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;
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 2. Chuck Gerock, Palm Desert Greens;
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3. Debbie Marohn, Royal Palms;
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and 4. Al Amonson, Royal Palms.
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Consolation:  1. Fred Snow. Palm Desert Greens;
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2. Jim Meiser, Ramon;
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3. Roland Dandeneau,  Royal Palms;
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and 4. Bob Michaud, Ramon.
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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. 
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    B Division: 1. Gary Adams, Palm Desert Greens; 2. George Parker, Desert Crest; 3. Lois Krell, Royal Palms; and 4. Helen Fraser, Safari. 
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    C Division: 1. Bruce King, Indian Wells; 2. Gid Carriere, Indian Wells; 3. Chuck Gerock, Palm Desert Greens; and 4. Nancy Grieve, Indian Wells. 
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    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.
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We Share More From Royal Palms. !!!!! This Time From Japan! 2018 11 13

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Hello Shuffleboard Nation!
Pluckypea and The Moonshooter
are coming at you live
from the booming metropolis of Tokyo.

It’s our first time in this incredible city
and I have to say,
it reminds us a ton
of our homes in NYC and Chicago.

The urban experience is in so many ways universal.
People who live in these cities
are choosing to be surrounded
by an absolute teeming mass of humanity.

Millions of souls willingly compelled to share
the same buildings, sidewalks and trains
and in doing so inherently embracing community.

Perhaps our most special day was spent
playing shuffleboard in a little city outside Yokohama.
We were ushered to the Forrest Tsuziki Club
by our friends Kazunari and Mioko
who we’d met playing in the ISA tournaments
in Brazil, Canada and Florida.

This 40 year old shuffleboard club
sports 12 glorious outdoor courts
and about 100 mostly senior members.

Upon…

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This Thursday, September 13 at 3pm over at 7-Hills, there will be a strategy class that is open to all of us. It is given by Lou Wilson. Newer players as well as some of us old timers can definitely benefit from this. Hope to see some of you there.

 

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Despite what I thought was a late afternoon start, around 75 Hemet shufflers showed up to hear Lou Wilson share his knowledge of the game of Shuffleboard. Newer players and what I call “seasoned” players all can benefit from a few hints on strategy. We all want to improve our play of course, and Lou kindly showed us ways to do just that.

Lou startted playing in 1992. His record is a long one with wins in most of the yearly tournaments played here in Hemet. He has played in Nationals, Internationals and many times he traveled to Arizona to play in th big Western Team Tournament. His proudest moments were the times he was able to best Rocky Briggs and Roland Schneider, legendary Hemet shufflers. And he shared tidbits from Fred Day and Gigi Briggs. Two of Hemet’s best teachers of the game.

The class lasted about an hour. There were many scenarios accompanied by, “always do this”, “you can try this” and “never do this”.

I’m sure each shuffler present learned something and all said a big,

THANK YOU, LOU WILSON

 

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Large Turnout for Team Tournament

by Dean Grattidge,   District 7 Reporter
The upscale venue of Hemet West hosted this annual event from Sept. 5-7, 2018. Each of the 10 teams fielded approximately 10 players. The total number of entries was 101.
    Leaders of the teams were:
Colonial Country Club, Cap. Debra McCaffrey, Co-Cap. Margaret Irwin.
Foothill of Hemet, Cap. Howard Harrel, Co-Cap. George Baslak.
Hemet Muni, Cap. Nadine Hackett, Co-Cap. Fran Hayner.
Villa Del Monte, Cap. Kristi Brinegar, Co-Cap. Sharyn Metzner.
Sierra Dawn South East, Cap. Helen Noeltner, Co-Cap. Roland Schneider.
Hemet West, Cap. Tootie Chittenden, Co-Cap. Paul Epps.
Sierra Dawn South, Cap. Dennis Sondrini, Co-Cap. T. J. Sondrini..
7 Hills, Cap. Ruby  Best, Co-Cap. Wanda Souza.
El Grande Estates, Cap. Jeannie Gregory; Co-Cap Harry Gregory.
Golden Village Palms, Cap. George Hayes, Co-Cap. Helen Bell.
Club president, Glenda Epps was continually on hand to help give support for this tournament as was Tootie Chittenden.
These were the partners having ramped up their skills from ordinary to extraordinary who accepted the handsome plaques honoring their success.
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The first to fourth place finishes were by these teams:
First place: Kristi Brinegar and Sharyn Metzner, playing out of Villa del Monte.
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Second place: led by Nadine Hackett and Fran Hayner from Hemet Muni.
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Third place: Jeannie Gregory and Harry Gregory, bringing together their team from El Grande Estates.
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Fourth place: Helen Bell, directing a team made up of SDSE players.
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As is now a tradition, Aaron Young, officer of The Bank of Hemet, stopped by to hand out the awards to the winners.
Again, Harlan Mathews down-loaded wonderful photos of the four top teams.
A number of participants stepped forward to receive their awards from the door prize drawings.

Tournament Held in Upscale Venue

by Dean Grattidge  District 7 Reporter
Hemet West hosted the annual CSA any doubles tournament from July 23-27, 2018.  A total of 96 players took part in this event. Games were 12-frame, doubled, with players changing sides at half time, taking their discs with them.
Personnel volunteering their efforts were:
ATM’s Lynda Goggin and Carole Anderson, scorekeeper, Nelda Lichtwald, head ref, George Hayner and a three man crew maintaining the boards in a professional manner: Paul Epps, Ken Norris and Charles Smith.
Funding was provided by The Bank of Hemet and Hemet West Management. Many thanks to them for that.
Three businesses contributed 21 wonderful gift certificates and cash: Chili’s Restaurant, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Applebee’s Restaurant.
One can only surmise that these winners ostensibly articulated the essential elements of shuffleboard success: sound decision-making, checking the scoreboard,  maintaining their balance and rhythm in shooting and patience.
It’s always an honor to acknowledge the winners.
Championship:
First place, champ1.jpgRobert Brooks (SDSE) and Jay Davidson (Hemet West),
second place,
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Grace Ferrone (Hemet Muni) and John Brock (CCC),
third place,
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Bog Klingenberg and Liz Backus (Sun City)
and fourth place,
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Amber Brown and Jack Anderson (Hemet Muni).
Consolation bracket: First place,
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Paul Egly (SDSE) (not pictured)and Ron Needham (Seven Hills),
second place,
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Linda Cullop and Norma Farmer (Hemet West),
third place,
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David and Jackie O’Gwynn (Villa del Monte), their first tournament win,
and fourth place, a first win for them,
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Georgia Marchand and Gerry Abbott (CCC).
Lunches were great – many thanks to Becky Grass and Glenda Epps. Choices for four days being: ham sandwiches,
turkey sandwiches and Hawaiian  chicken salad, with a drink, chips and a cookie.
Again,  many thanks to all volunteers and players working together to make this such a successful event.

Jim and Beth Allen Arrive in High River Alberta!!

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Jim and Beth Allen Speak:  Anticipation. One of the greatest emotions we as human beings are blessed to behold. Today Beth and I are filled with great anticipation as we roll into High River and greet our shuffling friends from all over the world.

The 37th World Championships start Monday, but in reality they begin the moment you see a friend in the hotel lobby, or maybe even in the airport. Or maybe just a Facebook post from a traveler. For I believe there are 2 events in High River- and each carries tremendous importance to us all.
The games themselves are one event, and who takes home medals are yet to be determined. Anticipation of the victory – and the optimistic spirit all competitors enjoy at this moment runs rampart to each and every player.
The second event is found in the friendships, the camaraderie, the bonding of human…

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2018 CSA SINGLES, SUN CITY, CA.

Reported by: Carol Blasingame
Congratulations to Sun City’s any Singles Tournament held Monday, July 9 through Wednesday the 11th, 2018. There were 60 registered participants representing Colonial Country Club, El Grande,, Golden Village Palms, Foothills of Hemet, Hemet Muni, Hemet West, Sierra Dawn Southeast, Seven Hills and Villa Del Monte.
On behalf of the District 7 tournament team and it does take a team to have a successful tournament. From the Board Crews, the ATMs, the Referees and the Scorekeepers. I would like to extend  a thank you to all. Especially to those scorekeepers and referees who were not playing and came out to help anyhow. As this Tournaments Head Scorekeeper it was my pleasure to have so meany volunteers  respond to my call and needs.  It’s hard enough to fill Karla’s big shoes she is sorely missed.
Congratulations also goes to the following players who won their divisions.
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 For the Championship division we had (l-r) ​First Place Bob Klingenberg, Second Place Larry Pierce, Third Place Tootie Chittenden, Fourth Place Tom Armijo; (Tom had a medical emergency and wasn’t available for the pictures)

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for the ​​​​Consolation division we had​ (r-l)First Place Jay Davidson, Second Place David Ruch, Third Place Amber Brown, Fourth Place Georgia Stufflebeam.

High River AB Hosts the 37th ISA beginning just 10 Days From To-day!!

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Remember, High River AB, the location of the 37th ISA is situated right in the Wild West!! Some of you may have attended the Calgary Stampede, the epitome of Wild West Behaviour; if you have, I need say no more. The organizers of the ISA Event tell me that the “37th” will have some of the Western Spirit, some of the Western Adventure!! We, at “The Shuffler” will endeavour to capture some of that spirit, some of that adventure.

I well remember the first time I attended the Stampede, circa 55 years ago. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans led the parade! Click on pic of them to bring back memories you may have.  Apparently I was keen at taking pix, even then. I insert the next two family pix to prove to you that we too, were young once. That is me with two of our sons, and next pic…

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International Shufflers Ready to Rock at High River Alberta.

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Heritage Inn Classic Singles. June 6th to June 9th.

By Kevin Rushworth
TIMES FILE
Players from around the world will soon travel to High River for the 37th International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) World Championship, and local organizers are eagerly anticipating their arrival.
Ken Wardley, vice president of the Foothills Shuffleboard Association (FSA), said they initially applied to the ISA two years ago and received confirmation of the town being the host site in October 2016.
The competition takes place at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex from July 15 to 20.
“One of the biggest things is certainly having the exposure of shuffleboard in High River (and) hopefully we’ll have a lot of spectators who will watch this international play,” he told the Times.
As reported, the club received support from Wayne Anderson, Highwood MLA, MP John Barlow and the MD of Foothills. The Town of High River granted the use…

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