Hutton heads home a winner
Six undefeated teams emerged from a 30-horseshoe-player pool on Saturday, March 15, that produced seven come-from-behind wins during the games. In the first playoff round, Paul Sheatler and Norm Good defeated Rod Bussey and Bob Lee 21-18. At the same time, Debbie and Tom Rhodes posted a 22-10 win over Herb Puryear and Adin Shank, as Bob Mason and Bob Hawks scored 14 unanswered points in their 21-20 first round triumph, but then lost a 21-18 heartbreaker to Good and Sheatler in round two. In the finale, Good’s six-pack double ringer sealed a 24-8 victory for his team over the Rhodes.
The following Wednesday, 29 shooters play in the clay, and, while seven teams qualified to advance, only six actually played. First round winners, Sam Samuels and Art Kingstad lost a 23-19 squeaker to Puryear and Ron Brousseau, but the waiting team of Leo Hutton and Gene Bobeldyk blasted out a 22-3 win to grab glory for the morning.
Honorable Mention: Walker Ron Slagh was Wednesday’s seventh undefeated team but withdrew due to a prior commitment.
"I’d love to stay," announced Slagh, "but I have to take Mom to the airport."
An excellent player, Slagh proved the point that you’re never too old to be a "good boy."
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. each Wednesday and Saturday, in the park behind Anna Maria’s City Hall building, at the corner of Gulf Drive and Pine Avenue. Warm-ups begin at 8:45 followed by random team selection just prior to play. Plenty of free parking is available and all skill levels are welcome.