August 12 – 14, 2005
|1st Place||Jeff Posthumous & Bob Wade|
|2nd Place||Kenny Hawkes & Robert Davidson|
|3rd Place||Bob Brunskill & Tony Phillips|
Bellflower, CA – The tallest team in the third annual “Hot Summer Nights” shuffleboard tournament was also the best team at the Rosewood Pub’s popular “add to four” event held August 12-13, at the Bellflower drinking establishment.
Huntington Beach’s Jeff Posthumous and Hemet’s Bob “Cowboy” Wade, both standing at least six foot – five inches tall, had little trouble winning the tournament over a field of 11 other smaller shuffleboard teams.
“We enjoyed ourselves very much, it was a fun tournament,” said a smiling Posthumous after a small victory celebration. “It may be the last time that Cowboy and I will be able to play together at the Rosewood, so we wanted it to be a big one.”
Both are on the low side of two rated players according to the Bower’s Rating System and with no more than four California raters present for the tournament, the chances are good that at least one or possibly both will be rated as a one next year. That possibility of course does not add to four. Such is the way of winning shuffleboard. The Rosewood Pub hosts another “add to four” tournament on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Posthumous and Wade sailed through the tournament undefeated taking the championship match from the second place team of Escondido’s Kenny Hawkes and Bellflower’s Robert Davidson in two straight games late Saturday evening. Brunskill and Huntington Beach’s Tony Phillips finished in third place. Traveling the furthest was the team of Modesto’s J.R. Noel and Phoenix, Arizona’s Lewis Bailey. The visitors were also the high bid team in the sponsor sales held on Friday.
Things got started on Friday evening with Paramount’s Paul Weber handling the team sponsor sales followed by tournament bracketing handled once again in a professional manner by Yorba Linda’s Bob Brunskill. Davidson served as the tournament director. Two rounds were played Friday evening with the championship match held late Saturday night.
The 12 teams contributed to a $600 entry fee pool with $1,600 generated through the team auction. The tournament also generated $76 toward the Bowers Rating System with a 50/50 Draw held on Saturday. Bellflower’s Ernie Alvarez won the ticket drawing.
Rosewood owners B.B. Boik and Bud Taylor provided an all day lunch buffet on Saturday with several players and patrons contributing various side dishes.
Up next in Southern California is the annual Billy Chiles Memorial Tournament held on Labor Day weekend at Oskar’s Sports Bar & Grill in Bellflower. The Rosewood owners have decided to hold an ABC Draw tournament during the holiday season on a date yet to be determined. – Pacific Coast Shuffleboard News