The weekend's 28th annual Sweethearts Mixed Doubles
Tournament held jointly at the Blue Goose Tavern & Red Dog
Saloon in Port Orchard, Wa. drew raves and kudos for Eddie
Brayman's Computer Peas Program which is still in Beta test
phase but nearing market stage.
All participants were extremely impressed with how it
made everything run so smoothly.
Friday night opened the weekend events with a single
elimination draw partner event which drew 16 teams.
After several hours of fierce competition, the teams of
Kenny Simmons, Longview, WA & Marci Putnam, Port Orchard,
and Mike Keevil & Judy George, both of Tacoma, WA elected to
split the pots of 1st & 2nd place money in order to get a
good nights rest before the main event the next day.
3rd place were the teams of Gary George, Tacoma & Jenifer
King, Kelso, and "Firehouse" Freddie Johns, Longview,
WA & Jeff Mercer,
Saturday found 22 teams lined up to register for what is
recognized, and as yet unchallenged, as the largest and longest
continuously running event of its kind in the country, the 28th
annual Sweethearts Mixed Doubles.
This years tourney was hotly contested on 4 fast playing
boards over 2 days. The format was 2 out of 3 to 15 in the
winners bracket with a single game to 17 in the losers
The dark horse entry of Rob Heidal, Tacoma & Vera
Brown, Port Orchard came out of the gate fast and never let up,
playing flawlessly into the finals of the winners bracket before
finally being stabled. They
didn't stay in the stable long, however, coming out to vanquish
former tournament champions Mel & Jeanette Hohn of Shelton
it the battle for 2nd and 3rd places and the right to challenge
Gary George & Paulette McKinney for the title.
Playing solid weight for weight shuffleboard, spiced up
with a nice hammer 3 lag from each
end along the way, they hung the first match loss on Gary &
Paulette, forcing a second match double-dip attempt.
It is the opinion of this humble observer that the wear
and tear of shooting 7 straight games without a break rather
than any flaws in their shooting was the deciding factor that
led to their demise as Gary and Paulette then swept 2 straight
games to secure the title and the lion's share of the near
record $3600 prize pot. In
appraisal of his opponents, Gary later stated " We kept
waiting for them to let up, and they just never did.
There were no losers in this match".
Other teams finishing in the money were 3rd Mel &
Jeanette Hohn, 4th Mike & Kathy Keevil, Tie 5th Fred Johns
& Billie Pack, and Tie 5th Defending champions Jim Tribble
& Junelle Schrum.
A special thank you goes out from Mother Goose to our
neighbors from the north, Joannie, Marty, Elaine, Dan, and
Susan, who ventured south from Vancouver, B.C. to renew old
friendships and provide spirited competition.
Pacific Northwest Shuffleboard Hall of Fame Committee
representative, Paulette McKinney raffled off a Valentine's Day
basket of goodies which was won by Bill Walker. Bill's still not
sure what he'll do with the bright red nightie with white
hearts, but he is not taking it to the Presidents Day
Tourney in Ripon, CA. Proceeds
of this raffle are used to support the Hall of Fame's efforts to
recognize those from the Northwest who contribute above and
beyond the call in promoting the game of table shuffleboard as
players, promoters, and as administrators.
Paulette wishes to thank all who purchased raffle tickets
for your support. Last
but not least, Tournament
Director Bill Walker sends Eddie Brayman his deepest thanks and
eternal gratitude for providing a tool in Computer Peas which
greatly reduced the pressure & extremely enhanced the
pleasure of acting as tournament director for an event such as
this. Well done Eddie! (photos
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