Laurel resident Susan Habig won gold in the doubles finals of shuffleboard in the 65-69 age category in July at the National Senior Games in Cleveland, Ohio. In individual shuffleboard, Habig came in sixth and her partner in doubles, Marcia Long, of Sweetwater, Tenn., came in seventh, but together they brought home gold medals in doubles. The two competitors had just formally met at the games.
Once a year Habig qualifies for shuffleboard in Maryland, but she doesn't play the rest of the year because there are no courts to practice on nearby. Habig said that her competitors in the July games played all year long, including tournaments. Her advice to shuffleboard competitors is to "stay out of the kitchen," the term that refers to the minus 10 area of the shuffleboard. She said this made all the difference in winning the doubles championship in her age bracket.
Habig is off to St. George, Utah, in October for the Huntsman World Senior Games, where she will play volleyball, another sport she has medaled in.