tells us that the very weekend after a record turn out at the NASC
in Reno would not be a good time to hold a tournament. However, Ernie’s
has a history of doing what appears on the surface as a bad idea.
Why mess with history? Why mess with success? The 20th Annual Mixed
Doubles at Ernie’s Fir Cone was just that, a historical success.
all tournament at Ernie’s Fir Cone are a success, regardless
of when they are held, there is a historical mystery that plagues
all these tournaments. Why do the boards mysterically change prior
to every tournament? Explanations range from the strange to the
bazaar; The tide is out or in, the weather changed, board pixies,
aliens, and yes, even big foot. Well, this year we solved the mystery.
Why we even caught this phenomenon on film. (click for even larger
questions? As with all rural legends, the picture is a little fuzzy.
But, if you look close you’ll see Northwest Hall of Famer
Dick Doak with a 4 foot tall open end wrench he calls the “tweaker”.
A-B Draws have been a favorite event at Ernie’s Fir Cone with
the locals since the start of the rating system. That’s because,
more often that not, a local wins this event. This year was no exception,
Ernie’s Fir Cone local Joe Smith carried Mel Hohn to first
place in this single elimination draw.
Not only do
locals usually win the Friday night Draws, they fare well in the
main events as well. This year 5 of the 6 people in the top three
places were locals. The 2005 Ernie’s Fir Cone Mixed Doubles
Champions are Paulette McKenney and Loren Lampley. Yes, both locals.
Paulette, back form numerous victories at Reno and Loren fresh out
of retirement beat Michelle Foran and local Dick Doak in the finals.
Third place went to new player Penny Jorgensen and old timer Carl
place went to the team of Clark and Claire Kenney.
The next tournament
at Ernie’s Fir Cone is the 27th Annual Masters on 25 - 26
February, 2006. For more information on this or any other tournament
at Ernie’s Fir Cone call Ernie at (360) 426-2221.