Vivian Frizzle of the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club (ZSC) teamed with Mary McLin, of Betmar to come within an eyelash of winning the Florida State Championship at the Betmar Shuffleboard Club. In finishing runner-up, Frizzle qualified as an instant professional. In the men’s division, the best match of the tournament was the very first one as Henry Strong and George Darwin of the ZSC drew the team of Earl Ball and Stan Williamson. The match was a three and a half hour war. Everyone that could pack themselves around the court was there and they were not disappointed as the match went three very close games. In the third game Strong and Darwin had their opponents by the throat ready to put them away with a 40-point lead, but somehow Ball and Williamson squirmed out and won on the last shot. The match took so much out of Ball and Williamson and they barely won the second match two games to one. They recovered to win the next match easily. In the quarter finals, Williamson got a lesson from Gerald Sharp, who is known as someone who can bury opponents in the kitchen. Sharp, of Betmar, buried Williamson in the kitchen one shot after another. Ball and Williamson survived and also defeated Walt Shine and Jerry Brandon, of Betmar, in the semi finals in two games. The title match was tough with Ball and Williamson winning game one and the ZSC team of Elmer Cox and Ernie Waldron won the second. The last game saw Cox and Waldron get off to a big lead, but their opponents roared back and Ball scored the winner before Cox and Waldron had a chance at their next two hammers.