Thursday, February 20, 2014

First Annual Senior Domino Games – A Huge Success

Lauderhill, FL. Excitement, camaraderie, competition was in the air Saturday, February 1, at the First Senior Domino Games held in Lauderdale Lakes.  The event was spearheaded by State Representative Hazelle Rogers (D-Lauderhill) in an effort to have Dominoes become a sanctioned sport in the Florida Senior Games.

“I was thrilled at the turn out for this inaugural event.  I would like to thank the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, North Lauderdale, and Miramar for partnering together to promote the event and ensure that it was successful. We exceeded our projected goal of registered players and judging by the number of spectators, we expect the Senior Domino Games to double in size next year,” said Representative Rogers.

Ruddy Schaaffe, Tournament Administrator said, “The First Seniors Domino Tournament was a tremendous success.  The hospitality provided by the hard-working committee, under the leadership of State Representative Hazelle Rogers, created an atmosphere of high spirited fun and very competitive play.”

With 80 competitors from as far away as Port St. Lucie, The Senior Domino Games proved to be a great day of fun and competitive play.  Much of the day’s success was due to the use of the Multiple Partners style of play, also known as Random Partners, which promotes mental acuity, fair play and allows the competitors to get to know each other.  All players enjoyed this style of play and look forward to participating again next year.

In an effort to acknowledge a player who works tirelessly to promote the sport and the Senior Games, each host city will be allowed to name the trophy after a deserving senior in their city.  The 2014 host committee has named the inaugural Senior Games trophy after Ms. Eulalee Bax, an avid player, who plays four nights a week.

The Senior Domino Games were open to all players ages 50 and over. Participants competed for a first place prize of $600.  Prize money was awarded to those finishing in 1st -12th place.  The top four female players also received a cash prize of $25 each.  

The winners of the 1st Annual Senior Domino Tournament are:

  1st Place                     Stanley Tater
  2nd Place                    Michael Moore
  3rd Place                     Stennett Morgan
  4th Place                     Anton Collins
  5th Place                     Hal Lewinson
  6th Place                     Dave MacLeod
  7th Place                     Junior Dennis
  8th Place                     Douglas Chin-Loy
  9th Place                     Charles Stewart
10th Place                     Joyce "RJ" Bromfield
11th Place                     Michael Rainford
12th Place                     Newton Dawson

Consolation Prizes: Top 4 Female Players
1st                                Sheila Weir
2nd                                Sandra Skeene
3rd                               Eulalee Bax

4th                                Ita May Hill

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