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Updated: 12/04/2017 04:00:14PM

Shuffling back into action

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Winnie Wells, 92, from Avon Park competes in Tuesday's shuffleboard tournament.

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Participants in Tuesday's Sebring Open shuffleboard tournament.

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The Buttonwood Bay shufflers: back row, from left; Art Truss, Jack Bailey and Roy Briegel. Front row, from left; Tom Lauritzen, Edith Taylor, Rueben Iverson.

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Lloyd Tipsword and Gloria Tipsword.

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President of the Sebring Recreation Club Harold Comeau.

BY NEIL SIMPSON

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On Tuesday, 42 shufflers gathered at the Sebring Recreation Club for a full day of shuffleboard. Amateurs and pros were paired and switched partners in each of their six games. Harold Comeau, president of the Sebring Recreation Club since April, said this used to be a tournament for players within the county, but has been opened up to anyone. Both the Sebring and Avon Park clubs host a similar tournament each month.

The tournament attracted a group of six shufflers from Buttonwood Bay with three of their pros finishing in the top six. Gloria Tipsword of Orange Villa was playing in her very first tournament, accompanied by her husband Lloyd who had played in a previous tournament. Tipsword says she’s been playing for two years and is already addicted.

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