Liz Backus, once again hosted the California Shuffleboard Association’s Any Singles.

60 some players started at 8:00 on a cloudy, rainy Monday morning in their quest for the CSA Championship pin.IMG_2339

Unfortunately, these players lost their first game. But fortunately, they went on to place in the Consolation Bracket.

On the right is Sharon Massey, a first time winner. Congrats Sharon! Second place went to Jerry White, a past champion. Third place, Bob Hackett. Fourth place to Mona Smith, a Sun City member.


And in the Championship bracket, fourth place on the left is Loren Nelsen. Third went Robert Lichtwald. Second to past champ Robert Brooks. And, after having won the National Doubles with his partner Bill Rindone, is the new CSA Singles Champion Mike Garrett. Keep it up Mike!


Congratulations to those winners and a special thanks to ATM’s Helen Noeltner and Jeannie Gregory. Along with Head Referee, George Hayner and Head scorekeeper, Carol Anderson.

All participants took advantage of the many prizes given each day at the drawings. Great lunches were available as well.

Looking forward to next year.

The John McDonough Doubles

April 15-19. The fast Sierra Dawn South shuffleboard courts hosted their annual John McDonough tournament, an any doubles event for the second year.

Hosted by Howard Drake, with ATM’s Lynda Goggin and Helen Noeltner, the board crew had things ready for play at 8:30 Monday for the 40 teams of hopefuls. George Hayner handled the Head Referee duties and Carol Anderson and Carol Blasingame oversaw the scorekeepers and passed out the Karla Winget candy. The lunch ladies served pulled pork, chicken, hot dogs, sloppy joe sandwiches along with salads, chips, drinks and deserts. For some the lunches were the best part of the day.

For the other 8 teams that made it to the money rounds on Thursday, the games were hard fought. It seemed the boards yielded more 10’s than usual but kitchens were also easy to come by.

The winners posed for pictures under the banner of the tournament sponsor. Many thanks to The Bank of Hemet for their continuing support of District 7 shuffleboard.

cons-group.jpgfront row from r-l: Howard Harrell & Jim Higgins, 1st place consolation. 2nd place, Janice Flaherty & Elaine Graf. Back row r-l, 3rd place, Ruth and Roland Schneider. 4th place, George Hayes and Ray Ackenhausen

And the Champions—champ-group.jpgBack row from left, 4th place, Mike Garrett and Bill Rindone(took the money and ran). 3rd place, George Baslak and Alice Beers. Front row from left, 2nd place, John and Linda Nielsen. And the champs, Jay Davidson and Robert Brooks.

The Nielsen’s and Bill Rindone came over to play from District 5. Congratulations to them and all the winners. And thanks to all those who volunteered and gave their time to this fine tournament.

If you weren’t successful here, try again at the CSA Singles, hosted by the Sun City club on May 6th.


March 26th through 29th, 2019 , 14 teams comprised of Hemet, California  District 7, Palm Springs, California District 5 and Mesa, Tucson, and Yuma, Arizona, residents and snowbirds from all over the US and Canada played in this, the 13th Annual CSA Soboba Classic open team tournament.  It was hosted by District 7, and sponsored by the Soboba Foundation, the Bank of Hemet, Miller – Jones Mortuary and Cemetery, Poly Glide, Dura Dress, Travelodge, Motel 6,  and some local merchants offering special discounts.

Each year, many of the same players enter the competition at 4 to 5 different venues, hoping to place in the top of their division . This year the venues were Hemet Muni the only open City provided club, Sierra Dawn South senior community, Seven Hills’ senior community and The Lakes at Hemet West senior community. After a year of planning about 250 players enter into the thrill of competition. However, notwithstanding the outcome they find themselves in making new friends and new memories until the next year, when the competition will start all over again. The week concluded on Friday evening with a most wonderful banquet held in the ballroom of the brand new Soboba casino.

All winners will receive commemorative jackets. And the winners are: Blue division 1st place and overall champions, The Calizona Compadres, captained by Dale Monday. (8th from left)Blue1a

2nd place Blue division, Kokopelli Players, Captained by Sylvia Smith. (5th from left)Blue2

1st place Red division, District 5 Roadrunners, captained by Shirley Eager.(holding the roadrunner in the cage)Red1

2nd place Red division, Terminators, captained by Carol Anderson. (2nd from right)Red2

Graphics of the division jackets.



The National Any Doubles, a yearly event, was contested at the 7 Hills Shuffleboard Club in Hemet, Ca. Monday through Thursday during the first week in April. This yearly event as usual followed the CSA Soboba Classic Team Tournament.

56 teams started early on Monday, the 1st, and no April fools were in evidence. Well, maybe just me.

By Wednesday morning, the fast 7 Hills boards had taken their toll and cut the field in half. Thursday AM was the positioning round for the final 4 teams in Championship and Consolation. And the winners were:

Bill Rindone and Mike Garrett, 1st place ChampionshipChamp1a.jpg

Ann Fernandez and Jerry White, 2nd Champ.


Nadine and Bob Hackett, 3rd place Champ.


And from Modesto, Ca. District 5 Sect-Treas. Shirley and District 5 Pres. Gene Eager, 4th place Champ.champ4.jpg

1st place Cons. went to, Marolyn Davidson and Robert LichtwaldCons1.jpg

2nd Cons.- Ron Needham and Paul EglyCons3.jpg

3rd place Cons. from Canada by way of District 5, Joyce and Gid Carriere Cons2.jpg

And 4th place Cons. Lorriane Donahue and Cleo Roberts (Micky Rose standing in for Cleo)Cons4.jpg


Special Awards and thanks went to (l-r) Tournament Managers Lynda Goggin and Helen Noeltner. Head Referee, George Hayner. Head Scorekeeper, Carole Blasingamespecial2.jpg


And no tournament can run without a board crew. (l-r)   Chuck Davis, Everette Harbison, Mike Gogan, and Ron Needham  Not shown were Mary Davis and Suzanne Shapiro. The engines that propelled this event.special1.jpg

Congratulations to all these winners. And to Bill and Mike for winning the once in a lifetime NATIONAL PIN.

Submitted by, Jay Davidson (the guy in the orange shirt)


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CSA District 7 (Hemet, CA) hosted the annual CSA Soboba Classic Team Tournament. The tournament was held at four venues in Hemet. The tournament was held March 26th thru 29th, 2019 and consisted of 14 teams each with 16 to 18 shufflers. The tournament was a round robin style in which each team played all the other teams during the tournament. The teams were divided based on the 2018 win percentage into two divisions the blue and the red. After an intense week of play the Calizona Compadres (photo of team & guests attached) consisting of players from Arizona and California, won first place in the blue division with a winning percentage of .606. The Compadres team was captained by Dale Monday. Members of the team (first row, left to right) Robert Brooks, Sheila Monday, Edie Linthorne, Gale Balcaen, Gigi Briggs, Jane…

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District 5 Tournament of Champions

The 41st annual District 5 Tournament of Champions is in the history books. 51 men and 29 women competed for the coveted title of Champion in each of the divisions. In order to be invited to this prestigious tournament, a shuffler must have placed either 1st through 4th in the District 5 Singles or Any Doubles Tournament. When doing so, a 5-year invitation is extended. The tournament is hosted by the Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club in Desert Hot Springs. Tournament Directors John & Linda Nielsen did an excellent job in organizing the tournament and with the help of ATM Shirley Eager, the tournament went off without any glitches. Shortly before the draw, it was determined that only 7 boards could be used so the schedule was reworked to accommodate the 80 shufflers playing on 7 boards in 3 days. Dawn Carriere, champion of the women’s division, and Ray Hall, champion of the men’s division, now have a lifetime invitation to the Tournament of Champions. This is the last of the District 5 tournaments for the season so it’s bittersweet as people are leaving after being eliminated from this single elimination tournament – goodbyes are said and in the back of our minds, there’s always the fear that the goodbye is a permanent goodbye.
District 5 President Gene Eager presented awards to:
Women’s: Champion, Dawn Carriere, Indian Wells Shuffleboard Club, Indio
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                    2.  Fran Maze, Tramview Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City
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                    3.  Marilyn Boyd, Tramview Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City
Marilyn Boyd, 3rd Women, TOC.JPG
                    4.  Diane Johns, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City
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Men’s: Champion, Ray Hall, Palm Desert Greens Shuffleboard Club, Palm Desert
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                    2.  Harry Van Der Voort, Tramview Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City
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                    3.  Cliff Pfefferle, Tramview Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral City
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                    4.  Dick Seburn, The Canyon Shuffleboard Club, Cathedral CityDick Seburn, 4th Men, TOC.JPG


by Shirley Eager

Seventy-two teams competed in the annual 4-day doubles tournament held at Royal Palms, Cathedral City. With the wind coming off the nearby mountains, snow could be seen through the Palm Trees. The weather didn’t seem to affect the fierce competition. Many games had to be broken by the CSA tie breaker rule, and many were decided by just 1 point.

            Due to seven clubs being represented in the Friday finals, there was standing room only for the many spectators who acknowledged the good play by “ohs and ahs” and applause. It’s so good to see the camaraderie of the District 5 players acknowledging good shuffleboard, even if it isn’t someone from your home shuffleboard club.

            This is the last tournament of the season to qualify for the Tournament of Champions so there were sighs of relief when the qualifying for finals games were completed Thursday afternoon.

The 2019 Doubles winners are:

Champions:    Russ Smart & Dick Seburn, The Canyon, Cathedral CityDick Seburn & Russel Smart Champions.JPG

  1. Doug Loos & Blaine Clark, Safari Park, Palm SpringsDoug Loos & Blaine Clark, 2nd Championship.JPG
  2.       Randy Stephenson & Gary McGrath, Ramon Park, Palm SpringsGary McGrath & Randy Stephenson, 3rd Championship.JPG
  3. Dan Chiernyk & Joe Dion, Palm Desert Greens, Palm DesertJoe Dion & Dan Chiernyk, 4th Championship.JPG
  4. Consolation Division:

             Champions:    Margaret Hendriks & Gail Dodd, Royal Palms, Cathedral CityMargaret Hendriks & Gail Dodd, Champions of Consolation Division.JPG

    2. Tracy Ferguson & Hal Coleman, Ramon Park, Palm SpringsHal Coleman & Tracy Ferguson, 2nd Consolation.JPG3.

    1. Jean & Bob Junk, Tramview, Cathedral City

    Bob & Jean Junk, 3rd Consolation.JPG4. Linda & Ken May, Tri Palms, Thousand PalmsKen & Linda May, 4th Consolation.JPG

ISA President Bilton Gives Us An Update on the 38th ISA in Vienna Austria!!

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“Congratulations” to the Austrian Shuffleboard Association for hosting the 38th ISA World Championship in Vienna, Austria.
Date October 27 – November 2, 2019.

CHECK OUT THE PACKAGE!!!  38th ISA World Championship Package (1)

Thanks to President Peter Krappel and his committee for putting together a wonderful package. We had the pleasure of being at Vienna in May 2018. Peter Krappel,  Elisabeth Schimatzek & committee were fabulous hosts. They did an outstanding job of making us comfortable in their beautiful country. I’m so thankful I had this experience.

Plan to attend…..don’t miss this opportunity to reunite with our ISA friends from around the world.

Please ask your National President for an application form.

Myrna Bilton
International Shuffleboard Association Inc.
President.  2019 02 04

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District 5 Rookie Tournament

With winds howling at around 20 mph and gusts of 25 to 35 mph, 30 District 5 rookies took to the courts on January 21 & 22 at Ramon Park in Palm Springs. Dick Jenkins, a member of the host Ramon Shuffleboard Club dressed the 8 outdoor boards with wind wax which occasionally had to be replaced due to the bougainvillea blossoms and palm frawns blowing onto the boards. The first day of the tournament was a challenge but this group of rookies took it in stride and provided the group of spectators with some exciting games, a few that had to be decided by the CSA tie breaker rule. The Championship game Tuesday afternoon was decided by 1 point. With a score of 5 to 4, Roland Marohn from Royal Palms won this nail biter match. He had played against his wife Debbie in the morning match to advance to play for 1st or 2nd.
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Head Referee John Burnett and Head Scorekeeper Betty-Anne Jodoin had an excellent crew of referees and scorekeepers. As District 5 President Gene Eager said in his remarks following the presentation of awards, “these rookies are the future of shuffleboard here in District 5 and as you can see, we have a very good group of rookies”.
Plaques were awarded to the top 4 in both the Championship and Consolation Divisions. The Rookie Traveling Award was also presented to the championship winner. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club had 10 entries in the tournament which amounted to a third of the entries.
Championship:  1. Roland Marohn, Royal Palms;
2019 Rookie Tournament - Championship -1st -Roland  Marohn, Royal Palms.JPG
 2. Chuck Gerock, Palm Desert Greens;
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3. Debbie Marohn, Royal Palms;
2019 Rookie Tournament - Championship - 3rd - Debbie Marohn, Royal Palms.JPG
and 4. Al Amonson, Royal Palms.
2019 Rookie Tournament - Championship - 4th - Al Amonson, Royal Palms.JPG
Consolation:  1. Fred Snow. Palm Desert Greens;
2019 Rookie Tournament - Consolation - 1st - Fred Snow, Palm Desert Greens.JPG
2. Jim Meiser, Ramon;
2019 Rookie Tournament - Consolation - 2nd - Jim Meiser, Ramon.JPG
3. Roland Dandeneau,  Royal Palms;
2019 Rookie Tournament - Consolation - 3rd - Roland Dandeneau, Royal Palms.JPG
and 4. Bob Michaud, Ramon.
2019 Rookie Tournament - Consolation - 4th - Bob Machaud, Ramon.JPG

District 5 Cash Bonspiel

The Indian Wells RV Resort Shuffleboard Club hosted the District 5 Cash Bonspiel Jan. 11 – 13 at their 4-court facility. This event is normally a 4-day event but having 40 entries, instead of the ideal number of 64, allowed ATM Shirley Eager to rework the schedule so shufflers played 3 games on Friday and Saturday and a 2-game finals were held on Sunday.
Ten of the eleven clubs in District 5 were represented. The Board crew, led by Gene Eager, who also was the Head Referee, had the boards in excellent condition and were able to do a turn around on the boards in less than 4 minutes.
The owners of the Indian Wells RV Resort, Sun RV Resorts, donated money toward the prize money that was distributed to the winners. Winners were: 
    A Division: 1. Don Krell, Royal Palms; 2. Val McDougall, Desert Crest; 3. Gene Eager, Indian Wells; and 4. Russ Smart, The Canyon. 
Bonspiel A Division Winners 2019.JPG
    B Division: 1. Gary Adams, Palm Desert Greens; 2. George Parker, Desert Crest; 3. Lois Krell, Royal Palms; and 4. Helen Fraser, Safari. 
Bonspiel B Division Winners 2019.JPG
    C Division: 1. Bruce King, Indian Wells; 2. Gid Carriere, Indian Wells; 3. Chuck Gerock, Palm Desert Greens; and 4. Nancy Grieve, Indian Wells. 
Bonspiel C Division Winners 2019.JPG
    D Division: 1. Pete Peterson, Indian Wells; 2. Mark Helvig, Palm Desert Greens; 3. Sherry Bunn, Palm Desert Greens; and 4. Dave Bolton, Indian Wells.
Bonspiel D Division Winners 2019.JPG