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April 29 - May 1
10th Annual Bill Gibbs Memorial
Phoenix, AZ

Herbison, Appell are Arizona champions

PHOENIX, Az. - Thanks to all that participated! We continue to build on great shuffleboard camaraderie among the 3 great states of California, Nevada and Arizona.

Three events and eight great-playing boards made this another successful Bill Gibbs’ Tournament played again this year at Six Shooter’s Bar in Phoenix, AZ. The weekend of April 29. The boards were donated by Lewis Shuffleboard and made this a very competitive tournament with events for all levels of players.

The first event was an AB Draw with 52 players competing for six places.
JR Noel
(N. CA) and Lewis Bailey (AZ) took first place beating out
Bob Crum
(N. CA) and Steve Farnsworth (AZ) in the event final. Third place went to
Larry Tafoya
(AZ) and Dennis Bredvick (AZ) followed up by a fourth place finish of
Tony Appell
(AZ) and H.L. Lee (S. CA). Tied for 5th & 6th place were the teams of
Bob Brunskil
  (S. CA) and Barbara Crum (N.CA) and the team of
John Fisher 
(S. CA) and Dan Bitcon (AZ).

An ABC Draw Team Event started and finished on Saturday. The Calcutta and prize money totaled over $3,100 and paid out to four places. Finishing in a great final the team of  Danny Leach (NV), Mike Parrish (AZ) and Lewis Bailey (AZ) put Jane Mourgos (N. CA), Jim Stuart (S. Ca) and Tom Ruff (AZ) in a respectable 2nd place. Third place money went to
Georgene Brown (AZ), Virgil Jones (N. Ca) and Tom Mills (S. CA). Coming in fourth place was an all AZ team: Cindy Clark, Sharon Chandler and Steve Farnsworth.

The final event was an Open Doubles with 12 competitive teams competing for just under $3,000. Three places were paid to a listing of teams that will definitely promote the rivalry between our states. The first place trophy belongs to the all Arizona team of
Wendall Herbison and Tony Appell who played a very competitive final against the all California team of second place trophy winners
Joe Muniz and Nick Chaffin. Third place was won by the defending champion all Nevada team of Phil Fridley and Jim Golden. An “honorable mention” goes to the “all female” team of Jane Mourgos (N. Ca) and Cindy Clark (AZ) taking fourth place.

Submitted by Cindy Clark

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