October 6 – 8, 2011
Columbia Elks Lodge 594
Singles Division 1 (15 Players)
|1st Place||Jim Payne|
|2nd Place||Mark Gray|
|3rd Place||Craig Bendickson|
|4th Place||Jerry Romay|
Singles Division 2 (16 Players)
|1st Place||Scott Manier|
|2nd Place||Danny Stevens|
|3rd Place||Sam Witt|
|4th Place||Mike Polson|
Singles Division 3 (27 Players)
|1st Place||Denny Cundiff|
|2nd Place||Charlie Gann|
|3rd Place||Cheryl Reeder|
|4th Place||Jeff Ward|
|5th / 6th Place||Sheila Cundiff|
|5th / 6th Place||Jo An Hartley|
Bring Partner Division 1 (10 Teams)
|1st Place||Barb Head & Craig Bendickson|
|2nd Place||Mark Gray & Justin Sparks|
|3rd Place||Jim Payne & Sandy Tubbs|
Bring Partner Division 2 (11 Teams)
|1st Place||Alben McDonald & Keitha Ellison|
|2nd Place||Scott Manier & Brandon Adams|
|3rd Place||Klara Hutsell & Delane Moore|
Bring Partner Division 3 (17 Teams)
|1st Place||Tim Morris & Thomas Rychnovsky|
|2nd Place||Denny Cundiff & Ray Wadsack|
|3rd Place||Raymond Wadsack & Leon Sartain|
|4th Place||Jeff Ward & Becca Korte|
|5th / 6th Place||Brandon Bock & Thomas Suter|
|5th / 6th Place||Bill Barks & Donna Miller|
|1st Place||Chuck Muehlhausers, Curtis Stone, Grant Nelson|
|2nd Place||Sam Witt, Danny Stevens, Sherri Cawley|
|3rd Place||Jim Payne, Sheila Cundiff, Bill Barks|
|4th Place||Terry Russell, Tammy Taylor, Leon Sartain|
|5th / 6th Place||Matt Coonts, Donna Miller, Jim Moore|
|5th / 6th Place||Jerry Romay, Terry Durnil, Preston Shrum|
Columbia is also popular for the MISSOURI TIGERS, even though the Tigers Football game was out of town that week-end; they still had great entertainment while watching their favorite teams on the BIG SCREEN. Starting on Saturday, Mizzou football, followed up by baseball with St.Louis Cardinals, then on Sunday the Kansas City Chiefs, and NASCAR held in Kansas City, with the points leader changing hands to a driver from Columbia, Carl Edwards.
Yes none of these sports was played in town on this particular week-end, but SHUFFLEBOARD, was the big home entertainment.
Columbia Elks Lodge, are truly great host. With a menu to select from their great kitchen, but on Thursday everyone in this Lodge must have carried in a dish or 2, there was a large variety of food, and desserts. They also had a lot of different sponsors to help support this big event, with $500.00 added moneys. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Ben, an intern with a local paper, of course attending Missouri State, had pencil and paper in hand to get knowledge of this game, and what it is all about. Interviewing several of the players, taking in each game..(I think by next year, he will be playing) I saw him setting on the edge of his chair, really getting involved in the game. If this was for a grade, I will guess he got an A, because he was very impressed how the game and how each player strategically put their game in motion for a win.
On Thursday evening, there was an ABC draw tournament, which included 23 teams.
Friday was the main event, Singles with 3 different divisions. A total of 58 players battling their division, to be a STATE CHAMPION.
In division 1 there were 15 players,
Division 2 had 16 players,
Division 3 had 27.
Saturday was a Bring partner also with 3 divisions, with a total of 76 players
Division 1, had 10 teams,
Division 2 had 11 teams,
Division 3, 17 teams.
The overwhelming attendance was great. There were a total of 84 registered players. People traveling from all over the state.
Columbia area had 21 players (most of which was 1st time tournament players)
Houston area had 17 + 1 Melissa Dunn helping run the brackets, thanks a lot Melissa you done an outstanding job
Kansas City area had 16 players
Stockton area had 13 players
St. Louis had 10 players
Springfield area had 4 players
Potosi had 1
LaGrange had 2
This tournament was played on Hudson Boards, built by Danny Sapp of Columbia, Missouri.
This was the first games ever played on them. There were a lot of 1st tournament players as well. Apparently, each town, is helping to promote the game of shuffleboard, this is what it will take to keep this game alive, and growing. After watching some of the newer players getting so involved in this sport, maybe they will start promoting too. Last year, wasn’t sure if there would be enough interest to even have a DIVISION 3 this year. Well somebody did a lot of work, Thank you who ever you are. There is a place for everyone in this game.
Woodie Cockrum, Missouri’s 1st Hall of Famer recruited 20 Division 3 players from Columbia to play in the ABC, which all being a little nervous, enjoyed so much decided to Challenge there Division throughout the rest of the week-end. Good Job Woody.
From the President of the MSPA Mark Gray
I would like to add that it takes all of Missouri to make this tournament a success. It takes tournaments like this one to get the word out
and next years will be larger. Also I would really like to thank everyone who helped make this tournament a success a special, THANKS to Melissa Dunn for running the brackets” all three of them”, Charlie Riley for early registrations, and Keitha Ellison for keeping the money and registrations going. Congrats to all you winners, and look forward to seeing all of you next year.