SWC District was well represented during the 2017 Masters!! See Pix above. Pix sent along by Ron Nurnberger with thanks.
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Most recent update: 04/08/2017Final results of the FSA Master Tournament 2017Congratulations to all SWCD players, especially #1 Terry Smith on your left, and Pam Nurnberger #2 for the ladies!
The cowboy hat John Brown wears atop his head any time he’s at the Bradenton Shuffleboard Club or Trailer Estates Park and Recreation isn’t just his signature look. With its wide brim and pins stuck across the crown, Brown’s hat tells a story.
There are pins from tournaments he has won in Florida. There are pins from clubs he has never played at, acquired in trades he made with opponents long ago. The simplest one on his hat right now is a flag — a big red dot and a white surface. The Japanese flag is a reminder of just how far shuffleboard has taken Brown.
“I’ve played twice on every continent but Africa,” Brown said. “There was always some people who’d never heard of it.”
He was part of inaugural tours to Ireland, Denmark and Brazil, bringing the first shuffleboard games ever to the countries. He has played for the United States national team eight times at ISA Team World Championships, and his international competitions have taken him to Australia, Canada and Japan. He believes his column, which has run in the Herald every week during shuffleboard season since 1994 when he moved to Bradenton and began playing consistently, is the longest continuously running shuffleboard column in the world.
That worldliness is perhaps the most important piece of a resume that has led to his selection to the International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame has 72 members. Brown, who has lived in Bradenton during winters since the mid-1990s, will become the 73rd — and 31st American — in either June or July.
“It’s the only sport I ever excelled at,” Brown said. “It’s the greatest sport in the world. It’s a sport you can play from the age of 5-105.”
His life in shuffleboard began as a 10-year-old in Covington, Ind. His uncle was a seasonal resident in Florida and later founded the Florida Shuffleboard Association Hall of Fame. Brown quickly grew fond of the sport and decided he wanted to do well enough in his life to retire to Florida and take the sport more seriously.
Seventy years later, Brown admits there are many better players than him, but few have done more to promote the growth of the game in recent decades.
Despite shuffleboard’s roots in England, the sport most firmly took root in the United States, bypassing other countries in the United Kingdom and Europe, which is what led to two of the inaugural tours in Ireland and Denmark. The third, to Brazil, came in 2002. On each tour, they would set up temporary courts in recreation centers and town halls. In Denmark, he once spoke at city hall in Copenhagen, teaching the city’s lord mayor the history of a sport that had originated nearby.
“There were always some people who’d never heard of it,” Brown said.
He spent summers in the 1990s and 2000s playing with the U.S. national team and is a former winner of the country’s spirit award. During the 1990s, he chaired a committee tasked with trying to unify the disparate rules used across the world as part of an effort to get shuffleboard into the Summer Olympics. Florida, ultimately, wouldn’t budge.
He was inducted into the Florida shuffleboard hall of fame in 2007 and the United States’ national association’s hall of fame in 2010.
This summer’s induction ceremony will take place in Lakeside, Ohio, where Brown spends time each year helping run youth tournaments in one of the largest shuffling communities outside Florida. The ISA wanted to hold Brown’s ceremony in Brazil, where, 15 years after helping to introduce the sport to the country, the nation is playing host to the world championships. However, Brown’s wife of 60 years, Dolores, prefers not to travel, so the parties settled on Ohio.Article sent along by Ron Nurnberger
PAM NURNBERGER and TERRI SMITH WIN SHUFFLEBOARD SEASON P25 by placing 1st in The Mel Elgersma Memorial at Lakeland FL.
Southwest powerhouse shufflers Pam Nurnberger and Terri Smith teamed up and met up with some stiff competition having the first one taking only two, however, the next two matches going three games just to make it to the quarters. Once into the quarters Pam and Terri settled in and the remaining three matches were achieved in two games each for the win.
Both of these two dynamic shufflers will be playing in the Florida State Masters April 3-6th at Spanish Lakes Resort Fort Pierce Florida. This will be Pam's and Terri's third consecutive Masters with Terri last year's State Masters Champion.
Visitors and spectators are always welcome to see and cheer on shuffleboards top 8 men and 8 Ladies as they show their shuffle skills April 3-6 at Spanish Lakes Resort Fort Pierce Florida. Admission is free
1st Vice President FSA
Hoss Collor winner of 2017 Ron Nurnberger
2017 Hoss Collor winners #1 Ron Nurnberger, #2 Kathy Laver, #3 John L. Brown
Our Board of Directors 2017 from left to right: Jerry Stannard (President) Steve Slaughterbeck, Kay Lynn Duncan, Paula Jacobson, Margaret Hartzler, Kathy Laver, Brad Thomas, Nancy Sclafani, John L. Brown and Dolores Brown
Just think..if we had real lights the courts could be used much more. These people are from First Baptist Church in Palmetto. It was done by Kathy Boutwell and Jean Wilson, Jr. Everyone sure looks like they enjoying themselves!!! Thanks to Kathy and Jean for getting this event. Sue
Well look who won the Natl Doubles Championship at Trailer Estates!! Our own Hank Hoekstra and Bob Comford. Congrats to both of you great players!!!!
In 1st place, proudly holding the Plaque, is Pam Nurnberger. In 2nd place we have Terri Smith! Congrats to both from All Shufflers!! JOB WELL DONE.
Ron Nurnberger Speaks: Pam Nurnberger won the 2017 Ladies Singles State Championship at Holiday Travel Resort in Leesburg Wednesday, January 18th.
In a stellar final between two of the States (and SWCD) best players Pam Nurnberger and Terri Smith, Pam emerged as this years Champion. It ended with an exciting 3rd game finish of 53-47.
Pam Nurnberger began shuffling in Bradenton in 2011 when she won the SWCD District Amateur Title. She followed the next year (2012) by winning the SWCD Pro Ladies Title. She has also appeared twice in the FSA Masters Tournament (2015-2016).
Finishing 4th in the main was another excellent player from the SWCD, Flo Kowalewski.
NOTE: The Banquet and play at Hawthorne Shuffle Club & play at the Holiday Travel Resort went off without a 'hitch.' Kudo's go to both clubs and especially President Bob Robinson for his leadership.
Submitted by: Ron Nurnberger, SWCD President. 2017 01 18.
To view the Complete Results of P16, click: http://www.fsa-shuffleboard.org/Tournaments/P16_Results.txt
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Congratulation Dave and Ron. At Sebring Orange Blossom Tournament P-14A (January 3/2017) Ron Nurnberger & Dave Kudro took first place! Dave made the magic number of 200 points to enter the FSA HOF
Congratulations to Nancy Sclafani. She reached the 200 point plateau to qualify for the FSA HOF 12/14/2016
Gold medal winners from our SWCD: Pam Nurnberger, Nancy Sclafani and Terri Smith
Gold medal winners from our SWCD: Jim Miller, Dave Kudro and Jerry Stannard
At its weekly SWCD tournament held at the Bradenton club today, club members 'sang' happy birthday to 'Gib' Stannard to celebrate his 102nd birthday.
Gib spent the morning watching his son Jerry play. At noon he went home to take a Nap and then came back in the afternoon to watch Jerry's next match! Two weeks ago at the SWCD 'pins' presentation for last seasons top ladies and men players, President Ron Nurnberger presented Gib with a special award named for him: "SWCD fan of the year!" Sent along by SWCD President Ron Nurnberger with THANKS.
You may wish to go here: https://theshuffler.net/2015/03/24/will-you-leave-a-legacy-these-two-men-have/ AND THIS TOO: https://theshuffler.net/2013/12/02/gibb-stannard-at-97-continues-to-shuffle/ Stan McCormack, 2016 12 01.
Lowell Williams President of Palmetto and his crew did a super job at the Black Friday Tournament
Gerry Curwin, wins the Turkey
SOUTHWEST COAST DISTRICT 1st annual 'BLACK FRIDAY' shuffleboard event a HUGE success!
The "Palmetto Shuffleboard club" hosted our first "Black Friday" tournament with a 'word of mouth' turnout of 80 players!
President Lowell Williams and the Palmetto Club served a 'free lunch' with it's entry fee of $10 per player. 42 Pro players made up one division and 38 Amateurs made up the other.
Besides a 50/50 drawing, the Palmetto Club also had a drawing for a free TURKEY donated by the local Palmetto 'Winn-Dixie' store.
Prize money was given to the TOP FIVE players in each division. 1st Place (in each division) paid $75 with the following 4 places in proportional increments.