Amateur Tournaments at the Fir Cone are still
going strong after the change of owners. The Fir Cone Tavern 114
W. Cota Shelton, Washington has been known for a long time as the
starting place of champions. The Fir Cone probably has a better
alumni than any other shuffleboard place on the planet. This strong
tradition has lived on through 3 different owners, a testament to
the strength of the Shelton Shuffleboard Community.
On July 22,
2005 Ernie’s Fir Cone hosted a 2.0 thru 5.0 Open Draw which
turned out, as all tournaments in Shelton do, to be a huge success.
New players from around the area flocked to Ernie’s Fir Cone
for a chance to have their picture among the greats. From a reporter’s
prospective it is hard to tell a pro event from an amateur event,
the format is the same, the tension is the same, and the challenge
on every shot is the same, only the names have changed. However,
many of the top pros and hall of famers from around the state showed
up to support the future pros and, of course play in the Friday
The Friday night single
elimination A-B Draw came down to a battle for first place between
the winners Clark Kenny & Joe Smith and the second place team
of Vern Gonzales & Jeanette Hohn. After the draw the hardcore
shufflers hung around and practiced until Ernie had to make them
leave. Go figure, shuffleboard players being last to leave a bar.
The Draw started
on Saturday with plenty of tight games and a lot of actions for
the fans. Carolyn Floyd from Tacoma and Joe Smith from Shelton claim
the title with locals Penny Jorgensen and Frank Givens grabbing
second place. Third place went to Gloria VonBargen and Bill Renskers.
you would like to see more Amateur and Division II tournament at
Ernie’s Fir Cone call Ernie. He is open to all suggestions.
The next tournament at Ernie’s Fir Cone is scheduled for November
and it is the 21st Annual Mixed Doubles.
Ernie and the players
would like to thank all the members of the Shelton Shuffleboard
Community for the wonderful feed put out Saturday Night.