Debbie Rhodes repeats as shoe champ
The fine weather we’ve seen over the past few weeks has been matched by some equally fine horseshoe play at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits. Two teams advanced from the eighteen player pool on Saturday, 4/19, and the day’s final match was completed in near record time. Trailing by a score of 9-7, Debbie Rhodes and Herb Puryear powered past Ron Pepka and Jay Disbrow with a barrage of ringers that propelled them to the winner’s circle. Puryear threw two ringers, with Rhodes following with one of her own, and then watched Puryear repeat the feat, leaving their opponents shaking their heads at the 22-9 thrashing that had been handed to them.
It was equally exciting, the following Wednesday, when another eighteen players sent three teams into the playoff round. Puryear, teamed with Tom Rhodes, went down in defeat again, this time to Pepka and Carole Watson 23-14, as Watson posted three consecutive ringers to position her team for the win. But the duo lost 21-15 to Debbie and partner Steve Doyle in a seesaw battle that had all of the spectators on the edge of their seats.
Play gets underway at 9am. every 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.