Shuffleboard Centerpiece Brings in A Mix of Players.


Annual Event Draws 92 Players.

by Dean Grattidge,    District 7 Reporter
Hosted by Sierra Dawn South, a good number of players squared off for pins and cash on the fast boards at the annual SDS Any Doubles.
Personnel in charge were: SDS President, Jan Stephens, ATM’s Lynda Goggin and Helen Noeltner, head ref, George Hayner and Scoring Supervisor, Dennis Iszler.
Three players took good care of the boards: Scotty Lundie, Art Leseberg and Newt Ball.
We owe a debt of gratitude to our new sponsor, Norton Iron Inc., for their generous contributions.
The Doubles Winners were  –
First place, Martha Gasche and Jackie Gilbert, both from The Foothills of Hemet (they are first time winners)!20170607_154902-1.jpg
Second place, Paul Egly (SDSE) and Tom Armijo (Sun City), 20170607_154805.jpg
third place, John and Linda Nielsen from Desert
Hot Springs, D5, 20170607_154710.jpg
fourth place, Vicki Dumar and Helen Noeltner, both from SDSE.20170607_154630.jpg
Consolation bracket:
First place, Robert Brooks (SDSE) and Bruce Kiefert (Golden Village Palms),20170607_154529
second place, Newt and Margie Ball
(SDS), another pair of first time winners, 20170607_154448
and third place, Harlan Mathews and John Hay (El Grande Estates),20170607_154347
followed by fourth place, Ron Dewberry and Dean Grattidge (Hemet Muni).20170607_154307
Thanks to the effort of all participants for making this a successful event.

Sun City, A Great Host to A CSA Tournament



    by Dean Grattidge,  District 7 Reporter

District 5 Tournament of Champions

Shirley Eager, District 5 Secretary
 The District 5 Tournament of Champions has concluded and history was made. To qualify for the Tournament of Champions a person must have placed in the top 4 in the Championship or Consolation Divisions of the Singles or Any Doubles Tournaments. When a person qualifies, they receive a 5-year invitation to attend this prestigious tournament that is hosted by the Desert Crest Shuffleboard Club in Desert Hot Springs and the winners receive a lifetime invitation to the Tournament of Champions.
This year 32 women and 40 men competed in the single elimination tournament. Safari Park in Palm Springs had 3 of their members in the finals and one who previously was a member of their Park.  District 5 President Gene Eager presents Helen Fraser receiving her     Championship Award from District 5 President Gene Eager.JPGthe Ladies Division winner, Safari’s Helen Fraser who played 94-year old Mildred Story from Tramview Park in Cathedral City for the championship. Third in the Ladies was Diane Johns, Royal Palms, Cathedral City and fourth went to Linda Nielsen, Desert Crest, Desert Hot Springs. Making District 5 Tournament of Champions history was John Ellis, Winner John Ellis displays the   Tournament of Champions Men's Division Travelling Trophy.JPGwho plays as an Independent, previously playing with the Safari group. John and Earle Maze, Tramview, who won the tournament last year, both had won the tournament 3 times prior. With John’s win at this year’s TOC, he has won the championship more than any other person. Allen Sliger, Safari, was runner up and third place was won by Bud Linquist, Royal Palms with 4th place being won by Wayne Duncan, also from Safari.
That tournament concludes competitive play in District 5. Everyone looks forward to November when shuffleboard resumes here in the valley.

Rookie tournament took on a real international flavor.

   By Dean Grattidge, District 7 Reporter.u
With 36 entries, this became one of the  most robust events I’ve  witnessed in quite awhile. Hosted by SDSE, 11 clubs had representatives in the tournament.The people who had much to do with the success of this event:
ATM Lynda Goggin, Helen Noeltner, George Hayner, Dennis Iszler, Al and Betty Alias. Dennis filled in for the ailing Karla Winget.
The winners came from all over the map. Coming from behind, and vaulting into first place was Larry Kodisynk, Larry hails from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada and plays out of the Villa Del Monte club.img_1535 A stellar job was turned in also by the other winners.
Ray Merrit, second place, from Los Angeles. Ray plays for Sun City.img_1532
Third place Harry Wright from Baltimore, Maryland. Harry plays for Hemet Wesr.img_1531
Fourth place, Janet Hite, born in Logansport, Indiana. Janet also plays for Sun City.img_1530
Congratulations to all four who carved out a place in the shuffleboard record book.
Each winner received a certificate, crafted by the host, Lynda Goggin, and a commemorative pin.

I commend all those who participated in making this event so successful.


Member – California Shuffleboard Association

50 S. Lyon Ave., Suite E124, Hemet, Ca.  92543


PRESIDENT: George Hayes 3600 W. Florida Sp. 952 Hemet, Ca.  92545  (951)299-6565

VICE PRESIDENT: Tootie Chittenden 5001 W Florida #586 Hemet, Ca 92545  (760)219-8684

SECRETARY: Janet Langemeier 134 Mayfair Lane Hemet, Ca 92545  (951)926-6768

TREASURER: Harlan Mathews 907 Raquel Ct. Hemet, Ca 92545  (760)580-5637

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Rocky Raver 2213 El Toro Circle Hemet, Ca  92545  (760)809-3825

Michael Garrett 465 Lyle Dr Hemet, Ca 92545  (951)325-8550

Carol Anderson 7970 Doyle Cir Hemet, Ca 92545  (951)923-4372

Carol Blasingame 253 Glenview Ln Hemet, Ca 92545  (951)492-1047

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           District 7 General Meeting Minutes-Jan. 7, 2017 – Sierra Dawn Southeast


BOARD AND EX COMMITTEE PRESENT: George Hayes, Tootie Chittenden, Janet Langemeier, Rocky Raver, Michael Garrett, Carol Blasingame, Carol Anderson & Harlan Mathews.

CALL TO ORDER, FLAG SALUTE, INSTALLATION & ROLL CALL:  President George Hayes called the meeting to order at 10:01 a.m.  Following the Flag Salute, George asked for a minute of silence for Karla Winget as she is ill.

Roll call of clubs:  Clubs Absent:  Sun City.  All other club presidents were present or had a representative.

MINUTES:  Minutes were approved with one correction.  Seven Hills has only 2 shuffleboard teams this year.


  1. TREASURER’S REPORT:  Harlan report that the District 7 picnic that was held last fall cost $473.00.  The checking account balance is $3,785.76 with more to deposit today.

COLONIAL COUNTRY CLUB: It was reported that Debbie Gibson has had a liver & kidney transplant and is doing well..

EDEN ROC Joan Fernandez is president this year.

EL GRANDE ESTATES:  El Grande Shuffle player, John Hays won 1st place in the Hall of Fame Tournament.


GOLDEN VILLAGE PALMS:  Two thank you letters were read by Jay Davidson.  Thanks went to Larry Bell, Head of Hall of Fame, and curator, Helen Bell.  Helen explained the award has been given to players that have a passion for the game and give back to Shuffleboard.  72 players competed in the ‘Hall of Fame’ Tournament this year. Seven were from Palm Springs.  Thanks to Nelda Lichtwald, head score keeper, and George Hayner, head ref for all their help.  There has been some water damage to the ‘Hall of Fame’ wall.  Repair is taking place.  CSA Hall of Fame next year will start on Tues., Dec. 26, 2017.

HEMET MUNI:  No Report

HEMET WEST:  85 Shufflers and guests attended the Hemet West  Christmas Party.  Paul Epps took 3rd in Hall of Fame tournament.

HERITAGE RANCH:  Shuffleboard Facility will have air conditioning.



SEVEN HILLS:  We’re gearing up for Classic..


SIERRA DAWN SOUTHEAST: Sharon DiChiro won 2nd place in the championship at the Hall of Fame Tournament.

SUN CITY:  Not in attendance.

VILLA DEL MONTE:  No report.



  1. Classic Report:  George stated there are 17 teams that will play in the CLASSIC this year.  We lost two Arizona teams but added another Hemet Team.  The Tournament will conclude with a luncheon on Friday.
  2. Linda Goggin was thanked for her great job on the 2017 directory. Also, a thank you card was sent to the District from Rita and was available to see after the meeting.
  3. Nominating Committee: Michael Garrett reported the following Sufflers will be on the ballot for the Distrct 7 board at our May meeting:  President, Sharyn Dichiro, Vice President: Michael Garrett; Secretary: Janet Langemeier, Treasurer: Harlan Mathews; Board: Carol Anderson, Ruby Best, Linda Goggin, George Hayner, Dennis Iszler.  Nominations may be made from the floor at the May meeting.
  4. Marty Boyajian Award Committee: Carol Anderson stated that they have received 5 nominations for this years award. Names can be submitted no later than Jan. 11, 2016.
  5. Head Referee:  New Referee Test:  It has been decided to redo our “Referee Test”.  George and Rocky will review old tests that have been used and put together a two page test which will be used at Referee classes.  This will be an open book test.  He also stated that there is no rule about referees standing on the board to make a call.  Also, the club president can designate a head ref for league games.  George will be holding a referee class soon.
  6. WEBSITE: Carol Blasingame informed the group that our website isn’t up and running at this time.  Since the District has no credit/or debit card it wasn’t paid for.  Free options offer fewer pages.  It’s a lot to keep up.  Motion to bring up free option and hook up with wordpress.    Vote:  Opposed.  Motion that District 7 have our own website and the District handle payments cost being approx. $149 per year and $14.95 for domain. Second. Passed.



George stated that Linda Goggin will let all players in Dist. Challenge (Jan. 21st) know what time they will be playing.  Also, referees and score keepers are needed.

Also the issue of fast boards was brought up.  District 7 has no authority on board dressing.  It was suggested that the beads & cornmeal need to be mixed in box before use.


Feb. 18-19: Rookie (SDSE):  Please come and help if you can.

March 27-31:  Classic

Apr. 3-6: Natl. Any Doubles-Sun City

Apr. 17-20: Maxine Traschsel Ladies-SDSE

Motion to Adjourn at 11:11 a.m.

Minutes submitted by District 7 Secretary, Janet Langemeier

Desert Challenge 2017

The weather was cool and thankfully clear and the boards were fast.img_2233MC and District 5 Team Captain. Janice Fitzgerald welcomed District 7 and play got under way.

20 players from each district competed in the first game. A different 20 played the second game. So you can see what a large undertaking it was to manage. D5 Captain , Janice,above and D7 Captain, Lynda Gogginj480x480-00825

and co-captain, Sharyn DiChiroj345x345-10146put in long hours and last minute scrambling to field the teams. A GREAT BIG “WELL DONE” to these great ladies!

Royal Palms RV Resort in Cathedral City was the District 5 host venue again this year. Royal Palms president, Bill Wilke img_2236was busy in the kitchen and so didn’t participate in the play.

As the CSA rules were in effect the referee’s kept a watchful eye on each gameimg_2239

The 9 o’clock game results slightly favored District7. At the halfway point, D 7’s Steve Piccinonno has a slight edge on D 5’s Secretary, Shirly Eager.img_2238

A one hour break in the Royal Palms club house for lunch gave D 5 a chance to plan their comeback. Many players brought their own lunch Some went to nearby eateries. Those that didn’t lunch at the club house missed the great chocolate cake supplied by D 5.

Looks like D7’s Steve P found his homeimg_2243

D7’s Carol Anderson, in redimg_2241and D5’s past president Russel Smart, tan jacket,img_2246concentrated on their games.

District 5 picked up the pace in the second round and fought back to a tie for the 40 games. CSA tie breaker rules are as follows: since it wasn’t a continuation of a game, two players lagged for color. Play 2 frames with each player having a hammer. if the score remains tied, 2 more frames are played. If the score remains tied, each player gets 1 lag shot with no practice shot. The winner of the lag determines the games.

Talk about pressure! With all the assembled players looking on,the lucky players to play off the tie were, George Hayes, District 7 president (omnipresent red hat) and Gene Eager, District 5 president.img_2247D7’s George Hayes won the lag and played yellow.IMG_2248.jpgEven though they were able to score, the 1st 2 frames ended in a tie. The hammer shot in the 2nd frame of the 2nd tie-breakerIMG_2250.jpgand gave District 7 the win.

Gracious as always, Gene returned the plaque to D7IMG_2251.jpgExcept for the cool weather, I heard no complaints and D5 will. I’m sure practice diligently for next years DESERT CHALLENGE.

PS: Even though they were in the area and were invited, Michelle and Barrack were no-shows.




Desert Challenge

Tomorrows games of the Desert Challenge will be hosted by District 5 and played at the Royal Palms Resort on Date Palm Drive in Cathedral City. District 5 will be looking to revenge the loss there 2 years ago that went all the way to a tie breaker.


For such an important event, maybe @Michelle or @Barrack will attend, since they will be in town.

More to follow