The tournament started Friday evening, July 15 at Pat Kelly’s
Cattlemen’s Saloon in downtown Rogue River. Glasscott handled
the traditional sponsor sale with Art Elliff handling the bracketing
and tournament director duties. Play began immediately following
the sponsor sale and concluded on Sunday evening, July 17, with
Glasscott and Byers winning out in the championship match over the
team of Ed Brayman from California and local player Darla Van Orman.
Van Orman and Brayman had lost a second round match, after receiving
a first round bye, and then reeled off seven consecutive wins to
reach the final match against the winners. Third place went to Israel
Ochoa and newcomer Bron Johnson. Johnson’s play was impressive
after only a few months of playing the game. Tolo Tavern owner Timi
Kale and partner Al Hudson finished in fourth. Fifth place went
to the two teams of Glenn Redding and Joe Cupp and local’s
Butch Davis and Brandon Glasscott.
Last year’s defending champions Ted Curtice and Susan Teibel
were eliminated from the tournament early. The 25 teams matched
the highest number of participants in the tournament’s history.
The tournament was played on the bar’s three fast shuffleboards
that were prepared each day by Elliff, Glasscott and company. The
format was a double elimination, two out of three games in the winner’s
bracket with a single game in the loser’s.
Several out-of-state visitors came early or stayed over following
the tournament to enjoy the Rogue River community and to renew old
friendships and enjoy the area’s fishing and camping. Cattleman’s
owner and the event’s gracious host Pat Kelly provided free
breakfasts and several drink specials at his restaurant and bar
for the tournament’s players.
Tournament Director Elliff wants to thank all of the Cattleman’s
bartenders, waitresses and kitchen help for the great job in making
this year’s tournament another great success.
The next stop on the Oregon shuffleboard schedule is at the Tolo
Tavern in Central Point for the A/B Doubles on August 5-7. Then
it’s the Rural American Championships at John Fisher’s
99 Tavern and Willee’s Cafe in Winston over the Labor Day
weekend. The Labor Day tournament has multiple events and will feature
the induction of Oregon legend Doug Buhl into the National Table
Shuffleboard Hall of Fame.