once in a while a great idea comes along. Usually, however, no one
knows that it is a great idea until after the fact. Example; RCA
records thought Elvis Presley was a passing fad. That’s kind
of what happened in Shelton this weekend. Shuffleboard tournaments
in the Pacific Northwest have been suffering low turnouts for a
while. Promoters are worried about the future of the game and scrambling
to find ways to protect their investments. In a simple effort towards
that end, they happened upon success. Sort of a Pro-Am type of event
where rated players have to find non-rated players to be their partners.
The result: Wow!
amazed at the number of non-rated players that have an interest
in the game. Ernie’s Fir Cone saw numbers it hasn’t
seen since the late 90s. All the promoters agree that they were
unprepared for this kind of a turn-out. Like RCA Records, they didn’t
see the potential. They do now.
Hind sight is
20/20, and rumor has it that more of these type of tournaments are
in the works. That’s alright with Mike Waters and his partner
Helen Bryant who won the tournament. Ryan Devlin and Jeff Smith
settled for second. Ernie’s Fir Cone Owner Ernie Montoya and
Northwest hall of famer Frank Mako ended a great weekend in third.
Fourth place went to the team of Jim “007” Thorton and
Russ Frazier. Tied for fifth place was Carolyn Floyd and Evelyn
and the team of Claire Kenney and her daughter Renee. The tournament
was masterfully run by Clark Kenney, the best tournament director
on earth. Ernie would like to express his thanks to the Promoters,
the Tournament Director, and the Shelton Shuffleboard community
for their support and dedication to keeping shuffleboard alive.
Ernie also went on to express his thanks for the players whom he
describes as all winners and wanted to have them all recognized.
Players came from Shelton, Olympia, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, Bremerton,
Tahuya, Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, and Portland.
Here is a list of everyone who played;
Dick Doaks - Peggy
2. Carolyn Floyd - Evelyn
3. Bill Walker - Little Joe
4.Mel & Melinda Hohn
5. Melody Marine - Maggie
6. Gary George - Jenna
7. Jim Thorton - Russ Frazer
8.Claire Kenney - Renee
9. Vern & Ryan Gonzales
10. Jeff Young - Dave Curtis
Mike Waters - Helen Bryant
12. Frank Floyd - Butch
13. Frank Mako - Ernie Montoya
14. Jeanette Hohn - Daryl Gustufson
15. Judy George - Brenda
16. Jeff Kersting - Chris
17. Paulette & Scott McKinney
18. Joe & Shirley Smith
19. Ryan Devlin - Jeff Smith
* I apologize
to all the players who didn’t get their last name listed.
I didn’t have them and it would take too long to research.